News Nov 7, 2018

News November 7, 2018
Sand Creek Update
The City’s Water Resources Engineering Division is introducing Complete Creeks as a way to bring Educational and Recreational components into the design of stormwater infrastructure projects. The first major stormwater project is located in Sand Creek, just downstream of the Platte Avenue bridge. This 10-month stabilization project repaired approximately a half-mile section; filling and reshaping the creek, installing grouted boulder drop structures to safely step the creek down and rebuilding the natural habitat along the creek. It includes the first-ever Navigable Drop Structures that will allow access into and out of Sand Creek and accessibility from the newly created extension of the Sand Creek Trail which was an integral part of this project. Navigable Drop Structures will provide connectivity and safe passage to our urban bike lanes as well as to park & trails, and open space. Many new miles of unique multi-use trails will be created within our basins and these locations will be recreation destinations for a variety of users of all ages and abilities.
The City of Colorado Springs will be celebrating the completion by hosting Global Fat Bike Day on December 1, 2018! More details to come.
Visit the City of Colorado Springs for more information.
TwentyOne8 Gallery
Open Wed. – Friday, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
If you missed the “Summit” art show reception last week, there is still time to check out this exquisite exhibit of local artists. Stop by TwentyOne8 Gallery to peruse the artwork and support our community. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition and your donation will enter you in a drawing to win one of three great gift baskets! But hurry, the drawing will take place Nov. 14th, show ends Nov 30th.
Visit for more information about the gallery.
Up Coming Events
Ladies Night
at Phelan Gardens
Sat. Nov 17, 3:00 – 7:30 pm
Bring your girlfriends to enjoy a night of creativity and relaxation with wine, music and refreshments. Join a class for some hands on fun.
Click for more information or
2018 Garden of the Gods
Full Moon Hike
Fri. Nov 23, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center 1805 North 30th St
Take in spectacular views of Garden of the Gods under a full moon! Enjoy a magical self-guided walk, telescope stations and refreshments. Hosted by the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Friends of Garden of the Gods.
The Bob Telmosse Foundation will be collecting toys for their 36th annual Bob Telmosee Christmas Giveway during the Full Moon Hike. The toys must be new and unwrapped. The biggest needs for this year are toys for kids 8 and up: sports equipment, Legos, and gift cards to movie theaters and restaurants.
Last Ladies PikeRide of 2018
Sat. Nov 24, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Gear up for the final 2018 Ladies Ride, sponsored by Bike Colorado Springs! This low-key social ride is for women, age 18 and older, who want to have some fun explore the area using the convenient PikeRide share bicycles. Weather permitting, the ride will start at Lincoln CenterPikeRide station, head to the Fine Arts Center via Pikes Peak Greenway, and loop back using the new bicycle lanes on Cascade. After the ride, the new group of comrades will gather at Building Three Coffee for coffee and snacks. Registration is limited to 10 attendees.
Give! Campaign
Join us for some fun events (most of them are free entry!) and let’s celebrate!
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!
Trails End – Give! Great Outdoors Challenge
Wed. Nov 7 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Come out to help us kick off this AMAZING Give! challenge: Trails End Taproom will donate 5% of all sales throughout November and December to the Great Outdoors Give! nonprofits. So pour yourself a craft beer at the only self-pour taproom in Colorado Springs and vote to support the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Do Good Drinking
Tue. Nov 27 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Join us for a good cause at Pikes Peak Brewing. $1 from each beer purchased will go to Give! nonprofits, aka Trails and Open Space Coalition. Make a donation and you could win a fabulous door prize.
Bikes and Brews
at Old Town Bike Shop
Dec 5, 6 – 8 pm
Karma Hour
at Bristol Brewing
Dec 18, 6 – 8 pm
Give! Black Lager
Any time you purchase a Black Lager at Bristol Brewing or Old Chicago, now throw December, $3 from each pint sold goes to the Give! charity of your choice. Vote for Trails and Open Space Coalition to help us raise money for local parks and trails.
Volunteer Projects
Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course Work Day
Saturday Nov 10 9:00 am
Volunteers needed to help build and maintain the skills course, so riders and their horses can practice trail riding skills. Contact information and additional volunteer opportunities.
Friends and Partner News
Bear Creek’s 4th Annual Bear Run
Sat. Nov 10, 10:00 am
Bear Creek Nature Center
Get your bear suit and join us for thissilly 3K Fun Run & Walk Fundraiser.Embellish your costume for a chance to win great prizes in the costume contest.
Limber up with some bear yoga!
Register here. (You must be an El Paso County Parks member to register. Click here to become a member. )
Waldo Canyon
Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out the Waldo Canyon survey, we had an excellent number respondents, 990! We are excited to re-imagine Waldo Canyon as a community. The first public meeting will be Jan 16th 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Westside Community Center.
For updates please visit And of course we will keep you informed.
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.
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.
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?
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