News October 2, 2019

News October 2, 2019
YES on 2B – TABOR Retention Projects
#9 Cemetery Parking Lots – Evergreen and Fairview
Cemeteries and Golf Courses fall under the “Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services” umbrella. The small parking lots at Fairview and Evergreen Cemetery need some updating. 2B could provide funding for some improvements, so residents and visitors can safely access these historic sites.
To learn more visit
Trail Update
A Trail with Many Names
We know it as the New Santa Fe Trail, Pikes Peak Greenway and Fountain Creek Regional Trail. One connected trail that is all part of the Front Range Trail. One day the Front Range Trail will run uninterrupted from Wyoming to New Mexico.
Great Outdoors Colorado (Lottery) is supporting that vision by investing $2 million dollars in trail segments in Douglas County that will carry the trail from north of Palmer Lake all the way to Denver.
GOCO is also investing in that portion of the trail connecting Colorado Springs to Pueblo. They just awarded $75,000 to the Fountain Creek Watershed Flood Control and Greenway District to create a master plan for 46 miles of trail connecting the south side of Colorado Springs and end at the Arkansas River in Pueblo. We will let you know how you can participate in this exciting project!
Upcoming Events
Community Cruise
Sat. Oct 5, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
Southeast YMCA 2190 Jet Wing Dr
Join Bike Colorado Springs, a program of TOSC, and the RISE Coalition for a community cruise through Southeast Colorado Springs! We will pedal 2.4 miles to Wildflower Park, where we will enjoy some light snacks before we head back along the Sand Creek Trail. All ages welcome, helmets required.
RSVP or get more info on Facebook.
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.
Friends and Partner News
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.
Photography Classes with Hiking Bob
Sat. Oct 5, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Sun. Oct 6, 6:00 – 9:00 am
Join local expert hiker and landscape photographer Bob “Hiking Bob” Falcone as he shares his tips and secrets to taking great outdoor pictures. Both sessions will take place at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center 1805 N 30th St.
Fall Tree Walk
Sat. Oct 5, 10:00 – 12:00 pm
W. Fontanero Street Entrance
Join the friends of Monument Valley Park for a nature walk to enjoy the fall colors. Learn fun facts about the trees in our city park. Free and open to everyone. Come early and be a part of the Creek Week Cleanup at 9:00!
More info on Facebook.
Northern Nature Center Public Meeting
Check out Facebook Event.
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.
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.
Visit Facebook for more info.
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.
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
Grouse Mountain Hike
Fri. Oct 11, 1:30 pm
Come experience amazing views of Pikes Peak, the Sagre De Cristo range and the Collegiate Peaks with Naturalist Michelle. Grouse Mountain is the highest point Mueller State Park and it offers an incredible vantage point. Parks pass required.
For more race info and registration visit
The Cheyenne Mountain Run
Sat. Oct 12, 9:00 & 9:30 am
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
The Cheyenne Mountain Run is next weekend! Be a part of the only trail run to the top of Cheyenne Mountain and back. All profits go to Cheyenne Mountain State Park and will be used for building and maintaining trails.
Fall Harvest Festival
Sat. Oct 12, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
Gold Hill Mesa Community Center
Come celebrate fall! This fun event benefiting Bear Creek Nature Center will have live music, a petting zoo, pony rides, bounce houses, face painters, vendors, food trucks, and pumpkins. Great fun for all ages. Benefit Bear Creek Nature Center
Learn more on Facebook.
 Leave No Trace Workshops
1401 Recreation Way
TOPS is hosting three Leave No Trace Awareness Workshops. Friends Groups, partners, and interested outdoor advocates are invited to come learn how to promote a better understanding of the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace! This interactive workshop will discuss stewardship issues related to Colorado Springs natural areas.
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
Thank you to everyone that helped the Trails and Open Space Coalition cleanup around Fred McKown Park! We were featured on Fox21News – Creek Week Cleanup.
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.
Green Mountain Falls Trails Committee
Sat. Oct 5, 8:0 – 2:00 pm
You must sign up in advance by calling Dick Bratton 684-9811 or E-Mail
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Sat. Oct 5, 8:30 – 3:00 pm
Rock Canyon Trail
Guardians of Palmer Park
Sat. Oct 5, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
3600 Maizeland Rd
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Oct 8, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
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
Sponsor Shout Out!
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