Pikes Peak APEX and The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance Allocate $20,000 for Trails through PPORA Stewardship Fund
The Board of Directors of the PPORA approved a fund allocation of $20,000 in money which includes funds reserved from 2020 and those anticipated to be raised by the Pikes Peak APEX presented by RockShox this year. The money will be spent on trails that will be used in the 2021 edition of The APEX this September, as well as trails that could potentially be used by the event in 2022 and beyond. Trails include USFS trails in Monument, CO, new trails in Cheyenne Canyon on Colorado Springs Parks land, and support for existing trails in Palmer Park.
Central to the Pikes Peak APEX’s plans in 2021 will be work done on Forest Service Trail 715 in Monument Preserve and the Mt. Herman area. The Friends of Monument Preserve will be spearheading plans to enhance existing trails with the help of Medicine Wheel Trail Advocates and The Trails and Open Space Coalition in preparation for the Stage 2 course for The APEX. $1,500 has been set aside for these projects.
As Stage 1 of The APEX will again be held in Palmer Park, the PPORA wanted to recognize those organizations doing great work there. Even though the city of Colorado Springs has fully funded those efforts, the Trail Stewardship Fund will be giving a small donation of $250 each to the Guardians of Palmer Park and the Rocky Mountain Field Institute.
The funds set aside for Cheyenne Canyon are a bit of a longer play for the Pikes Peak APEX. The PPORA allocated $12,000 to Colorado Springs Parks for new trail building in the Daniel’s Pass and Sweetwater Canyon area that could be used in future editions of The APEX. Working with the Friends of Cheyenne Canyon, the city is finalizing trail design that would see at least 5 miles of new trail built in that area.
In addition, $6,000 is being set aside for future projects yet to be determined. The goal of the money being reserved is to allocate a percentage of each year’s funding to ensure fund viability and to provide potential matching funds or seed money for regional trail and outdoor recreation initiatives that will benefit the Pikes Peak region.