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.

WE ARE SOLD OUT FOR 2016!

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

February 17, 2017

Safer, cleaner waterways & parks

What You Can Do

  • Contact information: when you have concerns about homeless camps (non-emergency) you can call HOT at 444-7666 to report illegal encampments and discarded debris. Please leave specific location information so problem areas can be identified. From your smart phone, you can send email to cspdhot@ci.colospgs.co.us.
  • Call 444-7000 for non-emergency concerns: suspicious persons or cars or activity going on. Be patient, CSPD prioritizes calls and will followup.  The police are here to help the community–call as often as you see activity with as much information as possible so the police will see the pattern. Use your phone to take photos. Download the Colorado Springs app:  https:dos//coloraprings.gov/gocosprings to report problems.
  • Click on “Notes – Homeless Issues” to read the minutes of the neighborhood meeting of neighbors and City personnel:  Notes – Homeless Issues 2-15-17
  • Our neighborhood association cleans the creek twice a year, removing between 5 and 15 cubic yards of trash each time. You can help by participating in our Spring cleanup on April 22!

Services for the Homeless
Springs Rescue Mission has opened a large shelter facility for homeless people to be open 24-7, 365 days a year. Social services will also be available on-site. It’s unlikely that this facility and other smaller facilities will be full which means that CSPD will be able to enforce the no camping in parks law. When you donate to charities, ask them what their position is on providing affordable housing.
Cleaning Up the Parks
The HOT team works with the city’s Code Enforcement’s Quality of Life team members and Keep Colorado Springs Beautiful to remove trash and abandoned camps. They have already removed tons of debris. It takes time to clean up all the abandoned camps. You can help by reporting locations of camps or debris.
The city’s Water Resources (Stormwater) staffing has increased. They have removed vegetation along the Greenway Trail (Monument Creek and Fountain Creek). They will need more funds for clearing vegetation along the Midland Trail (westside) and Shooks Run Trail in 2017.

November 7, 2016

Crime and Neighborhood Safety

Seems like our close-to-downtown neighborhoods have seen a rash of break-ins and vehicle thefts. Here are some things you can do: watch for suspicious behavior. To know what looks suspicious, know your neighbors and their cars. Call 444 7000 or file an on-line Police report if you have had criminal behavior done to your property.
If there is an imminent threat to you or a neighbor, call 911.
Be a good witness, get a car license number, a physical description of the perpetrator, but do not confront at situation yourself. Use your cell phone camera if you have one.
Start with your own home and personal safety: are car doors locked, home locked, windows locked, security lights with motion detectors? Do you look before you answer your door? With the holiday approaching, talk with your neighbors about packages being delivered; and, would they be willing to hold them if you are not home? The criminal mind does not care about you, they just want your stuff and are opportunists. They do NOT want to be noticed and will avoid areas where there are people around.
More information about Neighborhood Watch can be found at:https://cspd.coloradosprings.gov/content/neighborhood-watch
and there’s a Neighborhood Watch training Nov. 16, Stetson Hills Police Station.

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