News Oct 24, 2018

News October 24, 2018
Dixon Trail Official Grand Opening
Fri, Oct 26, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
It’s time to celebrate the official Grand Opening of the long-awaited Dixon Trail!
Festivities include a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, special speakers, and refreshments.
Rated “difficult to extreme,” this trail to the top of Cheyenne Mountain will be popular with hardy hikers eager for challenge and adventure. The first half is open to biking, hiking and equestrians with a turnaround at the two-mile point. From that point, only hiking is allowed for the remaining two miles. Planning and construction took nearly a decade to complete with help from the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
Garden of the Gods Trail Repairs
Colorado Springs City Council has approved shifting Trails, Parks and Open Space (TOPS) Trails dollars to the Foothills and Gateway Trails in Garden of the Gods.
The money was removed from other trail projects that were on the schedule to be completed later.
Waldo Canyon Planning–you can help!
The Waldo Canyon planning process is about to begin, a little over six years after fire and floods damaged much of the forest and destroyed most of the trail. A new website provides links to the public survey and upcoming public meetings.
For a direct link to the survey, (open until October 31) click here.
Give! Campaign Starts Nov 1st
Give! is a year-end multimedia and guerrilla marketing campaign designed to generate funds, volunteers and applause for the important work local nonprofits perform. This year there are 90+ nonprofits in Give! Join us for some fun events (most of them are free entry!) and let’s celebrate!
Give! Black Lager Party
Thursday, Nov 1, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Ivywild School Gym
1604 S Cascade
Help us kick off the Give! Campaign at the official Give! Black Lager Release Party. $3 from each pint of Black Lager goes to the Give! charity of your choice.
First Friday Benefit: Summit
Fri, Nov 2, 5-8 pm
TwentyOne8 Gallery
218 West Colorado Ave Ste. 107
Summit: A show featuring 20 of our local artists with their interpretation of “Summit.” Please join us for a wonderful evening full of art and auction items. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
More Events Nov & Dec–stay tuned!
  • Ladies’ Night at Phelan Gardens, Nov 17, 3-7:30 pm
  • Full Moon Hike with Friends of Garden of the Gods, Nov 23, 6-8 pm
  • Do Good Drinking at Pikes Peak Brewing, Nov 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Bikes and Brews at Old Town Bike Shop, Dec 5, 6-8 pm
  • Bristol Brewing Karma Hour, Dec 18, 6-8 pm
Volunteer Projects
“Ghouls and Stools”
Saturday, Oct 27, 9 – noon
Bear Creek Dog Park
Bring your favorite pooper scooper to help clean up Bear Creek Dog Park!
Volunteer Projects coming up:
Saturday, Oct 27
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Sunday, Oct 28
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
Saturday, Nov 3
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
9:00 am Rainbow Falls Clean-up
Sunday, Nov 4
8:30 am Garden of the Gods
for more information visit our volunteer calendar at
Friends and Partner News
Barr Trail is one of the best hikes in the country!
The Barr Trail has been named as one of the best hiking trails in the US by national lifestyle publication The Insider. “Experience the same view which inspired the words to “America the Beautiful” in Colorado.”
Canya Cañon Nov 4
Sunday, Nov 4, 11 am
Starsmore Discovery Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Come support Friends of Cheyenne Cañon’s family-friendly 5K or 5-mile Race.
Even features a newly redesigned course and Edelweiss delicious food at the finish line.
Prices go up October 31!
Report park issues to El Paso County
To report an El Paso County park facility or park maintenance issue to Parks Operations, submit an online Customer Service Request through Citizen Connect. Citizen Connect allows you to keep track of the progress of your request.
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