Festival Park Reimagined
Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Soon, this central gathering space will be transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction contract between the Town and M.A. Mortenson Company was approved by Town Council to redevelop Festival Park. The goals are to enhance the park, boost the success of the adjacent Downtown business district and create an active public gathering space for both work and relaxation.
Throughout the planning process, the Town solicited input from the public to help re-image the park. The $6.9 million-park-improvement project will include amenities such as a landing pavilion, splash pad, two fire-pits, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch will be implemented to align with national flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
It’s also important to note, the park’s redesign will include a permanent partial 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 both a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.
Construction is set to begin early 2017 and is planned to be completed by Starlighting.
View the park plan!
The Festival Park redesign project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, the Town's unobligated General Fund, the Town's Stormwater Account and the Downtown Development Authority's TIF (tax increment financing).
|Town of Castle Rock||$2.9 million|
|Downtown Development Authority||$4 million|
|Contract Award||M.A. Mortenson Company|
- Planning for the redesign of the park was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvement projects through a TIF fund.
- Council approved the final design concept and funding as part of the 2016 budget.
- Public engagement process took place to get resident feedback. Check out the results from the public engagement process.
- Design Workshop – the landscape design consultant for the project – led a team of highly-qualified architects and engineers to develop construction drawings suitable for the contractor-bidding process.
- Town Council approved a construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company.
- Construction is set to begin and is planned to be completed within roughly one year.
Anticipated Closures / Parking Suggestions
- Permanent partial closure of Second Street.
- The right turn lane onto Second Street when heading north on Wilcox will also be removed.
- Only five parking spots will remain on Second Street after construction begins. View the ample public parking that will remain available.
- Sellars Gulch Trail will be temporarily closed to accommodate construction beginning Feb. 9, 2017 (detour will be necessary). The closed portion of the trail is between Wilcox and Perry streets. The Sellars Gulch detour is approximately a half mile in length and takes you to street level by the police station, around Town Hall and down along the ADA access ramp near Blue Nectar restaurant. The detour is expected to be in effect through November 2017.
Construction update - Friday, Sept. 1
As work continues to quickly move forward, the shape of the reimagined Festival Park is starting to take form. In Wilcox Street, the new curb alignment is taking place which will add some parking spaces back to the intersection. In the same area, the Lantern Structure - the black steel shooting up into the sky - is now in the detailing phase.
The vaults for the splash pad have been set and all the components have been now been installed. Additionally, the foundation for the restroom has been placed and the underground utilities have been connected to the appropriate mainlines.
The shade structure at the corner of Second and Perry streets, also known as the Landing, now has tongue and groove installed which will soon be covered by the roofing system. Plus, the irrigation and electrical systems are being installed throughout the site.
Coming up next
Work in Wilcox Street will continue. The south entrance to Dazbog/Yolanda’s/Chicago Title is scheduled to open Tuesday, Sept. 5. However, the north entrance will be closed from approximately Tuesday, Sept. 5 through Wednesday, Sept. 13.
Additionally, the work on the Lantern structure will continue, as will the site work on Second Street. Coming soon, the site will be prepared for more concrete flatwork necessary to tie the trails back together. Irrigation and electrical work will also continue which will soon be followed by plants.
One-way road ahead
Parking Downtown is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. As part of the Festival Park project, more than 20 parking spaces will be added along the Perry Street corridor. But first, a bit of roadwork.
Starting the week of Sept. 11, crews will be working to shape those new parking spaces. For the safety of the workers and the traveling public, Perry Street will be turned into a one-way-only street going north between South Street (just south of the Town Hall parking lot) and Third Street. This traffic pattern is expected to last through mid-September.
The detour for southbound traffic is Perry Street south to Third Street west to Wilcox Street, and then Wilcox Street south.
The Town expects construction of the new roundabout at Third and Perry streets to be completed before this work begins. Please pay extra attention while driving through any construction zone.
For a look at all Town lane and road closures, visit CRgov.com/Roadwork.