News June 5, 2019

News June 5, 2019
News June 5, 2019
Proposed Projects for TABOR Retention
Boulder Park has a Padlocked on the tennis court because it is unsafe to use in its current condition.
The Mayor’s “TABOR retention proposal” allots 7 million dollars to improve parks and trails in Colorado Springs.  Monument Valley Park would get to replace the failing irrigation system and restore two ponds. Boulder and Thorndale Parks could repair their tennis courts. The Homestead, Mesa and Sand Creek Trails would get some much needed maintenance.
City Council will decide whether or not to place the Tabor retention initiative on the November ballot. If you think parks and trails are worth the investment, tell your Council Member to support the Mayor’s proposal.
For more information on the proposed projects please visit our blog.
Share the Trail
June is Colorado Bike month, so we know there will be a lot of cyclists out and about! As our community gears up for a busy season of outdoor fun, we want to take a moment to remind everyone to share the trail. Trail users should be on the right hand side of the trail and always pass on the left.
Construction in North Cheyenne Cañon Park
Starting Tuesday June 4, a traffic improvement project will begin in North Cheyenne Cañon Park to widen the entrance to Seven Falls and improve traffic flow in the area. Travel lanes on Mesa Avenue and South Cheyenne Canyon Road will remain open during construction as will access to Seven Falls. The project is estimated to take four days to complete.
Events
Connect & Celebrate on Cascade
Sat. June 8, 9:30 -11:30 am
Cascade and Fontanero
Join Bike Colorado Springs, a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, for a morning of fun, drinks, popsicles, and bike themed giveaways! Come see two of our city’s newest bicycle connections and celebrate a great example of safe streets for all. Our friends at USA Cycling will have a professional photographer to capture why bikes matter to you.
#BikesMatterCOS
Visit 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.
25th Annual Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
Join us for a spectacular nighttime bike ride full of fun and amusement for the whole family! Cruise through the moonlit streets of Garden of the Gods and west Colorado Springs for 4, 16, 21 or 23 miles. We will kick off the night by award prizes for the best illuminated bike and best costumes. After your ride, meet back at Garden of the Gods for a delicious pancake breakfast.
This is the last weekend for Earlybird check-in!
Visit starlightspectacular.org for more info.
Weekly Sponsor Giveaway
Each week, now until Starlight, we will be giving away fantastic prizes from our incredible sponsors! This week’s giveaway item is a tech shirt made by Pearl Izumi from Old Town Bike Shop. Check our Facebook post for info on how to win.
VOLUNTEER FOR STARLIGHT
We need 4 more Course Marshals 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.
Click here to signup as a volunteer.
Waldo Canyon Member Hike
Sun. June 23, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Join us for a hike to the edge of Waldo Canyon, from Rampart Range Road; led by Bob Falcone, aka Hiking Bob.  We will not be on the old trails in the canyon, since those are still under a closure order by the Forest Service. However, this will be a chance to see the effects of the fire. The area also offers a chance to view deer, bighorn sheep, birds, wildflowers, trees and spectacular views. This difficult hike is about 6 miles long with 1500ft of elevation loss/gain. The first half-mile of the hike is steep, over rocky and unstable footing; so hikers need to be limber and sure-footed!
This is a Members-Only event. For questions about membership,
please give us a call 719-633-6884.
Bike to Work Day
Wednesday, June 26, is celebration of bicycling commuters! Morning breakfast stations, afternoon water stations and bike parties, lots of fun things all day long!  Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for those who bike to work often as well as first-timers to commute! Riding bikes for transportation positively affects regional air quality, health and traffic congestion, and ultimately promotes economic growth in our community.
Visit Facebook for more info or click here to register.
Friends and Partner News
Visit Bristolbrewing.com for more info.
Cheyenne Cañon Ale
Buy an Ale to support the Powell Connector trail project! Every year, Bristol Brewing Company makes the Cheyenne Cañon Piñon Nut Brown Ale. 100% of the profits go right back to Friends of Cheyenne Cañon; an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing North Cheyenne Cañon Park.
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.
Paris to Pittsburgh
Wed. June 12, 6:15 pm
Old Colorado City Library
Our members do more than “hope” for change –they take action!
Judy Carnick has arranged for a free showing of “Paris to Pittsburgh”.
A documentary produced by National Geographic highlighting what’s being done in this country to combat climate change.
To reserve a seat contact Judy at judy@thecarnicks.com
More info on Facebook.
Almost Full Moon Hike
Sat. June 15, 7:30 – 8:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Hts
Join the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park for a moderately easy hike lit by the almost full moon.​ Please bring a flashlight and wear close toed shoes. The hike is free but a parks pass is required.
Learning Laboratory Launch
Sat. June 22, 5:00 – 9:00 pm
Concrete Coyote 1100 S Royer St
Join Concrete Couch in celebrating the launch of Concrete Coyote Learning Laboratory! Enjoy food, games, door prizes, live music and tour of the new property.
Visit www.concretecouch.org for more information.
Volunteer Projects
Spring is in the air and volunteer opportunities are blooming. Check out ourVolunteer 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.
Concrete Couch
June 5th- June 7th 9:00 -12:00 pm
Concrete Coyote 1100 S Royer St
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. June 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Rockrimmon Blvd
Urban Single Track Project
Thur. June 6, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
3225 Mark Dabling Blvd
Trail Maintenance
Thur. June 6, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Mon. June 10, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Wed. June 12, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact darcy.mount@state.co.us for more info
Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course
Sat. June 8, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd
Monument Valley Park
Sat. June 8, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
1800 Recreation Way
Manitou (Trail) CATS
Sun. June 9, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
10 Oldman’s Trail
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 www.wildconnections.org
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