News October 16, 2019

News October 16, 2019
2B or not 2B
For the past 10 weeks we have highlighted the specific projects that could result from the TABOR refund ballot initiative, 2B. If 2B wins, it will provide $7 million for critical park and trail improvement projects throughout Colorado Springs. If 2B loses, the average household will see a $31 credit on a future utility bill.
Groups endorsing 2B: Friends of Monument Valley Park, Friends of Boulder Park, Friends of Garden of the Gods, Friends of North Cheyenne Cañon, Incline Friends, Corral Bluffs Alliance, Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, Pikes Peak Pickle Ball Association, Home Builders Association, Downtown Partnership, CS Chamber and EDC/Government Affairs Council and Visit COS.
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COS 150: Tree Challenge
The Mayor has officially kicked off the COS 150: Tree Challenge; a nod to Colorado Springs’ long history of conservation and the vision of tree-lined streets initiated by its founder, William Jackson Palmer, in 1871. The goal is to plant 18,071 trees by the end of 2021, the year Colorado Springs celebrates its sesquicentennial. Residents, businesses and organizations can help track newly planted trees online!
Learn more at
Upcoming Events
TOSC Members Hike – Ute Valley Park
Sat. Oct 26, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Join TOSC and the Friends of Peregrine Open Spaces for a moderate 3-mile hike. Autumn is a magical time to be in Ute Valley Park! The East Loop Trail has lots of scrub oak that fill the little canyon with color.
Friends and Partner News
 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.
Bingo for a Cause
Thur. Oct 17 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Pub Dog Colorado 2207 Bott Ave
Come play Bingo for a cause, all proceeds benefit Bear Creek Dog Park! Bring your canine companion to game night, win prizes and enjoy Drink Specials all night long.
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More info on Facebook.
The Gallop 5K
Sat. Oct 19, 7:30 – 1:30 pm
Rock Ledge Ranch 3105 Gateway
Trot, Gallop or Stampede through one of the most beautiful national landmarks in Colorado. This family-friendly stick-horse 5K is an un-timed, entertaining event benefits the Garden of the Gods Foundation and Rock Ledge Ranch. event. Go west, be silly, support local!
Halloween Costume Carnival
Sat. Oct 19, 4:00 – 7:00 pm
Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Road
Join the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon for their annual Halloween Costume Carnival! Come enjoy carnival games, a duck race, scavenger hunt, family friendly haunted trail and more! Admission is free with game tickets available for purchase.
Sign up now or get more info on Facebook.
Rollin’ West Lunch Ride
Mon. Oct 21, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
PikeRide is expanding coverage to the West! Come celebrate with a lunch ride from the Pioneers Museum to Cerberus Brewing for a ribbon cutting and quick lunch. PikeRide bikes will be available for the ride and for your trip back to your office.
Pumpkin Carving Party &
Jack-o-Lantern Trail
Sat. Oct 26, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
Fountain Creek Nature Center
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Come carve a pumpkin for the Jack-o-Lantern Trail! Pre-scooped pumpkins (only $5), patterns, and carving tools provided. Return at night to experience the lighted trail (separate event). Pumpkins may be retrieved after 7:30 pm. Pumpkin reservations 729-520-6745 or register online.
Learn more on Facebook.
Archery Pumpkin Shoot
Sat. Oct 26, 10:00 – 11:00 am & session 2 11:15 – 12:15 pm
Join CMSP instructors to polish up your archery skills or just to come by and take aim at the festive targets. All equipment is provided! Ages 8 and up. Reservation required, call 719-576-2016 to save your spot!
Wonders of the Universe
Sat. October 26, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Cheyenne Mountain State Park 410 JL Ranch Hts,
The universe is full of wonders, so join the Naturalist at the park’s Amphitheater for discussions of solar system and deep space objects with an opportunity to observe them through a telescope. This program is recommended for all ages; children must be accompanied by an adult. This is a “weather permitting” program and may be cancelled in the event of cloudy skies or inclement weather. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐦 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝟏𝟓 𝐠𝐮𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐢𝐫𝐞𝐝. 𝐏𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝟕𝟏𝟗-𝟓𝟕𝟔-𝟐𝟎𝟏𝟔 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭!
State of the Outdoors
Tue. Oct 29, 11:00 – 1:30 pm
Colorado Springs City Auditorium
221 E Kiowa St
The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance and the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC are hosting an Outdoor Community Expo followed by a keynote address from Betsy Markey. Learn about Colorado’s economic landscape and how important outdoor recreation is to our community.
Check out Facebook Event.
Austin Bluffs Master Plan Meeting
Thur. Nov 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
3215 Westwood Blvd
Pulpit Rock Regional Park, University Park Open Space and the original Austin Bluffs Open Space collectively make up approximately 600 acres of open space in the center of Colorado Springs. Help to develop the master plan for sustainable development of recreational opportunities in the open space as well as guidance for appropriate management of the natural resources.
Canya Cañon
Sun. Nov 10, 11:00 – 2:00 pm
Starsmore Visitor & Nature Center
2120 S Cheyenne Cañon Rd
Run, walk or hike 5K or 5 miles in North Cheyenne Cañon Park. This trail race and family hike benefits the Friends of Cheyenne Cañon. Well behaved pets are welcome to join in the fun!
Volunteer Projects
Check out our Volunteer Calendar for details about community projects and how to connect with our amazing friends groups to help keep our parks, trails and open spaces in tip-top shape.
Trail Maintenance
Thur. Oct 24, 8:30 – 2:00 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Contact for more info.
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Palmer Park
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Oct 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
Do you love your local parks and trails?
Be an advocate for the parks, trails and open space in the Pikes Peak Region. Join the Trails and Open Space Coalition!
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