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Parks, Trails and Open Spaces

Friends of Peregrine Parks and Open Spaces

 

Spring is getting closer every day and the start of the season of caring for our parks and open spaces is rapidly approaching. The Friends group has work days scheduled for May 2nd,  May 16th, June 6th, June 20th, and July 5th. All workdays are Wednesday’s from 8:00-11:00am at either Blodgett Peak Open Space or Woodmen Valley Open Space. Additional work days will be scheduled for July thru September. As a reminder, the Friends group members are your neighbors who volunteer their time to care for Blodgett Peak Open Space, Woodmen Valley Open Space, Woodmen Valley Park, and Marshall Sprague Park. We operate under the auspices of the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department to assist in preserving and maintaining the City’s parks and open spaces. The Friends group also has a working relationship with the Peregrine HOA Board to assure coordination and cooperation to maximize the condition of the parks and open spaces in Peregrine.

If you see any damage or vandalism at any Park in the community, please contact Mr. Klever at 719-238-5414 or jrklever@comcast.net.      


Volunteers are Needed for the Following Tasks:

1) Trail Maintenance: Physical work at scheduled times with a group maintaining trails at Blodgett Peak Open Space or Woodmen Valley Open Space under the supervision of a Park Ranger and/or Certified Crew Leader. Work days are normally the 1st and 3rd Wednesday’s each month, 8:00-11:00am. You have complete flexibility to attend on days of your choosing.

2) Volunteer Hikers:  Duties can be performed on your own schedule when you are hiking and enjoying one of the Parks or Open Spaces.  Simply observe and report people behavior, animal sightings, or removal of materials from property. Look for degradation of trails such as vegetation encroaching on trails, erosion, roots, rocks, rogue trails, etc. Use phone/camera to take pictures. Have trash bag/poop bag to collect trash. Report via email or phone as needed.

3) Adopter Duties for Various areas: Duties can be performed on your own schedule. Primarily walking the assigned area keeping an eye out for trash, foreign materials, dog waste, and broken glass.

4) Communications: Multiple opportunities exist to write articles for local newspapers, social media, Peregrine Life magazine, and other outlets. Experienced writer preferred. Work on your own schedule at home.

Please contact Jim Klever at jrklever@comcast.net or 719-238-5414 if you can help or for more information.


Friends Officers:

President-Jim Klever

Vice President-Pam Maier

Trail Crew Leader-Gary Moring

Park Adoption Leader-Vacant

Communications-Vacant

 

 

 

January 2018

Blodgett Peak Open Space — 2018 Work Plan

January 23, 2018

Friends:

1) Maintain drainage structures on Dry Creek Trail and Chickadee Trail.

2) Corridor brushing of Douglas Fir Trail to the NFS border.

3) Corridor brushing Gamble Oak Trail and Ponderosa Trail.

4) Trail maintenance lower area of West Woodmen Trail.

5) General trail maintenance and corridor brushing as needed on all trails. Focus on upper trails.

6) Distribution of BPOS trail map.

 

City Crew/RMFI:

1) Chickadee Trail—Wayfinding post and placard needed.

2) Douglas Fir Trail–Timber step installation, possible short reroute.

3) Dry Creek Trail–Fence installation at rogue trail by culvert.

4) Dry Creek Trail–Close rogue trail and install fencing on final switchback of Dry           Creek Trail. (South trail leading to Woodmen Road)

5) Gambel Oak Trail–Drainage structure maintenance–Drainage structure                          maintenance/installation at key locations between Wildflower Trail and West Woodmen Trail.

6) Gambel Oak Trail–Timber steps/bike ramp–install.

7) Hummingbird Trail–Drainage structure maintenance–amour 2 culverts west of     junction  with Gamble Oak Trail, and culvert north of junction.

8) Ponderosa Trail–Retaining wall construction—east of intersection with     Peregrine Trail.

9) Ponderosa Trail–Drainage structure install–Uphill from Ponderosa/Peregrine Trail junction.

10) Ponderosa Trail–Drainage structure maintenance-Drainage structure east of water tower, restore switchback, install culvert at top of grade.

11) Ponderosa-Peregrine Trail junction–Trail building–install new connector trail, rockwork around culvert, restore Peregrine Trail.

12) Red Squirrel Trail–Retaining wall construction, possible reroute, drainage structure maintenance–possible reroute of Red Squirrel Trail,(especially near stream crossing, steep grade), trail bench reconstruction.

13) Wagon Wheel Trail–Drainage structure maintenance–between Gamble Oak and Wildflower Trails.

14) Water tower–Rogue trail closure–restore rogue trails NW of water tower, install fencing to delineate trail from USFS property.

PET WASTE - STORMWATER INFORMATION

What you can do:

Always clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in the trash, in a sealed or tied plastic bag. Commercial scoopers can also be purchased to make proper disposal even easier. Some are disposable and come with biodegradable, sealable bags. Check pet stores and catalogs.

Encourage your neighbor and other pet owners to be responsible; it’s not hard, and it’s an important par t of the responsibility you have owning a pet. In fact, it is unlawful to leave your pet’s waste in our city’s parks. (Code of the City of Colorado Springs 2001, as amended

9.9.301.)

What you should not do:

Don’t dispose of pet waste in a catch basin, storm drain, or on the street.

Don’t use pet waste as a fertilizer. The bacteria in pet waste does far more harm than good.

Don’t add pet waste to a compost pile. The pile will not get hot enough to kill the disease- causing organisms.

Contact Information

City Engineering/Stormwater Drainage (719) 385-5980 www.springsgov.com/cityengineering

Colorado Water Protection Project (303) 861-5195 (888) 861-9969 www.ourwater.org

Did you know stormwater runoff in El Paso County is not treated, but goes directly into our streams and creeks? That is why it is important to insure that pollutants such as pet waste, soaps and dirt from car washing, automotive fluids, trash, garbage and chemicals do not end up in the storm drains. Water washing over the land can pick up an array of contaminants that can run off into or streams and creeks either directly or through our storm sewer systems. The Environmental Protection Agency has determined that pollution from this runoff is the largest cause of water quality problems in the United States.

Everyday personal actions you take can have a significant impact on the water quality of our local streams and creeks. Remember that while the individual household might contribute only minor amounts of pollution, the combined effect of a neighborhood or a city is serious.

Pet Waste

As a pet owner you can help, simply by picking up after your pet. Being a responsible pet owner not only keeps the areas you walk clean for everyone but also reduces contaminants in stormwater runoff. Pet waste can carry viruses and bacteria that are extremely harmful to humans and animals that live in or near our streams. Some of the diseases that can be spread from pet waste include:

  • Salmonellosis the most common bacterial infection transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms include headache, fever, muscle aches, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Campylobacteriosis a bacterial infection causes diarrhea in humans.
  • Toxocarisis roundworms transmitted from animals to humans. Symptoms include fever, rash, vision loss, and cough.

In addition to risk of diseases, the organic matter and nutrients contained in pet waste can degrade water quality. The decay of the pet waste in our waterways uses up dissolved oxygen and releases ammonia. This process in warm water temperatures of summer can kill fish and other aquatic life.

Managing pet waste properly is something that everyone can do to make a difference in the quality of our surface waters. Proper individual actions can result in significant water quality improvement when carried out by the majority. Unlike some forms of stormwater pollutants, the individual citizens of our community can easily and economically manage pet waste.


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