News January 30, 2019

News January 30, 2019
Connecting People to Parks
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is pleased to announce we have been awarded a Colorado Health Foundation Grant for our “Connecting People to Parks” project! The project aims to connect schools and neighborhoods to parks.  Read more on our blog.
Ribbon Cutting for Foothills and Gateway Trails
Rescheduled due to weather
Wed. Jan 30, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rock Ledge Ranch at Garden of the Gods: 3105 Gateway Rd
Come see the new Foothills and Gateway Trails at Garden of the Gods! The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate all the hard work that went into the new drainage system and pedestrian bridge over Camp Creek.
Community Meeting
Thur. Jan 31, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Black Forest Fire and Rescue Station 1: 11445 Teachourt Road
Learn about the exciting new plans for a Nature Center in northern El Paso County! El Paso County Staff and Altitude Land Consultants want community input on the potential location, partnerships and collaborations, as well as the long-term use and maintenance for the new center.
Parking Update for Manitou Incline
Please be advised that as of January 22, 2019 the parking lot owned by the Cog Railway is closed. The area is needed for staging equipment and materials as they begin reconstruction of the cog line. The lot will remain closed through the duration of the reconstruction of the railway, which is expected to take a couple of years.
County Parks Rule Changes
El Paso County Parks is exploring several changes to parks rules and regulations, including limiting the hours of operation and requiring dogs to be on a leash outside of designated dog parks. County Parks is accepting public comments on these proposed changes through February 4.
Bike Colorado Springs Membership
Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, wants you by our side as we advocate for a more bike-friendly city, that’s why we’re introducing a Membership Program! Bike Colorado Springs believes that riding bikes is for everyone; whether you do it for health, recreation, environmentalism, commuting, to save money, necessity or all of the above. As a member we will update you on bicycle news, events and information on how you can help support our mission.
Boulder Park Open House
Wed. Feb 6, 6:30 pm
Columbia Elementary School: 835 E St Vrain St
Join us for the first public meeting to discuss plans to renovate Boulder Park! The Trails and Open Space Coalition is a fiscal sponsor of the Friends of Boulder Park and helped to form the group in 2018. We are excited to be a part of connecting the community and Parks Department to discuss the project and start the master planning process. More info on our blog.
Winter Bike to Work Day
Fri. Feb 8, 7:00 – 9:00 am
Bundle up for Winter Bike to Work Day! Visit Kids on Bikes at the PopCycle Bridge-Beacon St. and Van Buren- or visit Bike Colorado Springs and the Trails and Open Space Coalition at the Sustainacenter: 702 E. Boulder St, to get some breakfast on the way into work.
Click here to sign up. Check out and share our Facebook Event.
Volunteer Projects
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. Feb 7, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
PikeRide Office
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join PikeRide for the monthly Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes! Please be sure to register so we have enough bikes on hand for everyone. You will be amazed by the things found.
Kids on Bikes Volunteers
Be a part of making a child’s dream come true and have fun by volunteering with Kids on Bikes.
Ongoing volunteer positions, include: Bike Ambassador, Bike Mechanic,
Strider Bike Camp Assistant, Family PopCycle Ride Leader, and Mountain Bike Camp Assistant.
Nature Centers Volunteers
Be a volunteer at Bear Creek or Fountain Creek Nature Center! You could serve as a desk receptionist, special event helper, environmental education leader, or fundraising supporter.
Friends and Partner News
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Cheyenne Mountain State Park has installed self service kiosks! No more worrying about having exact change; you can now purchase daily park passes, daily 3D range passes, and even annual passes.
Kids on Bikes Summer Camps
It’s time to sign up for Kids on Bikes’ Summer Camp! Camp classes offer kids the opportunity to develop overall bicycling and mountain bike skills, see a variety of terrain, explore the local trail systems, and cultivate a love for bicycling at a young age. Proceeds from our bike camps help us fulfill our mission and break down barriers to bicycling all year long.
Tree Canopy Assessment Open House
Tue. Feb 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
City Auditorium: 221 E Kiowa St
Come learn about the ecological, environmental, and community benefits of our local tree canopy. The Colorado Springs Tree Canopy Assessment analyzed the City’s urban tree canopy, possible planting area, and changes over a 20-year period. The results provide baseline data to develop strategies to protect and expand trees and natural areas in Colorado Springs.
14th Annual
Bighorn Sheep Day
Sat. Feb 9th, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor Center
1805 N 30th St
Come celebrate the 14th Annual Bighorn Sheep Day! It’s a full day of free family fun with wildlife viewing stations, educational presentations, guided nature walks, live zoo animalsand lots more.
Leon Young Memorial Committee Kick-Off
Tue. Feb 12, 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Hillside Community Center: 925 South Institute Street
Help identify project priorities for the Leon Young Pavilion site and Community Development Block Grant funding.The City is seeking community feedback about locations and opportunities to recognize Leon Young in a space that supports his commitment to youth programs.
For more information, visit Facebook Event or
2019 City Center Series
Wed. Feb 13, 6:00 pm
Gaylord Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N. Cascade Ave
Hosted by partner entrepreneurs RUSS WARE AND YEMI MOBOLADE (Wild Goose Meeting House, Good Neighbors Meeting House), this set of lightning interviews zeroes in on the people, companies and attributes that have won Colorado Springs growing national acclaim. Featured speakers include:
Wed. Feb 13, 6:30 pm
Regal Interquest Stadium 14 & RPX
1120 Interquest Pkwy
Visit Regal Interquest Stadium 14 & RPX for a special viewing of sports and fitness documentary The Bikes of Wrath. Five Australians attempt to cycle 2600 kms from Oklahoma to California in honor of the westward migration undertaken by ‘The Grapes of Wrath’s’ Joad family. The Bikes of Wrath is a unique, funny and insightful documentary series filled with adventure, literature, music, and human connection.
Wine Tasting and Awards Reception
Sat. Feb 16, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Come to Bear Creek Nature Center to sample various wines, enjoy light appetizers and mingle with others who appreciate wine. The Winter Hobby Wine Competition Awards will be presented at this special event.
Prepaid registration required.
Click here to register. Activity #504300
Corral Bluffs AllianceKarma Hour
Tue. Feb 19, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bristol Brewing Company
1604 S Cascade Ave
Join Bristol in supporting our friends at Corral Bluffs Alliance. $1 for every pint sold will be donated to help maintain, preserve and protect Jimmy Camp Creek and Corral Bluffs Open Space. So come in, buy a pint, and support the good work that’s being done in our community.
Rainbow Falls Winter Waterfall Viewing
Sat. Feb 23, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Rainbow Falls
While the cold winter months and dwindling daylight can really put a damper on the season, a visit to see the frozen Rainbow Falls will give you a great reason to be outside on a cold day. Winter offers a striking new perspective on this area that is often crowded during the warmer months!
Bear Creek Community Garden
It’s time to start thinking about gardening! Plots are now available at The Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park.
How Did Those Red Rocks Get There
The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center is offering free movie tickets for the short film How Did Those Red Rocks Get There to furloughed federal employees and their immediate family members through February 28, 2019. To be eligible please present a valid federal I.D. badge.
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