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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 www.coloradocollege.edu.
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!
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.
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.