January 28, 2019

Does your yard need a tree?

Besides the benefit of shade trees increase property values and enhance your neighborhood. In an effort to replace trees lost to old age, disease, and drought, MSRNA believes trees are important enough that we started a neighborhood tree program, offering trees to residents of our neighborhood at greatly reduced prices. Trees come 1 to 1.5 inch caliper, 6 to 8 feet tall, and hardy for our climate. Trees come with directions for planting.

Check out these available varieties:

(Medium to Large Shade Trees)
Skyline Honeylocust (5 available) Bare-root, $30/$50
Kentucky Coffeetree (3 available) #7 pot, $40/$70
Glenleven Linden (5 available) Bare-root, $30/$50

(Smaller Flowering/shade Trees)
Redbud (only 1 remaining) #7 pot, $40/$70
Thornless Cockspur Hawthorne (2 available) #7 pot, $40/$70
Spring Snow Crabapple (5 available) Bare-root, $30/$50 – non-fruiting
Treelilac ‘China Snow’ (5 available) Bare-root, $30/$50 – beautiful flowers

Trees will arrive mid-April 2019. First-come, first-served! How to order:

  • An email to info@msrna.org that identifies the tree(s) you want will put you on the tentative list.
  • Full payment reserves your tree(s). Make check payable to MSRNA, subject line “2019 Trees” and send to: MSRNA Tree Project, c/o Louise Conner, 712 North Cedar Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
  • Please include a note identifying your preferred tree 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, you will need to apply for a (free) City Forestry permit at: https://parks.coloradosprings.gov/city-forestry/webform/forestry-permit-request? Under Work to be Done, select “plant.” Under Company Doing the Work, insert “homeowner” as planting does not need to be done by a licensed tree service. If you can submit a photo of the area to be planted, that would be helpful. Application deadline is March 15. City Forestry will confirm the planting site once they receive your application.

April 10, 2019

MSRNA Annual Meeting — April 17

Wednesday, April 17 — 6:30-8:30pm

Community Prep School Gym — 332 E Willamette Ave

Parking lot on Wahsatch, north side of school, and on the streets
Neighborhood Association Meeting –Come socialize with your neighbors!

  • Enjoy coffee courtesy of Switchback Coffee
  • Bring a dessert to share
  • Hear a presentation by local historian Tim Scanlon
  • Elect MSRNA directors

Shooks Run is a historic neighborhood with fascinating stories. Tim Scanlon researches our local history, digging into the past to find how things were built, who built them, and what still remains. Learn about your neighborhood from a local expert.


March 3, 2019

Meet the Candidates–March 6

Wednesday, March 6


Community Prep School gym, 332 E. Willamette


Meet the candidates in the April 2 City election for Mayor and At-large City Council. Format will be a quick introduction, then each candidate will have 5 minutes to speak on neighborhood character preservation, public safety, neighborhood parks, and/or homelessness. After the speeches, there will be a Q and A session.


January 8, 2019

Robson Ice Arena — Public Meetings

Colorado College plans on building the Robson Arena (seating capacity around 3500) on the block between Nevada, Tejon, Cache LaPoudre and Dale Streets. Groundbreaking in 2019. The first community meeting was held January 5, 2019.

  • Community Meeting #2
    Saturday, Feb 16, 10:30 a.m. – noon
    Focus: Arena building, architecture, programs, report out
    Colorado College Cornerstone Arts Center, 825 N. Cascade Avenue
  • Workshop #2
    Saturday, March 2, 10:30 am – noon (Location to be determined)
    Focus: Architecture, Landscape, Community Input
  • Community Meeting #3
    mid-March, date/time yet to be determined
    Development Plan Application, Community Input

Colorado College’s plan relies on on-campus parking lots, downtown lots, and on-street parking to handle the arena’s parking needs. This will impact surrounding neighborhoods with traffic and street parking when events are scheduled. Events include CC hockey games and other events scheduled during academic breaks. To mitigate impact on the neighborhood, a parking permit system may be considered.

To receive notices of meetings, sign up at RobsonArenaDesign@coloradocollege.edu. For more information and project updates, visit http://www.coloradocollege.edu/robsonarena.

January 7, 2019

MSRNA Board of Directors Meeting

The board of directors for MSRNA will be meeting January 9, 2019. For more information, please contact us at info@msrna.org.

Minutes of the board meeting October 10, 2018, click here: Minutes 10-10-18

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To contact us, please use info@msrna.org.


September 30, 2018

New trees for the neighborhood

Willamette 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.

MSRNA has brought over 120 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 2019 tree order will include oak, Tatarian maple, fruitless  white crabapple, Kentucky coffeetree, and redbud. All trees are well-rooted and hardy species adapted to our climate and soils. Trees cost between $35 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

Creek Week Cleanup

Thanks to everyone who participated in the September 29 creek cleanup. Neighborhood volunteers pulled out trash from Pikes Peak to Platte and from Willamette to Uintah. Trash included a TV, fire extinguisher, a tire, a mattress, a chair, and plenty of plastic, paper, and more.

Concrete Couch is creating giant letters spelling out INSPIRE and filling each letter with trash — the Litter Letter  Project. Dedication will be October 3, 12 pm on the NW corner of Hwy 24 and 21st Street. The installation will be there for the month of October–Arts Month.

September 5, 2018

Creek Cleanup — Saturday, Sept 29

Be Part of Creek Week!

Saturday Sept 29
9:00am to 12:00pm
>From Uintah St. to Pikes Peak Ave

Many hands make light work! Be part of Creek Week and keep our neighborhood creek clean and safe. It’s also a great way to connect with others in our community. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Come spend an hour or two in the great outdoors. Register and get trash bags at one of these locations:

John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park at Bijou and Corona

North Shooks Run Park on Franklin just north of Willamette

Questions? Contact us at info@msrna.org

Bicycle Parade & Carnival

Saturday, Sept 15
11:00am to 2:00pm
North Shooks Run Park

Kids on Bikes (a local non-profit) presents a special family bicycle event starting from any of six locations that all end at Shooks Run Park (or ride directly there). Dress up as your choice of ride theme and we’ll see you at the park!

Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy time with family, friends and everything bikes! Family games and music. Free! Register at https://www.facebook.com/events/416602995445796/.

August 15, 2018

Neighborhood Ice Cream Social

Fun was had by all at “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park!

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