News August 28, 2019

News August 28, 2019
TABOR Retention Proposal Projects
Project #4 Cottonwood Creek Park – Artificial Fields
The athletic fields at Cottonwood Creek Park are extremely popular. Serving the high demand of users in northern neighborhoods is not easy. But TABOR funds could help fix that. Converting three baseball fields from grass to artificial turf would save water, reduce maintenance costs and increase field availability.
Learn more by visiting
American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon 2019
Labor Day, Mon. September 2, 6:30 am
It is time for the American Discovery Trail (ADT) Marathon! Run 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
Want to help out with the Race? Cheer on 500+ runners and hand out water at an aid station, show up early for race set up, or come late to hand out food, hang out at the beer garden or finish line! Sign up to be a part of the fun, contact Sarah
A BIG Thank You to all our Volunteers!
Trail Updates
Foothills Trail Closure Extended
The Foothills Trail, between Blair Bridge and the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center underpass, will remain closed through Friday, Sept. 13. The trail was originally scheduled to reopen Monday, but the flood mitigation project is not yet complete.
Upcoming Events
What do you know about TOSC? Where do you go for information? We want to learn more about you so we can improve our messaging and gain more supporters for our parks, trails and open space.
Community Cruise
Sat. Sept 7, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Southeast YMCA: 2190 Jet Wing Dr
Join us for a community cruise through Southeast Colorado Springs! We will be riding 2.4 Miles to Wildflower and back along the Sand Creek Trail. Celebrate finishing the ride with Popsicles and snacks.
More info on Facebook.
Hazy Trails IPA @ Fossil
Visit Fossil Craft Beer Co to enjoy our Hazy Trails IPA. $1 from every pint sold will be donated to the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Thank you Fossil for brewing up support of TOSC!
Friends and Partner News
Concerts in Bear Creek Park
Wed. Aug 28, 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 USAF Academy Band “Falconaires” Jazz Ensemble & “The Alumni Band”.
For more information visit or call
Pooch Patrol
Sat. Aug 31, 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
410 JL Ranch Hts
Meet at Camper Services for a 1.5 mile hike with your well behaved pup! Learn more about how domestic K-9s relate to the wild animals at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Participates will receive a Bark Ranger bandanna. 𝐒𝐩𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟕𝟏𝟗-𝟓𝟕𝟔-𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟔 𝐭𝐨 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭!
More info on Facebook.
Pikes Peak Outdoors:
Prescriptions for a Healthier Colorado Springs
Wed. September 4, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Penrose House Garden Pavilion: 1661 Mesa Avenue
Explore the health benefits of the outdoors and how Colorado Springs can build relationships between health, healthcare and the outdoors to capitalize on its history and identity as a healthy community. Each session will include a keynote speaker highlighting aspects of the relationships between health, healthcare and the outdoors followed by a panel discussion. Session 1: Role of the Outdoors in Shaping a Healthier Colorado Springs with Keynote Speaker: Dr. Lee Newman, Director, Center for Health, Work & the Environment.
Check out Facebook Event.
Bocce Ball at Thorndale Park
Thur. Sept 5, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Thorndale Park 2310 W Uintah St
Join us for a friendly game of Bocce! This simple game is fun for all ages. Well behaved pets welcome.
Sat. Sept 7,10:00 – 2:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
245 Bear Creek Road
Visit Bear Creek Nature Center to watch beekeepers harvest honey from hives! This is your chance to see bees in action in their observation hive, and learn about the importance of bees and other pollinators. Activities, crafts, samples of honey and local honey available for purchase. $1 per person donation suggested.
Please pre-register here, activity # 103000.
Learn more on Facebook.
No Child Left Inside
Sat. Sept 7, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Hts
Take on the list of “100 Things to do Before You’re 12.” If you have not already started this bucket list, that is ok, you’re never too old to do these activities! Play a round of capture the flag, learn to press flowers, make mud pies, roast marshmallows over the fire, imitate bird calls, and much more.
Tue. Sept 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
3550 West High Street
Join park rangers at Red Rock Canyon Open Space for this FREE experiential-focused introduction to painting – no experience required, all materials will be provided. Park rangers will briefly introduce basic tips and techniques, followed by 90+ minutes of time for painting.
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 miles, plus kid races before the nighttime ride.
More info on Facebook.
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.
Trail Maintenance
Fri. Aug 30, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Friends of the Peak
Sat. Aug 31, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
245 Bear Creek Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Garden of the Gods
Concert Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Sept 3, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
Ute Valley Park
Wed. Sept 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
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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