March 4, 2015

Trees vandalized in park

The pictured tree vandalism occurred last month in North Shooks Run Park between the Dale Street footbridge and Cache La Poudre Street.  If you see tree vandalism occurring in the Park, please call the police.  After the fact, please report such occurrences to:
Jeff Cooper
Staff Forester
City of Colorado Springs
Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services
(719) 385-6543

February 11, 2015

Mayoral Candidates Forum

Coming March 18, 7-9pm, Community Prep School gym (332 E. Willamette, at Wahsatch)

Election Forum to meet and question mayoral and City Council at-large candidates in the April election. The event will be held jointly with the Patty Jewett Neighborhood Association and the Old North End Neighborhood.

You’re invited to write down your questions which will be put to the candidates by moderator (and Shooks Run neighbor) Steve Brown. Please send your questions to before March 9. Questions may focus on any issue relevant to City government including stormwater financing, City of Champions downtown facilities, economic development, relations between Council and Mayor, homeless, and more.

September 12, 2014

Fall Clean-up of Shooks Run Creek

A big thank you goes to everyone who helped clean the creek. It looked great! Have you noticed the signs at Willamette and Kiowa that say “Sponsored by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association”?

Saturday, September 27
10 AM – 2 PM

Meet at Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (Bijou and Corona)


North Shooks Run Park (700 block of North Franklin St.)

Bring gloves, water, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. Trash bags


Rain Date is October 4.

For a description and history of our neighborhood creek click here.

If everyone pitches in, look what we can do!


August 23, 2014

Update to Little Market

The Little Market and Deli on Willamette is for sale. The plans for a restaurant in the space have fallen through.

Mango fan Django night was fantastic!

Beautiful evening in the John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park (August 21) with fantastic music by Mango fan Django!

Ice cream donated by Josh and John’s was popular!

Powered by neighbors pedaling with the Mobile Music Project.

Thanks for making it possible: Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, Pikes Peak Community Fund, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Josh and John’s Ice Cream.

July 2, 2014

Music on the Run July 17 “Cool for Cats”

Another beautiful summer evening in one of our neighborhood parks. We enjoyed Music on the Run in North Shooks Run Park (one block north of Willamette on El Paso/Franklin Street. The “Cool for Cats” duo of Nick Davey and Jeremy Facknitz played their versions of R&B, British pop and rock, Country, and Blues music.

Folks brought their blanket or lawn chairs, their dogs and kids, and enjoyed the smooth sounds of “Cool for Cats.” Powered by the Mobile Music Project (people generating power via bicycle pedaling). Free, thanks to the MSRNA, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, City Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, and Trails and Open Space Coalition.

June 14, 2014

June 19th Music on the Run

Neighbors gathered for the first of this summer’s Music on the Run events on Thursday, June 19. Bluegrass and original acoustic music of neighborhood artists “Out of Nowhere” was played. Electricity for the music was generated with neighbors pedaling with the Mobile Music Project. Great music by Out of Nowhere and a great turnout of neighbors.

The event was held one block north of Willamette on El Paso Street, in North Shooks Run Park next to the Concrete Couch. The event was open to all in the neighborhood thanks to the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services.

May 29, 2014

Meeting to Discuss Creek’s Retaining Wall

Following the collapse of a retaining wall on Shooks Run (creek) between Bijou and Kiowa streets last September, City engineers have been studying a possible replacement.

A public meeting will be held Wednesday JUNE 4, 2014 AT 6:00PM, CENTENNIAL PLAZA , 516 E. KIOWA ST (Building Adjacent to the Park). The meeting will include a presentation by The City of Colorado Springs, Stormwater Engineering and their consultants for this project. The neighborhood and the adjacent neighbors can voice their opinions on wall replacement design alternatives in regard to safety, creek impacts, and visual appropriateness to this park setting. Being a publicly funded project, the budget is limited.

Included in the initial scope of work are some necessary changes to accommodate a new wall that will alter John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park. This project is expected to begin construction this summer and it is important that the City gets your feedback about these repairs.

May 6, 2014

Save these dates for Music on the Run

The Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association announces the following dates for live music in the Shooks Run area parks. Enjoy a summer evening with family and neighbors at these free events brought to you by the neighborhood association!

June 19 in the North Shooks Run Park:  “Out of Nowhere” with bluegrass and original acoustic music

July 17 in North Shooks Run Park: “Cool for Cats” with  rock, folk, pop, soul, etc.

August 21 in John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park:  “Mango fan Django” with gypsy jazz

May 2, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting: Proposed Little Market restaurant

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30pm

Community Prep School gym, Willamette at Wahsatch

Sponsored by Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association

This will be a facilitated discussion among neighbors. We will hear from Michael Carsten about the concept as well as neighbors’ concerns about the proposed restaurant use including hours of operation, serving alcohol, and parking. Let’s discuss the concerns and see if we can reach some solutions. Please invite your neighbors to attend.

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