News June 26, 2019

News June 26, 2019
Bike to Work Day is happening right now, Wednesday, June 26.Come visit us at the sustain-a-center! We will be serving up delicious pancakes and Switchback Coffee. Bicycling commuters can access lots of fun activities throughout the day: morning breakfast stations, afternoon water stations and evening happy hour celebrations. Riding your bike to work positively affects air quality, personal health and local traffic congestion, and ultimately promotes economic growth in our community.
Visit for more info (BIKE TO WORK STATION LOCATIONS). Click here to register.
Leave No Trace
With great trails comes great responsibility. Colorado is well known for its outdoor recreation and with more and more people out on our trails it’s becoming increasingly important for users to leave no trace.  While most equate this to pack it in, pack it out; meaning everything that you start with should return with you–bonus points for collecting any trash you find on the trail and packing it out too–leave no trace also means being kind to the trail and the surrounding area. Don’t cut switchbacks, avoid making new social trails and try not to use trails when they are wet and vulnerable to damage.
Construction Project in Garden of Gods Park
The northeastern portion of Garden of the Gods Park will be under construction for approximately six months, as a large stormwater detention and sediment collection facility is completed. This project will significantly reduce the risk of flooding along Camp Creek. The Foothills Trail is expected to remain open throughout the majority of the construction process; it will be reconstructed along the eastern side of the project area. The Dakota Trail will be reconstructed over the project dam, restoring the connection to the Foothill Trail.
Colorado Springs Trail Group Expo
Sat. July 13,10:00 –  3:00 pm
REI: 1376 E Woodmen Rd
Colorado Springs is fortunate to have access to some pretty incredible parks, trails and open spaces. Come meet the amazing organizations that help maintain and grow our trail system. This is your chance to chat with local trail experts and learn about new developments around the Pikes Peak Region. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
Check out for more info.
July Member Hike – Blodgett Open Space
Blodgett Peak
Sat. July 27, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Join Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) and the Friends of Peregrine Open Spaces and Parks for a nice light hike in Blodgett Peak Open Space led by Aaron Rogers. The hike will begin on the west woodmen trail, then transitions onto unnamed trails that pass through three newly acquired parcels of open space. This gentle hike is approximately 3 miles long with roughly 400 feet of elevation gain (no official number can be found). The area has a peaceful babbling stream, pleasant views and plenty of Douglas fir, scrub oak, and Ponderosa pine trees. The endangered peregrine falcon frequents the open space, along with other wildlife.
This is a Members-Only Event.  If you have questions about TOSC membership, please give us a call 719-633-6884. To become a member, make a donation to TOSC.
Sat. July 27, 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Acacia Park:115 E Platte Ave
You’re invited to the 3rd Annual Sustain-a-Fest! Come celebrate “Earth Day Every Day” with sustainability exhibits & activities, along with local food trucks, live music, demonstrations, and family friendly activities.
Friends and Partner News
Gallop in the Garden –
Free Weekly 5K Fun Run
Thur. June 27, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Join the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center for an evening jaunt in the Garden. Each week a route will be mapped out for participants to run, walk or jog through the Park and Rock Ledge Ranch. Earn great prizes for completing 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 runs!
More info on Facebook.
Come celebrate the 97th running of the Race to the Clouds on Sunday, June 30. Thousands of fans and auto racing enthusiasts will come from around the world to witness America’s 2nd oldest auto race hosted by Gran Turismo. Fan Fest will take place downtown on Friday, June 28.
Robson Arena
Public Open House
Sat. June 29 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Arts Center
825 N Nevada
Don’t miss the open house for Robson Arena. Colorado College continues work on planning and design of a multi-purpose, best-in-class sustainable sporting event venue as the new home of the CC Tigers Hockey Team and venue for City for Champions events.
For more info please visit
Friends of Extension (FOX) Garden Tour
June 29 & 30, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at Bear Creek Park
Be a part of the Colorado Springs Garden Tour. Participants get access to Charmaine Nymann Community Garden plus other privately owned gardens. This is your chance to meet Colorado Master Gardeners and homeowners to get answers to your gardening questions! Ticket sales raise funds for Colorado State University Extension programs in our area. Buy Tickets now.
The Wolf: An Animal to be Respected, not Feared
Sat. June 29, 11:00-12:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
Join Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and meet a live wolfdog. Learn about wolves, how to live safely with wildlife, and how to understand the important role we humans have in the survival of wolf populations.
Register here, search activity #102000-32.
Trotting Turkeys
Visit Facebook Event for more info.
Sat. June 29, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Hts
Come see the turkeys! Meet at the Limekiln Trailhead for a 1.5 mile hike to learn all about turkeys. Cheyenne Mountain State Park is home to a healthy population of wild turkeys, so there is a good chance you will get to see some birds show off their tail feathers. Free to attend, but a parks pass is required.
Musical Monday Concerts
Mon. July 8, 7:00 pm
Lawn West of the Fine Art Center
Mesa Rd & W. Cache La Paudre St
Join the Friends of Monument Valley Park for the free musical Mondays concert series! Come early to enjoy Witty Pork’s Street Truck with sandwiches, pizza and ice cream. Check out Tribe – Blues, Reggae & New Orleans R&B.
Visit for more details.
Volunteer Projects
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.
Friends of the Peak
Thur. June 27, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Trail Maintenance
Sat. June 29, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Wed. July 3, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info
Incline Friends
Sat. June 29, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
Barr Trail Parking Lot: 98 Hydro St
Wed. July 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
The Sports Corp
August 8-11
Sat. August 10, 3:45 am – 12:00 pm
Public Land News
Cripple Creek Signals Green Light For
Ring the Peak Trail Connection
After much discussion, Cripple Creek city leaders are now showing support for trail construction in southern Teller County because of the economic development that will accompany the completion of the approximate 100-mile, multi-use route around America’s favorite mountain. A number of aspects of the route still have to be worked out with the Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Company and with private property owners, but we are one step closer to closing the gap!
Read the full Mountain Jackpot Article.
Learn more about Ring the Peak on our website.
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