April 3, 2016
Please Join Us!
Spring Cleanup of Shooks Run Creek – Saturday April 23
9 AM – 1 PM
Your help would be much appreciated at our next creek cleanup on Saturday April 23. You can meet us at either Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (Corona and Bijou) or North Shooks Run Park just north of Willamette. Look for the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association banner and registration table.
Trash collected October 2015
Bring gloves, water, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. Trash bags will be provided.
Kids are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
In the case of inclement weather we will postpone the cleanup until April 30. Check here on the website for last minute information.
Whether you work for one hour or four, your efforts will help us restore Shooks Run to its natural beauty. Thank you!
March 27, 2016
We are neighbors who care about the neighborhood we live in, who want to live in a friendly, attractive, and safe neighborhood. We volunteer our time to distribute flyers about neighborhood events, help clean up the creek, plant streetside trees, and go to candidate forums in our neighborhood.
The association’s board of directors plan these events and also coordinate with city officials on issues affecting the future of Middle Shooks Run, bring to light safety issues, and plan social events like our summer concert series.
Please support these efforts with your annual contribution. Click on Join OR send a check for $15 (per household) or $30 (per business) for annual membership to MSRNA, PO Box 1424, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. MSRNA is a voluntary, grass-roots organization supported by annual memberships and occasional grants.
If you would like to be more involved and help with neighborhood events, consider becoming a board member—contact us at email@example.com.
Wednesday, April 6, 2016
5:30pm Potluck dinner, 6:30-8:00pm Meeting & Presentation
Community Prep School gym, 332 E. Willamette Ave
At our annual membership meeting, we enjoyed a potluck dinner with neighbors. We elected four new board members: Sophie Kogut, Hannah Childs, Megan Bunge, and Robin Walters. They join the current board member list of Gary Rapp, Owen Cramer, Royal Martin, Steve Brown, Nancy Strong, Louise Conner, and Wayne Larsen.
City staff and consultants brought us up to date on the process around Envision Shooks Run. Elected officials are being apprised of the plan options as discussed at public meetings and advisory board meetings. One more public meeting will probably be held in June. Envision Shooks Run will be a long-term plan that provides a structure for work that must be done first on old bridges, culverts, and trails and guide redevelopment of the area south of Pikes Peak Avenue.
February 10, 2016
MSRNA is pleased to have its 3rd neighborhood tree planting project in April 2016. Through our grass-roots efforts, over the past 5 years in our neighborhood we have planted over 70 trees to replace elm, ash, and box elder trees lost to disease and drought. Our goals are to increase the number of neighborhood trees and to diversify the trees that shade our streets, yards, and homes with species suited to our climate. MSRNA members who have contributed to MSRNA’s Sustainable Tree Fund help make this happen.
With a generous grant from the Palmer Tree Coalition and additional funding from City Forestry, we purchased 25 hardy trees this year from Trees Across Colorado. Using a first-come, first-served basis, as of March 16th we are all SOLD OUT. The trees will arrive mid-April for planting. Watch for a bunch of newly planted trees in our neighborhood including 5 new trees in Shooks Run parks planted by Columbia Elementary School students on Arbor Day!
Tree Descriptions: more information available online at coloradotrees.org/find.php
November 16, 2015
It’s hard to ignore the many dead or near-dead street trees in our neighborhood. Unfortunately, City of Colorado Springs’ Forestry’s budget request for additional staff was turned down by City budget-makers. There’s a long list of areas needing pruning and tree removal and Forestry is doing as much as its one crew can manage.
The most important thing for each of us to do is water our street trees. A deep watering once a month throughout the year, including on warm days during the winter, will help our neighborhood trees thrive. Let’s protect the trees that grace our streets and cool our homes.
Trees that are a hazard, dead, diseased or cause a visual obstruction of vehicular/pedestrian traffic will be removed by City staff along street rights-of-ways and in parks. If you need City Forestry to inspect a street tree, here is the request form.
City Forestry will not be providing street trees in 2016 due to budgetary restrictions. MSRNA WILL BE purchasing trees from Trees Across Colorado with funds from our Sustainable Tree Fund and a grant from the Palmer Tree Coalition. In Spring 2016 we will have a limited number of hardy, drought-tolerant trees available for our neighborhood at a very reasonable cost. If you have a space for a street tree or are interested in a tree for your yard, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be available soon about tree varieties and cost.
Trees on Cedar Street
September 8, 2015
Beautiful October weather brought out 43 volunteers from our neighborhood to clean up Shooks Run creek and parks on Saturday, October 10. Some 6-8 cubic yards of trash were removed and the creek looks great! Volunteers were treated to delicious LPODS (home-baked energy bars) from MSRNA business member Nicole Rosa.
Trash collected October 20115
Our next cleanup will be sometime next April to celebrate Earth Day and we hope to include some music and food! In the meantime, our cleanup committee will be asking the city for some assistance in clearing out vegetation and maintaining the stream course to make our efforts a bit easier in the future. If you’d like to join our cleanup planning committee, let us know at email@example.com.
July 13, 2015
The July 12th concert in North Shooks Run Park was perfect! The “Out of Nowhere” band played bluegrass and original music powered by bicyclists and the Mobile Music Project. Families and friends listened from the lush lawn and shade. More than 144 Josh & John’s ice cream cones were served!
The "Out of Nowhere" band
Bicycles powered the sound system
Louise & Steve served the ice cream
Happy faces all around
The MSRNA thanks Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Josh & John’s for keeping our costs down.
July 1, 2015
Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm
North Shooks Run Park, 700 North Franklin
Join us for live bluegrass music by local band “Out of Nowhere” from 4:00-6:00 pm, presented by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association. Sound system will be powered by bicycles, thanks to the Mobile Music Project and MSRNA. Everyone can help power the sound by taking a turn at pedaling. Bring your picnic and enjoy Josh and John’s ice cream also provided by MSRNA.
Plenty of public interest was evident at the first of six public meetings held by the City of Colorado Springs on June 18 to discuss the many issues of Shooks Run. City staff, contractors, and citizen advisory committee members were at North Middle School. At www.envisionshooksrun.com you take take a survey, sign up for email newsletter, and get more information.
April 27, 2015
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Another successful creek clean-up of the creek on April 25th. Over 40 volunteers cleared plenty of trash from Shooks Run, especially south of Kiowa Street. An estimated four cubic yards of trash and two grocery carts!
Everyone felt great about the work accomplished. Those who stayed after the clean-up enjoyed live music and pizza provided by Harriett and Ryan. The neighborhood association wishes to thank everyone who participated and special thanks go to the clean-up organizers Harriett Landrum, Shari Pichon, Nancy Strong, and Daniel Klausmeier.