If the TABOR Excess Revenue ballot measure passes, $200,000 will be used to improve signage in Palmer Park. With 740 acres and 25 miles of trails, residents and visitors can get confused in the park. New signs will help improve the experience for users.
Colorado Springs Parks Department oversees much more than “parks.” With “Cultural Services” in their official title, public art is also their domain. The City is creating its first public art master plan. You can help get the process started by completing this survey. The City is looking for feedback about public art in our community and input about future projects.
Black Forest has extensive trail damage caused by excessive rain. There are no official park or trail closures in Black Forest Regional Park and Fox Run, but users are cautioned to limit use of these eroded trails. You can help report trail damage using Citizen Connect.
Ute Valley Park has officially opened its downhill mountain biking course.These trails are designed for skilled riders and rated as difficult. The trails are located on the east side of the park; riders should use the South Rockrimmon trailhead to access the area.
Trail Closure – Manitou Incline
Sat. Aug 24 – Sun. Aug 25
Manitou Incline will be closed for the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Hundreds of athletes will be racing up Barr trail to reach the summit of Pikes Peak.
In this hot weather it’s difficult keeping dogs out of the water in some of our parks and open spaces. But with confirmed tests of blue-green algae in Prospect Lake and Pikeview Reservoir, it’s critical that dog-owners follow closed signs where ever posted. The algae is hazardous to dogs and people.
Chutes Trail will be under construction starting Thursday, Aug. 22. Segments of Chutes Trail will be closed, and users are asked to follow signs posted in the area. Ladders Trail and the top of Chutes Trail will remain open to provide users the necessary connections from Stratton Open Space to Gold Camp Road.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) is looking for feedback, so we can do what we do better. We want to know more about you and your connection with TOSC. Please take a few minutes to complete our survey. Thank you!
Hazy Trails Tapping at Fossil
Thur. Aug 22, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Fossil Craft Beer Co: 2845 Ore Mill Road #1
Join us for the tapping of our Hazy Trails brew! The Trails and Open Space Coalition teamed up with Fossil Craft Beer Company to create the perfect summer beer. $1 from every beer sold will be donated to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Come have a delicious Hazy IPA and support your local trails.
The American Discovery Trail Races are almost here! This Labor Day test your endurance while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Pikes Peak. Runners can take on the Marathon, Half Marathon or 10k. ADT offers an incredible point to point marathon course with a gradual decline from Palmer Lake to America the Beautiful Park. After race festivities include Jersey Mike’s Subs, Marco’s Pizza, Bristol beer, and more. Proceeds benefit the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the Pikes Peak Road Runners!
It’s time for the 10th Annual Happy Trails BBQ Fundraiser at Bear Creek Nature Center! The evening will include delicious BBQ, beer and wine, decadent desserts, and live music- all in the beautiful setting of Bear Creek. All proceeds benefit the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
Western Heritage Day
Sat. Aug 24,10:00 – 2:00 pm
Mueller State Park: 21045 Hwy 67, Divide
Howdy partner, are you ready for some good old fashion fun? Bring the family out to celebrate the Old West! Mueller State Park was once a working horse and cattle ranch, and before that, homesteaders lived off the land. Come enjoy lots of fun interactive activities: HAY RIDE, pioneer crafts, live animals, a kid’s stick horse rodeo, old time games, panning for gold, dutch oven cooking and more! Visit Facebook for more information.
Bike the Night
Sat. Sept 14, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
204 W. South Ave Woodland Park
Bike the Night with Mountain Top Cycling Club! This family friendly event has 3 route options ranging from 1 – 12 mile, plus kid races before the nighttime ride.
Please help! The American Discovery Trail Races are on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd and we need more volunteers to help with aid stations, kids’ races, food pavilion, early morning race set up, beer garden or finish line support. This is a great option for students to earn community service credits. Come support this competitive race benefiting the Pikes Peak Road Runners and Trails and Open Space Coalition.
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.
Colorado is in the midst of a trail-building bonanza. But research has revealed an inconvenient truth: The humans recreating on these trails are negatively impacting wildlife populations throughout the state. Is there a way to spend time in the backcountry responsibly without endangering the state’s fauna?