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Some of the Town’s most beautiful and prominent features are its open spaces, parks and trails. Take a hike with the kids, enjoy the great outdoors or sneak a peak at local wildlife. The Town truly has something for everyone. Most residents agree, Castle Rock has some of the most gorgeous open space and trails in all of Colorado. Download a map, and get out there and explore. The Town boasts more than 53 developed parks and is always looking for ways to increase amenities for the public. 

Each year, residents enjoy family-friendly events, concerts, festivals, fundraisers, races, and environmental education and cultural programs throughout Castle Rock’s parks. Free concerts and other community events can be enjoyed at two of our most recently constructed parks; the reimagined Festival Park and the 300-acre Philip S. Miller regional park.

  1. Parks Planning Division
  2. Parks Maintenance and Operations Division

The Park Planning Division provides direction, leadership, and supervision involved in long-range planning, design and implementation of new parks, trails, open-space and recreational facilities. The division also manages major upgrades to existing parks and trails. 

Parks planning services

The division updates the Town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Strategic Plan and prepares long-term capital budgets. Parks planning staff identifies and works to acquire property easements and real property. The trails planner provides department mapping services including GIS, technical assistance to developers related to trail constructions and maintenance, as well as guidance and oversight of proper construction and maintenance to user groups for all soft-surface trails.

The division provides a variety of services including conceptual design, development process, project management and community outreach. Parks planning also reviews development applications for compliance with Castle Rock Municipal Code as it applies to parks and open space dedication. The division provides guidance on natural resource planning and environmental education programs, conducts baseline survey and management plans, ensures compliance with the Town’s Habitat Conservation Plan and advises planning staff on federal and state regulatory permitting requirements. 

POST Partners

The POST Partners volunteer program is housed under the Parks Planning Division and has coordinated 46,358 volunteer hours since its inception. The Program coordinates trash cleanup, trail maintenance groups, special projects, Eagle and Scout projects, the memorial donation program, Festival of Trees, pet waste station sponsors, etc. 

The Park Planning and Development team includes certified parks and recreation executives, OSHA and LEED certified and administrative professionals. 

Neighborhood park planning

Future park planning includes the addition of new community and neighborhood parks to maintain current levels of service. As the Town of Castle Rock continues to grow, so will the need for additional neighborhood parks. For additional information, please visit the project updates page.

More information

Park pavilion rentals

Information regarding park pavilion rentals, including online park pavilion reservation requests and rental fees.

Commercial Activity Permits and Concessions

Information regarding vending and commercial activity within Town parks, including rules, regulations, fees and application information.

Community recognition

Tree City USA

Castle Rock has been recognized as a Tree City USA community since 1986. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, the Town must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program. 

They include:

  1. Maintaining a tree board or department;
  2. Having a community tree care ordinance;
  3. Spending at least $2 per capital on urban forestry; and 
  4. Celebrating Arbor Day. 

Bicycle Friendly Community

The League of American Bicyclists has designated Castle Rock as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, recognizing the Town’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.