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.

Land dedication requirements and funding sources have been developed to accomplish all of the community’s parks and recreation goals over time. In regard to parks, Castle Rock Municipal Code requires new development to provide 8 acres of land for parks per 1,000 residents. The Town currently meets and will continue to exceed that standard. Impact fees charged for new home development provide funding for new park construction. Cobblestone Ranch Park is the latest example of park land dedicated to the Town and developed using impact fees. 

All new developments are also required to provide a minimum 20% open space dedication. At this time, approximately 27% of the total land area within Castle Rock Town limits is zoned open space. This percentage will increase to about a third as the community continues to grow. Ridgeline and Memmen Ridge open spaces are good examples of open space dedicated through development. 

Trails are funded through sales and use taxes, as well as grants. The Town continues to construct new paved and unpaved trails each year for recreation and transportation purposes, such as the East Plum Creek Trail or Hangman’s Gulch Trail systems. 

Impact fees on new development have also been previously used for the 2006 expansion of the Castle Rock Recreation Center and the development of the Miller Activity Complex. Currently assessed impact fees on new development will also be an essential revenue source for any new indoor recreational development.

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Plan have identified the need for an additional recreation facility. The study considered potential public / private partnerships and explored the potential to construct facilities that typically are not provided by the private sector – such as gymnasiums and competitive aquatic facilities. The timing of a new facility will be dependent on resources and project priority. Stay tuned for Council meeting details and presentation dates at CRgov.com/Agendas. Or, signup for Town Council update emails at CRgov.com/NotifyMe.

(Updated Jan. 31, 2023)

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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?