Rueter-Hess Recreation

Public engagement begins for Rueter-Hess Recreation Master Plan!


The Town of Castle Rock along with the Parker Water and Sanitation District, and other regional partners including Douglas County, the cities of Lone Tree and Castle Pines and the Town of Parker have launched a public process to develop a plan for recreational amenities in Rueter-Hess Reservoir.

Some of the proposed ideas include:
  • natural areas
  • trails 
  • aquatic activities
  • cultural programs
  • adventure recreation
Rueter-Hess Reservoir

Building a master plan


The primary purpose of the reservoir is to store and provide safe, clean drinking water. However, the Rueter-Hess Reservoir Recreation Authority was created to oversee the master planning process and explore possible recreational amenities.

The process began in November 2015 and is scheduled to be complete in the summer of 2016. The goal of the master plan is to develop a range of recreational opportunities in and around the reservoir while providing safe, clean drinking water and preserving the tranquil qualities of the site.

More information including a history of the project and photo gallery can be found on Park Water and Sanitation District's website or check out this power point presentation for a few quick facts.

Public engagement process


The online survey conducted in November 2015 gathered more than 4,000 responses across Castle Rock, Lone Tree and Parker. The Rueter-Hess Recreation Authority now has several concept alternatives.

View the results from the most recent survey.