News September 25, 2019

News September 25, 2019
YES on 2B – TABOR Retention Projects
#8 Trail Improvements – Homestead, Legacy Loop, Mesa and Sand Creek
Trails are an important part of our community. Unfortunately, some of our older city trails are deteriorating and there isn’t enough general fund support to fix them. Voting yes on 2B would allot $1million to address the crumbling asphalt on sections of the Legacy Loop, Homestead, Mesa, and Sand Creek Trails.
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Pedal to Your Park ~ Bikes @ Bancroft
Sun. September 29, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Bancroft Park 2410 W Colorado Ave
Pedal your way to Bancroft Park for an afternoon of fun and entertainment! The Mobile Music Project will be powering lively performances by Millibo Art Theatre and Countywide. Our pals Kids on Bikes will have their pump track set up for the kiddos. Order some grub from a food truck or check out one of the local restaurants conveniently located around the park. Don’t miss this free family-friendly event!
Trail Closure
Cimarron Trail Closure
Public Works is widening the sidewalk on the north side of the Cimarron bridge over the railroad tracks, just east of I-25. This has required the closure of the trail up to Cimarron at the south side of America The Beautiful Park. There are two detour routes to get around the closure.
Trail work in Red Rock Canyon
Our Regional Parks team will be operating heavy equipment in Red Rock Canyon this week. The landfill area is closed.
Templeton Gap Trail Closure
Monday, 9/30 – Wednesday, 10/2
A section of the Templeton Gap Trail, Goose Gossage Park to Nevada Avenue, will be closed for maintenance.
Upcoming Events
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 for supporting TOSC! Come enjoy appetizers, drinks, delicious desserts and door prizes. We hope you will join us to celebrate some wonderful accomplishments in our community.
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 peeping 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
5035 Balsam St
Be part of the largest watershed clean-up in the state of Colorado! Help TOSC clean up the creek by the Homestead Trail. Get outdoors, get active, and create some good for your community and those living downstream.
More info on Facebook. If you can’t participate, please donate!
RSVP or get more info on Facebook.
Community Cruise
Sat. Oct 5, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Southeast YMCA 2190 Jet Wing Dr
Join Bike Colorado Springs and the RISE Coalition for a community cruise through Southeast Colorado Springs! We will be pedaling 2.4 miles to Wildflower and back along the Sand Creek Trail. Popsicles and snacks available. All ages welcome.
Friends and Partner News
Becoming Bear Aware
Sat. Sept 28, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Rd
Learn to live in peace with our bear-y hungry neighbors. Visit Bear Creek Nature Center for an interactive discussion and short hike to discover fun facts about bears, look for the clues they leave behind, and learn how you can help to create a community that is safe for humans and bears. Prepaid registration required.
National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
Sat. Oct 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Fox Run Regional Park
Join El Paso County Parks for National Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day! All ages are welcome to participate in guided trail rides, trail etiquette talks, and more. Riders need to bring their own bike and must wear a helmet.
Motorless Morning
Sun. Oct 6, 6:00 – 12:00 pm
Garden of the Gods 1805 N 30th St
Come experience Mortorless Morning in Garden of the Gods! Enjoy a quiet morning in the Garden without any vehicles. Hike, bike, run, jog or walk to and through the Park.
Northern Nature Center Public Meeting
Mon. Oct 7, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
11445 Teachout Road
Join Altitude Land Consultants and El Paso County Parks for a community meeting to hear about the exciting plans for a potential Northern El Paso County Nature Center. The mission of the nature centers is to connect visitors to their natural and cultural resources and inspire environmental stewardship.
Check out Facebook Event.
CoBa at Rock Bottom
Tue. October 8, 6:00 pm
Rock Bottom 3316 Cinema Pt
Come have a beer in support of Corral Bluffs Alliance (CoBA)! Rock Bottom Brewery will be tapping their Johnny Apple Ale and donating a portion of each pint sold to CoBA. Come meet the group and learn more about the Corral Bluffs Open Space.
30th Street Corridor Development Public Meeting
Wed. Oct 9, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
1023 N. 31st Street
The City has identified the need for several roadway and safety improvements along 30th Street. Elements of the Proposed Action include repaving 30th Street, widening with multi-use shoulders, intersection improvements, retaining walls, and a drainage and water quality system. Come learn more about the project at the public meeting.
Visit Facebook for more info.
The State of Health and Wellness in Colorado Springs
Thur. Oct 10, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Penrose House Garden Pavilion 1661 Mesa Ave
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 community.
For more information and to register, please visit
For more race info and registration visit
The Cheyenne Mountain Run
Sat. Oct 12, 9:00 & 9:30 am
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Don’t miss The Cheyenne Mountain Run. The only trail race to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and back! All profits go towards building and maintaining the trails in Cheyenne Mountain State Park.
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.
Fountain Creek Watershed
Fri. Sept 27 – Sun. Oct 6
Several Locations
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Fri. Sept 27 – Sun. Sept 30
Cañon City
Friends of the Peak
Sat. Sept 28, 8:00– 2:30 pm
Friends of Cheyenne Cañon
Sat. Sept 28, 8:30 – 12:00 pm
1789 La Veta Way
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Oct 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
Thur. Oct 3, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
739 E Pikes Peak Ave
Trail Maintenance
Fri. Oct 4, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Public Land News
Pike and San Isabel National Forest Officials Release Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Public Motor Vehicle Use
Officials from the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Comanche and Cimarron National Grasslands (PSICC) released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for public motor vehicle use. The public has until Nov. 4th to provide comments and feedback.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is part of the 2005 Travel Management Rule, requiring National Forests and Grasslands to designate roads, trails and areas that are open for motorized use. It offers five alternatives for a system of designated roads, trails and areas by class of vehicle and season of use.
“Feedback on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement will help strengthen our analysis,” said Forest and Grassland Supervisor Diana Trujillo. “Hearing the voices of various forest users is extremely important to us. Our goal is to designate a motorized system that works for the public while caring for natural and cultural resources.” Forest officials will host meetings for the public to review the alternatives, ask questions and learn how to submit comments.
Fri. Oct 11, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
S4 Inc. Center For Excellence 1925 Aerotech 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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Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition! We advocate for the parks, trails and open space in the Pikes Peak Region.
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