August Park Place

April showers bring May flowers is a very familiar phrase. But to Ute Valley Park what about the May, June, and now July showers?  What all do they bring?  To date we can say flooding, erosion, lots of greenery, amazing wildflowers, and unfortunately noxious weeds. Yep, if you have been through UVP during this time you may have seen it all. Of course this comes from far more than what may normally be called a shower. Much of this rain came in torrential amounts, day after day, and many storms also loaded with hail. We know the concerns, impact, and risks related to drought conditions in our region that have made it popular to not root against the rain. But I am about ready to start.

south meadowDue to the significant number of rain events this year, in this space we have previously made the request to use your best judgment when using the park and trail system. We again would remind you to please heed any trail closures you encounter. It is always best to stay on the trails even if they are muddy to help preserve the adjacent land and natural resources. And another very good option is to consider staying away altogether immediately following these cloud bursts to give all preservation aspects of the park the best chance.

Ute Valley Park volunteer work days are the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month and run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Plan to meet in the Vindicator parking lot at 5:30. Volunteer and get a free water bottle and T-shirt! After 4 hours of volunteer work you’ll receive a Friends of Ute Valley Park logo t-shirt and water bottle.

Tools supplied. Dress appropriately (NO open toed shoes.) Bring your own work gloves, water, hat, sunscreen and snacks. In case of weather cancellation, announcement will be made on the Ute Valley Park Facebook page.

Upcoming events:

  • August 15, 9 a.m. Weed walk
  • August 19, 5:30 p.m.*Volunteer trail work.
  • August 28, 6 p.m. Blue Moon Trail Run

Noxious weeds are mentioned above as they now present a real concern in UVP. Some of them appear with flowering blossoms that outwardly add color and beauty to the property.  Their invasion disrupts the native vegetation, and is a constant risk to people, domestic animals, and wildlife.

The concern is such that there is a Weed Walk on the schedule for Saturday, August 15th  beginning at 9AM from the Vindicator parking lot.  The walk will be conducted by the City of Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation, & Cultural. If you join in and learn how to identify these noxious invaders you become a first line of defense to help combat and eliminate them wherever they take root. The walk is expected to last about 2 hours.

Please get out and enjoy Ute Valley Park and remember there are several items identified here that you can do to help with the maintenance and preservation of our outdoor jewel.

 


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