The Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC) wants to encourage people to get out and enjoy our parks. So, we have selected 20 different parks for you to visit. Snap a photo while you are there, share it on our Facebook and/or Instagram. Visit all 20 parks in 2020 and you will earn bragging rights and a fabulous “I Love Parks” sticker. Keep an eye out for our TOSC rocks when you visit each park! Each month we will feature a different park; visit Cottonwood Creek Park in January! Post pictures from you visit on our Facebook or Instagram (#TOSC2020Challenge) and you will be entered for a chance to win a reward from this month’s sponsor, Urban Egg!
Unfortunately, the last section of the Midland Trail will not be completed by the end of the year as originally planned. Wildcat didn’t make as much progress as they anticipated before their winter shut down, December 21t January 1. Wildcat will resume working on the trail on January 2, and the trail should be done within the first few weeks of January.
Foothills Trail Update
Great progress is being made toward reopening the Foothills Trail in Garden of the Gods Park, however, recent cold temperatures have delayed placement of the final portions of concrete pavement. We greatly appreciate your patience as the project team works to complete construction on the trail in temperatures that are more favorable to achieving high quality construction. The trail will reopen as soon as possible with a little cooperation from the weather.
If you live in El Paso County and appreciate county parks, trails and nature centers – WE NEED YOU!
EPC is asking residents to fill out a short survey to complete their county master planning process.
Your answers will help shape county priorities for years to come.
If you value regional parks (Bear Creek, Fox Run, Fountain and Falcon) and trails (Santa Fe, Fountain Creek and Rock Island) – please fill out this survey.
This is your chance to let them know that funding for county parks and trails is important! Thank you for your taking the time to share your thoughts.
2020 El Paso County Park Reservation Season Opens for Reservations on Jan. 2, 2020! Please note facility reservation for Regional Parks runs from April 1 – Oct. 31st. You may reserve Pavilions, Tennis Courts, Archery Range or a Wedding Gazebo. For more information visit our website at www.elpasocountyparks.com or call El Paso County Park Headquarters at (719)520-7529.
Let’s go snowshoeing! Mueller is the perfect place to enjoy a winter outing. “Hiking Bob” Falcone, will lead this moderate 4-mile trek in a majestic snow-covered forest. Mueller State Park has stellar views of Pikes Peak and is home to abundant wildlife.
Ring in the New Year with a challenging 5K or 10K at Palmer Park. The Rescue Run has been a New Years Day tradition and local favorite since January 1, 1979! Bring your friends and family and start the New Year with some healthy competition. All proceeds benefit the El Paso County Search & Rescue.
Sleet, snow, or 20 below, come and enjoy the first day of 2020 with a hike! Choose from three different hikes ranging from 1, 3, and 5 miles long. All hikes will start at 10 a.m. from the Limekiln Trailhead. After you finish, stop by the Visitor Center for some hot chocolate. Fun swag giveaways and an all-around great time, make this the best kickoff event to ensure you have a healthy and fabulous new year!
As you give this season, don’t forget to check with your employer to see if see if it will match your donation! This is an easy way to essentially double your donation to TOSC. If your employer has a matching gifts program, provide the following information:
TOSC Tax ID: 84-1156471
Address: 702 E. Boulder St. Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Contact Number: 719-633-6884
What would life be like without your favorite trial?
The Trails and Open Space Coalition has been advocating for parks, trails and open spaces in the Pikes Peak region for more than 30 years. Want to help? Join the coalition!