What percentage of Castle Rock land is dedicated/protected open space? Is there a map showing these locations?

Overall, 28 percent of Castle Rock is currently dedicated to parks and open space – either public or private. Town planners estimate that more than a third of Castle Rock’s total area will be dedicated to open space when the Town is fully built out. (View our map, which shows both current and planned parks and open space.)

Remember, what looks like open space may not be defined as open space. Some areas of Town may look like open space because there is nothing built there. In fact, many of these “open” areas of land were entitled for development in previous years – some back to the 1980s. Along with market demand, these developers are following through on the use of those entitlements.  

Castle Rock is 34.31 square miles (or 21,958 acres). Here is a breakdown of parks and open space within Town:

  • Town-owned open space: 2,934 acres
  • HOA or Metro District open space: 1,768 acres
  • Douglas County open space: 1,235 acres within Town limits
  • Town-managed parks: 619 acres
  • Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course: 195 acres
  • Castle Rock Recreation Center and pools: 14 acres
  • Private parks: 33 acres
  • Private recreation facilities: 60 acres
  • Douglas County parks within Town limits: 57 acres
  • Planned Town-owned parks: 237 acres

Between 2019 and 2020 the Town added:

  • 18 acres of open space
  • 1 HOA park
  • 1 HOA rec/pool site
  • 6 miles of paved trail
  • 4 miles of unpaved trails

Learn about the Town’s parks and open space at CRgov.com/Parks.

(Updated Feb. 1)

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1. What is the estimated completion date for the new Mitchell Gulch Park improvements?
2. Does it still cost $600 an hour to use the Millhouse for an event?
3. Is a new park being planned somewhere along Gilbert Street or is a new name being considered for Centennial Park?
4. Would the town consider building another incline or two in town? The one at Phillip S. Miller is so popular it’s hard to find a space. Maybe another incline on that same hill or maybe one on the
5. With the explosion in development and population. Are there plans for another recreation center? The current facility is already over crowded it appears at most peak times.
6. Are e-bikes and dirt bikes allowed on Castle Rock trails?
7. What are you doing with the land by Sovereign and Cherry?
8. Can I climb to the top of Castle Rock?
9. Can the Town construct a staircase to the top of the Rock?
10. Why do Town employees go up on the Rock?
11. Are there any plans to construct a full-sized ice rink in Castle Rock?
12. Are there plans for a year-round simulated snow park at Philip S. Miller Park?
13. What percentage of Castle Rock land is dedicated/protected open space? Is there a map showing these locations?