News October 30, 2019

News October 30, 2019
Starting Friday, Nov 1st!
Do you appreciate all the wonderful outdoor spaces in our community? The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) empowers the creation and conservation of parks, trails and open space across the Pikes Peak region. Thanks to some incredible supporters, when you make a donation through, TOSC will receive a matching contribution, doubling your donation! Show some love for your favorite park, give November 1st.
Be on the lookout for TOSC meetups, events and special surprises on our Facebook Page.
Ballots are due Tuesday, November 5th!
Hiking Bob and Susan Davies discuss 2B, listen to the podcast.
Trail Update
Chutes Trail
The Chutes Trail in Stratton Open Space has re-opened for downhill mountain bike use, but areas of the trail are still under construction and riders may encounter equipment and/or contractors as work continues for the next few weeks.
Learn more at
Winter Hiking Tips
Enjoy the magical experience of winter hiking!
As the snow begins to cover our trails, we want to remind users to be safe and plan ahead.
  • Check the weather forecast before you venture out.
  • Dress in layers, but avoid cotton which absorbs moister.
  • Ride or hike early in the morning when trails are frozen hard.
  • If you encounter mud, ride or walk through it or turn around. Don’t widen the trail by walking around it.
  • Move slowly and use caution, conditions may be slick and icy.
Upcoming Events
Postponed – Boulder Park Draft Master Plan Meeting
Due to snow and the extreme temperatures expected this evening the Boulder Park Master Plan Meeting has been cancelled. This meeting will be rescheduled in November.
TOSC Member Hike – Jimmy Camp Creek
Thur. Nov 21, 9:30 – 1:00 am
Join TOSC for a rare opportunity to explore the beautiful, rugged terrain of Jimmy Camp Creek. Corral Bluffs and Jimmy Camp are not open to the public. Our friends at Corral Bluffs Alliance will take us on a guided 3-mile hike to discover a variety of unique natural resources. The rocks in this area tell the story of dinosaurs, their extinction and the subsequent evolution of mammals. Learn more about the MAJOR FOSSIL DISCOVERY in this area!
Friends and Partner News
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 to learn about how you can help our local parks and trails!
Palmer Park
Sat. Nov 2, 9:00 – 12:00 pm
3600 Maizeland Rd
Rocky Mountain Field Institute (RMFI)
Garden of the Gods
Concrete Couch and Urban Singletrack Project
Tue. Nov 5, 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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