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Waldo Canyon may open-Incline to close-dog patrols-volunteer events‏

  • Waldo Canyon could open this year
  • Incline to close for 4 months
  • City “dog patrol” enforcing leash laws
  • Volunteer Opportunities this weekend–Nat’l Trails Day, Iron Mtn
  • Weekly Starlight contest–Flat kit from Bicycle Village
  • TOPS working committee openings
  • Members-only South Slope hike June 21
  • Camp and clear trail on Cheyenne Mountain June 27-29
  • Upcoming Events

 

We are dedicated to the preservation of open space and parks, and the creation of a network of trails, bikeways and greenways for the Pikes Peak region.

Waldo Canyon may open this year

USFS Official says after monsoon season, possibly fall 2014

NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF June 4, 2014

 

US Forest Service District Ranger Allen Hahn told TOSC that Waldo Canyon could open this year. The once-popular hiking area has been closed since the Waldo Canyon Fire. The main safety concern was the difficulty in evacuating hikers if there was a recurrence of the flooding that we saw last year in the burn scar.

The Forest Service is considering opening Waldo Canyon in the fall after the monsoon season has passed (June-Sept), keeping the option of closing it again next year when flooding is again a possibility.

Watch our website and Facebook page for more information as we await an official announcement.

$1.6 M in repairs starts August

Incline to close for four months

Colorado Springs Parks Staff tell us the Manitou Incline is literally “eroding away.” For that reason, the Incline will close in August for four months and undergo $1.6 million in repairs. Last years’ flooding further damaged the already ailing Incline. FEMA, GOCO and CSU support and Incline Friends contributions will pay for the new retaining walls and replace damaged railroad ties.
Anyone caught using the closed trail could face a $100 fine. If you are looking at alternative trails, check out the trails section on the TOSC website, or give us a call at 633-6884. We’ll be happy to help.

 

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City “dog patrol” enforcing leash laws

 

Tickets and fines for offenders

 

If you like hiking with your dogs, and prefer having them off leash, better consider the off-leash areas in Garden of the Gods or Red Rock Canyon, or any of the eight dog parks/off-leash areas in our region.

Why? There are now “bike patrols” in our regional parks and open spaces on a regular basis, enforcing the law which requires dogs to be on leashes when not in a designated leash-free area. Read more on our blog.

 

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Volunteer Events this Weekend

Sat, June 7 – Sun, June 8

 

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National Trails Day Event June 7

 

Stratton Open Space; shuttle from Cheyenne Mtn High School

 

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Iron Mountain Trail needs you!

 

Sign up now for work day Sunday, June 8th.

 

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More trail building days for the Iron Mountain Trail connecting Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs are June 8 and 22, July 13 and 27. The project needs lots of volunteers, and Crew Leaders are especially needed to help manage the crews.http://ManitouCATS.com.

 

Fun Contests and Great Prizes!

 

Starlight Spectacular Facebook page–weekly drawings

 

Come play with us on the Starlight Spectacular Facebook page! Weekly drawings, great prizes, fun events and updates about the Starlight.
This week win a flat pack with seat bag, pump, tools and tube from Bicycle Village!
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TOPS Working Committee Openings
Apply by June 11
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TOPS Proposal Removed
TOPS funds to be used for renovation
Many of you answered our “call to action” and told Parks Staff and the TOPS working committee you did not favor using TOPS dollars to water parks in the 2015 budget. We’re pleased to report that staff has removed that proposal. The result? TOPS parks dollars will instead be used to remove turf and renovate irrigation systems in parks. We believe that’s more in line with what voters expected when they amended TOPS last year.
TOSC Members-only hike South Slope
June 21 hike to still-closed watershed property

Sign up now for our June Members-only hike!

 

One benefit of TOSC membership is that we offer Members-only hikes, often to land that is inaccessible without special permission.

 

Our next member hike will be on the South Slope of Pikes Peak, June 21st. We have hopes that the South Slope area will be opened as a fee area to the public later in the summer, but in the meantime, TOSC members can get in for free. Space is limited so reserve your spot early.   http://hikeJun2014.eventbrite.com.

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Camp and clear trail on Cheyenne Mountain

June 27, 28, 29 with Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park

How about a great weekend of volunteering and remote camping just minutes from Colorado Springs? Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park are committed to developing a “Loop Trail” on top of the mountain this summer. They need your help clearing the corridor before contracted work gets underway in July.
Dates are June 27th, 28th and 29th. For more information or to sign up, see the Friends of Cheyenne Mtn State Park website,

or email Jack Busher, co.jbusher@gmail.com.

Top Mountain Photo 1 - Chris Lieber Leading

Upcoming Events

Save the dates

  • June 14, 20th Annual Starlight Spectacular, festivities start 9 pm, ride starts 10:30 pm, Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center. Register at http://2014Starlight.eventbrite.com. Like ourStarlight Spectacular Facebook page for the latest updates, registration information, special events news, and the opportunity to win great prizes in the weeks leading up to the event!
  • June 20, 5-9 pm. ROLL Bike Art Festival. 10th Annual celebration of bikes in art, Manitou Arts Center, 515 Manitou Ave. Live music, bike demos, art on display. Free.
  • June 26, 6:30-8:30 am. Bike to Work Breakfast, three locations.Join hundreds of cyclists throughout the city for a free breakfast! Corporate Challenge Teams, City Council Cruise, prizes! Register by June 15th at this link.
  • June 27, 28, 29. Cheyenne Mountain State Park trail work/camping weekend.  How about a great weekend of volunteering and remote camping just minutes from Colorado Springs? Friends of Cheyenne Mountain State Park  are committed to developing a “Loop Trail” on top of the mountain this summer. They need your help clearing the corridor before contracted work gets underway in July. Dates are June 27th, 28th and 29th. For more information or to sign up: http://friendsofcmsp.org/?page_id=821

As always, check our volunteer website atwww.openspacevolunteers.org for volunteer projects. 

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