Peregrine Newsletter – August 2022
Welcome to our August 2022 Peregrine Newsletter! Our goal is to provide general neighborhood information and updates to help build our Peregrine community.
In this newsletter, you will find:
– Neighborhood Watch Kick-Off Meeting
– Movie in the Park Event
– Fall Chipping Program
– Friends of Peregrine Parks Work Day
– Peregrine Budget Information
– Southwest Dwarf Mistletoe in Ponderosa Pines
– Safety & Security on W. Woodmen Road
– School Zones in Peregrine
You can find further information on our Peregrine Master Association website.
Neighborhood Watch Kick-Off Meeting
The kick-off meeting for Peregrine Neighborhood Watch will be on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Colorado Springs Police Department Falcon Division, 7850 Goddard St. This meeting is a great opportunity to meet our crime prevention officer, ask questions, and better understand the role neighborhood watch can play in crime reduction. If you are unsure whether you would like to participate in Neighborhood Watch, please attend and learn more about the program! If you want to participate in the program, please email our new neighborhood watch coordinator Jeff Scharf at email@example.com.
Movie in the Park
Meet your neighbors at Peregrine’s Movie in the Park on Friday, Sept. 9! Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy Disney’s Encanto (PG), a vibrant movie that tells the story of an extraordinary family in which each child has a unique gift, except for the main character, Mirabel. The only “ordinary” family member, Mirabel must figure out a way to save her family’s magic. Food can be purchased from Pop’s Popped Gourmet Popcorn beginning at 6:30 p.m., with the movie starting at approximately 7:15 p.m. or sunset.
Fall Chipping Program: Sponsored by the Colorado Springs Fire Department
As a fire-wise community, Peregrine is excited to partner with the Colorado Springs Fire Department (CSFD) for our second chipping event of the year. The community chipping begins Monday, Oct. 10-Monday, Oct. 24. To participate, residents must register with the CSFD before the start of the event. If you do not register, your piles will not be taken. In our Spring chipping event, more than 200 Peregrine homes participated! It’s an excellent opportunity to clear branches and dead trees from your lot. Register for the event here: https://coloradosprings.gov/fire-department/page/neighborhood-chipping-program
Friends of Peregrine Parks
Join the Friends group on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. for trail work. Meet in the north Blodgett Open Space parking lot to focus on corridor clearing of trails. Please bring gloves, plenty of water, snacks, and sun protection. The sign-up link is https://cerv.is/0132×3587. This is the last Wednesday workday but look for more information about Saturday workday events in September for activities on the Ridgeline Trail above Woodmen Valley Park. If you are interested in improving our park trails and meeting people in the neighborhood, please email Gary Moring, president of Friends of Peregrine Parks firstname.lastname@example.org. The group would love your help!
Peregrine Budget Information
The Peregrine Master Association has worked diligently on the 2023 budget and voted to approve the new budget during the last HOA meeting. Budget information will be provided to the community at the September board meeting on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. at Fire Station 18, 6830 Hadler View. Join your neighbors, meet the board, and hear about the new budget.
Southwest Dwarf Mistletoe in Ponderosa Pines
Southwestern dwarf mistletoe has been found on several ponderosa pines within the neighborhood, both on homeowner’s properties and in HOA common areas. The mistletoe is spread through seed dispersal in the summer and immediately attaches itself to nearby living host tissue. It is then dependent on the host tree for all water and nutrients.
Once a seed successfully attaches itself to a pine tree, a root-like structure called a radicle emerges from the seed. It grows along the bark surface until it touches an obstruction, usually a needle base. It then forms a mound of tissue called a holdfast and develops an infection peg to penetrate the tree’s tissue. This usually occurs in twigs less than five years old since these twigs are softer than older trees.
Severely infested pine stands typically include trees with stunted growth, dying or dead top branches, or completely dead trees. Eventually, height growth slows, and bark beetle may kill such trees. Currently, there are no cures for dwarf mistletoe in pines. Removing an infested tree is the only way to reduce the spread of dwarf mistletoe. It is vital that the community is aware of this parasite and removes infested trees from their property before the seeds of the parasite spread to healthy trees.
The US Forest Service and the Colorado Springs Parks Department are both strongly aware of the dwarf mistletoe in our parks, neighborhood, and the Pike National Forest. Vigilant maintenance of the trees on individual property enhances the likelihood that healthy trees will have an opportunity to grow and repopulate the areas affected by mistletoe. Our HOA common areas have trees that contain mistletoe and are slated for removal. Please take time to look for mistletoe in your own trees and remove those infected to reduce its spread. Your neighborhood and future residents, thank you!
Upper West Woodmen Road Update
During the past year, your Peregrine Board has worked diligently with various city entities to encourage enforcement and discourage negative behavior near the Blodgett Open Space parking lots and W. Woodmen Road. We are providing this update for our community.
- Gates were installed at both entrances of the park, making Blodgett Open Space the third city park gated in the evening. While the park closes at 10 p.m., the gates are locked because the city contractor must lock gates in Red Rocks Canyon Open Space and Garden of the Gods before arriving at Blodgett Open Space. Issues related to this have been reported to the park ranger and to the City Parks Department.
- Signs were installed on the west side of W. Woodmen Road to allow no parking overnight. We continue working with the City on signs similar signs for the East side of the road.
- Five streetlights were installed on upper W. Woodmen Road. One of the lights was intended to be installed in the corner of the north Blodgett Open Space parking lot but was instead installed across the road. This light will be moved to its originally mapped location in Blodgett Open Space at the end of August or the beginning of September.
- Night patrols by ASI, the HOA’s contracted security company, and extra CSPD patrols paid for by the HOA have updated their patrol times based on changing needs during the summer in that region.
As always, please report all incidents to CSPD. The Police Department will log the calls and update their monthly patrol schedules based on call data. Becoming a member of the new Neighborhood Watch program is another way to help. Please see the article above for more information.
School Zones in Peregrine
Woodmen-Roberts Elementary School sits in the heart of our community and began classes last week. Several families are walking or riding bikes to school. When driving through these areas, please use extreme caution near the crossings on both W. Woodmen Road and Orchard Path. While the school crossings are equipped with flashing lights and crossing guards, there was an increase in people speeding through these school crossings during the past school year. This is a reminder to observe these signs and enjoy the slower pace near the school. Thank you for keeping Peregrine’s streets safe.
Save the Date
– Aug. 24, 2022, 8-11 a.m.
Friends of Peregrine Parks workday. Meet at Blodgett Open Space north parking lot.
– Sept. 6, 2022, 6 p.m.
Neighborhood Watch Kick-Off Meeting, CSPD Falcon Division Office
– Sept. 7, 2022
Peregrine HOA Board Meeting, Fire Station 18 at 6 p.m.
– Sept. 9, 2022
Peregrine Movie in the Park. Food Truck at 6 p.m., movie at 7:15 p.m. Woodmen Valley Park
– Oct. 10-Oct. 24, 2022
Peregrine Fall Chipping Event