Festival Park is the heartbeat of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Soon, this vital organ will be getting a few improvements. Imagine a Christmas tree plaza, stream-side picnic areas, relaxing shade pavilions and a splash play area all being part of the park. That soon could be a reality.
Town Council recently approved a plan that would start the final steps for the park improvements. The goal is to enhance the park into an urban center. This will help boost the success of adjacent Downtown businesses and will create an active public gathering place for both work and relaxation.
With Council’s recent approval of the final design concepts and funding approval as part of the 2016 Budget Tuesday night, the last permitting and construction documents can begin to take shape. Over the next several months, Design Workshop – the design consultant for the project – will lead a team of highly-qualified architects and engineers to develop construction drawings suitable for the contractor-bidding process. The proposed $5 million project will have multiple potential funding sources including several conservation trust funds, allotments from the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund and Downtown Development Authority TIF sales and property tax funding mechanism.
The TIF fund was established in 2008 to help fund general Downtown improvements. Festival Park is essential to the community’s Downtown health and prosperity.
Throughout the planning process, the Town, along with Design Workshop, has solicited input from the public to help reimage the park. In addition to the new park amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellar’s Gulch will be developed to remain consistent with national flood plain regulations. Other park improvements may include: an outdoor pavilion and fire pit; splash pad; great lawn; play elements; lighting and seating; and a gateway feature.
Check out the results from the public engagement process, or take a look at some possible design ideas.
It’s also important to note, the park’s design includes a partial permanent closure of Second Street. Traffic will only be permitted to enter Second Street one-way from Perry Street and will be required to exit through the alley north. This will allow for a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.
Construction is set to begin after Starlighting 2016 and is expected to take about a year.