News January 22, 2020

News January 22, 2020
Wed. Jan 22, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Westside Community Center Gym 1628 W Bijou St
This is the third and FINAL public meeting for the “Re-Imagine Waldo Canyon Public Planning Project.” Come see the community vision you have helped to craft over the course of this planning process. Review important information such as desired trailheads, trail networks, and trail connections. Learn about the next steps and how to stay informed as the project moves forward.
For more information, please visit the project website at www.waldocanyonplanning.com.
Park Update
Closure at Red Rock
The teeter-totter obstacle at Red Rock Canyon Open Space’s Bike Skill Park is CLOSED due to significant damage. For your safety, please do not attempt to utilize the obstacle until it has been repaired.
Public Meetings
Transportation Improvement Plan
Wed. Jan 22, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
14 S Chestnut St
Come to the public open house to learn about the Transportation Improvement Plan hosted by Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG). PPACG is responsible for managing state, local, and federal transportation and transit funds. The Transportation Improvement Plan is a short-range (four-year) plan that implements the long-range Regional Transportation Plan’s goals and identifies the specific transportation and transit projects (including trails) for which the region will allocate its federal, state, and local funds. The Public Comment Period for this upcoming Transportation Improvement Plan is January 9 – February 7.
GOCO Open House
Mon. Jan 27 4:30 – 6 :00 pm
Hillside Community Center
925 S Institute St
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is in the process of building a new strategic plan for the next five or more years. The plan will dictate where the bulk of money is spent and will affect all of us across the state. Learn about community vitality, equitable access to the outdoors, resource conservation, outdoor stewardship, youth connections to the outdoors, and more. Then provide input on a draft strategic plan, to help identify funding priorities. More money for parks, trail projects or preserving open space? Please RSVP.
Questions? Contact rdempsey@goco.org.
North Cheyenne Cañon Bridge Replacement Project
Tue. Jan 28, 5:00 to 6:30 pm
Westside Community Center
1628 W Bijou St
In an effort to provide continued community use of the North Cheyenne Cañon roadway, address public safety, and provide adequate emergency service access to park users and neighborhoods surrounding the park, three roadway bridges are scheduled for replacement this fall. Meet the project team, view proposed designs and provide provide feedback on the construction plans.
Additional Information on the North Cheyenne Cañon Bridge Replacement Project is available at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/nccbridgereplacement
First Public Meeting for Downtown Historic Parks Master Plan
Tue. Jan 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
City Auditorium 221 E Kiowa St
Come review and discuss the concept plans for the future of Acacia, Antlers and Alamo Square Parks. The City wants to ensure these historic parks continue to provide recreation, relaxation, events and more for locals and visitors by collecting community feedback. Learn more at www.ColoradoSprings.gov/DowntownHistoricParks.
Final Public Meeting for Boulder Park
Thur. Jan 30, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
North Middle School Cafeteria
612 E Yampa Street
Join the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services department and the Friends of Boulder Park for the last Public Meeting for Boulder Park. Review the Draft Master Plan which identifies desired park improvements, and funding efforts.
Upcoming Events
Friends Group Kickoff Party
Thur. Feb 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
3103 W Colorado Ave
Join us at Trails End Taproom to meet the passionate volunteers who support our parks through work days, fundraising, education and more! Connect with Friends Groups to learn more about the parks and public gardens in the El Paso County. Chat, snack and celebrate our wonderful outdoors community!
Coffee with a Cop
Wed. Feb 12, 9:00 – 11:00 am
UCCS Downtown 102 S. Tejon St
Join TOSCBCSCSPD and UCCS Downtown for a discussion on safe transportation around our city. Topics will include safety on urban trails, walkways, bike lines and public transportation. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Come ask questions and be a part of the conversation!
More info on Facebook.
Friends and Partner News
CPR/AED: Wed. Jan 22, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
First Aid: Wed. Jan 29, 5:30 – 9:00 pm
Bear Creek Nature Center
Learn how to provide assistance during a cardiac emergency, how to provide CPR and/or basic first aid skills. Upon successful completion, participants will receive certification through the American Red Cross. Must be 16 years old or older. $50 per class or $75 for both classes. Pre-registration required.
Register here or call 719-520-6977.
Winter Hike Preparedness – TEEN Program
Thur. Jan 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm
410 JL Ranch Heights Rd
Join Hiking Bob at Cheyenne Mountain State Park for an informative session on being prepared for winter excursions. Bring your backpack to test your supplies and see if you are ready to survive this winter hike gone wrong! This program is recommended for teens (12-17) who want to learn basic winter survival skills. Please call the visitor center to reserve your spot for this indoor program, 719-576-2016.
Hike With a Naturalist
Fri. Jan 24, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
1805 N 30th St
Join a naturalist for a 2.5-mile hike through the Central Garden. The focus will be on the nature behind the park designation of National Natural Landmark. Bring your questions, cameras and binoculars. Reservation required – $5 per person. #TOSC2020Challenge
Winter Bird Festival
Sat. Jan 25, 10:00 – 2:00 pm
2120 S Cheyenne Canon Rd
Celebrate winter birds at Starsmore Visitor and Nature Center! Enjoy a fun day of bird themed activities: bird walks, rock painting,bird feeder craft and games! A $5 donation is suggested and will be used for educational programs at Starsmore.
Winter Fun at Fox Run!
Sat. Feb 1, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Fox Run Regional Park
2110 Stella Dr
Let’s celebrate Winter! Come learn about the science behind snow, take a guided nature walk, enjoy professional storytelling, and watch the Queen & King Snow Dog Parade. Enter your dog in the contest to win prizes! There will be hot chocolate, fun winter games, crafts and more. $5 per person, includes snacks and all activities! All proceeds benefit Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers. More info on Facebook#TOSC2020Challenge
Register here or call 719-520-6387.
Prairie Dog Day
Sun. Feb 2, 10:00 – 12:00 PM
Bluestem Prairie Open Space
6254 Goldfield Drive
Did the groundhog – uh, prairie dog see his shadow?
What does that even mean? Dig in to this fun tradition while exploring one of the City’s lesser-known open spaces with a 2-mile guided outing. Discover how prairie dogs are essential to the survival of many other prairie-dwelling creatures. Along the way, keep your eyes open for birds and other wildlife!
Pre-registration required.
Great Backyard Bird Count
Sat. Feb 15, 9:00 – 3:00 pm
15807 Co Rd 1, Florissant
Join the Friends of the Florissant Fossil Beds for the 8th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. This event is held in conjunction with the 23rd Annual International Great Backyard Bird Count, February 14 -17, 2020. This is an international citizen science effort to capture a worldwide count of bird populations!
To learn more visit www.fossilbeds.org
Gallop in the Garden 5K Runs
EVERY Thursday 4:00 – 6:00 pm
1805 N. 30th St
Meet in the lower lobby of the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center to sign in, then depart for a run, jog or walk in The Garden / Rock Ledge Ranch. Kids are welcome and there is a stroller friendly paved route option. Dogs welcome on leash only and please bring baggies to pick up after them. This is not a race, just a fun way to get fit and enjoy the great outdoors. Plus, earn prizes for completing 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 runs! #TOSC2020Challenge
Learn more on Facebook or Register.

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