News April 13, 2018

Poster Mob for the Starlight April 21.
Sustain-a-Fest April 14.
CS Bike Swap April 14.
Friends of Red Rock Canyon Open Space Karma Night April 17.
Ute Valley Park Fire Mitigation meeting April 17.
MER Nonprofit Day April 21.
Garden of the Gods Earth Day April 21.
“Motorless Morning” in the Garden April 22.
Crew Leader Training Registration Open.
Volunteer events.
Community cleanups scheduled April, May and June–Help out!
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Poster Mob for the Starlight April 21–help needed!


Help the Trails and Open Space Coalition with a POSTER MOB!
Saturday, April 21
10 am to 12 pm

Help us with guerilla postering!
We want to blanket Downtown and Old Colorado City with posters advertising the Starlight Spectacular.
This is a way you can help out TOSC with just a couple hours of your time.
We’ll meet at 9:45 am to get materials and tape, form into teams, and hit the streets! It’s a fun way to meet people in our local stores and help us get the word out about our biggest fundraiser of the year.
Sign up at this link for the location of your choice, and we’ll get you information about meeting place, and all the details.


Second Annual Sustain-A-Fest April 14

Saturday April 14th, 2018
Noon – 6pm
Mid Shooks Run Park and the Sustainacenter (702-704 E. Boulder St.)

You’re invited to Sustain-a-Fest 2018 at the Colorado Springs Center for Sustainability (“The Sustainacenter”). This 2nd Annual event is a community celebration of “Earth Day Every Day” with sustainability exhibits & activities, along with local food trucks, live music, demonstrations, and family friendly activities.
Facebook event.


CS Bike Swap April 14, 11 – 3
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition and a host of other community-minded sponsors as we attend the annual CS Bike Swap 2018. Time to get out your old cycling gear, bicycles and parts and you can sell them to fund new parts, or just come to browse the many separate tables and offerings that others will have available. Your new bike could be found this Saturday! Bike Colorado Springs will have a table set up with information about the organization, maps for the Legacy Loop and a draft of the upcoming e-bike map that highlights our many miles of Tier 1 and 2 urban trails.
Facebook event.


Ute Valley Park Fire Mitigation Meeting April 17
Ute Valley Park Fire Mitigation Info Meeting
Tuesday, April 17, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Mount St. Francis Auditorium, 7665 Assissi Hts
The Colorado Springs Fire Department will be working with contractors to reduce wildfire risk in Ute Valley Park. Come to the informational meeting to learn about the project, and ask questions. For more information, call 719-385-7281.

Facebook event.


Mountain Equip Recyclers Nonprofit Day April 21
Sat, April 21, 10 am – 6 pm
Mountain Equipment Recyclers, 1024 S Tejon
Come celebrate $200,000 dollars in M.E.R. charitable giving!! Clean out your garages, closets and gear sheds all to help nonprofits!

  • Bring any lightly used or new outdoor gear/clothing and donate items to one of 24 nonprofits.
  • That day you will receive 15% off a single item as a thank you!
  • We hope you will donate to TOSC, AND at the same time there are many, many worthy nonprofits to support.
  • Come out and find out about the great work that MER is doing to help recycle outdoor gear and support nonprofit organizations at the same time!
  • Burgers will be grilled up on a first come, first serve basis.

Facebook event.


Friends of Red Rock Canyon Karma Night April 17

Join the Friends of Red Rock Canyon at the Bristol Brewery Karma Hour on Tues, April 17th, from 6 – 8 pm. $1 of each pint sold will go to Friends of Red Rock Canyon. Bristol is in Ivywild School at 1604 S. Cascade Ave.


2018 Earth Day Celebration at the Garden April 21
Saturday, April 21, 9:30 am – 3 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center
Free family fun!
* Free admission to Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site and their celebration events.
* Air Force Academy Falconer’s (Live Falcons)
* Chemical Magic Show
* American Indian Dancers
* Live animals and presentations
* Nature and environmental education, touch tables, arts and crafts, demonstrations.
* Star Party! Come back to enjoy the stars! Later in the day (8:30 – 10:00 pm) there will be a Star Party at the same location to view our night sky!
* Parking at Rock Ledge ranch with free shuttle service and free admission to Rock Ledge.
*Volunteer park cleanup–registration begins 8:30 am.


“Motorless Morning” April 22, 5 am – 10 am
Hike and Bike in a car-free Garden of the Gods

“Motorless Morning” 
Sunday, April 22, 5 – 10 am
Garden of the Gods Park
This pilot event will eliminate motor vehicle access within the park from 5-10 am. During the Motorless Morning, visitors will be encouraged to park their vehicles at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center or Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.
Bike the Garden for “Motorless Morning”
Sunday, April 22, 6 am – 10 am
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd
Join Buffalo Lodge on Earth Day for a car-free, carefree bike ride in the Garden of the Gods. Meet at the Lodge and ride the Garden as many loops as you like and then meet up for waffles, coffee, mimosas and bloody Mary’s at the lodge after with suggested donation of $10 benefiting World Bicycle Relief. Park and Ride from the Lodge. 

Facebook Event


Briargate Neighborhood bike ride Sun, April 22


Briargate Neighborhood Ride
Sun, April 22, 11 – 1
Venezia Community Park
Bike Colorado Springs is sponsoring the first-ever Briargate Neighborhood Bike Ride. Working alongside representatives from NE COS Bikes!, we’ll be co-hosting a family-friendly bike ride on the trail system surrounding the newly opened John Venezia Community Park. This will be a ride that is friendly for the little pedalers in the family and a way for families to come out, and enjoy bicycle-themed fun.


Crew Leader Training Registration now open.
Sessions run May 4 – 6, 2018.


2018 Crew Leader Training
May 4 – 6, 2018
Bear Creek Nature Center
Cost: $25, includes food.
We need more help on the trails!
If you want to work on trails and lead projects this may be the training for you. Space is limited so apply early. Applicants must have trails work experience, agree to a background check (no cost) and participate in two post-training work days.
Crew Leader Training is hosted by the Trails and Open Space Coalition, RMFI, Friends of the Peak and the City of Colorado Springs.


VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!


Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course Work Day
Saturday, April 14, 9 am
    • Help build the Advanced level step obstacle
    • Maintenance and prepping the pond to fill.
    • Meet at 9 am at the Skills Course in Bear Creek Regional Park East
    • Work through mid-afternoon of whenever you can.

Facebook event.

Middle Shooks Run
Spring Cleanup of Shooks Run Creek
Sat, April 21, 9am to 12pm
Celebrate Earth Day by helping clean up our neighborhood creek. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. We will clean the creek from Uintah Street south to Pikes Peak Avenue. Register and pick up trash bags at one of these locations:
Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park at 505 E Bijou Street (Bijou and Corona Streets)

North Shooks Run Park on Franklin Street just north of Willamette.


Saturday, April 21, 9 am
Over 20 sites–listed below. 
Join hundreds of people from COS, Monument, Fountain and Manitou Springs to clean up trails and parks!
Sign up at the Great American Cleanup Pikes Peak Partners website. Pro tip: sign up EARLY to choose the site you most want to visit, as numbers are limited and some sites tend to fill up. Signups at this link.


* 3rd St Trailhead, Monument
* America the Beautiful Park
* Baptist Road, Monument
* Bear Creek Park and Dog Park
* Downtown COS
* Eastridge Dog Park
* Fountain Creek Regional Park
Cleanup sites:

* Goose Gossage Park
* Greenway Trail
* Homestead Ranch
* Las Vegas St
* Legacy Loop Plaza/ Monument Valley Park
* Manitou Springs Memorial Park
* North Cheyenne Cañon Park
  • Monument Valley Park
  • Palmer Park
  • Pikeview Reservoir
  • Rock Island Trail/Falcon
  • Rosco’s Coffee House
  • Shooks Run
  • Stratmoor Valley


Save the Dates–large-scale citizen cleanups of our waterways


Fri May 4, 10am-2pm
  • Greenway Trail /Fountain Creek.
  • Bear Creek bridge to Tejon St along Fountain Creek.
  • Trash Mob costume cleanup; theme will be Star Wars-May the 4th Be With You.
  • Adopt-A-Waterway Group: US Green Building Council
For more info:
Sat June 23, 10am – 2pm
  • Midland Trail/Fountain Creek
  • America the Beautiful Park to Ridge Rd. near Manitou Springs
  • Adopt-A-Waterway Groups: Bal Seal Engineering and Pedals-N-Pints





Stratton Open Space Info Meeting April 23


Friends of Stratton Open Space
Information meeting
Mon, April 23, 7-8 pm
Cheyenne Mtn Library, 1785 S 8th 
  • Help organize and set the direction of service projects and activities in the Open Space
  • Represent the interests and point of view of Stratton Open Space in city policy and planning meetings.
  • Help protect and preserve Stratton Open Space
Stratton Open Space comprises 318 acres of public land adjacent to Cheyenne Mountain High and Ridgeway Ave.


Bear Creek Garden–plots available for this year.
Plots are available for the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at Bear Creek Gardens.  Opening day for the 2018 growing season is Saturday, April 21st.  Anyone interested in obtaining a plot should call John Poyzer (719) 576-2664 or Karen Stith (719) 634-4433 as soon as possible.


El Paso County Spring Events


Friends of Homestead Ranch Regional Park Social Hour
Thurs, April 19, 6 pm
JAKs Brewery

For more info:

Earth Day Family Stroll at Bear Creek
Saturday, April 21, 
Noon-2:00 p.m.
Join us for a family-friendly hike to enjoy earth’s beauty at Bear Creek. Create a take-home craft using recycled materials. No fee but preregistration is required. Space is limited.


Registration is open for nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers!
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Volunteers needed for Pikes Peak Races this summer


Please consider being a volunteer for one of the Pikes Peak races. The Pikes Peak Racing organization is a supporter of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.Volunteers are critical to their success.
The Pikes Peak races include:
  • Garden of the Gods Race – 10 Mile and 10K – June 10
  • Summer Roundup Trail Run – Cheyenne Mountain State Park – 10K/Half Marathon July 8
  • Barr Trail Mtn Race – July 15
  • Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon – August 18 and 19.
For more information visit
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