July 29, 2016

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 (robinwalters63@gmail.com) 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 info@msrna.org.

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 coloradotrees.org/find.php

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 info@msrna.org. More information will be available soon about tree varieties and cost.

Trees on Cedar Street

September 8, 2015

Creek Clean-Up a success!

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 info@msrna.org.



July 13, 2015

Concert in Park: Perfect!

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.

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