September 12, 2014

Fall Clean-up of Shooks Run Creek

Sponsored by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association

Saturday, September 27
10 AM – 2 PM

Meet at Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (Bijou and Corona)


North Shooks Run Park (700 block of North Franklin St.)

Bring gloves, water, sturdy shoes, and sunscreen. Trash bags


Rain Date is October 4.

For a description and history of our neighborhood creek click here.

If everyone pitches in, look what we can do!


August 23, 2014

Update to Little Market

Molly Boyles, who has lived on Monument Street with her family in the little yellow house for about 25 years writes, “I love and appreciate this wonderful little spot! I am a childcare center director, baker and musician.”.

“For a long time, I have thought how neat it would be to have a bakery – cafe here; providing the community a place to walk and bike to, away from the busy streets, where families and neighbors could visit, relax, enjoy a treat and safely walk home.” For a trial period, Molly has opened “Molly’s” in The Little Market to do just that.

“I use real butter, whole ingredients, and old world techniques to make mouth watering pastries and breads from scratch. I also make hot fudge, strawberry and blueberry toppings from scratch to make sundaes and banana splits, milkshakes and the ever-popular affogato (ice cream drowned in espresso). I also serve coffee, tea and espresso drinks, along with light, fluffy breads.”

Check out “Mollys” in  The Little Market on Saturdays and Sundays (8am to 8pm) as a bakery, ice creamery, cafe. There’s also a children’s creativity zone and a pretty good gallery of kids’ artwork going already!

The Little Market is still open Monday through Friday for lunch from 10-2, serving their famous Runzas and meat pies. Owner Chris Bettendorf agreed to let Molly come in on the weekends and try this business idea, under Chris’ mentorship, to see if the neighborhood thinks it’s as good an idea as Molly does.

Mango fan Django night was fantastic!

Beautiful evening in the John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park (August 21) with fantastic music by Mango fan Django!

Ice cream donated by Josh and John’s was popular!

Powered by neighbors pedaling with the Mobile Music Project.

Thanks for making it possible: Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, Pikes Peak Community Fund, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Josh and John’s Ice Cream.

July 2, 2014

Music on the Run July 17 “Cool for Cats”

Another beautiful summer evening in one of our neighborhood parks. We enjoyed Music on the Run in North Shooks Run Park (one block north of Willamette on El Paso/Franklin Street. The “Cool for Cats” duo of Nick Davey and Jeremy Facknitz played their versions of R&B, British pop and rock, Country, and Blues music.

Folks brought their blanket or lawn chairs, their dogs and kids, and enjoyed the smooth sounds of “Cool for Cats.” Powered by the Mobile Music Project (people generating power via bicycle pedaling). Free, thanks to the MSRNA, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, City Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services, and Trails and Open Space Coalition.

June 14, 2014

June 19th Music on the Run

Neighbors gathered for the first of this summer’s Music on the Run events on Thursday, June 19. Bluegrass and original acoustic music of neighborhood artists “Out of Nowhere” was played. Electricity for the music was generated with neighbors pedaling with the Mobile Music Project. Great music by Out of Nowhere and a great turnout of neighbors.

The event was held one block north of Willamette on El Paso Street, in North Shooks Run Park next to the Concrete Couch. The event was open to all in the neighborhood thanks to the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association, Pikes Peak Community Foundation, Trails and Open Space Coalition, Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services.

May 29, 2014

Meeting to Discuss Creek’s Retaining Wall

Following the collapse of a retaining wall on Shooks Run (creek) between Bijou and Kiowa streets last September, City engineers have been studying a possible replacement.

A public meeting will be held Wednesday JUNE 4, 2014 AT 6:00PM, CENTENNIAL PLAZA , 516 E. KIOWA ST (Building Adjacent to the Park). The meeting will include a presentation by The City of Colorado Springs, Stormwater Engineering and their consultants for this project. The neighborhood and the adjacent neighbors can voice their opinions on wall replacement design alternatives in regard to safety, creek impacts, and visual appropriateness to this park setting. Being a publicly funded project, the budget is limited.

Included in the initial scope of work are some necessary changes to accommodate a new wall that will alter John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park. This project is expected to begin construction this summer and it is important that the City gets your feedback about these repairs.

May 6, 2014

Save these dates for Music on the Run

The Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association announces the following dates for live music in the Shooks Run area parks. Enjoy a summer evening with family and neighbors at these free events brought to you by the neighborhood association!

June 19 in the North Shooks Run Park:  “Out of Nowhere” with bluegrass and original acoustic music

July 17 in North Shooks Run Park: “Cool for Cats” with  rock, folk, pop, soul, etc.

August 21 in John “Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park:  “Mango fan Django” with gypsy jazz

May 2, 2014

Neighborhood Meeting: Proposed Little Market restaurant

Tuesday, May 6, 6:30pm

Community Prep School gym, Willamette at Wahsatch

Sponsored by Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association

This will be a facilitated discussion among neighbors. We will hear from Michael Carsten about the concept as well as neighbors’ concerns about the proposed restaurant use including hours of operation, serving alcohol, and parking. Let’s discuss the concerns and see if we can reach some solutions. Please invite your neighbors to attend.

April 27, 2014

Shooks Run Cleanup a Great Success!

A big “Thank you!” goes out to all of the folks who came out for the Great Shooks Run Cleanup. Over 60 people helped out and we were able to clean the creek of debris from Uintah to the Pikes Peak bridge and the creek looks great! After the Cleanup, volunteers enjoyed refreshments and live music.

Thanks to Harriet Landrum, Nancy Strong, Shari Peahl, and to Daniel and Alicia Klausmeier for organizing the event.

Thanks to Harriet, Chauncey Crandall, and Mz. May for the entertainment.

Thanks to Phantom Canyon, Thunder and Buttons, McCabe’s, and Einstein Bagels for the delicious food.

Stay posted for announcement of our next cleanup sometime this fall.

March 30, 2014

Help keep Shooks Run Clean and Beautiful!

We are so fortunate to have a largely natural stream, Shooks Run, flowing through our neighborhood. It provides habitat for birds and wildlife, shady banks for walks and play, a beautiful corridor for travel north and south. Compare that to the concrete-lined ditches that most neighborhoods contend with.

Shooks Run is a treasure and one of our goals at MSRNA is to help care for it. One task is periodic cleanups of trash that accumulates in the creek corridor. You can help us by taking part in:

The Great Shooks Run Cleanup

Saturday April 19 – 10AM to 2PM

Music and refreshments afterwards featuring performances by:

Kopesetik Soul, Mz. May, the Hopeful Heroines, and Chauncey Crandall

Volunteers meet at two locations: Prairie Dog O’Byrne picnic area at 500 East Bijou -OR- North Shooks Run picnic area at 700 N. Franklin

Bring boots, gloves, water and sunscreen. Rain Date is April 26.

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