David is a native Coloradan, a 32-year resident of Colorado Springs, and owner of the small business, Angler’s Covey for 26 years. He has spent his life working to improve our access to the outdoors, increase mental health awareness, and create a better quality of life for every neighborhood.
David lives and breathes the outdoors – both recreationally and professionally. He has worked in the outdoor recreation industry for over 40 years. For more than 30 years, as he and his wife, Becky, were raising their twin children, they have owned and managed Angler’s Covey, a Colorado Springs specialty fly fishing shop, guide service, and learning center. Over the past few years, their daughter, Rachel, has taken the reins of the family business.
As Colorado Springs has grown over the past three decades, the Leinweber family has grown their business on the west side of the burgeoning city. In 2004, recognizing that their business needed room to grow, David acquired the lot at the corner of 21st Street and Highway 24, “right on the way to the mountains,” Dave says.
“We have always felt that it’s important to engage in our community and we have been active at community events and groups, extolling the personal and business benefits of getting outside, as well as organizing opportunities to give back.”
David’s involvement with local organizations has been a consistent thread throughout his life.
In 2010, David started the Colorado Springs Fly Fishing Film Tour, for example, an event that has raised over $20,000 each year for Project Healing Waters, a nonprofit that serves physically and mentally disabled active duty military and veterans in the Pikes Peak region by providing fly fishing opportunities.
In 2015, David founded the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance partnering with Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC and Visit Colorado Springs. PPORA works to promote the values of the Outdoor Industry to the Pikes Peak community and bring together stakeholders to increase our outdoor amenities, create better access to recreational areas, promote conservation values and increase greater participation for all. “We work to grow, inspire, strengthen, advocate, and steward outdoor recreation.” PPORA was recognized as the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Southeast Region Partner of the Year for 2020.
The beginnings of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance, bring community leaders together to discuss the importance of collaboration to solve challenges.