August 7, 2018

August news

Join Us for a neighborhood Ice Cream Social!

Sunday, August 12
1:00PM to 3:00PM
“Prairie Dog” O’Byrne Park (505 E. Bijou Street)

Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to stop by, enjoy some ice cream, and get to know their neighbors. MSRNA provides the ice cream.

If you’d like, you can bring a lawn chair, outdoor game, or cookies to share. Enjoy this old-time get-together, laid-back, just folks event. Put it on your calendar and don’t forget to come!

Turf Conversion in Shooks Run Park

The Colorado Springs Parks Operations and Maintenance folks notified MSRNA that Shooks Run Park  between Boulder Street and Willamette will be the next area for the Turf Conversion starting August 6. The 8-week project is part of an ongoing effort to replace underutilized, high-maintenance Kentucky bluegrass with more sustainable (low-water) native grasses that require less water and mowing, yet has an appearance similar to Kentucky bluegrass.

In the coming weeks, the bluegrass and weeds in  the park between Boulder Street and Willamette will be removed via a non-selective herbicide (glyphosate). Glyphosate works by blocking an enzyme essential for plant growth. Two applications spaced two weeks apart will begin when conditions are favorable. The applicator will be Commercially Certified through the Colorado Department of Agriculture and will follow all state, federal, and EPA guidelines. The application will take place early in the morning using a properly calibrated sprayer at a low psi which will reduce drift. When the product is applied correctly and in accordance with the label it is safe for the public to reenter once the product has dried on the leaf blade. Please stay on the sidewalks along with your pets and children, and off the turf areas.

The glyphosate application is the first step in the turf-to-native conversion process and is intended to eliminate the existing grass/weeds prior to establishing a stand of native grass. The Parks Department has completed this conversion process in numerous other parks and medians with a high degree of success. For example, the area along Shooks Run between Bijou and Boulder was converted two years ago.

Project signage has been in place for a week that refers to “Poco Shooks Run” which is the park between Boulder Street and Willamette. Additional signage will notify the public when the application of glyphosate will be applied so you can avoid the area if you choose.  At the request of Pikes Peak Urban Gardens, Parks personnel will create a buffer zone around the gardens located on the south end of the park where no glyphosate will be applied.

For project questions, please contact Jarod Clayton, Water Conservation Specialist, at (719) 385-6507 or email

Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) Ordinance

Public Meeting:
Tuesday, August 7
Colorado Springs City Auditorium
221 E. Kiowa St.

Do short-term home rentals already affect you and your neighbors? What might be unforeseen effects of VRBO’s in our neighborhood? Share your thoughts and questions at this meeting after the presentation.

At this public meeting, we will hear from City of Colorado Springs Assistant Director of Planning, Meggan Herington, about the the proposed City Ordinance for Vacation Home Rentals. Format of the meeting will be a short briefing of the process, stakeholder input, and changes made, and then facilitation by CONO for Q & A and feedback.

Next steps and Planning Commission dates will be provided at the meeting.  Please attend if you are a VRBO owner or interested neighbor. Questions? Contact Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO) or (719) 471-3105

Soil Cycle turns food waste into compost

Colorado Springs Food Rescue is excited to announce the launch of a new social enterprise: Soil Cycle — the bike-powered hauling service that turns household food waste into compost. Just separate your scraps and they will do the rest. Colorado Springs Food Rescue is starting this service in a limited area from Uintah to Boulder, Hancock to Wahsatch.

“Soil Cycle is designed for impact,” says Nat Stein at CSFR. “Not only does composting reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it also rebalances carbon from the atmosphere into the soil, mitigating against climate crises while improving fertility for growing seasons to come. That’s better than sustainable — it’s regenerative. Plus, proceeds benefit our charitable mission, so, by using Soil Cycle, you’re investing in a local food system that works better for everyone. Early adopters have an outsized effect on the future of composting in Colorado Springs, and it’d be so cool if you were one of them. Visit our website to learn more. And, please, spread the word!”

Contact Nat Stein, Compost Queen at Colorado Springs Food Rescue, 720-695-2343