August 4, 2020

Creek Week 2020–September 26

Join with your neighbors to help clean up Shooks Run (the creek) on Saturday, September 26, from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Two locations to register (sign a waiver) and get trash bags:

North Shooks Run Park (600 block North Franklin Street) and

Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (on Bijou Street at Corona).

Keep everyone safe! Please wear a face mask and maintain social distancing. Gloves and sturdy shoes strongly recommended. Come out for an hour or two and help make our neighborhood a cleaner place! Get to know some of your neighbors! Enjoy accomplishing something outdoors!

Special project: ID and removal of Canada thistle. 9:30am at North Shooks Run Park.

Habitat Hero Garden

Native Plants Bring New Life to Local Neighborhood — July 2020

The Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association has just received recognition from Audubon Rockies for incorporating native plants and wildlife into the community landscape. The small Xeriscape Garden located in the 700 block E. Willamette Street received the designation as a “Habitat Hero Public Garden” in July.

“Our neighborhood garden provides a great example of plants that flourish here without a lot of care—with a little weeding and adding to the mulch now and then,” says Middle Shooks Run neighbor Louise Conner. The small garden also includes a Little Library.

Habitat Hero Garden

Around ten years ago, the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association changed the neglected, weedy corner located across El Paso Street from Shooks Run Park and Trail into an attractive example of water wise landscaping using a variety of native trees, shrubs and flowers. The effort called for cooperation from local government, generous donation of plants and materials from local businesses, and labor of neighborhood volunteers. The public pocket-sized garden is now a thriving xeriscape garden that serves as an example of wildlife habitat and has been recognized by Audubon Rockies as such.

Audubon Rockies is a regional office of the National Audubon Society that serves Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah. Its Habitat Hero program certifies bird-friendly gardens and trains volunteer Wildscape Ambassadors to teach their communities how to incorporate native plants into residential, business, and public landscaping for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people.

Gardens using native plant species allow gardeners to:

  • spend less time planting and caring for them giving compared to most non-native plants;
  • attract native pollinators and bird species that provide valuable environmental services and provide additional beauty;
  • reduce the strain on Colorado’s water systems since these plants use less water than landscape plants not naturally adapted to our environment.

This project is a collaboration of Audubon Rockies, Colorado Native Plant Society, and High Plains Environmental Center.

Gardens using native plant species allow gardeners to:

  • spend less time planting and caring for them giving compared to most non-native plants;
  • attract native pollinators and bird species that provide valuable environmental services and provide additional beauty;
  • reduce the strain on Colorado’s water systems since these plants use less water than landscape plants not naturally adapted to our environment.

April 14, 2020

Earth Week Creek Cleanup!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

9am to 12pm

 

A great opportunity to celebrate 50th anniversary of Earth Day and to get outside with family to work toward a common cause–something we could all use right now! Individuals and families are welcome.

Just be sure to keep six feet away from non-household members. Please stay safe and follow the health guidelines! No group activities. Wear a mask. Gloves and sturdy shoes strongly recommended. Stay safe!

Register and get trash bags (or bring your own) at one of these locations:

  • Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park at Bijou and Corona Streets
  • North Shooks Run Park on Franklin just north of Williamette.

Stay safe! Don’t pick up any syringes (just let us know where they are) or any active camping stuff (you may find homeless camps).

No alternate date if it rains or snows. Use common sense. We will have another cleanup in the fall.

January 11, 2020

Pikes Peak Plaza — Neighborhood Meeting January 27

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL: Pikes Peak Plaza 710 – 750 E. Pikes Peak Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80903

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING January 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM, Immanuel Lutheran Church 846 E. Pikes Peak Ave (Use the North Entrance off the alley) Colorado Springs, CO 80903

PROJECT DESCRIPTION • This project proposes two new buildings with 217 apartment units, roughly 8,000 square feet of commercial space, and a total of 330 parking stalls • The western building is as tall as 69 feet and 10 inches for the elevator and stair penthouse where the zone limit is 50 feet. • A traffic analysis has been conducted and can be viewed.

Please follow these steps:

  1. Go to http://eoc.springsgov.com/ldrs/
  2. Type in the file number in the file number box. AR NV 20-00022
  3. Click “Search”.
  4. In the “Document List” box click the link labeled “Initial Application” to view the application, the project statement and supporting documents for the proposed project.
  5. In the “Document List” box click the link for the “Drawings” to view what drawings were submitted.

CITY PLANNER

Ryan Tefertiller Ryan.Tefertiller@coloradosprings.gov (719) 385-5382

WE NEED YOUR COMMENTS BY January 27, 2020

Please submit your comments in written format, either by email or mail.

September 19, 2019

Neighborhood Trees for 2020

MSRNA supports our city’s urban forest & the benefits it brings to the neighborhood and homeowners. Once a year, MSRNA offers low-cost, top-quality, best-fit-for-our-climate trees to our neighbors in Middle Shooks Run area. You can pay for your trees now and they will be delivered next April.

All trees are $85 each and come in a #7 Air-pruned-container. Cost includes one-year membership and free delivery. (If you’re already an MSRNA member, discount the cost by $15.) This is well below the prices of trees at local garden centers.

We have only a few trees of each species, so order early! If you’re interested in reserving a tree, contact info@msrna.org. You can pay for your trees using this button from PayPal. Let us know what trees you want or if you have questions: info@msrna.org.


Prices for 1 tree



Available species:

Redbud (Cercis canadensis) – This little tree which usually grows no taller than 30 feet bears showy pink flowers in very early spring flowers lasting for two to three weeks. The leaves also emerge with a reddish color giving way to a lustrous summer green and finally to a striking fall yellow. Even in winter this little tree is pleasant to behold with its arching limbs and rounded crown. More.

Turkish Filbert (Corylus colurna)- Turkish Filbert is a medium sized shade tree grown for its its tidy, symmetrical shape. Viewed from a distance, its grows taller than wide, which makes it useful for narrow areas. Although the flowers are not that ornamental, the leaves are a lustrous dark green. Turkish filbert takes some time to establish a new root system after it is transplanted, but is very drought tolerant thereafter. Mature height: 30 to 45 ft. Mature spread: 20 to 25 ft. Colorado native: No. More.

Kentucky Coffeetree (Gymnocladus dioicus) – Kentucky Coffeetree is a large tree with large, compound leaves. The canopy is broad and round when the tree is mature, making it a decent shade tree. Male trees have smaller 4-inch flowers, while female trees have larger, showier and more fragrant clusters of flowers – up to 12 inches long. The flowers transform into a brown bean-shaped pod that will persist into winter after all the leaves have fallen. In fall, the leaves turn bright yellow. The bark is brown and heavily textured with ridges and furrows. Kentucky coffeetree is a fabulous low-water, large shade tree for the Colorado Springs area. Flower color: yellow-green, bloom time: early summer. Mature height: 40 to 50 ft. Mature spread: 40 to 50 ft. Native to North America. More.

Royal Raindrops Crabapple (Malus Royal Raindrops sproutfree)  – Crabapples can be wonderful small trees for the Colorado Springs area. They bloom early in the season with gorgeous pink-red flowers. Purple leaves; flowers and fruit sparse. Once established, crabapple trees can be quite drought tolerant. Tree shape & size: upright, spreading, 15 ft height, 12 ft spread. Disease resistant.

American Hop Hornbeam (Ostrya Virginiana) – also commonly called ironwood, due to its extremely hard and dense wood. The tree’s leaves are dark green and sharply serrated, resembling birch leaves. This tree produces seed-bearing pods that resemble hops, hence its common name. It attracts small mammals and birds. Bark is gray-brown and flaky. Pyramidal shape when young becoming rounded with age. Mature height: 25-40 feet. Native to North America. More.

Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) – Bur oak is a very large, stately, drought-tolerant shade tree. It is a slow-growing member of the white oak family with a broadly rounded crown at maturity. It has medium green, deeply lobed leaves that turn yellow, gold, and brown in the fall. The bark of the main trunk and branches is corky and deeply furrowed, while the twigs are almost winged with deep ridges of bark. Large (up to 1 1/2 inches), fringed acorns are produced in fall. Bur oak is more tolerant of our alkaline soils than many oaks, and very drought tolerant once established. It may retain some brown leaves during winter when young. It is an excellent choice for a large, long-lived, drought-tolerant shade tree. Mature height: 50 to 60 ft. Mature spread: 35 to 45 ft. Native to North America. More.

Glenleven Linden (Tilia cordata ‘Glenleven’) – Linden trees are an excellent choice for yards in Colorado. A valuable landscape tree, lindens are prized for their pyramical shape, and their deep green, heart-shaped leaves that turn an attractive, golden yellow in fall. Few insect problems, tolerate our sub-zero winter temperatures and our alkaline soils. Blooming in July, their flowers are fragrant, attract bees, and can be used as a tea. Mature height: 40 feet. Native to North America.

MSRNA thanks PJ Snow for being a tree program sponsor:

PJ Snow, LLC
Residential Remodel & Repair
Check the City’s website for What you need to know before planting a tree.

July 29, 2019

Join our Creek Week Cleanup!

Saturday, September 28, 9am to 12:00pm

Two locations to register and get trash bags:
North Shooks Run Park (north of Willamette) & John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park on Bijou Street. Look for our tables and supplies.

There is still time to sign-up for events!  Please Register here and be a part of the single largest cleanup event in the State! Or just stop by on Saturday morning, sign the waiver, and grab a trash bag or two.

Kids with adult supervision are welcome! All youth volunteers aged 8 through 17 must be supervised by an adult 21 years or okder with a ratio of one adult per four children/youth. Children under age 8 must be paired with one adult at all times. Adult volunteers should work in groups of at least two. Gloves, sturdy shoes, drinking water, and weather appropriate clothing are recommended.

Smartphone users can access the GoCoSprings app (https://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=3473) to report suspicious items, camps, and/or hazardous materials. (This is available year-round, not just during Creek Week.

Citizen Science opportunity:

As a Creek Week Volunteer you can be part of the Fountain Creek Watershed Biodiversity Survey. Take photos of all the flora and fauna, including birds and aquatic species (crawdads, insects, etc) that you see in your clean-up area. Download the FREE iNaturalist app (https://www.inaturalist.org) to your phone or computer. Before the cleanup, familiarize yourself with the app. Search for the ‘Fountain Creek Watershed Biodiversity Survey’. Knowing how many species and the species types are vital to preserving and protecting the habitats of our wildlife.

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

6:30-8:30pm

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 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.

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
    Focus:
    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.

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