News May 1, 2019

News May 1, 2019
Ring the Peak Master Plan Draft
We are proud to announce that after over a year of meeting with a variety of City officials, state agencies and the U.S. Forest Service a draft Ring the Peak Master Plan is now available; please click here to visit our website where you can view and comment on the plan.
Our next step is to collect community input and integrate feedback into a final Management Plan for the Ring. This truly is an exciting time for the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the outdoor community as we work towards building a world-class trail in our own back yard!
Dedication of the Cottonwood Creek Trail/Academy Bridge
Wed. May 1, 12:45 – 2:00 pm
Kumar & Associates: 6735 Kumar Hts
Join Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, for a pre-event bike ride from the Vincent Drive Trailhead – 6740 Vincent Dr – to the ceremony site for the dedication at 1:00 pm . Come revel with us as we rejoice about the new access this addition to the Cottonwood Creek Trail brings to our community!
Westside Neighbors Input Meeting
Sat. May 4, 9:30 – 11:00 am
3103 W Colorado Ave
Westside residents, come chat with us about Connecting People to Parks and Trails. OWN, in partnership with Trails and Open Spaces Coalition, Bike Colorado Springs, CONO and Colorado Health Foundation are looking for ways to increase awareness about the safe connectivity provided by the Midland Trail, create a series of family-friendly rides, and start a “Bikes and Eyes on the Midland” campaign. This meeting is an opportunity for Westside neighbors to share ideas and provide feedback.
More info on Facebook.
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods: 1805 North 30th Street
You won’t want to missed this incredible community celebration benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Come be a part of our festive nighttime bike ride. Light up your bike and cruise through Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs. Venture out for 4, 16, 21 or 23 miles with several food and entertainment stations along the way. The Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods is offering special discounts for Starlight participants, click here to book a room. Early bird registration ends soon, so don’t wait click here to register now! Visit for more information.
Want to help make Starlight a success?
We need volunteers before, during and after the event. Please sign up here.
Friends and Partner News
Bear Creek Community Garden
Want an organic vegetable garden, but don’t have the space? The Charmaine Nymann Community Garden in Bear Creek Park is now open for planting, and a few plots are still available! For more information contact the Bear Creek Garden Association 634-4433 or visit
Fountain Creek Family Fun Day Festival
Sat. May 4, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Ln, Fountain
Come enjoy some family fun at Fountain Creek with loads of outdoor activity stations. Check out dinosaur fossils, solar oven s’mores, bird watching, bug sweeps, kite making, crafts, puppet shows and more.
Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt at Bear Creek
Sat. May 11, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Rd
Get ready, it’s time for a nature scavenger hunt! Teams will complete fun, quirky, and educational challenges, like identifying animal tracks, pollinating flowers and testing water samples. Prepaid registration required, activity # 101000-37.
To learn more and to register
Pikes Peak Birding & Nature Festival
Fri. May 17 – Sun. May 19
Join the community in supporting this local festival that promotes conservation and education, building upon the natural and agricultural heritage resources of the Pikes Peak Region. Discover and learn through seminars, field trips, workshops and other activities, view Festival Schedule.
Free Bicycle-Friendly Driver Course
Sat. May 18, 11:00 – 12:30 pm
Ute Pass Cultural Center
210 E Midland Ave, Woodland Park
Become a Bicycle-Friendly Driver! Come enjoy coffee and doughnuts while learning about best practices for sharing the road. This interactive class covers:
– Laws for bicyclists and motorists.
– Common causes of crashes between motorists and bicyclists and how to avoid them.
– How to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure.
To learn more or to register visit
Full-Moon Hike and Photo Shoot
Sat. May 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Join award-winning photographer Mike Pach for a full-moon hike and photo shoot at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Meet at the visitor center for a brief lecture before heading into the park for a great view of the moon as it rises over the city. Bring your camera gear, tripod, water and headlamp. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park!
1% for the Planet
As a member of the international nonprofit organization 1% for the Planet, Live Dream Colorado pledges to donate 1% of annual income to support the environment. Live Dream Colorado has been a 1% for the Planet member since 2017 and has been honoring their commitment to donate a portion of annual proceeds to Trails and Open Space Coalition since 2015. 1% for the Planet verifies the company’s gross income and donation amount in order to certify their pledge. Broker Owner Lauren D Collier and Broker Rob Hoben believe it is important to have third party verification so that clients know the company is meeting its commitments.
1% for the Planet was started in 2002 by the founder of outdoor gear company Patagonia to inspire businesses to contribute to environmental causes. We encourage other local businesses to join and make the 1% for the Planet Pledge! Visit
Volunteer Projects
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.
Ute Valley Park Volunteer Day
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Trail Maintenance
Thur. May 2, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
Mon. May 6, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Friends of the Peak
Sat. May 4, 8:00 – 3:30 p.m
Sat. May 4, 8:00 – 11:30 am
3600 Maizeland Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sat. May 4, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
1805 N 30th St
Manitou CATS
Sun. May 5, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
10 Oldman’s Trail
Application and more information available at
Application Deadline is Wednesday, May 15!
TOPS Working Committee
Want to be an advocate for parks, trails and open spaces? The City of Colorado Springs is seeking volunteers to serve on the Trails, Open Space and Parks (TOPS) Working Committee. Committee members work together to guide our City in the prudent acquisition, stewardship, development and preservation of Trails, Parks and Open Space. Participants must be committed to attending meetings on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:30 am and property tours,as needed on Wednesdays 3:00 pm.
Public Lands News
Colorado Wilderness Conference
Fri. May 10 – Sun. May 11
Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, 81211
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.
Visit for more info and registration.
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