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Centennial Park Court and Accessibility Improvements
Centennial Park improvements
Centennial Park is a 12-acre public park originally dedicated in 1976. Located in central Castle Rock, adjacent to Downtown, Centennial Park is the only Town park with recreational and athletic amenities for residents living in the Downtown area as well as the historic Craig and Gould neighborhood, Glover neighborhood, several multi-family apartment complexes and surrounding neighborhoods.
The portion of the original park that was dedicated in 1976 includes the parking lot, pool, playground, horseshoe court and pavilions that are located on level terrain in the southwest corner of the site. The courts, paved path, multi-use field and overlook are elevated above that original area and were developed a few years after the original area.
Although portions of Centennial Park have been improved over the years, including a renovation to Burgess Pool in 2012, replacement of the playground structures in 2006 and drainage improvements to the baseball field area in 2005, the tennis and basketball courts have not had significant upgrades since the original installation.
Purpose of the improvement project
- The project will upgrade and renovate the deteriorating basketball and tennis courts and address identified necessary improvements to provide accessibility and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- The original asphalt base of the tennis courts, installed in the late 1970s, was covered with interlocking outdoor court tile (Mateflex) in the mid-1990s but the courts have not been upgraded since and have started to buckle.
- The basketball court has the original asphalt base that is deteriorating with significant undermining from erosion in the southwest corner and is showing multiple cracks and imperfections such as holes and dips.
- The stairs on the north and south sides of the courts that provide the only direct access to the courts have not been improved or upgraded since original construction of this area and were installed prior to the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- The paved walkway that travels through the site does not directly access the courts or any designated handicapped parking spaces.
- There is a lack of benches or any sitting areas around the courts.
Grant application information
- The Town received Land and Water Conservation Funds in the late 1970s to acquire additional park land to expand the park site and construct the tennis and basketball courts.
- The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program is managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and was enacted by Congress in 1965 to create parks and open spaces; protect wilderness, wetlands, and refuges; preserve wildlife habitat; and enhance recreational opportunities.
- The Town plans to submit a grant application for this improvement in fall 2023 for the 2023-2024 grant cycle.