The Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) identifies the need for improvements through 2023 to many of the Town’s existing parks. Butterfield Crossing, Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek parks will receive the first upgrades planned for completion in 2021. Additional parks, including Castle Highlands, Metzler and Centennial parks are scheduled to be complete by 2023.
The Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with professional landscape architectural firms to encourage residents to provide feedback before designs are complete. Throughout the process, surveys, open houses and online forums will be held to help explain proposed improvements and explore the potential for additional or upgraded amenities. Should you live in one of these neighborhoods, please keep a eye on your mailbox, and on this website, for opportunities to participate.
Butterfield Crossing Park
Originally constructed more than 30 years ago, Butterfield Crossing Park is in need of several improvements. The asphalt basketball and tennis court surfaces have deteriorated, and the Mateflex tiles that were put in place have reached the end of their life span. The irrigation system also requires significant upgrades and the existing playground needs replacement. The 15-year old synthetic turf has also reached the end of its lifespan.
The scale of improvements may provide the opportunity to consider relocating or adding amenities. Additionally, accessibility improvements are required.
February 2021, a cost estimate has been requested to create construction documents based on the final proposed master renovation plan for Butterfield Park.
- Landscape architect, Design Concepts, was awarded the design contract in February 2020 to work with the community on creating an overall improvement plan
- An on-site meeting was held with staff to review current programming, maintenance issues, programming suggestions / enhancements (including inclusive playground / potential relocation, new basketball / tennis court, potential pickleball court(s), upgraded LED lighting, new synthetic turf, revised plaza area, upgraded amenities and revised irrigation)
- Virtual meetings were held to create concept bubble diagrams for discussion purposes.
- July 2020 residents were invited to take an accessibility survey regarding possible inclusive playground improvements. View the Inclusive Playground survey results (PDF)
- October 2020 - A draft park renovation plan was posted online and surveys opened to collect public input on the design. View the results of Park Improvement Survey (PDF)
- November 2020 - Based upon feedback received from the first public survey, a draft Renovation Plan Concept (PDF) was prepared and available online for residents to provide feedback. Those survey results have been reviewed and are being incorporated in the final plan to be presented to Town Council in early 2021. Several of the desired elements were placed into the final concept including: fitness stairs, an additional paved path, a relocated and expanded playground, new courts, upgraded restrooms and more. View the results of this final survey (PDF)
Mitchell Gulch Park
Mitchell Gulch Park was constructed more than 20 years ago. The park does not have a dedicated parking area and the playground must be replaced. The park also contains undeveloped space that could support additional improvements.
- This project was awarded to landscape architect, DHM Designs, in February 2020.
- Residents were invited to take a survey in July. View the survey results (PDF).
- October 2020 - park concepts were available for viewing along with a corresponding survey for residents to provide feedback.
- November 2020 - Results (PDF) are being reviewed and the public's feedback incorporated in the final renovation design to be presented to Town Council in early 2021.
Plum Creek South Park
This 20-year-old park contains a playground, half basketball court and site furniture, all of which require replacement. Much of the park property was actually planned as a future school site. The Douglas County School District has not used the property for this purpose, nor have they released it from future consideration. This may limit the amount of funding that can be invested into the project. The property is also used extensively for walking and may have potential for a more formal trail system.
Plum Creek North site
The Town of Castle Rock acquired the Plum Creek North Park property from Southwest Greens in late 2019. The park is located adjacent to the Plum Creek Golf Course Clubhouse and contains the former community pool, tennis courts, a pavilion, and walkways. The park is over 20 years old and has not been maintained for several years. A playground previously located on the site was removed several years ago and the tennis court, pool and pool building cannot be salvaged and must be removed.
Planning for improvements
Improvements to the Plum Creek North site were not included in the CIP plan; however, the Plum Creek South Site was. DHM design has been retained to evaluate and create an improvement plan for both parks in order to take a holistic view of how parks serve the overall neighborhood.
Throughout July 2020, residents were invited to take a survey to provide feedback. View those survey results (PDF). Based on this feedback, two draft Renovation Plan Concepts were created, and residents were invited to provide feedback. Currently, those survey results (PDF) are being reviewed by DHM Design Corporation and Town staff. A final plan will be presented to Town Council in early 2021.
In preparation for renovations starting in 2021, demolition commenced at the Plum Creek North Park site in November and were completed in December. All existing structures were removed, including the pool, the pool restrooms and lockers, the shade cabana, the hot tub and the tennis courts. Once demolition was complete, contractor AGISI Environmental Services backfilled with imported soil and will soon seed the area.
These projects are funded through the Conservation Trust Fund (Lottery proceeds) and Douglas County Shareback. The Douglas County Shareback tax is scheduled to sunset at the end of 2023. Approximately $4 million will be available through 2023 and will be dedicated to bringing existing parks to current standards.
Additional Conservation Trust funded projects earmarked over the next 5 years
- Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park - enhancements to the new park
- Metzler Ranch Community Park - replace eight dugouts and perform irrigation renovations
- Philip S. Miller Park - event and overflow parking from the Wolfensberger Road access, permanent restrooms at the Amphitheater, utility connections and greenroom addition
- Bison Park - utility extensions for planned restroom / cellular antennae building, irrigation upgrades, park equipment, tree removal and replacement, signs, fencing and site furnishings
- Castle Highlands - replace developer built playground and court surface
- Recreation Center playground - replace sun damaged plastic components
- Founders Park - pavilion and restroom improvements, concrete repair and replacement
- Centennial Park - renovate tennis and basketball courts
- Baldwin Park playground - add swings and replace existing playground
Additionally, synthetic-turf replacement is scheduled at Bison, Gemstone, Rhyolite Regional and Matney parks over the next five years.