El Paso County is creating a new Master Plan and is requesting input from current residents. Our community has been experiencing rapid growth and shifting demographics. The new Master Plan will establish priorities, projects, and recommendations to help manage these trends and make El Paso County a more competitive place to live, work, invest, and visit!
Be a part of the planning process, please complete the survey.
Santa Fe Trail Closure
The Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team is scheduled to conclude the Air Force Academy’s graduation ceremony. The Santa Fe Trail and roads under the show area will be closed during the performance on Thursday, May 30th.
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! Complete the phrase #BikesMatterCOS and win a prize on site.
Come pedal with Bike Colorado Springs, Kids on Bikes, Mayor Suthers and his wife Janet! June is Bike Month and what better way to celebrate community, biking and local trails than with a family friendly ride to the PopCycle Bridge. Bring your required helmet and bike. We’ll bring the popsicles and the fun!
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Starlightis right around the corner! If you don’t already have plans for Father’s Day weekend, join us for this spectacular nighttime bike ride. This lively event is full of fun and amusement for the whole family. This year we are celebrating “25 years of wild style.” So pick your favorite theme (or themes) from the past 25 years: steampunk, superhero, space, Wizard of Oz, pirates… put together an awesome costume for you and your bike. The Hyatt Place Garden of the Gods is offering special discounts for Starlight participants; click here to book a room.
Don’t forget, this weekend is packet pickup for Earlybird registers; for more information visit starlightspectacular.org.
Weekly Sponsor Giveaway
Each week, now until Starlight, we will be giving away fantastic prizes from our incredible sponsors! This week we have a Hydration/Recovery Package from Bicycle Village. Share and comment on our Facebook Post for your chance to win.
VOLUNTEER FOR STARLIGHT
We need Course Marshals and Ride Ambassadors to help direct riders during the event. As a thank you for a couple hours of your time, volunteers will get free access to the event, a t-shirt and some light-up accessories!
For more information about volunteering, please click here.
Friends and Partner News
Thur. May 30, 3:00 pm
Come celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Chamberlain Trail! Be a part of the ribbon cutting ceremony, enjoy some light refreshments and explore the trail.
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.
It’s migration time! Join the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park for an easy hike to look for resident and migratory bird species. Barry Cooper will help to spot and identify our feathered friends. This outing is recommended for ages 7 and up.
Cucharras Park Paint Party
Sat. June 8,10:30 – 1:00 pm
1121 W Cucharras St
The Organization of West Side Neighbors is hosting a party to re-paint the basketball court in Cucharras Park. Swing by to meet your neighbors, paint your heart out, or just enjoy the party! Enjoy free food, live music & lawn games.
Come out to Solid Rock Community Development Corporation’s summer celebration! Free food, music, games, prizes and fun for the whole family. Come see the up and coming Mission Trace Center and meet some of the great youth and family organizations serving the southeast area.
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.
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!
Arkansas River in Browns Canyon National Monument. Photo Bobo Wick.
The BLM and USFS is preparing a Resource Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Browns Canyon National Monument. The 21,604-acre monument is located in the Upper Arkansas River Valley, between Buena Vista and Salida. The scenic river canyon, with rugged backcountry, was designated a National Monument in 2015.