News April 27, 2018

Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup Sat, April 28
Black Forest Section 16 Cleanup Sat, April 28
Greenway Open At University Village
Roll Bike Art May 19
Crit Races and Beginner coaching starting May 15
Volunteer events. Wilderness First Aid Training.
Community cleanups scheduled April, May and June–Help out!
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Cheyenne Cañon Cleanup Re-Scheduled–April 28
April 28, 8:15 am 
Starsmore Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
This event is great for the whole family.
Be prepared to spend a few hours outdoors! Be sure to wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking on trails as well as a pair of gloves for picking up trash. Water will be provided, however we prefer if volunteers bring their own in reusable bottles.
Lunch will be provided immediately following the clean-up day!
Be sure to sign up in advance so you get any notifications, delays or cancellations.
Please email to sign up.

Black Forest Section 16 cleanup Sat, April 28
Saturday, April 28, 9 am – 11 am
Black Forest Section 16 Trail
Black Forest Trails Association is holding their Spring Cleanup, and all are welcome! Meet in the trailhead parking lot on Burgess Rd, near Vollmer. Trash bags and water will be supplied.
For more info, call Cheryl at 719-495-9295.

Pikes Peak Greenway opens north of University Village

The Pikes Peak Greenway/Santa Fe Trail along Monument Creek north of University Village is OPEN at last! It’s been closed since October for Colorado Springs Utilities work in the area.
Read more.

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!
More opportunities at

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.

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

Facebook event.

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



2018 Crit Races and Beginner Session May 15

Tierra Plan Community Crits presented by Southern Colorado Velo
May 15 & 29
June 5 & 26
July 10 & 24
Racer’s Handbook (be in the know):
Beginner-friendly Crit 101
Coaching and race simulation
May 15
Intro session designed for beginner/novice racers to get their feet wet. Participants will receive instruction from cycling coaches and experts as well as participate in a race simulation.

Roll Bike Art Festival 2018, and group rides May 19
14th Annual ROLL Bicycle Festival
Saturday, May 19, 10 am – 8 pm
Buffalo Lodge Bicycle Resort, 2 El Paso Blvd
Come out for a full day of a Rawkus & Roll 80’s themed party!
  • AWARD-WINNING BICYCLE-THEMED ARTWORKS on display through the summer. See ROLLBIKEART.COM for more info and on submitting artwork or being a vendor.
  • Start the day with a bike ride–a “Roll thru the Garden” or a family-friendly “Roll on the Midland Trail.”
  • Totally 80’s Rawkus & Roll costumed bike parade around the Buffalo
  • Custom and classic bike show
  • Art & craft market
  • Food trucks, Colorado beers, wine & moonshine
  • A portion of the event proceeds benefit Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

El Paso County Spring Events

Free Youth Fishing Derby
Willow Springs Ponds, Ftn Creek Regional Park
Sat, May 19
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Get outside and learn to fish at Willow Springs Ponds! This is a free fishing derby for children ages 5 to 15. Bring your own rod, reel, tackle, and bait.
 For more information call 719-520-6977 or Visit the website.
Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival

Fri, May 11- Sun, May 13.

This year’s festival promises to be a special event! El Paso County, situated where the short grass prairies rise to meet the majestic summit of Pikes Peak, has much to offer nature lovers. Look over the website for festival information, registration, speaker bios, and field trip descriptions to help you decide how to spend your weekend.
Registration is open for nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers!

Wilderness First Aid–Two Opportunities

Advanced Wilderness First Aid & CPR
Fri, May 11, 6 pm – 10 pm
Sat, May 12, 8 am – 6 pm

16-hours of training.
Cost is $125.00 per person for the Wilderness First Aid Only.
$140.00 with Adult CPR and AED.
Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid, CPR and AED course. 
Mon, Tues Wed May 21-23
8 am – 12:30 pm
12 hours of training.
Cost per participant is $160.
For more information or to register, contact

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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