Tim Watkins Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship

FOMP is proud of this endeavor to honor and celebrate Tim Watkins as he was a huge part of our group and community. He was prolific and extremely instrumental in trail building throughout the Monument and Palmer Lake region, and he constructed many of the existing trails in the work center that a multitude of users now enjoys. I personally knew Tim for over three decades and his smile, laughter, love, friendship, selflessness, sweetness and warmth are greatly missed. 

Tim Virgil Watkins Nov 17, 1956, to Sept 17, 2017

Donate to the Tim Watkins Mechanic Scholarship

In cooperation with Kids on Bikes, Barnett Bicycle Institute, Trails End Taproom, and the Watkins family we are excited to bring into existence the “Tim Watkins Bicycle Mechanic Scholarship“. We are looking to start the initial fund of this scholarship through this fundraiser. This amount will be for two students.

Tim Watkins was a respected bike mechanic at multiple shops across Colorado Springs and started his own shop several years ago in Monument called Balanced Rock Bike and Ski.

He is credited with helping establish many of the trails west of Palmer Lake and he mentored and taught countless people the fundamentals of riding. Seeing only fit that Tim existed to further mountain biking, this scholarship aims to do the same.

Local COS recipients will be equipped with the expertise and connections from this scholarship. Recipients will be able to affect and change the Colorado Springs bike community. Through hands-on learning, component-by-component study, and formal lecture, scholarship recipients come away with the skills to advance their careers in the bike industry, gain advanced mechanical knowledge and deepen their bike industry network.

The scholarship funding will be maintained by friends of Tim Watkins along with Trails End Taproom. Kids on Bikes will select the recipients of the scholarship with their strong understanding of the community and those that best fit the model. Barnett Bicycle Institute, the leading mechanic school in the country, will train and equip recipients.

#BeLikeTim

 

May 2018 Trail Night

First Chance for 2018!

FOMP needs you for this trail work session!

Tuesday, May  8th at 6:00 PM

FOMP is pleased to be holding our first monthly volunteer trail work session for 2018!

For our first work session, we will be working on the 715 trail. Please meet at the main parking lot at https://goo.gl/maps/5J1yar6b81x

Check the website too! http://www.fomp.org

The rest of the info you need: FOMP and USFS provide all necessary tools. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing for performing outdoor landscaping type of work. Volunteers should wear long pants and sturdy shoes, and bring leather gloves, a hat, a personal water supply, eye protection, sunscreen, and bug repellent. We meet rain or shine unless there is lightning active in the area.

We make every effort to accommodate volunteer preferences and abilities at each event. Generally, we perform activities such as water bar building or renovation, trail renovation, maintenance, and trimming, etc. So, pretty much everything from trimming back scrub oak or digging lots of dirt to moving boulders. We assign duties based on interest and capabilities. Kids are welcome to join their parents; however, we do ask that you evaluate whether this is an appropriate activity for your child or not.

Be aware all participants will need to sign a wavier before than can begin any trail work.

Thanks, and we hope to see you out there!

FOMP

March 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

March 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our March 2018 Board Meeting

Meeting Time:
Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 PM
Location:

This meeting will be held at a brand new location, the Palmer Lake Town Hall at 28 Valley Crescent in Palmer Lake. From Monument take CO-105 W to Palmer Lake, take a left onto Lower Glenway St and then a right onto Valley Crescent St Park and walk over to the Town Hall.

Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you! You do not need to be a FOMP member to attend, but we sure would appreciate you becoming a member.

Agenda:

Call to Order
Future of FOMP and USFS partnership
Future Project Discussions
Goals for 2018
Homeless Camp Updates
Elections
By-Laws
Future Location for Board Meetings
Parking issues at the main lot
House Keeping Items
Adjournment

As a reminder, you can always see a schedule of FOMP’s planned activities on our website calendar page and you can also add our iOS or Google calendar feeds to your mobile calendar, never miss an event again!

http://fomp.org/eventcalendar/

Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

February 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

February 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our February 2018 Board Meeting

Meeting Time:
Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00 PM

Location: 

This meeting will be held at a brand new location, the Palmer Lake Town Hall at 28 Valley Crescent in Palmer Lake. From Monument take CO-105 W to Palmer Lake, take a left onto Middle Glenway St and then a left onto Valley Crescent St. Park and walk over to the Town Hall.Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you! You do not need to be a FOMP member to attend, but we sure would appreciate you becoming a member!

 
Agenda:

Call to Order
Treasurers Report
        a) Audit Update
        b) New Treasurer
Old Business
        1.) Memorandum of Understanding with the Forest Service – update
                a.) FOIA request
                b) New relationship with the USFS
                c) Master Plan – Important Issues to FOMP
                d) Restated Purpose mission statement
        2.) Sign on FOMP bulletins board
        3.)Trail Leadership training
New Business
        1.) Elections in March
        2.) Permanent meeting location
        3.) Homeless encampment update
        4.) Creation of a committee for trails
        5.) Other Items
Adjournment

 

As a reminder, you can always see a schedule of FOMP’s planned activities on our website calendar page and you can also add our iOS or Google calendar feeds to your mobile calendar, never miss an event again!

http://fomp.org/eventcalendar/

Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

January 2018 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our January 2018 Board Meeting
Meeting Time: Tuesday, January 9 at 7:00 PM
Location: 
This meeting will be held in the Monument Preserve / Fire Center Classroom. For those of you unfamiliar with the classroom building make the first left into the Fire Center after Mt. Herman Rd. turns to dirt, follow the road (slowly please!) all the way into the administrative area and the classroom building is the first building on your right.Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you! You do not need to be a FOMP member to attend, but we sure would appreciate you becoming a member!
Agenda:
  • Discuss trail etiquette again and actions. Up Hill ROW and packing out dog manure.
  • Colleen from USFS will be present and give a 15 min overview of her role and us in the future.
  • IMBA piece and access to their insurance
  • Insurance update
  • Update on the Tim trail sign
  • Tool update
  • MTBP update
  • Resources for big projects moving forward.
  • Reroute of the main trail from parking lot (ideas)
  • New membership ideas
  • Update on money box
  • Update on accounting requirement
  • Possible TOSC presentation
  • Closing remarks
  • Other

As a reminder, you can always see a schedule of FOMP’s planned activities on our website calendar page and you can also add our iOS or Google calendar feeds to your mobile calendar, never miss an event again!

http://fomp.org/eventcalendar/

Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

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November 2017 Board of Directors Meeting

FOMP is pleased to announce our November 2017 Board Meeting
Meeting Time: Tuesday, November 14 at 7:00 PM
Location: 
This meeting will be held in the Monument Preserve / Fire Center Classroom. For those of you unfamiliar with the classroom building make the first left into the Fire Center after Mt. Herman Rd. turns to dirt, follow the road (slowly please!) all the way into the administrative area and the classroom building is the first building on your right.Remember meetings are open to all members and the public, we want to hear from you! You do not need to be a FOMP member to attend, but we sure would appreciate you becoming a member!
Agenda:
  • DOT—homeless camp poop bucket
  • Communications with other trail groups (Medicine Wheel, Friends of Peak, etc.) and trails open space meeting
  • New Tool update
  • Tool shed/trailer update
  • Map situation and discussion
  • Start a discussion on trail work schedule for next year
  • Trail etiquette discussion
  • History talk museum
  • Board insurance
  • Who built trail above Mt Herman road.
  • Bylaws require annual audits. Probably should discuss.
  • Other

As a reminder, you can always see a schedule of FOMP’s planned activities on our website calendar page and you can also add our iOS or Google calendar feeds to your mobile calendar, never miss an event again!

http://fomp.org/eventcalendar/

Thanks and we hope to see you there!
FOMP

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