News August 21, 2019


News August 21, 2019
TABOR Retention Proposal Projects
Project #3 Palmer Park- Signage
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.
The Guardians of Palmer Park lead volunteer projects to maintain and improve this popular regional park. Visit to learn how you can help!
Learn more by visiting
Citywide Plan for the Future of Public Art
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.
Get more info at
Trail Updates
Trail Damage in Black Forest
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.
New Downhill Bike Trails
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.
Blue-green Algae Closures
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.
Construction in North Cheyenne Cañon
Late August – Early October
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.
Upcoming Events
TOSC Survey
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.
Check out Facebook Event.
The Trails and Open Space Coalition is looking for a Development Director to plan and coordinate all of our fundraising endeavors.
American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon 2019
Mon. Sept 2, 6:30 am
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!
Registration and more info at
We welcome Timberview Animal Hospital and Dr. Vicki Wynn in north Colorado Springs as our newest Business Friend!
To learn more about our Business Membership program, please give us a call 719-633-6884 or email
Friends and Partner News
Concerts in Bear Creek Park
Wed. Aug 21, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Bear Creek Regional Park East
Come enjoy some live jazz at Bear Creek Park! Grab a blanket or lawn chair and get ready to be entertained by JoRiCa +1.
For more information visit or call
Downtown Stadium Project Public Meeting
Wed. Aug 21, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Centennial Hall 200 S. Cascade Ave
You are invited to attend the next public meeting for the Downtown Stadium project. This meeting is led by the City of Colorado Springs.
10th Annual Happy Trails BBQ Fundraiser
Fri. Aug 23, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center 245 Bear Creek Road
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.
More info on Facebook.
Volunteer Projects
American Discovery Trail (ADT) Volunteers
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.
To signup, please email Sarah Reed at
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.
Trail Maintenance
Wed. Aug 21, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Mon. Aug 26, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Ute Valley Park
Wed. Aug 21, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Friends of the Peak
Thur. Aug 22, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
245 Bear Creek Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Pineries Open Space
Public Land News
Are Trails in Colorado Harming Wildlife?
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?
TOSC encourages you to support local business partners and TOPS by shopping locally. If you shop online, will provide a small donation to Trails and Open Space Coalition.
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