Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado Springs
If you care enough about our trail system to want to improve it for pedestrians, bicylists and commuters, consider joining the city's newly created "Active Transportation Advisory Committee." The committee is replacing the Bicycle Advisory Committee and expanding its role to cover pedestrian projects and issues. Click here for the full announcement. Applicants must be residents of the City of Colorado Spirngs. Deadline to apply is March 11th. Contact
for more information or to send a letter of interest.
The latest from Colorado Springs, El Paso Co. and USFS.
Due to recent snow and freezing temperatures, trails are currently snow-covered and icy. Parks staff ask trail commuters to use caution. Workers are trying to clear trails as quickly as possible. Please honor detours on the Greenway and Sinton Trail. Work has been delayed due to weather but construction continues. Improvements to the trail connection beneath 8th St. near Walmart are also expected to be completed in the weeks to come.
7 Bridges (#622)and St. Mary's Falls (#624) trails are open. Parking lot at intersection of Gold Camp Road and High Drive is open and much larger. Pipeline (#668) and #666 remain closed.
High Drive (closed) – no improvements yet, property boundary issues, will get update from FEMA Nov. 15th
Mt. Cutler Trail and Bridge open. Fiberglass bridge structure appears ok.
Incline (open) additional damage – $500,000. The City is hoping that FEMA covers that extra cost. Incline just received GOCO grant of $350,000 for rehabilitation work.
Palmer Park (open)
Greenway at S. Circle (Closed) it will take 270 truck-loads of material to fill gap. Needs to be armored to prevent from reoccurring. (no work done yet)
Sinton Trail (Open) detour created (no change)
Temporary closures will affect Black Forest Regional Park (playground area) and the Pikes Peak Greenway this winter, while planned construction and upgrades are completed beginning in October.
The City of Colorado Springs is moving forward with significant improvements to key segments of the Pikes Peak Greenway to upgrade the trail to current Trail Master Plan standards, including some ADA improvements and replacement of failing asphalt with concrete.
- The US Forest Service announced trails in the Bear Creek Watershed have been closed, including the Palmer Loop. Forest Service trails 665, 667, 668, 701 and 720, from the junction with 701 to 668, are closed to all users. The emergency order says the closure will remain in effect until September 2014 unless rescinded.
- Greenway from Nevada south. 150-foot section is gone, work needed includes embankment, bridge and trail. Will be closed significant amount of time due to extent and complexity of damage.
- Bear Creek Canon Park
- Harlan Wolfe Park - both homes on site damaged, trail gone, garden untouched.
- Black Forest Regional Park--active use area open, trails and playground closed. The playground was washed away; Pikes Peak Community Foundation is helping to fund replacement.
- Rainbow Falls. Damage to the hillside; County has a grant and is waiting for CDOT to complete stabilization project in order to begin construction.
- Blodgett Peak
- Palmer Park - damage to foot bridge and roads, but open
- Sinton Trail - neighborhood access gone, detour in place
- Red Rock Canyon Open Space - ponds have water
- Ute Valley Park
- Garden of the Gods is open as is Foothills Trail!
- Rock Ledge Ranch
- Cheyenne Mountain State Park
- Bear Creek Regional Park
- Fountain Creek Regional Trail. Portions are closed due to damage--see the map here.
- Incline. Significant damage - $500,000 to repair new damage; lost lots of soil.
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The TOPS Working Committee, Parks Advisory Board and Colorado Springs City Council have all resoundedly approved the purchase of 200 acres of HP property adjacent Ute Valley Park for open space. Why is that important?
- This property has been in the Parks Master Plan for 15 years.
- Many park users assume it's public property and use it regularly.
- It will provide a trail connection to the Pikes Peak Greenway.
- Neighborhoods surrounding Ute Valley Park whole-heartedly support the additional parkland.
The new Friends of Ute Valley Park are committed to raising at least $100,000 to support the purchase and maintenance. To date they have contributions and committments of $40,000. Lyda Hill has generously pledged $50,000 if they can raise $50,000! Let's help put them over the top!
The Trails and Open Space Coalition has helped the Friends Group and championed this purchase every step of the way, as part of our mission to foster volunteerism and stewardship of parks, trails and open space. We continue to help the Friends with organizational support, publicity, fundraising advice, and advocating for their cause.
Total price tag for this purchase: $6.4 million. The Trails, Open Space and Parks tax, Great Outdoors Colorado (lottery) and the Trust for Public Land are working together to provide the funds. This project is exactly why TOPS was created in the first place. With Friends of Ute Valley Park determined to raise the first five years of maintenance cost PLUS lead volunteer projects, this is a win-win for the community.
UPDATE: The bench is finished, with the support of neighbors, community volunteers, passers-by, TOSC and Concrete Couch! Be sure to ride or walk by...enjoy the shade, and great views of Pikes Peak. It is located on the Midland Trail just east of the S 17th St entrance.
Judy Steininger relaxes on the bench that she helped build in memory of her late husband, Duane Dosch.
Thanks to all of you who supported the Trails and Open Space Coalition and our Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers. Buffalo Gals provided a fabuous feast, Sovereignty Wines and Bristol Brewing Company donated fine wines and delicious beer. Many of your favorite local restuarants spoiled us with their most delicious desserts. Proceeds support TOSC trail projects as well as the Friends of El Paso County Nature Centers and their fine environmental programs. Many of you had the opportunity to meet Jerri Marr - our special guest for the evening. Thanks to all of you who joined us - see you next year!
The Waldo Canyon fire damaged 18,247 acres in Pike National Forest. 40% suffered light damage (Green), 40% had moderate damage (Yellow) and 20% of the damage was severe (Red), most vegetation is gone. The National Forest lands inside the fire perimeter are closed indefinitely.
The green fingers on the east side show the fire incursions into Mtn. Shadows and Blodgett neighborhoods in Colorado Springs, where damages to residential properties were severe.
Damage to Colorado Springs public spaces totaled 179 acres in Blodgett Peak Open Space, Mountain Shadows Open Space and along Foothills Trail. These photos show the extent of the damage, and they show how rapidly nature begins to send out shoots of new life and rejuvenation.