Westside Briefs:
Free, first-time ‘Great Parks’ event at Bear Creek Park

       A new free event, the Great Parks Festival, will offer outdoor activities in Bear Creek Regional Park Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
       The organizers are El Paso County Parks and the non-profit Trails and Open Space Coalition.
       Activities will be concurrent in the park areas west and of 21st Street off Rio Grande Street, according to Susan Davies of the Open Space Coalition.
       Activities will include organic gardening and composting demonstrations, a puppet show, soccer clinic, kite demonstration, family yoga, disc golf, tennis lessons, archery, fly fishing clinic, family bicycle rides, guided nature walks and displays of goats and rattlenesnakes. There will also be activities in the Dog Park at 21st and Rio Grande, including a “dog drill team,” Davies said.
       Live music will be performed by Grant Sabin, starting at 11 a.m.
       For more information, call 633-6884 or go to trailsandopenspaces.org.
       Transpo feedback sought
       Citizens can comment on what is known as the “Draft Fiscally Constrained Project List” for the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan Update.
       The list includes projects that local governments would like to see built but, lacking money for all of them, want help on priorities from the public.
       The draft plan, approved by the PPACG board Sept. 14, is available on the PPACG website (select “Transportation” on the left menu). Public comments will be accepted through the website and at a public meeting Thursday, Sept. 22 starting at 4 p.m. at the PPACG building, 15 S. Seventh St.
       At its October meeting, the PPACG board plans to vote on a final fiscally constrained project list.
       For more information, call 471-7080 x139.

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