News September 3, 2019

News September 3, 2019
TABOR Retention Proposal Projects
Project #5 Leon Young Sports Complex – Parking Lot
Okay, replacing parking lots is not exciting or sexy. But the fact is, we need parking lots and they should be safe for people and vehicles of all ages and abilities. The Leon Young parking lot is one of the worst in our system – riddled with cracks and holes – but it remains heavily used by athletic teams in the region. TABOR funds will restore the parking lot and make this space safer for the youth and families that use it frequently.
Learn more by visiting
ADT Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10K – Labor Day
A huge shout out to the runners, amazing volunteers and our great partner – Pikes Peak Road Runners. Nobody puts on better races than you folks!
Many thanks to special sponsors like Jersey Mike’s SubsBristol Brewing Company and the Colorado Springs Independent for supporting the American Discovery Trail Races and the Trails and Open Space Coalition.
Some of the day’s highlights: the adorable kids’ race, runners soaking their feet in an ice bath and one marriage proposal by a finishing marathoner.
Thanks to everyone who made the 19thannual ADT Races a success!
Park Update
Closure at Garden of the Gods
Garden of the Gods will be closed on Sunday, September 8, from 6:00 am-10:00 am for the 2019 Komen Colorado Springs Race for the Cure.
The Park will reopen at 10:00 am.
Upcoming Events
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.
Bott Park Paint Party
Sat. Sept 21, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
Bott Park 815 S 26th St
Help us spruce up Bott Park. We are partnering with Organization of Westside Neighbors to host this amazing party to re-paint the basketball court in Bott Park! There will be free food from Porkman’s Pit, corn hole & live music.
Meet our playful Business Friends from Diversified Association Management. We recently enjoyed an afternoon hiking and cleaning upAustin Bluffs Open Space. Unusual finds: a bed frame, partially consumed couch cushion and remnants of an old diary.
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
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
Let the kids burn off their school time blues, by running around the park at our annual No Child Left Inside event! From mud-pies to capture the flag games, from pressed flowers to wheelbarrow races, this event will inspire every age with Generation Wild’s bucket list of outdoor things to do!
Climbing Colorado’s Mountains
Sun. Sept 8, 3:00 – 4:00 pm
Garden of the Gods
1805 N. 30th St
In this presentation, local author and mountaineer Susan Joy Paul will discuss her third book, Climbing Colorado’s Mountains, which covers 100 hikes and climbs in Colorado. Get the basics for bagging peaks, from what to wear to how to prepare, plus safety tips.
Edward J. Robson Arena Community Meeting
Mon. Sept 9, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Cornerstone Arts Center 825 N Cascade Ave
Join the City and project team for updates on architecture, floor plans, project schedule, traffic and parking; and provide comments. The Robson Arena Development Plan has been drafted and submitted to the City of Colorado Springs for review. More information available at
Buffalo Rock Hike
Wed. Sept 11, 9:00 am
Mueller State Park
Join Mueller State Park’s Naturalist Kyle for this beautiful 4-mile hike through aspen and pine forests and gorgeous meadows!
Cornhole Tournament
Sat. Sept 14, 10:00 – 3:00 pm
Come to Fountain Creek Regional Park to try your hand at Cornhole! This tournament is a family focused event and is good for all ages. Bring the family and a picnic to enjoy the day at the park. All proceeds will go to Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
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.
Ute Valley Park
Wed. Sept 4, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Drive
Friends of the Peak
Thur. Sept 5, 8:00 – 2:30 pm
Sat. Sept 7, 8:00 – 3:30 pm
Trail Maintenance
Sat. Sept 7, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Wed. Sept 11, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. Sept 7, 8:00 – 3:00 pm
3600 Maizeland Rd
Manitou CATS
Sun. Sept 8, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
10 Old Man’s Trail
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sun. Sept 8, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
Mon. Sept 9 – Fri. Sept 13
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Sept 10, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
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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