News September 11, 2019

News September 11, 2019
TABOR Retention Projects
#6 Boulder and Thorndale Park- Sport Court Replacement
The city has 42 tennis and basketball courts that need to be replaced. If 2B passes,
Boulder and Thorndale Park will get to restore 4 sports courts. These neighborhood parks have waited a long time for repairs. Residents are eager to have access to these recreation areas in their parks once again and the TABOR refund could be the solution.
Learn more by visiting
Trail Update
Foothills Trail Closure extended to December
 A section of the Foothills Trail will remain closed through the end of December. The trail closure has been extended due to unexpected challenges encountered in tunneling through thick underground rock, while complete utility work.
Learn more about the project at
Upcoming Events
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.
Trails and Open Space Coalition Member Party
Wed. Sept 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
555 East Pikes Peak Ave
We want to thank all of our amazing members, business friends and community partners! Your support is what makes it all possible. Come enjoy appetizers, drinks and tasty treats and join us in celebrating some wonderful accomplishments.
Space is limited so sign up now!
TOSC Members Only
Fall Colors Photography Hike
Sat. Sept. 28 7:00 – 1:00 pm
Ring the Peak Trail
Are you ready for fall? Join TOSC for a fantastic leaf peeking hike at the end of September. Join us for a mild to moderate 4-mile hike to check out the fall colors. Plus get practical tips on how to take great photos from local expert photographer and hiker “Hiking Bob” Falcone.
Creek Week Clean-Up
Mon. Sept 30, 9:00 – 1:00 pm
Fred McKown Park 5035 Balsam St
Be part of the largest watershed-wide clean-up in the state of Colorado! Get outdoors, get active, and create some good for your community and those living downstream. Join TOSC at Fred McKown Park and/or help out at any of the other clean-up projects.
View Creek Week Crews or if you can’t participate, please donate!
Friends and Partner News
What If… Festival
of Innovation & Imagination
Sat. Sept 14, 10:00 – 4:00 pm
The What If… Festival covers 6 City Blocks in Downtown Colorado Springs. (Tejon and Cascade from Colorado to Vermijo will be closed)
Come enjoy a Day of Wows! The What IF…Festival features over 100 interactive “experiences” in science, health, engineering, the arts, technology, education, and local food. Fun activities for all age groups – toddlers to adults. Engage your imagination and meet innovative people and businesses.
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.
Patty Jewett Porchfest 2019
Sun. Sept 15, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Porchfest is back! Three Bands, Three Porches, One Great Community. Fun activities at every porch, plus food trucks. Bike, stroll, skip, jog, board and boogie on over to Porchfest. Please try to leave the car at home to help us minimize traffic.
Nectar of the Gods Beer Release
Thur. Sept 19, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Fossil Craft Beer Company
2845 Ore Mill Rd Ste 1
Fossil is at it again! This time they teamed up with the Garden of the Gods Foundation and Friends of Garden of the Gods to brew a Prickly Pear Sour. Come enjoy a delicious sour beer in support of our friends and the beautiful Garden of the Gods Park.
Sounds of the Night Walk
Fri. Sept 20, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Hts
Learn about animals that thrive at night and train your ears to listen for the sounds of these stealthy critters. We will discuss different sounds and learn what they mean. This program is intended for ages 7 and up. Program is free but a parks pass is required.
Mon. Sept 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
The fall equinox marks the end of summer, and beginning of fall, when day and night are of equal length. Join Colorado Springs Astronomical Society for an evening stroll through Garden of the Gods to learn more about the equinox and take a look at the autumn night sky using a telescope. Reservations required.
Downtown Historic Parks Survey
The City wants to make sure our historic downtown parks continue to provide recreation, relaxation and more for locals and visitors. Acacia, Antlers and Alamo Square Parks are the focus of a new master plan process. Please share your ideas on how to improve these parks by taking this survey.
More info at
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. Sept 13, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Thur. Sept 19, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Friday. Sept 13 – Sun. Sept 15
Friends of the Equestrian Skills Course
Sat. Sept 14, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
Bear Creek Regional Park
Manitou CATS
Sun. Sept 15, 8:00 – 1:00 pm
10 Old Man’s Trail
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Sept 17, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
Friends of Ute Valley Park
Wed. Sept 18, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
1648 Pinon Park Dr
Friends of the Peak
Thur. Sept 19, 8:00– 2:30 pm
Monument Valley Park
Thur. Sept 19, 5:45 – 7:15 pm
205 W Fontanero 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.
Do you use local parks or trails?
Then you should be a part of the Trails and Open Space Coalition! We advocate for the parks, trails and open space in the Pikes Peak Region.
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