Advocacy is at the heart of what we do
Advocacy is essential to getting trails built, preserving open space,
and getting adequate parks funding.

Our work includes helping craft the future for our public spaces, with our partners in government, other nonprofits and community groups, and our members and partners. Our goal is to envision what can be, and work to make the vision a reality.

We joke about how “We go to all the boring meetings so you don’t have to,” but in fact TOSC is at every public meeting where policy, funding or planning for parks, trails and open spaces is discussed or decided—be it City Council, County Commission, Parks Advisory Boards, Master Plan work sessions, TOPS Working Committee, Trails Team, Colorado Springs Utilities, etc.—and is a respected voice for our public spaces. We weigh in on the issues, and report back to the public regularly.

We encourage you to connect with us at the Trails and Open Space Coalition.

We work to create a social and political climate in which local decisions to fund open space, parks and trails are approved and supported. We encourage organizations, businesses and individuals to get involved in the process. Government bodies do listen to their constituents. We help get the word out to the public about what the issues are, what decisions are being made, when public comment is requested, and how to make your voice heard. We listen to all our user groups—hikers, bikers, runners, equestrians—and work to get their concerns addressed.

Recent Advocacy News

Sharie Dodge

News Wednesday May 11, 2022

Trust For Public Land – Annual ParkScore Released For 2022, Colorado Springs ranks #58, well behind Aurora (#33) and Denver (#18). Why does it matter? ParkScore is a snapshot

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Penrose Trails

Penrose Trails by Eric Swab  Did Spencer Penrose (1865-1939) build hiking and equestrian trails on Pikes Peak? He was certainly interested in trails as a

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Sharie Dodge

Shooks Run Trail Closure

Update 10/2021: A section of Shooks Run Trail between Lilac and Uintah streets will be affected by construction as Colorado Springs Utilities replaces an aging

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Sharie Dodge

Foothills Trail Detour

Update 10/2021: A temporary detour will divert Foothills Trail users starting Monday, Oct. 25 and will continue throughout the duration of the project. Starting Nov.

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