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 email@example.com 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 rmfi.org.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.