News July 3, 2019

News July 3, 2019
Legacy Loop Improvements
A stretch of trail adjacent to and north of the Legacy Loop plaza was recently paved to the delight of cyclists and runners. Some fencing will be added over the next few weeks to improve safety. At that time the trail will officially open. Thanks to the Parks Dept for another great improvement to the Legacy Loop!
Garden of the Gods Detention Pond
Work to construct a large stormwater detention and sediment collection facility in the far northeastern portion of Garden of the Gods Park will take place between June and December 2019. Construction work will not impact traffic in the Garden of Gods Park and the Foothills Trail is expected to remain open throughout the majority of the construction process.
This detention pond is part of the Camp Creek Drainage Improvement Project, which went through an extensive public process starting in 2013.
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. This gentle hike is approximately 3 miles long with roughly 400 feet of elevation gain. 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
Thurs, July 4, 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.
For more info please visit
Rainbow Falls History Walk
Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Rainbow Falls Historic Site
Did you know the Civilian Conservation Corps built the bridge over Rainbow falls in the 1930’s during the Great Depression? Come and discover the rich history of the Rainbow Falls area.$3 per member, $4 non-member. Pre-registration required: call 719-520-6977 for more information or to register.
Mueller State Park July hikes and programs
Mueller State Park offers hikes and programs for all ages throughout the month of July. A few of the many hikes they offer:
Sun, Jul 7-Hike Outlook Ridge to Lost Pond at 9:00 am
Thur, Jul 11-Hike Cahill Loop at 9am
Sat, Jul 13-Hike Peak View at 8am
Sun, Jul 14-Bird Walk with Aiken Audubon at 7:00 am.
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.
Cheyenne Mtn 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:
July 16-Full Moon Photo Workshop 7-9 pm ($25 fee and registration)
Jul 17,Jul 31-Wildflower Walk 9am
July 24-Senior Stroll 9:00 am
Click here for a complete list and more information.
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!
or call 719-576-2016
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.
Wed. July 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Wed, July 10, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. July 6, 8:00 – 11:30 pm
Palmer Park, Maizeland entrance
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Devil’s Playground
Sat, Jul 6, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Sun, Jul 7, 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Friends of the Peak
Thur. July 11, 8:00 – 2:00 pm
Trail Maintenance
Thurs, July 11, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info
Thurs. July 11, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
739 E Pikes Peak Ave.
Public Land News
CORE Act passes first legislative hurdle
The Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act (CORE) became the first Colorado public lands bill in a decade to be passed out of the House Natural Resources Committee. If eventually signed into law, the CORE Act would protect 400,000 acres of public land in Colorado. Of the land protected, 73,000 acres will be specifically devoted for new wilderness areas, as well as more than 80,000 acres for outdoor recreational use.
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