May 30, 2018

Homelessness issues

The board of directors of Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association met with Andy Phelps, City Homeless Prevention and Response Coordinator and Middle Shooks Run resident, in May 2018. He outlined the problems of homelessness in our community and brought us up to date concerning progress made and future plans.

Andy invited anyone in the community to contact him at regarding information and how individuals can help. Here is a 7-page brief on homelessness issues and approaches in Colorado Springs from Richard Skorman, City Council President, and Andy Phelps. Click here: Skorman-Phelps Homelessness Brief MAY 2018 UPDATE-1

The City of Colorado Springs will be launching a new approach: the “Better Way to Give” campaign aimed at educating residents about how they can effectively help by giving directly to service providers while discouraging giving to panhandlers. The campaign will include strategically placed signs at key panhandling spots in the City, setting up a text-to-give functionality and an informative website. Signage will also be offered to downtown businesses.

The next board of directors meeting for MSRNA is set for June 13, 2018. For more information please contact


March 15, 2018

Make Shooks Run Creek Cleaner!

Shooks Run Creek Cleanup
Saturday, April 21

Celebrate Earth Day and the Great American Cleanup by helping clean up our neighborhood creek. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes and bring gloves. Register and pick up trash bags at one of these locations on Saturday morning: Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park (505 E. Bijou St) OR North Shooks Run Park on Franklin Street just north of Willamette.

“This is so much fun!”

We will be picking up trash in the creek from Uintah Street south to Pikes Peak Avenue. When our event ends at noon, the Sustain-a-Fest celebration starts at Boulder & El Paso Streets with food trucks, live music, informative booths.

Meet Your Neighbors April 11

MSRNA Annual Meeting
Wednesday, April 11
Community Prep School Gym, 332 E. Willamette

Everybody welcome!  Come learn what MSRNA did in 2017 and what’s in store for 2018. Find out how you can make a large or small difference in your neighborhood.

PLUS: it’s a pleasure and a privilege to hear a presentation from local historian Tim Scanlon who will talk about the origins and development of Middle Shooks Run neighborhood –learn what makes Middle Shooks Run unique!

Bring a dessert to share at 6:00pm. We will provide the coffee. The meeting officially runs 6:30 to 8:00pm.

January 15, 2018

2018 MSRNA Tree Sale

Neighborhood Tree program sold out for 2018!

UPDATE 3/15/18: We are sold out! You can get on the list for next year, if you like.

This is MSRNA’s fifth neighborhood tree planting project. How it works: MSRNA buys trees from Trees Across Colorado then offers them for sale to residents in our neighborhood. TAC is a program of the Colorado Tree Coalition ( and provides trees to towns and community groups all over the state.

Over the past six years more than 100 trees have been planted to replace the many trees lost to disease, old age, and drought. Our neighborhood tree program diversifies the trees shading our streets, yards, and homes with species suited to our climate. Since 2012, a portion of each MSRNA membership has gone to the Tree Fund. Our priority is to increase the number of hardy trees along our streets, between the sidewalk and the curb.


If you want to plant a street tree, you need to apply for a forestry permit at Under Work to be Done, select “plant.” Under Company Doing the Work, insert “homeowner;” planting does not need to be done by a licensed tree service. City Forestry will confirm the planting site after receipt of your application. If you need a stump removed, contact a private tree contractor to have this done.

Any questions, email us at

2018: A Year for Community Building

MSRNA needs you!


Our neighborhood tree program, regular creek cleanups, and other events are well established but we do need helpers. Make 2018 your year to be more involved in your neighborhood, to give back to the community, to get to know your neighbors better, please consider:

  • Becoming a member or renewing your membership. Your $15 helps cover costs of creek cleanups, summer concerts, neighborhood trees, and more. You can join online with a credit card or send a check for $15 to MSRNA, PO Box 204, Colorado Springs, CO 80901
  • Serving on the MSRNA board of directors. The time commitment is not that great. We meet at least quarterly to discuss issues and event plans. Board members are elected at our annual meeting in April. Let us know of your interest and questions if you have them. We will be happy to talk to you. or Louise at 597-5407
  • We need a few more volunteers to distribute flyers around a few blocks to neighborhood homes. We do this once or twice a year and it’s our way of reaching every household. Please contact Megan at

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

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!

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