2021 Colorado Springs Urban Water Cycle

NEW Colorado Springs Tour: Cottonwood Creek Trail

Choose your ride: June 11 or 12, 9am-1pm


Join us June 11 or 12 along Cottonwood Creek for the inaugural Urban Water Cycle Bike Tour in Colorado Springs!

Join us for a fun, free regional bike tour along Cottonwood Creek in Colorado Springs. This tour will connect community members to local water and recreation resources through an approximately 9-mile (mostly downhill) ride.

Both tour days start at Frank Costello Park, with a short ride to Cowpoke Flood Detention and Development. You will then ride downhill all the way to a creek restoration site on Monument Creek. With a short ride back uphill, you will end at Crit Cafe for our final speakers, networking and refreshments on your own.

Tour topics include:

  • What are the Cottonwood Creek, Fountain Creek, and Arkansas River watersheds?
  • Why water quality is important? What is stormwater? What is point source and nonpoint source pollution?
  • How is Colorado Springs conserving water and planning for its future water supply?
  • How are community partners connecting neighborhoods to trails and creeks?
  • How can maintaining pipes allow us to restore creeks?
  • How do we ensure our water is clean and safe?
  • How can you protect stream health?

We thank our supporters at Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, Colorado Springs Utilities, El Pomar Foundation, and Fountain Creek Watershed District. In addition, our partners at the Trails and Open Space Coalition and the City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Enterprise (SWENT) and Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services made this tour possible. We look forward to a fun and educational day along Cottonwood Creek!


Helmets are required and we recommend sunscreen and water. Each tour will be limited to 30 riders.

Register in advance to ride. For more information on the tour visit www.wateredco.org/CSpringsBike2021 or email scott@wateredco.org.

Tour Stops and Speakers:

Beginning (Stop 1) – Frank Costello Park
  • Gillian Rossi, City of Colorado Springs (CS) Parks
  • Emily Duncan, CS Parks (Trails)
Stop 2 – Cowpoke Flood Detention Pond
  • Bill Banks and/or Alli Schuch, Fountain Creek Watershed District
  • Carl Schueler, CS Stormwater
  • Aaron Sutherlin, Matrix Design
Stop 3 – Scarborough Detention Pond
  • Jeff Dunn, CS Stormwater
Stop 4 – Cottonwood Creek Park Recreation Center
  • Donene Dillow, Colorado Springs Utilities (Water Supply Planning and Water Reuse)
  • Lance Ackerman or Catherin Moravec, Colorado Springs Utilities (Water Conservation)
  • Joe Braun, CS Parks (Adult Sports – Friday ride only)
Stop 5 – Academy & Vincent
  • Kate Brady, CS Public Works (Bicycle Planning)
  • Allen Beauchamp, Trails and Open Space Coalition
Stop 6 – Gauging Station
  • Wendi Knutsen (Friday) or Jessica Clayton (Saturday), CS Stormwater (Monitoring and MS4 Permit)
  • Annie Berlemann, Colorado Springs Utilities
Stop 7 – Creek Restoration
  • Jason Messamer or Kyle Hinton, Colorado Springs Utilities
END – Crit Cafe
  • Mary Welch, Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
  • Jerry Cordova, CS Stormwater

For more information on the tour, email scott@wateredco.org.

Thank you to our tour supporters:

Colorado Springs Utilities

…and tour partners:

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