News August 9, 2018

The Trails and Open Space Coalition is hiring!
The Trails and Open Space Coalition believes our high quality of life in Colorado Springs is directly linked to our system of trails, parks and open space. We focus on connecting and completing trails, preserving open space and parks; and work closely with Friends Groups across the region to ensure public spaces have the necessary volunteer support.
We’re looking for people who complement our committed team of non-profit professionals. We do what we do because we believe trails, parks and open spaces are much more than recreational amenities; they define our community and the people who call it home.
Openings include a full-time Program and Events Coordinator, and a part-time Office Coordinator. See our Careers page at this link.
Update on Seven Bridges Trail
Our friend Hiking Bob confirms that there is trail damage around the first bridge on Seven Bridges Trail: “The bridge itself is fine, but so much silt and scree came down the hill during some recent storms that it filled in under and upstream of the bridge completely blocking it. The creek has re-routed itself around the bridge.” You can cross using stepping stones, or bypass that section of trail. Here’s a link to Bob’s column where he shows how to get around the first bridge.
Raspberry Mountain Member Adventure August 11
Sat, August 11, 8:30 am – 11:30 am
Located west of Monument and south of Palmer Lake, Raspberry Mountain is a broad, wide peak next to Mt. Herman. It suffers an identity crisis, sharing the exact same name of a peak near Divide in Teller County.
This hike is a four-mile round trip. Raspberry Mountain’s elevation and heavy tree cover makes it a nice hike on hot summer days, and the lower portions are ripe for really great wildflower viewing in early summer. Sign up here.
Please volunteer for the Trails and Open Space Coalition at the ADT races!
We could really use your help at our big end-of-summer event: The American Discovery Trail Races.
  • Sunday, September 2, 2 – 3:30 pm–help TOSC staff load tables, chairs and tents into a truck, carpool to America the Beautiful Park and unload.
  • Monday, September 3, 1 pm – 2:30 pm–meet at America the Beautiful and load the same stuff into the truck, unload at our storage. Reply to this email for more info or to sign up for either of these dates.
  • We also need volunteers for the race itself on Monday, Sept 3, with various times and duties–see more info here.
Volunteer Projects
Upcoming Volunteer Events
Sat, August 11–
  • Barr Trail
  • Red Rock Canyon Open Space
  • Equestrian Skills Course
  • Monument Valley Park
Sunday, August 12th–Red Rock Canyon Open Space with Manitou CATS
Manitou CATS need more help for this wonderful and big volunteer project this Sunday. They will be building a brand new trail, which will connect the recently built Red Rock Overlook Trail with the Ridge Trail. This will be a beautiful trail creating more loop options for hikers, bikers and runners.
Special Trail Building Weekend: August 18 and 19, help complete the Dixon Trail on Cheyenne Mountain! Join RMFI and the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park for a day of trail construction on part of the final .3 miles of trail needed to complete the long awaited Dixon Trail!
This is a strenuous full workday recommended to volunteers in good physical condition.
  • Minimum age 16
  • 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Save the Date for National Public Lands Day Sept 22
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Saturday, Sept 22, 8 am-noon
Celebrate National Public Lands Day with a volunteer service project! Come work alongside City of Colorado Springs staff to restore and close an illegal trail in Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
Friends and Partner News
Monument Valley Park Cleanup
Sat, Aug 11, 9 am – noon
Help the Friends of Monument Valley Park keep the formal garden area looking its best! Join them for weeding and trimming back overgrown plants.
Meet near 22 Westview Place.
Brews for Crews and Friends
You are invited this August to Trails End Taproom, 3103 W Colorado Ave, for dialogs with members of our outdoor recreational community.
Friends of Red Rock Canyon (FoRRC)Friends of The Peak (FOTP) and Manitou Trail CATS are hosting short talks and Q & A discussions of issues about our open space and trails.Trails End Tap Room, the first self-pour taproom in Colorado Springs, has generously offered to donate all tips in the month of August to support the work of FOTP and FoRRC.
Go to our blog for a complete list of discussion topics and dates.
Summer Concerts in Bear Creek Park
Bring your picnic, lawn chairs or blanket and the family to enjoy the summer nights with some great outdoor entertainment. All concerts are free.
  • August 15, 6-8 pm 101st Army National Guard, Dixieland Band, Fountain Creek Regional Park.
  • August 22, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m Triple Play Quartet, Bear Creek Park.
  • August 29, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m USAF Academy Band Falconaires and Alumni Band, Bear Creek Park.
For more information, call 520‐6977, or visit
Karma Night for Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Tues, August 14, 6 pm – 8 pm
Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade Ave
Bristol will donate one dollar per pint sold between 6:00 and 8:00 to the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park. So come in, buy a pint, and support the good work that’s being done in our community. Doing good never tasted better! Facebook event.
First Party for Parks Aug 16
Join in a celebration of County Parks. Enjoy food, drinks and fun! FREE.
August 16, 6-8 pm
North Region Celebration
Pikes Peak Brewing
756 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument
Dewey’s Backpack
Summer Family Fun
Fun, FREE and Engaging Experience for your kids this Summer–Stop by the Utilities’ Conservation & Environmental Center to experience Dewey’s Backpack. Have free fun with Dewey while learning about water and energy.
Mon – Fri, 8 am–5 pm
2855 Mesa Road
Info, 719-668-8232.
Parties for Parks
Join us for a Celebration of El Paso County Parks. Enjoy Food, Drinks and Fun! Drop in to meet the dedicated Friends Groups and Staff. See what’s new in your local Parks.
North Region Aug 16, 6-8 pm, Pikes Peak Brewing
South Region Aug 30, 6-8 pm, Fountain Creek Nature Center
Central Region Sept 13, 6-8 pm, Bear Creek Nature Ctr
East Region Sept 20, 6-8 pm, JAK’s Brewing
America the Beautiful Park
Photo by James Van Hoy
Photo Contest
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is excited to announce the 6th Annual Discover Colorado Springs Calendar. Share the beauty of our parks, trails, and open spaces. Photos must be submitted by the photographer, who must be the owner of the submitted photo. The deadline for photo submissions is September 25, 2018. See the city site for more information and guidelines.
Purple Pursuit Mountain Bike Race Sept 8
Registration is open for the first ever WMBA COS Purple Pursuit Mountain bike race. This is a fun course held at the United States Air Force Academy utilizing the Falcon Trail. The race is open to men and women of all skill levels.Stay up to date with race happenings by following the Purple Pursuit Race on Facebook.
Give back to trails and parks.
Support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
We speak for the parks, trails and open spaces we all love and want to protect. Won’t you help us?
Trails and Open Space Coalition | 719-633-6884| |
Translate »