Parks and Recreation 2018-2020 Strategic Plan
The Town is now seeking input on the Parks and Recreation 2018-2020 Strategic Plan Draft. This document serves as the department's guiding document as we strive to enhance the quality of life and well-being of Castle Rock residents. The Plan supports the Town's 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan and the 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.
Residents can also discuss the plan or ask questions in person from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 7 and 14 at the Miller Activity Complex, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway. Contact Maia Aman, 720-724-2095, to make an appointment or drop by to speak to staff member on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan will be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission for approval on Wednesday, March 21. The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan is tentatively scheduled to go before Town Council for review on Tuesday, April 3.
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As we look forward to the coming years, we must maintain a dynamic culture that readily adapts to community growth. The Parks and Recreation Department was established in 1977, when the population of Castle Rock was merely 2,000. Today, we serve a population of nearly 65,000 and residents enjoy access to over 50 parks, nearly 6,000 acers of open space, 92 miles of paved and unpaved trails, two full-service recreation facilities, five public pools, a maintenance service center and a championship golf course, Red Hawk Ridge.
The 2018-2020 Strategic Plan outlines both the challenges we face and the objectives we set to address those challenges so residents can continue to enjoy an elevated quality of life. In contrast to a comprehensive plan, this short-term plan brings focus to aspects of parks and recreation that need attention, improvement and change, and sets specific actions in the near term. This allows the Department to better adapt to a dynamic external environment and remain flexible with internal resources for optimal performance.
Initiatives set within the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan came from the 2017 Community Survey, user satisfaction surveys from programs and study sessions with staff. The Department is now seeking public input and will then seek Parks and Recreation Commission and Town Council approval.
Enhance the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of Castle Rock by acquiring and developing parks and trails, preserving open space and offering quality recreation programs and facilities to meet the needs of the community.
As the Town of Castle Rock's population continues to grow, so does the demand for more parks, recreation programs and facilities, golf opportunities, interconnected trails and a need to set aside a greater amount of open space. To address these challenges, the department will make the public a partner; streamline operations to become more efficient and service-oriented; maximize the use of alternative fudning sources; and place an increased emphasis on seeking opportunities for regional and local cooperation.
Strategic Themes and Plan Goals
- Create a financing plan to develop parks and recreation facilities that will meet the needs and demands of a growing
- Implement a plan to develop unique and regionally significant parks and recreation facilities, to include water-based recreation and aquatics, gymnasium, ice and fitness facilities.
- Set fees and charges adequately to address Community Center Fund cost recovery goals.
- Ensure new development provides adequate parks, open space and trails to serve the needs of a growing population and promote conservation.
- Provide for the safe and efficient operation and maintenance of parks and recreation facilities.
- Effectively manage the replacement and repair of existing capital assets.
- Continue to locate parks within a safe walking distance of residents.
- Maintain a robust and high quality golf operation that meets the needs of residents without tax support.
- Improve connectivity/walkability through right-of-ways, trails and accessible open space.
- Strengthen existing recreation programs and expand new creative offerings to meet the changing needs and demands of residents.
- Evaluate and implement business practices, the use of new technology, training and professional development to improve organizational effectiveness.
- Increase outreach and communication efforts to engage residents, promote transparency and gather public input.
- Develop a new neighborhood park adjacent to Aspen View Academy in The Meadows
- Provide resident access for trails, canoeing and kayaking at Rueter-Hess reservoir by the summer 2019
- Extend the East Plum Creek Trail 2 miles to Crystal Valley Parkway
- Complete a study to determine the future for public parks and indoor recreation facilities in Castle Rock
- Implement adventure-based summer camps for elementary and middle school-aged children at Philp S. Miller Park
- Expand special events Downtown and at Festival Park
- Reduce water consumption throughout parks and streetscapes
- Reduce waste handling costs
- Improve recycling efforts within parks
- Continue golf course and infrastructure improvements including a new short-game practice area and bunker rehabilitation
Replace golf course fleet and add GPS to all carts
- Construct the Central Service Center for park operations and facility maintenance personnel
View more specific objectives and goals by division below.