September 14, 2021

Creek Week Clean-up on Saturday, September 25, 9-Noon

Join us once again in cleaning up trash around the Shooks Run creek and trail as part of the larger, region-wide Creek Week organized by the Fountain Creek Watershed District on Saturday, September 25 from 9:00am to noon.

Did you know Shooks Run starts near the Patty Jewett Golf Course but it used to start in the Austin Bluffs area, now Palmer Park? The creek runs through three historic neighborhoods (Patty Jewett, Middle Shooks Run, and Hillside) before it empties into Fountain Creek that runs through El Paso and Pueblo Counties before it empties into the Arkansas River.

Middle Shooks Run neighbors will be cleaning the area between Boulder Street and Uintah Street. The neighborhood association will supply trash bags and other needs, including water for washing up. Registration for the event and supplies will be on Franklin Street, north of Willamette near the concrete couch circle.

We surveyed the creek recently and found it to be free of active camp sites and not all that much trash. But please wear sturdy shoes and gloves. A sun hat and personal drinking water are nice to have. Families are welcome! Questions? contact us at info@msrna.org.

August 21, 2021

Ice Cream Social in the park — Sunday, August 29

Sunday afternoon, 2:00-4:00pm, in North Shooks Run Park at the playground (700 block of North Franklin Street).

Enjoy the refreshing and delicious cream ice cream from locally produced Josh & John’s ice cream! An old-fashioned ice cream social the whole family can enjoy with no agenda except to socialize with neighbors. Don’t miss it!

Happy faces all around

Louise & Steve served the ice cream

July 20, 2021

Conversation with School District 11 — July 22

Thursday, July 22, 5:30pm

District 11 board room at 1115 N. El Paso

Over the summer, School District 11 is hoping to meet with as many community organizations as possible to share their plans and to seek questions and feedback from neighborhoods and communities. Dr. Thomas and District 11 staff have already met with several community and neighborhood associations and would love an opportunity to share their vision for the future of D11 and to answer any questions and receive feedback from the Mid Shooks Run community.

Dr. Thomas and staff want to share D-11’s facilities master plan and academic master plan. The facilities master plan will modernize the district’s facilities to make sure the district is providing a 21st century academic experience for students.

June 7, 2021

Your invitation to Shooks Run Showcase July 17!

Bring a blanket or lawn chair to the park and enjoy music from Banjo Bev 12:00 to 1:00 and neighborhood band LLD playing 80s pop from 1:00 to 4:00.

Ride your bicycles to the event and get free bike safety checks from Elevation Wheels!

Enjoy refreshments from the Munchies food truck!

Meet artists from Cottonwood Center for the Arts!

Flipshack will provide gymnastics & parkour fun for kids!

Multiple other vendors will be there!

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!  —   SEE YOU THERE!

April 13, 2021

Earth Day Creek Cleanup April 24th

Saturday, April 24, 9:00 – noon
North Shooks Run Park (El Paso and Franklin Streets)

Once again we are joining Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup on Saturday, April 24. We will be cleaning our bit of America—Shooks Run Creek between Pikes Peak Avenue and Uintah Street—on Saturday morning, April 24, 9:00 a.m. until noon.

Please register at North Shooks Run Park at El Paso and Franklin Streets OR at Frank O’Byrne Park at 509 East Bijou Street and receive trash bags and other helpful gear. The dumpster for gathering trash bags will be located at Frank O’Byrne Park on Bijou Street. Please dress appropriately–gloves and boots are recommended. A great family activity for Earth Day!

April 3, 2021

April 10 MSRNA general meeting & board of directors election

April 10 MSRNA general meeting

10am – noon at Switchback Coffee Roasters, 330 N. Institute

We can’t hold a regular neighborhood association meeting but we will hold an informal get-together on Saturday morning. Stop by, meet your board members, and have an nformal Q&A with us. You can become a member, vote for board members, and pick up event flyers. Have a cup of coffee from one of our business members, Switchbacks. If you’re already a member, you can drop off your ballot. We hope to see you there!

MSRNA Board of Directors Election

Since we skipped our annual meeting in 2020 because of the pandemic, we did not hold an election. This year we decided the current board of directors would stand for re-election. We solicited nominations and received one from Cyndi Long: Cyndi Long statement. Members will receive a ballot by email and can return their votes by email or by dropping them off on the April 10 open house event (see above).

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.

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