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.

July 1, 2015

Music on the Run

Sunday, July 12, 4:00-6:00pm

North Shooks Run Park, 700 North Franklin

Join us for live bluegrass music by local band “Out of Nowhere” from 4:00-6:00 pm, presented by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association. Sound system will be powered by bicycles, thanks to the Mobile Music Project and MSRNA. Everyone can help power the sound by taking a turn at pedaling. Bring your picnic and enjoy Josh and John’s ice cream also provided by MSRNA.


Envision Shooks Run

Plenty of public interest was evident at the first of six public meetings held by the City of Colorado Springs on June 18 to discuss the many issues of Shooks Run. City staff, contractors, and citizen advisory committee members were at North Middle School. At www.envisionshooksrun.com you take take a survey, sign up for email newsletter, and get more information.

April 27, 2015

Creek clean-up yields plenty of trash

Another successful creek clean-up of the creek on April 25th. Over 40 volunteers cleared plenty of trash from Shooks Run, especially south of Kiowa Street. An estimated four cubic yards of trash and two grocery carts!

Everyone felt great about the work accomplished. Those who stayed after the clean-up enjoyed live music and pizza provided by Harriett and Ryan. The neighborhood association wishes to thank everyone who participated and special thanks go to the clean-up organizers Harriett Landrum, Shari Pichon, Nancy Strong, and Daniel Klausmeier.


March 29, 2015

Shooks Run drainage study

Shooks Run is more than a creek–it’s part of a drainage basin undergoing study right now. Gary Rapp is Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association’s official representative on the study committee. You can also make comments on the Study’s website at http://www.shooksrundrainagestudy.com/.

March 28, 2015

MSRNA Meeting & Potluck Dinner April 15

Please join us for the MSRNA Potluck Dinner and Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 15.
Potluck at 6:00, meeting from 7 to 8:30 at the Community Prep School Gym, 332 E. Willamette (corner of Willamette and Wahsatch.

Meet your neighbors, share ideas, enjoy some good food, pay your MSRNA dues, sign up for MSRNA email, learn about neighborhood events, talk to MSRNA board members. Want to get more involved in your neighborhood? Consider serving on the board. Let us know at info@msrna.org or at the meeting!

Help Clean Up the Creek

Help us with the Spring Clean-up of Shooks Run (the creek that runs through our neighborhood) on Saturday April 25 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM (sponsored by the Middle Shooks Run Neighborhood Association). Come for an hour or four. Your assistance will be appreciated!

Meet at North Shooks Run Park, 706 North Franklin St. or Prairie Dog O’Byrne Park, 503 E. Bijou St. at Corona Music and refreshments to follow the cleanup. Trash bags provided; bring water, sunscreen, gloves. For more information: email us at info@msrna.org

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