An important east-west trail connection linking the proposed sports development center, Philip S. Miller Park and western neighborhoods to Downtown Castle Rock is moving forward. Included in the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, the Industrial Tributary Trail will improve safety by providing an alternate pedestrian connection outside the busy Plum Creek Parkway and I-25 interchange.
The Town's portion of this project will construct 1 mile of 10-foot-wide paved trail from Philip S. Miller Park under Prairie Hawk Drive and the BNSF railroad, and link users to the existing East Plum Creek Trail via a pedestrian bridge over the creek. The Miller's Landing and Brickyard developments will separately fund and construct the first .5 mile of trail from the underpass at Plum Creek Parkway to Prairie Hawk Drive.
The Town's portion of the project will be funded partly through a nearly $5 million grant award from the Denver Regional Council of Governments Transportation Improvement Program. In fall 2023, Town Council approved an Intergovernmental Agreement with the State of Colorado and the Colorado Department of Transportation to proceed with the grant. Council also approved an agreement with Wilson & Company, Inc., Engineering and Architects to design the Town's portion of the future trail.
Design engineering is expected to be completed in fall 2024, with construction commencing and concluding in 2025.