News March 20, 2019

News March 20, 2019
Friends of Ute Valley Park Receive Community Service Award
The Colorado Springs Fire Department presented the David J. Collas Community Service Award to the Friends of Ute Valley Park! The Friends of Ute Valley Park were recognized for their outstanding commitment to community safety through collaborative and cooperative efforts in wildfire risk reduction. The friends group provided outstanding assistance and invaluable partnership during the fire mitigation project in Ute Valley Park. The Friends of Ute Valley Park is a committee of the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Falcon Dog Park is Open
The new Falcon Dog Park is officially open to the public! The Grand Opening Ceremony will be on Saturday, April 13th at 10:00 am.
2019 Colorado Springs Elections
You should have received your ballot for the Mayoral race and City Council-at-Large seats. The Trails and Open Space Coalition sent questions to the candidates on topics like TOPS, Parks Funding, Bike Lanes and Park Priorities. Not all candidates chose to participate, but all were contacted and provided with the questions. View Questions and Answers.
View recording of City Council Candidate Debate on environment and energy at Colorado College.
Sports & Recreation Expo
Thur. March 21, 5:00 – 8:30 pm
Ivywild School 1604 S Cascade Ave
Get ready for your summer of adventure at the Outdoor Sports and Rec Expo. Connect with local vendors to learn about events, fitness training and must-have gear. Don’t miss your chance to walk away with some incredible door prizes!
Public Lands News
Land and Water Conservation
On March 12,2019 one of the most important conservation bills in a decade was signed into law! This legislation permanently reauthorizing the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund that pays for parks, wildlife and recreation projects in all 50 states. The bill creates new wilderness areas across four states, blocks mining in sensitive ecosystems, and protects hunting and fishing opportunities on federal land.
TOSC Membership Hike
Sat. April 13th 10:00 – 12:00 pm
North Cheyenne Canon Park: 3440 North Cheyenne Canon Road
Join us for our first members-only adventure of 2019! The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) Members will be joining up with the Friends of Cheyenne Canon to explore one of the newest trails in the area. The Buffalo Canyon Trail is a short easy/moderate loop with lots to check out.
This is a Members-Only event. Please do not sign up for this hike if you are not a current Trails and Open Space Coalition Member or Friends of Cheyenne Canon Member. For questions about membership status, please call 719-633-6884. To become a member, please click here to donate.
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! Crew Leader Training is a great way to meet amazing people and make a bigger impact in your community. Crew Leaders are a crucial part of maintaining and improving our public lands.
More information and application available at
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
Come be a part of one of the nation’s oldest and largest community bike rides; Early Bird Registration is now open. 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, superhero, wild west, space, the 60’s, pirates… get your costume, decorate your bike and join us for a spectacular night!
Starlight riders, families and friends are invited to make June 14-16, 2019 a special weekend with a stay at the Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods. Stay one night, or the whole weekend! Use this Booking Link to unlock the special rate of $149 per night. All the rooms have 2 double beds or a king bed, and a separate area with sofa sleeper. Rate includes fresh deluxe breakfast for your whole party, free Wi-Fi and parking.
Volunteer Projects
Nature Center Volunteer 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.
March 21 & 22, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Ln, Fountain
Train to become a Volunteer Field Trip Leader at Fountain Creek Nature Center. Learn techniques and programs for connecting students to the wetlands and surrounding ecosystems. For more information, please contact Paula 719-520-6387
Trail Love at The Chutes
Thur. March 21, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
Chutes Parking Area
2159 Gold Camp Road
Medicine Wheel will be working on the long-awaited re-route of the Chutes Trail! Help clear a corridor for the new route. Tasks include cutting brush and scrub oak. Heavy snow prior to the event could cause cancellation, check Facebook for up-to-date info.
Youth Advisory Council for Panorama Park
Youth advocates wanted! Work with community leaders and design professionals to transform Panorama Park into a truly amazing park for the whole community. Youth will be compensated for their time. Application deadline is March 22.
Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park Volunteer Orientation
Sat. March 23, 10:00 – 11:00 am
21ST St, Colorado Springs
Be the person your dog thinks you are and sign-up to be a Green Paws Volunteer! Help with monthly clean-up events, improvement projects, fundraising, and special events. The Friends of Bear Creek Dog Park is a 100% volunteer group looking for more helping hands, dog lovers and park users to join their team.
North Cheyenne Cañon Volunteer Training
Sat. March 23,  10:00 – 2:00 pm
Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center 2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Support North Cheyenne Cañon Park by volunteering! Volunteer roles include providing visitors with information, directions, assistance (at centers & on trails), helping with education programs and park events (Hummingbird Experience in May, Canya Cañon Run/Hike in November), and/or park clean-ups.
Shooks Run Trail Clean-up
Thur. March 28, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
PikeRide Office
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Join PikeRide for their monthly Shooks Run trail clean-up on PikeRide bikes. Please be sure to register so there are enough bikes on hand for everyone. You will be amazed by the impact you can make!
Volunteer at Rainbow Falls
Volunteer Training
Sat. March 30, 10:00 am
Creekside Meeting Room
2002 Creek Crossing St.
Be a Volunteer Interpreter for Rainbow Falls Historic Site! For more information please contact Theresa, or (719) 520-6977.
April Stools Day
Sat. April 6, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Bear Creek Dog Park
21ST St, Colorado Springs
Help clean up Bear Creek Dog Park! This beloved 10-acre dog park with benches, shaded areas, restrooms and agility course needs some community love. Show your appreciation for this well used area by scooping some extra poop and picking up trash on April 6th.
Trail Work at North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Sat. April 6, 8:30 – 3:00 pm &
Sun. April 7, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
North Cheyenne Cañon Park
2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd
Help the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon finish the new Powell Connector Trail!
This will be a technical trail work day, perfect for those looking for the chance to sharpen your trail work skills, or new volunteers that are eager to learn. Volunteers must commit to a full workday.
Garden of the Gods Needs Volunteers!
Garden of the Gods is actively seeking volunteers to help lead guided nature walks and connect people with the Garden of the Gods.There are lots of ways to volunteer, help out with the Information Desk, School Programs, 5k Fun Run events, Trail work and more.
Visit for more information.
The Great American Cleanup
April 27, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
More than 20 locations
Join the Pikes Peak Partners for the 2019 Great American Cleanup! Help make a positive impact in our community, there are several areas throughout the Pikes Peak Region that need your help. Register now to get your top pick of cleanup sites.
Friends and Partner News
Full Moon Photo Hike & Workshop
Wed. March 20, 6:00– 8:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Rd
Join Mike Pach for a guided photo shoot to capture the full moon rising over the city! Bring your camera, tripod, telephoto and wide-angle lenses. Prepaid registration required, activity# 101000-28.
Parties for Parks
Wed. March 20, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
JAK’s Brewing
11860 Stapleton Dr, Falcon
Drop in to meet local Friends Groups and Parks Staff and chat about what’s new with County Parks. Enjoy food, drinks and fun provided by JAK’s Brewing and Papa Johns Pizza!
Spring Equinox Night Hike
Wed. March 20, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Celebrate the beginning of spring with a special astronomy hike through Garden of the Gods Park. Learn about traditions and stories inspired by the spring night sky. Reservations required.
Introduction to Wilderness Survival
Thur. March 28, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Learn the basics of Wilderness survival! Colorado Native Jason Marsteiner’s lectures will touch on the top 10 must have items in the back-country, common mistakes, wildlife awareness and more.
Registration required, activity# 501200-02.
2019 Lineworkers Rodeo
Sat. March 30, 7:30 – 4:00 pm
Rock Ledge Ranch, parking at 2424 Garden of the Gods Road
FREE EVENT. Enjoy food trucks and family-friendly events while watching lineworkers from across the country compete.
Visit for more information or visit Facebook Event.
Walk, Run, or Roll for Daniel
Sat. March 30, 9:30
America The Beautiful Park
126 Cimino Dr
Join the community effort to support Daniel Giffin’s recovery from brain surgery and ongoing cancer treatment. Bike 15k to Tap Trader Brewery for Pancakes and Hot Chocolate or walk/run 5k along Fountain Creek. Event will have local musicians from Colorado Springs Conservatory and post-ride festivities.
Junior Naturalist Day
Sat. March 30, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd
Become a Junior Naturalist! This is a great opportunity for families with children ages 7-12 to explore Bear Creek. There will be guided hikes, touch tables and educational exhibits.
Austin Bluffs Open Space Community Meeting
Tue. April 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Grant Elementary School
3215 Westwood Blvd
Be a part of the master planning process for Austin Bluffs Open Space. The City is hosting a public meeting to develop a plan for the sustainable development of recreational opportunities in the open space as well as guidance for appropriate management of the natural resources.
Visit for more information.
Check out Facebook Event.
MER Winter Clearance
Sat. April 6, 11:00 – 6:00 pm
Mountain Equip Recyclers
1024 S Tejon St
Donate your old outdoor equipment for TOSC; take your gently used gear to MER by April 1st so they can list it for their winter sale on Saturday April 6th. Most everything will be on sale with the steepest discounts on winter gear. ​Free food and drink at noon.
Karma Hour for Friends of Red Rock Canyon
Tue. April 9th, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Bristol 1604 S Cascade Ave
Join the Friends of Red Rock Canyonfor a pint! Bristol Brewery will be donating $1 for every pint sold to the friends group. Meet up with the group and its board to get a Red Rock Canyon sticker and to learn all about work activities for the upcoming season.
Visit for more info.
Program Dates: July 8-28, 2019 @ Willow Lake Basin
Calling all college students! Live and learn in the incredible natural classroom of the Colorado wilderness. Earth Corps students will complete environmental restoration projects, learn and practice outdoor leadership, Leave No Trace ethics, back-country navigation, alpine mountaineering, and risk management skills. To learn more or to apply, visit
Application Deadline is April 12, 2019.
Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon Community Workshop
Wed. April 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Westside Community Center Gym
1628 W Bijou St
Lets Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon together! The entire community is invited to attend the second planning workshops for the Waldo Canyon project.
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