2018 Member Celebration!

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Trails and Open Space Coalition donors, members, partners, staff and board gathered at the Harvey House on the Catalyst Campus to share an evening of fun and fellowship. Guests enjoyed delicious appetizers and adult beverages, while chatting with friends and our partners about the latest in trails and parks news.
2018 award winners:

  • Friends Group—Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, for their work on the Dixon Trail
  • Friends Group—Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates, for their work on the Lake Moraine Trail
  • Business Partner—Live Dream Colorado Real Estate, Lauren Collier and Rob Hoben, for donating a percent of their profits to environmental causes, including the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
  • Volunteer Extraordinaire—Liz Enas, for putting up with us for five years and counting in the office.

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After the awards, we wheeled out TWO tables laden with desserts. No one went home hungry!
Representatives from our partners had tables with exhibits detailing all the new and exciting projects coming up with parks, open spaces and trails: Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, El Paso County Parks & Leisure, City of Colorado Springs Senior Bike Planner, Colorado Springs Stormwater Division, PikeRide, NES, Inc., the Waldo Waldo 5K. Special thanks to Patrick Stephens with Catalyst Campus for donating the use of the Harvey House, and to Bob Falcone, AKA “Hiking Bob” for photo donations.
The hors d’oeuvres were donated by Picnic Basket, adult beverages donated by Bristol Brewing and Sovereignty Wines. Dessert sponsors: Cliff House, Adam’s Mountain Café, Wooglin’s, Margarita at Pine Creek, Coquette’s Bistro and Bakery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Gold Star pie company, and Jack Quinn’s.
The Harvey House
In the early days of train travel, before dining cars, the only food services available consisted of cheap roadhouses located near the steam-train’s water stops.  These greasy spoons usually offered few choices and even worse quality; Fred Harvey knew he could do better. 
Under an agreement with AT&SF, Fred opened his first Harvey House restaurant at their rail depot in Topeka, Kansas in January 1876.  The meal varieties offered were large portions served on fine China and Irish linens, and male customers were required to wear a coat and tie.  The venture was wildly successful and, within 15 years, Fred had one of his restaurants located every 100 miles or so on the entire AT&SF rail line.  At its peak, there were 84 Harvey Houses in the US, one of which was included in the Colorado Springs depot at the intersection of Pikes Peak and Colorado Avenues.
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