The Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan identifies the need for improvements to many of the Town’s existing parks. Butterfield Crossing, Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek area parks will receive the first round of renovations beginning in 2021, prioritizing safety and accessibility improvements, life cycle replacement and enhancing user experience.
The department contracted professional landscape architecture firms to engage residents and staff in the renovation planning process. In 2020, Design Concepts was awarded the design contract to create the overall improvement plan for Butterfield Crossing Park; DHM Design was selected to develop plans for Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek area parks.
Both firms first met with Parks and Recreation Department staff to review current and future programming needs and maintenance issues and discuss potential enhancements for each site. Using these discussions as a starting point, the firms then posted surveys and online forms in June 2020 to help convey needed repairs to community members and to solicit public feedback for improving these older parks. Design Concepts also invited residents to take an accessibility survey regarding possible inclusive playground additions for Butterfield Crossing Park.
After incorporating public and staff feedback, renovation concept sketches were created for each park site and posted on the Town’s website for resident review and additional public comment in fall 2020. Input from these surveys was then incorporated into renovation master plans for each park, which will be used when prioritizing future upgrades.
New contracts with the design firms were approved to create the construction drawings, specifications and bid documents for each site. The design and review process is expected to take six months. Completed plans will be submitted to Development Services for approval and the projects will be distributed for competitive bidding once permits are in place in fall 2021. Construction is expected to begin after future Council approval.
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. Available funding will be allocated across sites in accordance with need based on the bids received.
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.. Additionally, accessibility improvements are required.
Several of the desired elements indicated through public surveys were placed into the final renovation master plan, including: fitness stairs, an additional paved path, a relocated and expanded playground, new courts and upgraded restrooms. The scale of improvements may provide the opportunity to provide an inclusive playground, pickleball courts, upgraded LED lighting and a revised plaza area.
Renovation Master Plan
- Draft renovation master plan survey results (PDF)
- Inclusive playground survey results (PDF)
- Renovation planning survey results (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.
Renovation Master Plan
Plum Creek South
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
The Town of Castle Rock acquired this park site from Southwest Greens in late 2019. Just north of Emerald Drive, the site sits adjacent to the Plum Creek Golf Club. The park’s playground was removed several years ago, and to prepare for future renovation work, all existing structures were demolished in 2020 due to extensive deferred maintenance: the tennis courts, pool and pool structures and the pavilion. Once demolition was complete, contractor AGISI Environmental Services backfilled the area with soil and seeded it to provide basic landscaping.
Planning for improvements
Improvements to the Plum Creek North site were not included in the department’s CIP; however, the Plum Creek South Site was. DHM Design was retained to evaluate and create a comprehensive improvement plan for both sites to complementarily serve the overall neighborhood.
Renovation Master Plans
- Plum Creek South Park Renovation Master Plan (PDF)
- Plum Creek North Park Renovation Master Plan (PDF)