Mountain Shadows Open Space Acquisition
- The open space was identified in the 2014 Parks Master Plan as open space that should be acquired.
- The Black Canyon Quarry is the best option to provide an adequate trailhead for the very popular Waldo Canyon.
- The TOPS Working Committee and Parks Advisory Board overwhelmingly support this purchase.
- Providing additional recreation opportunities will help lessen overcrowding, better serve our active community and further establish Colorado Springs as a world class outdoor recreation destination.
Re-Open the Incline
A decade ago, citizens came together to find a way to legally open the Incline. TOSC was part of that effort and helped form the Incline Friends group. 10 years later there are still those people who would prefer to keep the Incline closed. They cannot prevail. While it was judicious to initially close the Incline due to the pandemic, we now know that the virus does not easily spread outdoors. We believe many Incline users – if asked – would voluntarily stagger their use and help minimize the risk. We also believe a volunteer ambassador program TOSC is developing in conjunction with Incline Friends could support that effort. With gyms and sports clubs closed, we need ALL our trails open. Trails contribute to our physical and mental health. Contact us if you’d like to be an Incline Ambassador! Please submit your input to the City of Manitou, feedback submitted here will go directly to the City Council, City Engineer, and Deputy City Administrator. Let’s open the Incline!
PARK AND TRAIL UPDATES
Reminder: Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Construction began, May 26, to add 45 spaces to the main parking lot of Red Rock Canyon Open Space at Highway 24. The project also includes the creation of a new trailhead with 17 additional parking spaces along 26th Street, slightly north of Gold Camp Road. The open space will remain open throughout construction, but about half of the parking lot will be closed for approximately two weeks. If the parking lots are at capacity, please find another place to recreate that day. Your patience will be repaid when you come back and find more parking than ever before. Weather depending, the entire project is expected to be completed in early July!
- Group 1 will be doing mitigation work in South Canyon.It will meet in the parking lot at the end of the South Canyon road. If you wish to join this group please preregister at: http://cerv.is/m?0132gYjPkRY
- Group 2 will do trash pickup throughout the park. It will meet at the Maizeland Parking Lot near the Storage container next to the Baseball field. To preregister for this group go to: http://cerv.is/m?0132gUtSSCT
- Group 3 will pick up dog waste and trash on the Yucca/Mesa trails (the dog off-leash area). It will meet at the Yucca Area / Ute Crest, parking lot.To preregister for this group go to: http://cerv.is/m?0132gpakXYx
Experts pick: “Nature’s Best Friends” The answer: Friends Groups! (we couldn’t agree more!!)
We honor the passing of Dr. J. Richard Brusenhan. Dr. Brusenhan was a TOSC member and well known doctor in Colorado Springs. Over his lifetime he summited 25-14ers and cared about our trails, parks and open spaces. We thank friends who have contributed to TOSC in his memory.
Trails and Open Space Coalition
Coal is a proud member of TOSC. He loves parks and trails, and is one of the many ultra users in COS. Right now, when you become a member of TOSC you can add your dog as a member for just $10 AND we will send you a TOSC Dog Bandanna (while supplies last)!