News June 12, 2019

News June 12, 2019
News June 12, 2019
Sharing the Trail
Trails are a lot like the roads, there are rules and right of ways that should be followed to ensure everyone is able to travel safely. Our trails are multi-functional and open to many diverse users, so we need to be prepared to interact with one another. It is important for trail users to communicate. If you’re going to pass someone, especially from behind, make them aware of your intentions. A simple “hello” or “on your left” a friendly, “Hi there. Can I get around you?” works just as well, just be sure to announce your presence and allow for response time.
Your Transportation Plan
Help the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) identify the issues you care about. CDOT wants to develop a strategic plan inclusive of all modes of transportation with a data-driven needs assessment, plus public and stakeholder input. This is your chance to influence project priorities for the next ten years.
Visit YourTransportationPlan.com to take the survey.
Events
Starlight Spectacular
Sat. June 15, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
Garden of the Gods
1805 North 30th Street
The 25th Annual Starlight Spectacular is this weekend! Join us in celebrating the silver anniversary with a ride 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 with tasty treats from The Ice Cream Lab and prizes for the greatest Wild Style costumes, grandest illuminated bike and more. After your spectacular starlight ride, meet us back at Garden of the Gods for a delicious pancake breakfast.
Visit starlightspectacular.org for more info.
Parking Update: In years past, riders have parked in the Rock Ledge Parking Lot, but due to field rehabilitation, parking will be limited in this area. Please consider arriving early, carpooling and riding from home to help ease the burden of parking. Additional parking will be available along Chambers Way and 31st Street.
VOLUNTEER FOR STARLIGHT
We need a few more Ride Ambassadors to help direct riders and fix simple bike issues! As a thank you for a couple hours of your time, volunteers will receive free access to the event, plus a t-shirt and fabulous light-up accessories.
Click here to signup as a volunteer.
YMCA Bike Fest
Sat. June 22, 9:00 – 2:00 pm
Cottonwood Creek YMCA
3920 Dublin Blvd
Join Bike Colorado Springs (BCS), a program of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, at the YMCA’s Bike Fest! Come enjoy food trucks, vendor booths, bike safety checks, a bounce house, a pump track for smaller kids and, of course, bike rides! There will be four routes to choose from, BCS will be venturing out for the 9 mileCottonwood Creek Connectivity Cruise.
Bike to Work Day
Be a part of Bike to Work Day on Wednesday, June 26. Bicycling commuters will have access to lots of fun and activities throughout the day: morning breakfast stations, afternoon water stations and bike parties along various routes!  Bike to Work Day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate all the benefits of bicycling; it doesn’t matter if you bike to work often or are a first-time commuter! Riding bikes for transportation positively affects air quality, personal health and local 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.
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
Suds Stumps and Stars
Sat. June 15, 6:30 – 10:30 pm
Florisant Fossil Beds
15807 Co Rd 1, Florissant
Come join the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds for a fun night of food, beer, music, and stargazing! This will be an exciting night under the stars and a great way to kick off the 50th anniversary summer at the monument with music, beer and night sky viewings with the astronomical society.
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.
National Pollinator Week
Monday June 17 – Sunday June 23
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Hts
Come learn about and celebrate our local pollinators! Each day Cheyenne Mountain State Park will be spotlighting a different species that helps to pollinate the park’s plants. Enjoy a wide variety of fun activities, like honey tastings and butterfly egg hunting.
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 a tour of the new property.
Visit www.concretecouch.org for more information.
Wildflower Photography
More info on Facebook or
Sat. June 22, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center: 1805 N 30th St
Join award-winning photographer and hiker Bob “Hiking Bob” Falcone for a crash course in wildflower photography. Learn Bob’s secrets for outstanding photos in all kinds of weather and lighting conditions, using anything from a cell phone to a high-end digital SLR. Be sure to bring your camera because this class includes a short practical exercise in wildflower photography.
Firefly Celebration
& Night Hike
June 21 & 22, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Peppergrass Lane
Yes, we have spotted fireflies in the park over the years! Learn about the lives of fireflies, make a firefly craft and hike to find these rare wonders in the park.
for more info.
Robson Arena
For more info please visitwww.coloradocollege.edu
Sat. June 29 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N Nevada
Come see the revised plans for the Robson Arena at Colorado College. Check out the updated site plan as well as plans for the architecture, landscaping, traffic, and parking that have been refined based on public input received over the past several months. The meeting concludes the college’s public input phase of the project; however, it is anticipated the city will schedule an additional public meeting.
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.
Friends of the Peak
Thurs. June 13, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Sun. June 16, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
Green Mountain Falls Trail Work
Sat. June 15, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Email trails007@aol.com to sign up.
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado
Sat. June 15, 8:00 – 4:00 pm
Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
Sat. June 15, 8:30 – 12:00 pm
2120 S Cheyenne Canyon Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sat. June 15 – 17, 8:45 – 5:00 pm
Willow Creek Trailhead
Trail Maintenance
Mon. June 17, 7:30 – 1:3pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact darcy.mount@state.co.us for more info
Public Land News
The Lake Moraine Trail Saga
Do you know what it takes to build a trail? There is way more to it than just the fun part of digging in the dirt. There is a lot of time and energy put into planning well before the shovel hits the trail… meeting after meeting, agency approvals, more meetings, unforeseen problems…
Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates shared the 20+ year journey it took to build the Lake Moraine trail, aka the missing link; which connects the slopes of Pikes Peak to other public lands in the Bear Creek area.
Read more about the dedication it took to make this trail a reality, visitwww.medwheel.org
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