The El Paso County Parks Department will be working on forest restoration within Black Forest Regional Park, requiring periodic park and trail closures, May through July. The project will focus on removing dead trees, thinning and planting in the understory, and treating the area for noxious weed.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is proud to have been chosen as a grantee recipient of The Trust for Public Land‘s Partnership Fund. We’ll be engaging with the community to develop a master plan for Panorama Park and partnering with Kids on Bikes to create a youth bicycle program in the southeast area. We are excited to work together to make Colorado Springs a greener city with quality parks close to homes.
Westside neighbors, come share your ideas about Connecting People to Parks and Trails. We are looking for the best way to increase awareness about the safe connectivity provided by the Midland Trail, create a series of family-friendly rides and other park based events, and start a “Bikes and Eyes on the Midland” campaign. This meeting is an opportunity for Westside residents to provide input for how we can best accomplish these goals.
Starlight is a month away, but you only have a few days until the Earlybird Sale ends! Prices will increase May 20th, so don’t wait; register now to secure the best ticket price and a tech t-shirt. You won’t want to missed this incredible community celebration benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition. We will be celebrating “25 years of wild style.” So, put on your favorite costume, light up your bike and join us for a spectacular ride through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs with food and entertainment stations along the way. Hyatt Place is offering special discounts for Starlight participants; click here to book a room.
Each week, now until Starlight, we will be giving away fantastic prizes from our incredible sponsors! We are kicking things off with a Deluxe Light Package from Ted’s Bicycles. Visit this link on our Facebook Page for more info about how to win these illuminating goodies.
We are looking for some fabulous community members willing to help us with this amazing event! We need volunteers to help set up banners and barricades before Starlight starts, Course Marshals and Ride Ambassadors during the event to help direct people, and after a long night of fun we will need help take everything down and cleaning up to ensure we leave the area better than we found it. As a thank you for a couple hours of your time, volunteers will get free access to the event, a tech t-shirt and some light-up accessories. For more information about volunteering, please click here.
Friends and Partner News
Spring Bird Walk
Wed. May 15, 7:30 – 9:00 am
Monument Valley Park
Fonanero St Entrance
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for a morning bird walk led by experienced birders David Rudin and Gary Conover. Please bring binoculars and leave your dogs at home. The group has spotted or heard 24 different bird species on this outing!
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.
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!
Now is your chance to Paint with a Purpose. Enjoy a fun two hour, step by step, art class lead by the awesome and talented artist/instructor: Ben Bires. Proceeds will benefit the City’s Stormwater Project!
What edible wild plants grow nearby? Come to Bear Creek for a tour of wild edibles and practical food uses by Wild Food Girl. Learn to forage and maybe even try some samples. Pre-registration required, activity #101000-39.
Summer Coyote Projects
June 3rd – June 7th 9:00 -12:00 pm
Concrete Coyote 1100 S Royer St
Join Concrete Couch for a variety of community projects at their new property. Work with master builders on construction projects including trails, stone retaining walls, carpentry and more. Visit concretecouch.org for more info.
Mountain Equip Recyclers (MER) strives to offer high-quality gear at discounted prices; while giving back to great local non-profits, preserving the environment, and contributing to ‘buy local’ ideas. MER is looking for new and lightly used outdoor gear, especially: approach/climbing shoes, rain jackets/pants, hitch mounted bike racks, 29er mountain bikes, softshell jackets, trekking poles, shorts/skirts, and hiking boots.
Donate your gently used items to MER and let them know you want the proceeds to support TOSC.
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.