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Friends of Ute Valley Park is an officially recognized “Friends” organization by the City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department. Our mission is to maintain, preserve, and provide education for Ute Valley Park. Our mission is in alignment with the goals and master plan of the City of Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department.

In early 2014, Ute Valley Park was expanded with the acquisition of the adjacent Hewlett Packard property through TOPS. The last half of the former HP property was formerly transferred to Ute Valley Park in early 2015.

We are implementing our mission in Ute Valley Park through maintenance projects and educational events. We are fully committed to provide this same level of support for the newly expanded park.

Support for our efforts has been both passionate and overwhelming. This passion and support comes because people love the beauty and serenity that Ute Valley provides, as well as the many recreational opportunities such as walking, hiking, running and biking.

We are not just a local community organization, considering ourselves to be good stewards of the land for the entire community and the Pikes Peak region.

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A fiscally sponsored fund of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

 

A Letter from the Board President

 Dear Friends,
2016 was another amazing year with a long list of accomplishments for Ute Valley Park. It took many organizations and individuals to make it all happen: Parks and open space professionals, local businesses, board members and other volunteers.

2016 Accomplishments:

West Ridge Trail: A new trail along the East face of the Western ridge was completed by volunteers and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute, This is a fantastic trail that gains the Western ridge of the park and gives unobstructed views to the East and West.

East Loop Trail: With the $20,000 grant from REI we received last year the southern part of this loop trail was 90% completed. Finishing the bridge over the creek and connecting this trail to the newly constructed trail head on the HP
access road will be completed shortly.
 

Volunteers repaired existing trails:

More than

50 people volunteered a total of more than 504 hours on first and third Wednesdays to help improve the park we all love.

 

Ute Valley Park was the host site for the Blue Moon Trail Run Series:

In 2016 the Blue Moon Trail Run in Ute Valley Park was again a three-race series. An average of nearly 100 adults and kids ran in each race in June, July and August. The race series provided an affordable e
vent accessible to all abilities
* Had little to no physical impact on the park
* Minimized waste by promoting sound environmental policy
* Included healthy, local foods following the race

We continued our newspaper column and electronic newsletter:

The Park Place column launched in 2015 now appears bi-monthly in the Woodmen Edition. The focus of the column is to regularly provide information and photos about all things related to Ute Valley Park and the associated efforts of the Friends of Ute Valley Park.

Also, Friends of Ute Valley Park continue to receive a monthly email newsletter that highlights upcoming volunteer opportunities and other park news and events. Readers are welcome to submit story ideas for both the newspaper column and newsletter.

Dan Woods
Friends of Ute Valley Park Board President

 

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A fiscally sponsored fund of the Trails and Open Space Coalition, a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.