News May 29, 2019

News May 29, 2019
El Paso County Master Plan
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.
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! Complete the phrase #BikesMatterCOS and win a prize on site.
More info on Facebook.
PopCycle Family Ride with Mayor Suthers
Sun. June 9, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
126 Cimino Dr
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
Starlight is 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
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.
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
Chamberlain Trail
Ribbon Cutting
Thur. May 30, 3:00 pm
Chamberlain Trailhead
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.
Get Outdoors Day
Sat. June 1, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Memorial Park
1605 E Pikes Peak Ave
Saturday is 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.
Spring Migration Bird Walks
Tuesday, June 4, 8:00 – 10:30 am
410 JL Ranch Hts
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
Cucharras Park
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.
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 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.
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.
Trail Maintenance
Wed. May 29, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Fri. May 31, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info
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
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. June 1, 8:00 – 12:00 pm
3600 Maizeland Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Blodgett Peak Open Space
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.
Public Land News
Planning for
Browns Canyon National Monument
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.
For more information or to share comments for the planning process; please visit
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