East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension

The East Plum Creek Trail is the main trail that travels along the East Plum Creek corridor, north to south through Town. It is not only the Town’s most widely used paved trail, but it is also part of a larger statewide trail system – the Colorado Front Range Trail. That trail system will eventually connect communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico. Now, the Town is working to build the final southern trail connection in Castle Rock.

Currently, the trail travels 6 miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street. The last southern segment to be constructed is a 2-mile stretch from south Perry Street to Crystal Valley Parkway.
The project will be planned, designed and constructed over the next three years. As part of this process, the Parks and Recreation Department is applying for a $1 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado through their Connect Initiative Program.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of annual Colorado Lottery revenues into trails, parks, wildlife, open spaces, river corridors, playgrounds, and Youth Corps in all 64 counties through competitive grants. Created by a vote of the people in 1992, GOCO is managed by an independent board and uses no tax dollars. It also provides direct support to Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs and facilities. Lottery revenues also support the Colorado Conservation Trust Fund and school construction.

The Connect Initiative focuses on connecting existing trail gaps, constructing new, highly demanded trail systems and providing increased access for youth and families to existing parks, open spaces, natural areas and environmental education opportunities.  

GOCO grants have helped fund other projects in Castle Rock, such as the acquisition of Quarry Mesa Open Space, the acquisition of East Plum Creek Open Space, the construction of the East Plum Creek trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road and most recently, the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park.

Completion of the entire East Plum Creek Trail corridor has been included as a Town priority in multiple master plans for the Parks and Recreation Department. The master plan has been developed in connection with the Town’s Comprehensive Plan and Vision 2020 document. In the latest master plan, approved by Town Council in 2015, the completion of off-street trail segments on key spine trails through the community was identified as a high priority, with this phase of the East Plum Creek Trail identified as the top priority and use of funds generated in the next 10 years. This project has also been specifically identified in the Three-year Strategic Plan, approved by Council resolution in 2015, as a priority for staff and budget allocation with measurable objectives to design and construct the trail in the next three years.