News July 17, 2019

News July 17, 2019
Construction begins at Bancroft Park
Tuesday, June 16, crews started construction on Bancroft Park, located in the heart of Old Colorado City. The project will expand and enhance the plaza space, remove the existing picnic pavilion, add a new restroom facility, provide a new playground and beautify the park’s green space.
During construction, there will be no sidewalk or street closures. The Pikes Peak Farmers’ Market will operate as usual. The project is estimated to last through the end of October.
Bioblitz this weekend at Red Rock Canyon Open Space
BIOBLITZ: Hikes and activities designed for scientists, naturalists and community volunteers to work together to get a snapshot of an area’s plants and animals.
Friday, July 19
Saturday, July 20
Sunday, July 21
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Sign up now for hikes and activities around bats and bugs, trails and trees–and more. Spend a couple of hours or all day with experts and help catalog the biodiversity of Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
More info and registration (required):
New Santa Fe Trail Closure at Highway 105
A small section of the New Santa Fe Regional Trail will be closed July 11 – July 19 in Monument while construction workers replace the concrete trail underpass at Highway 105.
Upcoming Events
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. FREE ADMISSION.
Friends and Partner News
Panorama Park Master Plan Approved
After a year and a half of community engagement involving many different groups in SE Colorado Springs, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Advisory Board voted unanimously to approve the Panorama Park Master Plan.
Free concerts in Bear Creek Park
Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the summer nights. All concerts are Wed, 6-8 pm in Bear Creek Park. For more information or call 719-520-6977.
Public Meeting for Downtown Stadium
Wednesday, July 17, 5:30 – 7 pm. (presentation at 6 p.m.)
Centennial Hall auditorium
200 S. Cascade Ave.
See plans for the proposed City for Champions outdoor sports venue at the CityGate property.
Cheyenne Mountain State Park July Naturalist Programs
Cheyenne Mountain State Park offers Naturalist Programs & more throughout the month of July. A few of the walks offered are:
Jul 17, Jul 31-Wildflower Walk 9:00 am
July 24-Senior Stroll 9:00 am
Click here for a complete list and more information.
Gallop in the Garden – Free Weekly 5K Fun Run
Thurs, July 18, 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!
Adventure Day-Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Sat, Aug 3rd, 9:00am-1:30pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd – Limekiln Trailhead
Bring family and friends for a day of fun. Activities include: Outdoor Games, .22 Rifle Shooting, Tomahawk Throwing, Archery, Birding, Wildlife Watching, Fishing, and more!
More info on our blog  or call 719-576-2016
Do you love biking AND beer??
Ride your bike to Bristol Brewing between noon and 4pm on Saturday, August 3, 2019. You’ll enjoy a discounted pint while learning about Colorado’s most precious resource: water – and why it’s so important for making great beer!
All race proceeds go towards maintaining the trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
SAVE THE DATE–Oct 12 Cheyenne Mountain Run
The Cheyenne Mountain Run on October 12, 2019 will feature two trail races, a 25K for the more advanced trail runner and a 3-mile trail run for all to enjoy.
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.
The Creek Week cleanup aims to bring the Fountain Creek Watershed communities together to foster the health of our local waterways for its citizens and wildlife alike.
Creek Week needs crew leaders for fall cleanup
Last year’s watershed-wide, 9-day litter cleanup inspired nearly 3,000 volunteers to remove 24 tons of litter from Palmer Lake to Pueblo. This year’s event is Sept 28 – Oct 6. Signups will go live in August.
The Creek Week Steering Committee is accepting requests for dates and sites NOW on a first come, first serve basis by completing the online form here.
Medicine Wheel
Thurs, July 18, 5 – 8:30 pm
Friends of the Peak
Sat, July 20, 8 am – 3:30 pm
Sun, July 21, 8 am – 3:30 pm
Colorado Mountain Club
Sat, July 20, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
Stormwater Enterprise Division
Sat, July 20, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
Cheyenne Cañon Work Day
Sat. July 20, 8:30 – 12:00 pm
More info or sign up, call the Starsmore Center, 719-385-6086
Green Mountain Falls
Trail Work Day
Sun. July 21, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
To sign up, call Dick Bratton, 719-684-9811
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sun. July 21, 8 :30 am – 3 pm
Public Land News
Bureau of Land Management to relocate from Washington, DC to Grand Junction
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), an agency within the United States Department of the Interior responsible for administering public lands, announced this week the relocation of its headquarters from the nation’s capital to Grand Junction, Colorado.
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