Sunbird Mountain Grill Fundraiser

Sunbird Mountain Grill Fundraiser

The Sunbird Mountain Grill is holding a fundraiser for Ute Valley Park on Saturday, September 28th from 5-8 PM. They will be serving a complimentary buffet, $4 Mason Jar Drinks, $4/glass House Wines, and feature a raffle and silent auction. They are located at 230 Point of the Pines Drive.

Raffle tickets are $2 or 3 for $5 and there are numerous raffle items.

The silent auction includes some great items including:

  • 2 hour flight simulation for up to 4 people in a B747-400 with a pilot instructor for United Airlines with over 20 years experience! This generous donation is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you will not want to miss! One hour, non-instructor simulator would cost $1,500. Be the pilot you have always wanted to be without leaving the ground! Further details at the Sunbird.
  • Dinner prepared in your home by the Sunbird’s Chef, plus clean-up!
  • Dinner for two at Salsa Brava!, Voted best Mexican Restaurant in Colorado Springs 4 years running!
  • Wine Baskets from Sunbird Restaurant
  • Breath taking photographs of Ute Valley Park donated by Charles Sale
  • Never before seen Ute Valley Park Calendar!
  • Gift Certificates from Pioneer Sand and Gravel

We hope to see you at the Sunbird Mountain Grill supporting our great park!

Ute Valley Photos Benefit

Ute Valley Photo by Chuck Sale

Ute Valley Photo by Chuck Sale

Chuck Sale has great photos of Ute Valley Park and is donating 50% of the proceeds from them to Friends of Ute Valley Park through the end of September. Check out his All Seasons Ute Valley Collection here. He also has a set of Ute Valley Park photos from this month. Purchase some great photos or greeting cards and help out the park!

Northwest Animal Hospital Fundraiser

Northwest Animal Hospital Fundraiser

Care for your pet and help Ute Valley Park. Schedule any service for your pet during the week of September 23rd – 27th and Northwest Animal Hospital will donate the proceeds to Friends of Ute Valley Park! Call them now at 719-593-8582 to schedule.

Services Available

  • Medical Appointments – Including Vaccinations
  • Surgical Procedures
  • Dental Care
  • Grooming *
  • Boarding *
  • Day Care *

* Prerequisites for vaccination and parasite control apply

Be sure to mention Friends of Ute Valley Park when scheduling your pet!

Northwest Animal Hospital
4575 N. Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907

Click here for flyer.

Dinner and Beverage at Bristol Brewing Fundraiser

Ute Valley Park

Ivywild School, Bristol Brewing Company and Friends of Ute Valley Park are teaming up to save Ute Valley Park. Enjoy a dinner of Baked Ziti, salad and beverage and help the park you love in a terrific venue! The fundraiser is at Ivywild School on Sunday, September 8th from 3 PM to 7 PM.

Dinner and a Beverage plus great people will make this event lots of fun for all! Bristol Brewing Company will also be donating $1 for every additional beer purchased to Friends of Ute Valley Park. ID required to consume alcohol at this event.

We are hoping for a great turnout and lots of donations to help us purchase the HP property (200+ acres) next to Ute Valley Park which is currently used as part of the park. TOPS and other grants will cover part of the purchase price but FUVP has also committed to raising $100k.

We want to keep Ute Valley as wonderful as it has always been to our community. Together, we can all make this happen. Thank you all for your generous support on this vital project.

Go to Eventbrite to purchase meal tickets. The Ivywild School is at 1604 S Cascade Ave.

Chipotle Fundraiser a Big Success

Chipotle Fundraiser

The fundraiser at Chipotle on August 6th, 2013 was a big success. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported Ute Valley Park!

The Friends of Ute Valley Park will receive $2,326.50 from this fundraiser. This will be used for the money that FUVP has committed towards the purchase of the HP property that is needed in addition to the TOPS money and grants.

Check the events page for other fundraisers and volunteer opportunities.

Chipotle Fundraiser

Chipotle Fundraiser August 6th

Friends of Ute Valley Park Chipotle Fundraiser

The Chipotle on Garden of the Gods is doing a fundraiser for Ute Valley Park on Tuesday, August 6th from 4 PM until 8 PM. 50% of proceeds will benefit Friends of Ute Valley Park. In order for your purchase to be credited to Friends of Ute Valley Park, you will need to print the above image or be able to show it on your phone.

Fox News Covers HP Acquisition

Tuesday the Colorado Springs City Council voted to use TOPS money to acquire over 200 acres of HP property that currently is used as part of Ute Valley Park. Besides the TOPS money, grants from Great Outdoors Colorado will be used. Also Friends of Ute Valley Park have committed to raising $100k.

Above is video from Fox News and you can read their coverage on their site.

City Council Meeting on HP Acquisition

HP Property Acquisition Map

HP Property Acquisition Map (click to enlarge)

On Tuesday, July 23rd, our City Council will be voting on using TOPS funds to help with the acquisition of the Hewlett Packard corporate property (about 203 acres, see map above) that adjoins what is currently Ute Valley Park. City Council will meet and each citizen will have no more than 3 minutes to state their support of the city council’s approval of the purchase of this property for public use. We are asking as many people as possible to come to the City Council meeting to show your support of the purchase of this land using TOPS funds.

Some Background:

  • The Trails, Open Space and Parks ordinance (TOPS) was approved by voters in April 1997 to generate funds through a percent of sales tax for Parks and Open Space acquisition, development, and preservation
  • When it became clear that HP would sell this land adjacent to Ute Valley Park, the Friends of Ute Valley Park (FUVP) was formed to help advocate with our city Park & Rec for the purchase of this land
  • City Park & Rec, FUVP, and a number of other organizations and people have been working for more than a year through the details of making this land purchase from HP a reality
  • Because the Parks & Rec Advisory Board approved the use of TOPS money for the acquisition of this land, the next step is for City Council to vote to approve using TOPS funds for this open space purchase
  • FUVP has worked with our City Park & Rec to raise funds and volunteers to help improve Ute Valley Park in order to minimize the maintenance costs of Ute Valley Park and it’s future expansion

Here is what you can do:

  • Come show your support on 23 July at City Hall. Your presence at this meeting will demonstrate to City Council how important this issue is to our community
  • When our 3 minute opportunity comes to speak, raise your hand and give the positive reasons why you want this land to become part of Ute Valley Park
  • As with every citizen, the Friends of Ute Valley Park board members will be there to give our 3 minutes of reasons to purchase this land, come support us with your presence
  • Contact your local council person and tell them to use your tax dollars in TOPS to help purchase this land for the benefit of our community

When: Tuesday, July 23rd at 1:45 PM

Where: City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave. (enter from the S.E. corner of the building near Kiowa St.),
* be sure to bring quarters for street parking meters or possibly park in the parking structure at corner of Bijou & Weber.

Thistle Party

Cleaning Up Thistles

Volunteers Cleaning Up Thistles

We want to thank the volunteers who came out and cleared thistles on July 2nd. Thistles are a noxious weed and they were choking the cattails and other native plants around the pond area.

Give people Starbucks and they work hard!!! The remarkable volunteers cleared ALL of the Thistle near the pond at the Vindicator entrance. Please stop by and look at the work, we are very proud of it!

Noxious Weeds

The noxious weeds Cypress Spurge, Myrtle Spurge and Purple Loosestrife have been spotted in the park. Photos of them are below. These are plants that need to be removed.

Cypress Spurge

Cypress Spurge

Myrtle Spurge

Myrtle Spurge

Purple Lloosestrife

Purple Lloosestrife