August 2, 2016

Progress on bluegrass conversion in the park

In Shooks Run Park, between Kiowa and Boulder, City Parks has completed work on renovating areas where junipers were removed and modifying irrigation system to accommodate native grass.
Work begins this week on the remaining grass conversion steps:
·         August – Apply two applications of glyphosate 2 weeks apart
·         Late August  – Seed  & first phase of establishment
·         August-October – Establishment
The conversion from bluegrass to native grass means the grass will need less water and less mowing–a more sustainable solution to ground cover in the park.

July 29, 2016

Meeting to discuss proposed closure of Bijou Street

Public Meeting Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 6:00pm
Centennial Plaza Apartments, 516 E Kiowa, Ground floor Multi-Purpose Room

At this meeting organized by MSRNA at the request of residents, neighbors are invited to hear from City staffers/contractors and discuss the proposal to interrupt Bijou Street at the creek.

Envision Shooks Run long-range plans call for Bijou Street closure, removing the bridge/culvert over the creek, putting a pedestrian bridge in its place, installing traffic turnarounds on both sides, and stabilizing the creek banks.

Closing Bijou Street is not a high priority project at this time and no transportation or stormwater funds are currently available or programed for it. The next Envision Shooks Run public meeting will be sometime this fall.

Perfect Music on the Run!

Everything went as planned: a beautiful summer afternoon, a fun bluegrass band, refreshments and great neighbors in a beautiful neighborhood park! Out of Nowhere played on August 7, 2016, in North Shooks Run Park (north of Willamette, south of Cache). 6.19photo.bandWe are very grateful to our amazing sponsors who support this event: Janet Walston of Walston Group Real Estate and Erin Rhodes at Rhodes Realty.


May 28, 2016

Additional Volunteer Work at MSRNA Xeriscape Garden

Thank you to Cerian Gibbes and her UCCS Urban Ecology class for spreading mulch at the Middle Shooks Run xeriscape garden on May 27, 2016. The class toured Mid Shooks Run Park with Nancy Strong to learn about MSRNA’s tree planting and other on-going ecology-related neighborhood projects.

UCCS Urban Ecology Class

UCCS Urban Ecology Class

UCCS Urban Ecology Class

After the tour, the class spread 15 cubic yards of mulch in the newly weeded garden.

Mulch generously spread

Mulch Generously Spread

A big thanks also goes to Rocky Top Resources for donating the mulch to the project. 

May 24, 2016

MSRNA Xeriscape Garden FlashMob Weeding May 21, 2016

Many, many, dandelions and other invasive weeds met their doom Saturday morning as MSRNA volunteers (Louise Conner, Lynn Sommers, Annette Gentz, Isabelle Stedman, Suzanne Eubank, Sophie Kogut, and Robin Walters) gathered to help beautify the MSRNA xeriscape garden (Willamette and El Paso).

before FlashMob weeding




A truckload of weeds will convert to compost thanks to Rick Villa for hauling them off to Rocky Top.

If you have an idea for our next “flash-mob” weeding, inform Robin Walters ( and she will add it to our list.


April 3, 2016

Successful creek cleanup April 23, 2016

The MSRNA Shooks Run cleanup was a great success again. We had 60 volunteers and 90 bags of trash! The creek was cleaned all the way from Pikes Peak Ave North to Uintah.


We had around 60 volunteers.

90 bags of trash collected!

90 bags of trash collected!

Beautifying the creek on a beautiful spring day.

Beautifying the creek on a beautiful spring day.



March 27, 2016

Why join MSRNA?

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.

2015CleanupPlease 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

Annual Neighborhood Meeting on April 6, 2016

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

Neighborhood Trees

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

November 16, 2015

Neighborhood trees update

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 More information will be available soon about tree varieties and cost.

Trees on Cedar Street

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