News February 13, 2019

News February 13, 2019
Pikes Peak Regional
Crew Leader Training
Friday – Sunday, April 26th – 28th
Starsmore Discovery Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Take your volunteering to the next level with Crew Leader Training! The training will kick off with a weekend-long course that empower local trail volunteers with the skills to help lead safe and effective trail and restoration projects. The Trails and Open Space Coalition is proud to continue to partner with RMFI and others to offer the 8th Annual Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training.
More information and application available at
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.
Blodgett Open Space Forest Restoration Project
February 4 – March 1
Blodgett Open Space
Open space visitors can expect to see and hear machinery (grinders, chain saws and track chipper) between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. City Forestry will be thinning semi-mature Ponderosa pine and dominant Douglas-fir with the intent to create a healthier forest. This forest restoration project will be underway in Blodgett Open Space for approximately one month, depending on the weather.
Colorado Public Lands News
Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Joe Neguse recently introduced the Colorado Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act. The CORE Act unites 4 previously introduced bills and will protect nearly 400,000 acres of Colorado public lands, including establishing 73,000 acres of new wilderness areas! This Act joins and improves these 4 bills: The Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act, the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, and the Curecanti National Recreation Area Boundary Establishment Act.
              Details of the bill, maps, and more.
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:
Bike Lanes in Colorado Springs Town Hall
Mon. Feb 25, 6:00 pm
Pikes Peak Center Studio Bee
190 S Cascade Ave
Join the community conversation by attending the town hall hosted by The Gazette and KKTV 11 News. This forum will be moderated by a KKTV Representative and will focus on bike lanes and their role throughout our community.
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 share information on how you can help support our mission.
Volunteer Projects
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.
Palmer Park Work Day
Sat. March 2, 9:00 – 12:00 PM
Palmer Park 3600 Maizeland Rd
Traverse the park while doing some good. Volunteers are needed for picking up trash and collecting dog waste. Smaller groups will be led in performing light trail maintenance and clearing trail corridor throughout the park. You must register to participate!
Visit Guardians of Palmer Park for more information or click here to register.
Volunteer Field Trip Leader Training
March 19 & 20, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Train to become an Environmental Education leader for school field trip programs at Bear Creek Nature Center. Learn techniques and programs for connecting students to the foothills and surrounding ecosystems.
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. March 28, 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.
Friends and Partner News
Help create the master plan for Jones Park! El Paso County and Altitude Land Consultants are conducting a survey to gather community input on recreational activities, trails and other priorities. Survey response deadline is February 22.
Jones Park Survey
Robson Arena Community Meeting
Sat. Feb 16, 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Art Center
825 N Cascade Avenue
Learn more about the new arena and provide feedback on plans for building, architecture and programs. Colorado College continues work on planning and design of a multi-purpose, best-in-class sustainable sporting event venue as the new home of the CC Tigers Hockey Team and venue for City for Champions events.
More info at
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.
Walk the Dog Day
Fri. Feb 22, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Stratton Open Space
1598 Ridgeway Ave
Head over to Stratton Open Space to promote responsible recreation for humans and canines alike. Say hi to City Park Rangers and stop by the selfie station to snap a pic with your pet. Test your paw-ledge to win fun prizes!
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!
“A Garden Experience”
Sat. March 2, 2:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Watch a short film about the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden, run by the Bear Creek Garden Association. Gardeners share their story and describe how to growrelationships and vegetables to share with the community. Conversation with gardeners and light refreshments after the film.
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 bike camps help Kids on Bikes fulfill their mission and break down barriers to bicycling all year long.
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 using the Midland Trail and Westside Bike Lanes.
Manitou Incline Parking
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.
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.
Visit for more information.
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