Westside Briefs:
Garden named after Char Nymann

       The El Paso Board of County Commissioners Nov. 12 unanimously approved renaming the “Bear Creek Community Garden” as the “Charmaine Nymann Community Garden at Bear Creek Regional Park.”

October's full moon rises in the east just after sunset a month ago (photo shot from Mesa Road). The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the Trails and Open Space Coalition would welcome an equally clear and balmy evening for their "Full Moon Hike" fundraising event Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Garden.
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       According to a press release, “the garden has been a part of El Paso County since the 1970s and was in danger of being closed down in the early 1980s due to budget constraints when Char Nymann stepped in and created the volunteer Bear Creek Garden Association (BCGA), which manages the two-acre garden made up of 104 plots rented out by community members for organic gardening.”
      
       High-speed rail study
       Findings from a state-sponsored rail study will be presented at a public meeting Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lower floor of the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments (PPACG) building, 15 S. Seventh St.
       People can drop in to look at exhibits or come for a presentation and discussion period starting at 5:30.
       Called the Interregional Connectivity Study (ICS), the effort has been handled by the Colorado Department of Transportation's (CDOT) Division of Transit & Rail and its hired consultants. The goal is to set up a high-speed rail system between Fort Collins and Pueblo, including tracks through the Colorado Springs area. A preliminary meeting was held at the PPACG building in July 2012.
      
       Moon walk at Garden
       A “Full Moon Hike” at the Garden of the Gods is scheduled the evening of Saturday, Nov. 16.
       A fundraiser for the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center and the Trails and Open Space Coalition, the event will offer guided hikes of 2.1 miles through the central garden and Rock Ledge Ranch.
       Hikes start at 6:30 p.m. and are staggered until about 7:30. The meeting place is the Visitor Center, 1850 N. 30th St.
       The cost is $5 for adults, $2 for kids and $12 for families, with free hot chocolate and cookies for all hikers.
      
       Nature Center volunteers
       Current and potential future Bear Creek Nature Center volunteers are welcome to attend a Volunteer Appreciation Open House Thursday, Nov. 21.
       The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 245 Bear Creek Road.
       “Join us for hot cider, cookies and meet your County Parks staff,” a press release states.
       Overseen by El Paso County Parks with many of the programs managed by volunteers, the center in Bear Creek Regional Park offers nature exhibits and regular programs, as well as a network of trails.
       To RSVP, e-mail dananordstrom@elpasoco.com or call 520-6983.

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