News October 23, 2019

News October 23, 2019
Why vote yes on 2B?
You have the list of projects and a growing list of community groups that support 2B. Want another reason why you should vote yes on 2B?
Our trails, parks and open spaces are incredible assets to our health and economy. Colorado has one of the largest outdoor economies in the country and the lowest rate of obesity. Multiple research studies have proven that exposure to nature or green space reduces stress, improves well-being and increases social connections. Access to outdoor recreation is important to our quality of life.
Ballots are due Tuesday, November 5th!
Your ballot must be received by 7:00 pm to be counted.
Upcoming Events
TOSC Members Hike – Ute Valley Park
Sat. Oct 26, 8:00 – 11:00 am
Join TOSC and the Friends of Ute Valley Park 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.
Boulder Park Draft Master Plan Meeting
Wed. Oct 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Columbia Elementary School
835 E St. Vrain Street
Come learn about the plans for Boulder Park! Connie Perry, the landscape architect from the Parks Department, will be presenting the draft master plan. Share your ideas and provide feedback to help prioritize park improvements.
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.
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
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. 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.
Pumpkin Chunkin & Zucchini Races
Sat. Nov 2, 9:30 – 12:00 pm
320 Pepper Grass Lane, Fountain
Bring your leftover small pumpkins and giant zucchinis to Fountain Creek Nature Center for some unique fall fun! See how far you can launch you pumpkin with a catapult. Soup up your zucchini with wheels and lets race. Prepaid reservations required.
Austin Bluffs Master Plan Meeting
Thur. Nov 7, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Grant Elementary School: 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.
Learn more on Facebook.
Bear Creek Bear Run!
Sat. Nov 9, 8:30 – 12:00 pm
245 Bear Creek Rd
Join Bear Creek Nature Center for their family-friendly Bear Run! Hop in a bear suit and join the sloth of bears for a 3k or 5k fun run. Come early for pre-run Bear Yoga, costume contest, music and more! All proceeds benefit the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers.
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!
Introduction to Navigation
Thur. Nov 14, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
Even in today’s high-tech world, your smartphone will only get you so far. Learn how read topographic maps and how to use a compass in tandem. Pre-registration is required.
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)
Garden of the Gods
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Oct 22, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
1100 S Royer St
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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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