News January 2, 2019

News January 2, 2019
Two new dog parks will open January 2019
El Paso County will be doubling its dog parks in 2019! Falcon Regional Park will have an 8-acre large dog park and a 2-acre small dog park along Eastonville Road. The park will have 3,030 feet of trail with some benches and parking for 40 cars. Learn more about Falcon Regional Park.
Fountain Creek Regional Park will also be constructing a dog park. It will be 3-acres and include a new 1600 foot trail plus a new parking lot for 22 cars.
Fox Run Update
The gazebo at Fox Run Regional Park, will be closed for repairs and renovation from April through June 2019.
For questions feel free to call
(719) 520-7529
New Youth Bike Park
Fountain Park has a youth bicycle park! Located adjacent to Hillside Community Center, the new 3-acre park includes a street skills course along with a mountain bike skills and obstacle course to helping youth develop confidence and competence. Several community partners have worked to make the bike park a reality, including: Colorado Springs Health Foundation, El Pomar Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado and Generation Wild Initiative.
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. The City of Colorado Springs and El Paso County Parks have both been awarded grants for restoration projects.
Pinieries Open Space Trails and Restoration Project
El Paso County Parks will receive a Youth Corps Grant for $21,000 for their Pinieries Open Space Trails and Restoration Project. The county will hire the Mile High Youth Corps to work a three week project that will work on trail construction and maintenance, noxious weed removal, and other forest management activities. This grant will focus on a nine acre area of the park and will focus on creating an improved trail corridor, healthier ground cover and reduced soil erosion.
Bear Creek Greenback Cutthroat Trout Restoration Initiative
The City is receiving a $52,725 grant for the Bear Creek Greenback Cutthroat Trout Restoration Initiative. The City will design improvements and restore over three-quarters of a mile of in-stream habitat. This project will protect and enhance the greenback cutthroat trouts’ habitat, reduce harmful sediment, and increase species resiliency to ensure the population’s survival.
Volunteer Projects
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. Jan 10, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join us for a Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes! Meet at the PikeRide office to get supplies, then we will head off to clean up the trail and creek area between Costilla St and Williamette Ave. You will be amazed by the fun we have and the things we found.
Please register so PikeRide can be sure to have enough bikes for everyone.
Park Advisory Board
The Board of El Paso County Commissioners is seeking a community-minded citizen volunteer to serve on the El Paso County Park Advisory Board. The Park Advisory Board reviews and comments on items and proposals related to El Paso County Park’s policies, philosophies and objectives, and makes formal recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners. The Board meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 pm, at Centennial Hall.
Click here for link to volunteer application. Applications due by Jan. 11, 2019
El Paso County Nature Centers Volunteer Orientation
Sat Jan. 26, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Road
Attend this orientation session to learn more about becoming a volunteer with El Paso County Nature Centers – an engaging and rewarding experience! Applicants must be 18 or older. Volunteer Application.
Contact Paula at 719-520-6387 or for more information.
Friends and Partner News
New Exhibits Celebration
Sat. Jan 5, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Road
Join us for this free event as we celebrate the new year with brand new exhibits at Bear Creek Nature Center! We will have presentations from Colorado Parks & Wildlife on the greenback cutthroat trout, live animals with Pikes Peak Community College, puppet shows, a scavenger hunt (with prizes), live music, and free pizza.
Trails, Tails and Ales
Sat. Jan 12, 10:30 am
8510 Burgess Road
Grab your dog and join El Paso County Parks for this special hike! We will be hitting the Black Forest Section 16 Trail, hike the 4-mile trail, and then head to Black Forest Brewing to enjoy a well-deserved beer.
Waldo Canyon Public Meeting
Jan 16, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
1628 W Bijou St
Come to the Westside Community Center to be a part of the first public meeting for Waldo Canyon. The “Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon” planning project seeks to develop a set of recommendations
for Waldo Canyon that balances the vision of the community with protection of the resource and
watershed while simultaneously considering new opportunities for outdoor recreation, access,
safety, and trail connectivity.
Wolf Moon Hike
Sat. Jan 19, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Visit Fountain Creek Nature Center to learn about the phases of the moon from a naturalist. The adventure will start with an indoor discussion, followed by a guided hike on an easy moonlit trail. Be ready to test your nocturnal animal knowledge along the way!
Activity # 304000-49
CPR, AED, and First Aid Training
CPR/AED: Jan. 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
FIRST AID: Jan. 30, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Road
Whether your job requires the training, you work with youth or you just want to get certified; these classes at the Bear Creek Nature Center will proved the information you need to assistance with a cardiac or breathing emergency, or basic First Aid. Upon successful completion, participants will receive certification through the American Red Cross. Must be 16 years old or older, and pre-registration is required.
To register, click here and search activity number 504200.
Night Sky Photography Lecture
Tue Jan. 29, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
245 Bear Creek Road
Come to the Bear Creek Nature Center for a presentation on photographing the stars and the Milky Way given by photographer Mike Pach. Discussion will include tips, techniques and recommended camera gear for capturing images of the night sky.
To register, click here and search activity number 104000-29.
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