News February 20, 2019

News February 20, 2019
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
The Starlight Spectacular Early Bird Registration is now open! This annual tradition has become one of the nation’s oldest and largest community bike rides.Cruise through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs for 16, 21 or 23 miles—now with an early 4-mile kid friendly ride. This year we are celebrating “25 years of wild style”. Pick your favorite theme, light up your bike and join us for a spectacular late night ride.

We are still accepting event sponsors, this is a great way to advertise your brand to thousands of people! Sponsorship DEADLINE is Feb 28, contact for more info.

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
Public Lands News
Land and Water Conservation Fund
On Feb 12, 2019 the Senate voted to indefinitely extend the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a key funding mechanism for national and local parks. Senate Bill 47, now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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.
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.
City Council Candidate Debate
Thur. March 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Packard Hall: 5 W Cache La Poudre St
Attend the Energy and Open Spaces Debate: A Town Collaborative, for the upcoming Colorado Springs City Council Election. Hosted by The Collaborative for Community Engagement, Colorado Springs Independent, Colorado Springs Business Journal, and Trails and Open Spaces Coalition.
Volunteer Projects
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.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Volunteer Interpreter Training
Sun. Feb 24, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Camper Services Building
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Be a volunteer for Cheyenne Mountain State Park! Volunteer Interpreter Training is for education programs, guided hikes, park events, etc. Learn more and get to know the park staff and other volunteers before we head into the busy season.
Equestrian Skills Course Work Day
Sat. March 9, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Equestrian Skills Course atBear Creek Regional Park
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Come out and help build the only public equestrian park of its kind in the country! The Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course have started work on The Flats. Volunteers will be putting up fence and possibly building obstacle to go in the area, as well as regular maintenance and trash cleanup.
For more information
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.
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.
Friends and Partner News
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!
Jones Park Survey
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.
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!
Mueller State Park Hike
Sun. Feb 24, 9:30 am
Rock Pond Trail Mueller State Park
Ready for a moderate to difficult 5 mile hike? Meet at the Visitor Center parking lot for a winter adventure Led by Volunteer Naturalist Rose. Snowshoes, spikes and poles recommended!
More info available at
Friends of Mueller State Park Meeting
Feb 27, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Mueller State Park Visitor Center
21045 CO-67, Divide
Show your support by joining The Friends of Mueller State Park! Provide input for park projects and programs.
To learn more visit
“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.
Women in the Backcountry and the Boardroom
March 19, 4:00 – 6:30 pm
Ent Center for the Arts: 5225 N Nevada Ave
Join El Pomar Foundation for a discussion about women’s opportunities, contributions and engagements in the outdoor industry. Hilaree Nelson O’Neill, one of the most accomplished mountaineers in the outdoor industry, will be sharing her team’s expedition to Khakabo Razi in northern Myanmar.
Report park issues to El Paso County
Anyone who notices issues on County Roads or in El Paso County Parks can use Citizen Connect to submit a service request and track its progress.
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.
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