News July 24, 2019

News July 24, 2019
Foothills Trail Closure
A section of Foothills Trail, between Blair Bridge and the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center underpass, will close temporarily from July 29 – Aug. 26 due to utility work that is part of a flood mitigation project underway in the northeastern portion of Garden of the Gods Park.
We had questions about the proposed new Visitors Center at the Air Force Academy. Will it close or alter the Santa Fe Trail in any way? We’ve been told the answer is no. The existing parking lot/trailhead off Northgate will see changes but the trail alignment will remain the same. A positive outcome is that the TOPS program will benefit from the new Visitor Center. The Urban Renewal Authority estimates that TOPS will receive $300,000 over the next 25 years as a result of retail sales at the new Center.
In the news:
USAFA Visitor Center
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
GoCoSprings malfunction causes service delays
The City’s GoCoSprings App, which provides an efficient way for residents to report issues such as potholes and downed trees, began to malfunction in April, delaying the receipt of more than 2,000 resident reports. The City discovered the outage and is working to respond to service requests.
We often recommend GoCoSprings as the best way to report issues with parks and trails. If you have turned in a service request, please be patient as the City works through the backlog.
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.
Gallop in the Garden – Free Weekly 5K Fun Run
Thurs, July 25, 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.
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.
Looking for a challenge? Help complete the Dixon Trail!
Are you up for a physical challenge and want to help finish an important regional trail? Join RMFI and the Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park for a day of finishing work on the Dixon Trail. The project will require hiking a few miles up the steep lower Dixon to reach the mid-mountain, potentially while carrying some tools. Work tasks will involve moving rock, constructing rock steps and a retaining wall, and other needed tasks. Please sign up for a highly rewarding day of hiking and trail work about halfway up the mountain.
Each session is a strenuous full workday
recommended to volunteers in good physical condition.
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.
Friends of the Peak
Thurs, July 25, 8 am – 2 pm
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Fri, July 26, 8 :30 am – 3 pm
Friends of Stratton Open Space
Sat, July 27, 8:30 am – 10:30 am
Public Land News
New Belgium to donate up to $250,000 to Public Lands Organizations
A film series on New Belgium’s website “explores the power of understanding another’s perspective and setting aside differences to protect public lands.” By sharing these videos, the public can join Fat Tire’s mission to donate up to $250,000 to organizations dedicated to protecting shared outdoor spaces:
TOSC encourages you to shop locally to support our wonderful business partners and TOPS. When you shop online use to support Trails and Open Space Coalition with a small donation!
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