Thank you! Starting strong in 2019. . .

Thank you! Starting strong in 2019. . .

As we look back on the past year, we want to share our appreciation for the many generous people who have helped us to preserve the natural landscape of the Pikes Peak region. Most of our funding comes from individual contributors who value outdoor recreation and share the vision of an interconnected network of trails, greenways and open space in our community.

Blodgett Open Space added acreage this year with TOPS funds.

A Special Thanks to our major funders and business partners:

Bain Family Foundation

Saponas Foundation

Keysight Technologies

Colorado Springs Health Foundation

Pikes Peak Community Foundation

Community Shares

Live Dream Colorado Real Estate

Community First Foundation

Rob and Lauren of Live Dream CO, our Business Partners of the year

Some of the accomplishments that YOU made possible in 2018

  • Completed Biking Connections Program in SE Colorado Springs focused on making connections and working with community leaders to encourage healthy activity in the neighborhoods.
  • Worked on the first phase of the Waldo Canyon planning process with our partners. First community meeting will be in January.
  • Supported our Friends Groups by listing 100+ work days on our open space volunteer calendar, and graduated 20+ crew leaders in the annual Crew Leader Training that we put on with our partners.
  • Helped form the Friends of Boulder Park, and took them on as a fiscally-sponsored committee.
  • Helped plan and execute the biggest Bike Month Colorado Springs has ever had.
  • Completed the planning process for Ring the Peak Loop.

Goals for 2019

–Advocate for the conservation of 5,000 acres of open space/parks in Banning Lewis Ranch.

–Utilize the City of Colorado Springs Master Plan to identify 3-4 priority projects and take action.

— Develop strategy for next phase of the Ring the Peak project, Next step will being forming the “Fellowship of the Ring”.

–Advocate for the completion and funding for trails gaps on north and south ends of the Legacy Loop.

–Plan and execute hikes/bike rides, providing engaging outdoor experiences that bring the community together and shows the value of our trails and parks.

–Connect with each Friends Group at least annually, and assist Friends Groups in targeting at least one on-site project to champion.

–Maintain an online calendar with regional volunteer opportunities.

–Serve as an “incubator” for new groups whose mission, vision, and future success aligns with our strategic goals.

–Continue to engage City and County partners and the community to identify viable funding options for parks, trails, and open spaces.

–Design and execute an outreach campaign that educates and motivates public behavior to support parks and trails.

View of Jimmy Camp Creek Park, next to Banning Lewis Ranch

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