A community member asked the Trails and Open Space Coalition:
“Several years ago when the Chestnut street bridge was rebuilt, a short trail segment was added to the Sinton Trail which goes under (rather than across) Chestnut road. I really liked that little addition, but a few months after it opened a large barricade with a “trail closed” sign was placed across it. It has remained closed for (I think) several years now. Does anybody know why? And will it ever reopen?”
We asked our partners at Parks that question and here’s the answer:
“we are working with a landowner for a trail easement on the east side of Chestnut. This has been in progress for several years and are hopeful it will resolve soon. The barricades were erected to keep trail users from trespassing for the time being.” Read more…
Pikes Peak Regional Crew Leader Training
Friday – Sunday, April 26th – 28th
Starsmore Discovery Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Crew Leader Training is almost full; don’t miss your chance to register! Meet amazing people and make a big impact in your community by helping to maintain and improve our trails and public lands.
Join us for a spectacular late night bike ride! Venture through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs. Opt in for a lively night of illuminated bikes paired with amazing food and entertainment. Only early birds are guaranteed a t-shirt, so register now. Have friends or family visiting from out of town? Starlight participants get access to special discounts for booking a room at Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods, You won’t want to missed this incredible community celebration benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
There are a variety of way you can help out before, during and after the event. It doesn’t matter if you are a social butterfly, prefer to work independently or with a small group; if you want to help make Starlight a success, we have a role for you! Click here to sign up.
2019 American Discovery Trail Marathon
Mon. September 2, 6:30 – 12:00 pm
America The Beautiful Park
121 Cimino Drive
Compete in a scenic marathon, half marathon or 10k with live music, a crowd-pleasing spread and beer garden at the post-race party! The American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon is recognized as a premier race event by local and out-of-state runners.The ADT Marathon benefits the Trails and Open Space Coalition and Pikes Peak Road Runners.
Come learn about the geology in our region. The Friends of Stratton Open Space have recruited professional geologist Jay Temple to share a presentation on the geology of Cheyenne Canon and Stratton Open Space.
Garden of the Gods is honoring Earth Day with a Motorless Morning! Motor vehicles will not be allowed to enter the park until after noon. Plus, the Visitor and Nature Center and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site will be hosting family-friendly Earth Day festivities 9:00 – 3:00 pm.
Gear up for a celebration of the history, current state and future of biking in the Pikes Peak region! The panel includes Trails and Open Space Coalition / Bike Colorado Springs Engagement Chair Allen Beauchamp, along with several other knowledge bike enthusiasts. It’s sure to be a fascinating discussion.
Attend the public open house to learn more about the Circle Drive Bridges Project (I-25 and Harrison High, Hancock Expressway, BNSF railroad, Pikes Peak Greenway, and E Las Vegas St). These bridges were built in 1963 and exceeded their lifespan. Come provide input on the planning and design for replacement of the bridges.
City Nature Challenge
April 26 – 29th
Be a part of the 2019 City Nature Challenge! We need as many citizen scientists as possible to document all the flora and fauna we have in the region; that includes regional parks, open spaces, city parks and even your own backyard. Just download the free iNaturalist app and collect pictures and info of all the nature (wildlife, birds, plants and bugs) you see April 26 – 29th.
Come learn about and share your ideas about the huge renovation project at Panorama Park! This 13.5 acre neighborhood park located in Southeast Colorado Springs will soon receive the largest neighborhood park renovation in city history. This initial meeting will focus on creating a multi-generational play experience that is welcoming to all.
Be a part of the 2019 Great American Cleanup! There are several parks, trails and creeks throughout the Pikes Peak Region that need a good spring cleaning. You can make a positive impact in our community.
The Manitou Monsters High School Mountain Bike team is offering Wilderness First Aid and CPR training. This course is perfect for anyone who recreates, coaches or leads groups more than one hour away from medical support services. The training is open to the public and includes 16 hours of hands on training and a Wilderness First Aid Certificate upon completion.
Equestrian Skills Course – Bear Creek Regional Park
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Join the Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course for a great multi-user trail event! Bring the whole family (including friendly horses and dogs) to play. Anyone can win the Spring Fling 5K Poker Ride/Run, its a non-speed event. Proceeds benefit the building of the equestrian skills course.
Spring is in the air and volunteer opportunities are blooming. Check out our Volunteer Calendar for details about community projects and how to connect with one or several of our amazing friends groups that help keep our incredible parks, trails and open spaces accessible and beautiful!
Calling all wilderness lovers! The Colorado Wilderness Conferences is returning to Buena Vista to discuss the state’s most pressing Wilderness topics such as new designations, current management strategies, and grassroots organizing skills. Learn more about advocacy, stewardship and protections for Colorado’s Wildest Landscapes. Event includes workshops, speaker panels, networking and field trips; along with food, drinks & entertainment.