Proposed Athletic Field Public-Private Partnership
Thank you to all who shared input on the Cobblestone Ranch Park athletic field partnership proposal. More than 150 residents attended the open house last night and we received over 1,000 comments through our online feedback form. Town Council and staff heard your concerns. As a result of your feedback, Colorado Classic Baseball announced its decision to rescind the proposal.
We look forward to opening the first phase of the 12-acre Cobblestone Ranch Park this summer.
Cobblestone Ranch Park - Proposed Athletic Fields Public-Private Partnership
The Town of Castle Rock is seeking resident feedback for a potential public private-partnership to advance the Cobblestone Park Master Plan. The Town will complete the first phase of park construction in summer 2022, which is dedicated to neighborhood-focused elements such as, playgrounds, picnic pavilions, pickle ball courts, half-court basketball, walking paths, bike features and restrooms.
The remaining park master plan elements include two soccer fields, four softball and two baseball fields along with walking trails and other amenities. Funding to complete the master plan is not currently available, so the Town is exploring options for other ways complete the project. In November 2021, the Town distributed a Request for Proposals to determine if any sports organizations were interested in a partnership to construct athletic fields.
The Town received one RFP response from Colorado Classic Baseball, a baseball and softball tournament company, based in Douglas County, that operates youth sports programs and tournaments throughout the Denver Metropolitan area between Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. CCB is seeking a base of operations in Castle Rock to hold regional and even national baseball and softball tournaments and believes that Cobblestone Ranch Park is ideally positioned for this purpose. CCB is a youth centered organization that programs youth and team tournaments, helping young athletes hone their skills for club play, high school sports and beyond.
CCB is proposing to construct six synthetic turf baseball fields in a location generally consistent with the parks master planned fields along with the option to construct an approximately 30,000 square foot indoor all-sport training facility. CCB is proposing to enter into a long-term lease agreement for a minimum of 25 years and would operate and maintain their improvements throughout the lease term. The Town would also provide specified reserved use blocks at other Town facilities, such as Metzler Park, for tournament use and CCB would pay the standard reservation rates for any off site use. The lease would include a shared use agreement that would also provide space for Town run developmental leagues and practices during the week. CCB would commit to funding the fields, estimated at $10 million, as well as related facilities. CCB has asked the Town to extend infrastructure to the proposed lease area and participate in parking development in an amount not to exceed $1 million. Colorado Classic Baseball would also commit to requiring Castle Rock hotel stays for tournament play. This “stay to play” requirement typical for club sports ensures that hotel stays and related restaurant and shopping would benefit the Castle Rock community.
Open House and Feedback
The Town of Castle Rock hosted a public open house to discuss the proposal at the Castle Rock Recreation Center on Tuesday, Feb. 8. We appreciate the feedback and opportunity to discuss with proposal with the over 150 people who attended. We are continuing to garner feedback through Feb. 15 via a short online survey.
- Where is Cobblestone Ranch Park located?
- What’s being proposed?
- Why is the Town moving forward with the proposal?
- Why did the Town acquire this property?
- Does this proposal replace the neighborhood park we’re supposed to get?
- How is the proposal compatible with the Cobblestone Ranch Park Master Plan?
- Why is an outside organization being considered to build out the park when the Town was supposed to build it?
- What are the advantages of a partnership with Colorado Classic Baseball?
- Will the fields be able to accommodate any sports besides baseball?
- Why consider a partnership when residents won’t benefit from having the fields?
- Are lights part of the master plan?
- What would the hours of operation be?
- How will species endemic to the area be affected?