News May 22, 2019

News May 22, 2019
Ultimate Guide for Trails in Colorado
Colorado Department of Natural Resources has released a new app claiming to be the ultimate guide for Colorado trails. COTREX, short for Colorado Trail Explorer, is a comprehensive statewide trail map application containing 39,829 miles of trails, 2,350 trailheads and up-to-date information from 236 land managers across federal, state, city and county levels. COTREX provides maps and trail profiles detailing the length, elevation, difficulty, terrain type and user info.
Try it out,
Bike Month Kickoff Party
Thur. May 30, 5:00 – 8:00
Tap Traders 3104 N Nevada
Join Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, in celebrating the kickoff to Bike Month. Come learn about all the festivities planned for Bike Month, plus exciting bike projects happening throughout our great city! Plus, we will be handing out prizes to people who complete the phrase #BikesMatterCOS.
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
The 25th Starlight Spectacular night bike ride is just 3 weeks away! Tickets are selling fast, so register now to secure your spot to this fun and one of a kind event benefiting the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC). Starlight participants get a special discount at Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods; click here to book a room. Earlybird packet pickup starts this weekend; for more information visit
Each week, now until Starlight, we will be giving away fantastic prizes from our incredible sponsors! This week we have lightweight outdoor gear from REI. Like and comment on our Facebook Post for your chance to win this Flash 22 Backpack and FlexLite Chair.
Help TOSC with our biggest fundraiser of the year! We need volunteers tohelp 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 taking everything down and cleaning up. 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; plus the warm fuzzy feeling you get from doing a good deed to help support the parks, trails and open spaces in our community. For more information about volunteering, please click here.
Friends and Partner News
Wild Food Foraging
Sat. May 25, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
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.
Get Outdoors Day
Sat. June 1, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Memorial Park
1605 E Pikes Peak Ave
Pike Ride is hosting Get Outdoors Day! Bring the entire family out to try something new. Enjoy outdoor activities such as archery, biking, climbing, fishing, paddling and more.
Wildflower Walk
Sat. June 1, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Monument Valley Park
205 W Fontanero St
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for a lovely morning walk. Come view the magnificent wildflowers blooming in the park. Colorado Native Plant Master, Carey Harrington, will lead the tour and provide information along the way.
More info on Facebook.
Summer Fest 2019
Sat. June 8, 12:00 – 4:00 pm
Mission Trace Shopping Center
3031 S Academy Blvd
Come out to Solid Rock Community Development Corporation’s summer celebration! Free food, music, games, prizes and fun for the while family. Come see the up and coming Mission Trace Center and meet some of the great youth and family organizations serving the southeast area.
MER Consignor Call-out!
Mountain Equip Recyclers (MER) strives to offer high-quality gear at discounted prices; while preserving the environment and giving back to great local non-profits. MER is looking for new and lightly used outdoor summer gear, specifically:approach/climbing shoes, rain jackets/pants, hitch mounted bike racks, 29er mountain bikes, softshell jackets, trekking poles, shorts/skirts, and hiking boots.
For more information, please
Donate your used gear to MER
and let them know you want the proceeds to support TOSC.
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.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Pineries Open Space
Trail Maintenance
Sat. May 25, 8:00– 2:00 pm
Wed. May 29, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. May 15, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
317 S Rockrimmon Blvd
Friends of the Peak
Thur. May 30, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Pike Ride
Thur. May 30, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Concrete Couch
June 3rd – June 7th 9:00 -12:00 pm
Concrete Coyote 1100 S Royer St
Parks and Recreation
Advisory Board Alternates
The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board is looking for alternates to serve on the board.  If you have an interest in public parks, playgrounds, programs, urban forest, recreation facilities and resources in our community, please consider being a part of this fantastic team!
Application Deadline is June 10.
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