The Trails and Open Space Coalition works with individuals, business, and foundations to improve health equity for all citizens, by: advocating for additional parks and open spaces in developing areas where residents currently have no access; connecting neighborhoods through trail completion and activation; assisting neighbors in advocating for restoration of neglected neighborhood parks; and educating the public about the need to take care of our public spaces—what the needs are, how parks are funded, and what must be done in order to get adequate funding for them.
In December of 2016, the Trails and Open Space Coalition received a Great Outdoors Colorado Connect Initiative Trail Planning Grant for the Ring the Peak Trail Project. The $100,000 planning grant will allow TOSC and partners (Friends of the Peak and City of Colorado Springs Parks) to hire a project team and create a master plan for the roughly 8-mile “missing link” on the southwest side of Pikes Peak. This grant allows the Trail and Open Space Coalition to lead a great public process involving land owners, land managers, community leaders, residents and trail users. At the end of the process we will have a trail alignment plan that closes the southwest gap.