January 15, 2018

2018 MSRNA Tree Sale

Reserve your tree now!

We are pleased to announce MSRNA’s fifth neighborhood tree planting project for this coming April. How it works: MSRNA buys trees from Trees Across Colorado then offers them for sale to residents in our neighborhood. TAC is a program of the Colorado Tree Coalition (coloradotrees.org) and provides trees to towns and community groups all over the state.

Over the past six years more than 100 trees have been planted to replace the many trees lost to disease, old age, and drought. Our neighborhood tree program diversifies the trees shading our streets, yards, and homes with species suited to our climate. Since 2012, a portion of each MSRNA membership has gone to the Tree Fund.

Our priority is to increase the number of hardy trees along our streets, between the sidewalk and the curb. For residents of the Middle Shooks Run neighborhood, we are offering trees for street planting at HALF our cost. Trees for yard planting are offered AT COST. All trees have 1 to 1-1/2 inch caliper trunk, are 6 – 8 feet tall, well-rooted, and the perfect size for homeowner planting. The trees come either “bare-root” or APC (air-pruned containers) that results in dense, vigorous root systems.

Medium to Large shade trees:

Bur Oak, Chinkapin Oak, Kentucky Coffeetree, Catalpa–all APC

$35 for parkway/street planting; $65 for planting in your yard

Smaller, flowering/ornamental trees (suitable for planting under power lines):

‘Hot Wings’ Tatarian Maple, ‘China Snow’ Tree Lilac, ‘Prairie Fire’
Crabapple–all “bare-root”

$25 for parkway/street planting; $45 for planting in your yard

Descriptions and photos of each tree variety are available at coloradotrees.org/find/.

The number of trees is limited and trees are available first-come, first-served. Send an email to msrna.org and tell us the tree(s) you want. We will put you on the tentative list. Full payment reserves your tree. Make check payable to MSRNA; subject line “2018 Tree.” (send to: MSRNA Tree Project, c/o Nancy Strong, 420 North Franklin Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903). Please include a note identifying your preferred tree variety, with an alternative, and provide full contact information. Please note if your tree will be planted along the street or in your yard.

If you want to plant a street tree, take this additional step: apply for a forestry permit at https://parks.coloradosprings.gov/parks-recreation-and-cultural-services/webform/forestry-permit-request. Under Work to be Done, select “plant.” Under Company Doing the Work, insert “homeowner;” planting does not need to be done by a licensed tree service. Application deadline is March 15. City Forestry will confirm the planting site after receipt of your application. If you need a stump removed, contact a private tree contractor to have this done before April.

The trees arrive mid-April. You will receive information about the pick-up date, location, and time. You will be responsible for planting and caring for your new tree and will receive planting and watering instructions. Any questions, email us at info@msrna.org.

2018: A Year for Community Building

MSRNA needs you!


Our neighborhood tree program, regular creek cleanups, and other events are well established but we do need helpers. Make 2018 your year to be more involved in your neighborhood, to give back to the community, to get to know your neighbors better, please consider:

  • Becoming a member or renewing your membership. Your $15 helps cover costs of creek cleanups, summer concerts, neighborhood trees, and more. You can join online with a credit card www.msrna.org or send a check for $15 to MSRNA, PO Box 204, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
  • Serving on the MSRNA board of directors. The time commitment is not that great. We meet at least quarterly to discuss issues and event plans. Board members are elected at our annual meeting in April. Let us know of your interest and questions if you have them. We will be happy to talk to you. info@msrna.org or Louise at 597-5407
  • We need a few more volunteers to distribute flyers around a few blocks to neighborhood homes. We do this once or twice a year and it’s our way of reaching every household. Please contact Megan at meganb_ads@yahoo.com

December 6, 2017

MSRNA brings trees to the neighborhood

Trees on Cedar Street

Fall is a great time to think about adding a tree to your yard. Do you have space for a street tree or a tree in your yard? Are you longing for some fall color or spring flowers? Would you like a large shade tree or small ornamental tree? We will have a tree for you during our spring tree sale.

We have brought over 100 trees into the neighborhood since 2012 with the goal of expanding and diversifying our urban forest. MSRNA is committed to replacing the many street trees we have lost over recent years and we share the cost of those trees with homeowners.

Our 2018 tree selection includes oaks, catalpa, Tatarian maple, crabapple, Kentucky coffeetree, and tree lilac. All trees are well-rooted and hardy species adapted to our climate and soils. Trees cost between $30 and $65 depending on variety and planting location.

The tree sale will begin in earnest in January, but early reservations are accepted at any time. If you are interested in more information, send us an email at info@msrna.org

October 23, 2017

Volunteers clean up the creek!

Invited by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, over 50 neighbors and friends (including Mayor Suthers and State Rep Pete Lee and some homeless folks, too) cleaned the Shooks Run waterway on Saturday morning, October 21. From Pikes Peak Avenue north to the Uintah Street bridge, the creek is much cleaner than it was.

It was a sunny fall morning, and a good way to get some exercise, be outdoors, and help the environment. Thanks everyone who filled a trash bag or two, or three, or more. Special thanks go to Nancy Strong and Harriet Landrum–our neighborhood organizer heroines.


September 19, 2017

Creek Clean-up on October 21, 2017

Our neighborhood association will organize the fall Shooks Run Creek Clean-up from 9:00am to 1:00pm on Saturday, October 21. Volunteers can come any time during those hours and help clean up the riparian area.

Start at the information tables at either John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park (509 E. Bijou Street) or North Shooks Run Park north of Willamette at 706 N. Franklin.

Trash bags will be available for volunteers. Please bring sturdy shoes, gloves, hat, and drinking water. Children are welcome if accompanied by an adult.

In case of bad weather (rain, snow, cold) please come on November 4 instead.

July 24, 2017

Envision Shooks Run meeting–Aug. 8, 5-7pm

You are invited to the 6th and final in a series of Envision Shooks Run Public Workshops: Sustainable Infrastructure Plan
When: Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Time:   5:00 – 7:00 p.m., presentation at 5:30 p.m.
Where: First Presbyterian Weber Street Center
             105 N. Weber Street, 
             Colorado Springs, CO 80903
(Free parking lot just north of the building)
During the last public meeting, the community reviewed the draft Facilities Master Plan (FMP) for the 4-mile Shooks Run corridor. This plan details the improvements and changes to streets, bridges, drainage infrastructure, stream/trail, and various destination elements along the corridor. The FMP was presented to city boards, committees, commissions and councils between October 2016 and February 2017 as part of the effort to finalize the FMP. Development of the companion document, the Sustainable Infrastructure Plan (SIP), has been underway since then. At Public Meeting #6 key parts of the SIP will be presented to the community.
The long-term Envision Shooks Run plan will enable the City to make strategic decisions on infrastructure needs, priorities and implementation. The plans will also provide guidance to make improvements in an informed and fiscally responsible manner to maximize improvements to the corridor. The City will also have a starting point for the path to fulfill the community-desired vision for Shooks Run over the next 50 years.

July 23, 2017

Bike In Live Theater — July 16, 2017

Lots of bicycles, lots of families on bicycles, and lots of rootbeer floats served by Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association board members and friends were part of a very special event in North Shooks Run Park.

Kids on Bikes sponsored bike decorating and a kids bike parade. The Mobile Music Project powered a popular kids karoake session as well as live music by Lost Luggage and Dawn & Hawkes. Activities were topped off with a live performance by Millibo Art Theater A great time was had by all!

April 23, 2017

Shooks Run Spring Cleanup a Success

On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, with overcast skies, some light snow and rain, we had a good time cleaning up the creek and removing trash. The stats:

  • 36 participants
  • 14 cubic yard roll-off nearly filled with trash
  • 1.2 miles of Shooks Run cleaned up

Thank you to Bin There Dump That for generously donating the roll-off!
Thank you to Harriett, Shari, Janelle and Antony, Nancy, and Scully for providing pickup trucks to shuttle trash to the roll-off.
Thank you to all our participants: Konrad, Rebecca Lukas, Martin, Nancy, Michael, Bernie, Julie, Abigail, Sama, Pete, Scully, Ander, Kyle, Tomas, Cameron, Tom, Vic, Mark, Harriett, Annie, Margot, Claire, Amelia, Annie, Kami, Shari, Peg, Mark, Kirk, Robin, Greg, Megan, Maria, Eric, and Jennifer.

April 10, 2017

Help clean up the creek on Earth Day

Earth Day! Saturday, April 22
9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Shooks Run parks

We need your help to pick up trash in the neighborhood creek. Socialize, make a difference, enjoy the outdoors!

  • Please wear boots and gloves and bring your own water.
  • We have a brief list of do’s and don’ts to keep everyone safe.
  • Kids accompanied by an adult are welcome to participate.

Register and pick up trash bags at one of these locations:

Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park at Bijou and Corona
North Shooks Run Park on Franklin just north of Willamette

Spend an hour or two anytime between 9:00 and 1:00. The worst area is usually at the south end–Pikes Peak, Kiowa, Bijou streets–but we’re cleaning all the way from Pikes Peak Avenue to Uintah Street.

April 2, 2017

Keep Shooks Run green: Plant a tree!

MSRNA is pleased to announce our 4th annual neighborhood tree-planting project. Over the past five years we have planted over 90 trees in our neighborhood! To celebrate Arbor Day, we have been planting trees in the parks with the help of third-graders from Columbia Elementary. Mainly we buy trees from Trees Across Colorado and bring them to our neighborhood for homeowners to plant in their yards.

Our Sustainable Tree Fund helps replace trees lost to disease, old age and drought and helps diversify the urban forest shading our streets, yards, and homes with species suited to our climate. MSRNA members like you have helped support the Tree Fund with a portion of your membership dues.


Our priority is to increase the number of hardy trees planted along our streets, between the sidewalk and the curb (street trees). For this reason, we offer trees for street planting at half our cost and trees for yard planting at cost. The following trees will be planted in our neighborhood this year because of our tree project:

Medium to Large shade trees:
Bur Oak,    English Oak,   and Kentucky Coffeetree, and Glenleven (littleleaf) Linden

Smaller shade trees:
Tatarian Maple ‘Hot Wings’ and Tree Lilac ‘China Snow’

If you want to plant a street tree and think you have space for one, you’ll need to take these steps:

Questions? Contact us info@msrna.org

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