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 have been submitted to Development Services for approval and the projects are in different stages for being routed for the competitive bidding process. Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek North are currently under review and permits are in place for Butterfield Crossing Park and Plum Creek South. 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 needs 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 also reached the end of its lifespan and was replaced in late fall of 2021. 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 including proposed inclusive features, new courts and upgraded ADA accessible restrooms. The scale of improvements may provide the opportunity to provide an inclusive playground, pickleball courts, upgraded LED lighting and a revised plaza area.
- 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.
The master plan currently includes a dedicated paved parking lot, a new playground, three fitness elements, a pavilion, and plumbed restroom, as well as parking lot and walkway lighting. All new walkways and restroom construction will meet current ADA accessibility standards. The irrigation system inside the park will also be retrofitted to be more water efficient.
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.
The renovation master plan was put forward and reviewed by the community with comments being taken into consideration prior to the master plan being finalized in the spring of 2021. Subsequently, shortly thereafter the Parks Department was contacted by residents of the Plum Creek community and asked to consider switching out the nature-oriented design for a more traditional playground concept. The department has since been working with the designer on a revised park playground option.
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.
The current master plan for Plum Creek North includes a reduced parking lot, walkway lighting, half-court basketball, a pavilion, a plumbed restroom, playgrounds serving youth age 2-5 years old and 5-12 years old, as well as pickleball courts and yard games.
Renovation Master Plans
- Plum Creek South Park Renovation Master Plan (PDF)
- Plum Creek North Park Renovation Master Plan (PDF)