News May 16, 2018

Parks Advisory Board approves two Master Plans.
Ted’s Bicycles headlight and tail light giveaway–drawing Friday.
Starlight Spectacular Registration OPEN
Bike Month kickoff and party May 24 at Tap Traders.
Roll Bike Art May 19
Volunteer for PikeRide Bike Share
Camp Creek Drainage Open House June 5.
Volunteer events. Wilderness First Aid Training.
Community cleanups scheduled April, May and June–Help out!
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Parks Board approves two Master Plans

Strawberry Hill

The parks board voted to adopt the Strawberry Hill Master Plan. The Broadmoor will construct the trails and facilities for Strawberry Hill and will be responsible for maintaining the property in accordance with a conservation easement held by The Palmer Land Trust.
Construction on the Strawberry Hill property, phase 1 of the plan and the creation of an erosion control plan will not commence until the completion of the current legal case that has been submitted to the Colorado Supreme Court.
Cheyenne Cañon

More than 350 residents participated in the drafting of the plan. The park will expand from 19 to 35 miles of trails. New interpretive programs will be offered.
REsponding to concerns from the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon and other residents, the Parks Board made changes to the recommendation of improved parking and criteria for keeping or removing pullouts.

Ted’s Bicycles kicks off Starlight promo season with BIG light giveaway!

Tag a friend in this video post on Facebook.
Get entered to win a headlight and tail light from our friends at Ted’s Bicycles!
(value $75)
Enter to win by Friday noon. . .
But if you don’t win, Ted’s has got you covered with bike light specials from now until the Starlight.

Starlight Registration OPEN–celebrate the “Wild, Wild West!”
24th Annual Starlight Spectacular
June 16th, 2018, 9 pm
Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition for the 24th Annual Starlight Spectacular on June 16th, 2018. This fun and family-friendly night-time bicycle ride is suitable for most ages and abilities. We’ve had kids as young as 8 and adults in their 80s ride with us! Get out your western wear and celebrate the Wild, Wild West!
Info and sign ups here. Sign up early and save!
Volunteer for the Starlight–many shifts include free tee shirts and/or ride entry!

Bike Month Kickoff and Happy Hour May 24 at Tap Traders

Thursday, May 24th 5- 8 pm
Bike Month Kickoff Party
Tap Traders, 3104 N Nevada Ave
Come celebrate the kickoff to Colorado Springs Bike Month! Join Bike Colorado Springs, the City, nonprofits, bike clubs, and people who ride bikes at Tap Traders for an informal get-together. Learn about the dozens of rides and events going on in June, find out how to get plugged in, whether you’re looking for family friendly rides or intermediate groups to join.
Find out how you can participate and get free breakfast on Bike to Work Day, June 27-get your company to join the corporate challenge and compete with other businesses of the same size, for prizes and bragging rights.
Learn more about Bike to Work Day and the Corporate Challenge

VOLUNTEER PROJECTS–Get outside and make a difference!
More opportunities at
Upcoming Volunteer Events:
Sat, May 19
8 am Red Rock Canyon Open Space
8:30 am Cheyenne Cañon
9 am Stephanie’s Trail Bridge

Help make Bike Share a reality!

PikeRIDE, a program of Downtown Ventures, the charitable nonprofit arm of Downtown Partnership, needs your help! They have 208 bikes that need to be unpackaged, assembled, decals placed,
smartkit installed, and tested!
*No specific skill set required.
Volunteer Schedule
Wed 23 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 26 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 30 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 2 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Tue 5 5:45-8:30pm
Wed 6 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 9 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Wed 13 5:45-8:30pm
Sat 16 9am-1pm and 12:30-4pm
Meet at the old Gazette building on 30 S. Prospect Street, on the south side of the building at the loading dock.

Save the Date! Help clean up our streams June 23

Saturday, June 23
10 am – 2 pm

Join volunteers with the Adopt-a-Waterway program to clean up our creeks from American the Beautiful Park to Manitou Springs!

More information to follow. SAVE THE DATE!

For more info:
  • 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.


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.

Camp Creek Drainage Open House June 5
Community Open House –Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project.   
Tuesday, June 5, 5:30 – 7 pm
Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Road
In the fall of 2013, the City of Colorado Springs launched the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project to plan short-term and long-term solutions to protect the Camp Creek corridor from flooding and erosion to improve public safety. Much of the work of the plan has been completed.
The community is invited to hear about and give feedback on next steps. The event will be in the cafeteria located in Building B on the east side of the front entrance facing Mesa Road.  There will be a brief presentation at 6 p.m. followed by a question-and-answer period. Participants will also be encouraged to submit comment cards.

Upcoming 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.
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

Registration is open for nature camps at Bear Creek and Fountain Creek Nature Centers!

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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