Festival Park Reimagined
Upcoming Events at Festival Park
Friday nights in the summer are made for spending close to home, enjoying the beautiful weather, and unwinding from the long week. Why go anywhere else but Downtown Castle Rock? Head to Festival Park on Friday, June 22 for free live music, great food and a variety of beverages for the whole family to enjoy! Tusk is the number one Tribute to Fleetwood Mac in the world, bar none. No wigs, no backing tracks, no gimmicks, just five musicians recreating the music to perfection with note for note renditions that no other Fleetwood Mac tribute on the touring scene today can come close to duplicating. Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. Learn more about all Downtown After 5 events.
Friday, June 22
Downtown After 5 - Tusk the Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute
Saturday, June 23
Back the Blue - Castle Rock Half Marathon
Support the men and women of law enforcement as you run through picturesque Castle Rock at the Town's annual half marathon. Proceeds from all race distances will be donated to the Colorado Fallen Heroes Foundation to support law enforcement offices across the state. Beginning and ending in the newly redesigned Festival Park, the Castle Rock Half Marathon invites you to pick your race, cheer on your runner, or just come out to enjoy the post-race party. Learn more and register today!
Wednesday, June 27
Bike to Work Day
Change up your commute this Bike to Work Day! This annual free event promotes the use of biking as an option for commuters.
June 3-Sept. 2
Festival Park Farmer’s Market
Castle Rock’s new Sunday Farmer’s Market will open on June 3 and run through Labor Day weekend. Every week shoppers can enjoy a variety of vendors ranging from fresh, local produce, grass-fed meats, to local artisans, and much more! Find out more about the vendors here!
Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Now, this central gathering space has been transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction contract between the Town and M.A. Mortenson Company was approved by Town Council to redevelop Festival Park. The goals are to enhance the park, boost the success of the adjacent Downtown business district and create an active public gathering space for both work and relaxation.
Throughout the planning process, the Town solicited input from the public to help re-image the park. The $6.9 million-park-improvement project includes amenities such as a landing pavilion, splash pad, a fire-pit, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch were implemented to align with national flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
It’s also important to note, traffic will only be permitted to enter Second Street one-way from Perry Street and will be required to exit through the alley north. This allowed for both a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.
- Planning for the redesign of the park was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvement projects through a TIF fund.
- Council approved the final design concept and funding as part of the 2016 budget.
- Public engagement process took place to get resident feedback. Check out the results from the public engagement process.
- Design Workshop – the landscape design consultant for the project – led a team of highly-qualified architects and engineers to develop construction drawings suitable for the contractor-bidding process.
- Town Council approved a construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company.
- Construction begin and was completed within roughly one year
The Festival Park redesign project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, the Town's unobligated General Fund, the Town's Stormwater Account and the Downtown Development Authority's TIF (tax increment financing).
|Town of Castle Rock||$2.9 million|
|Downtown Development Authority||$4 million|
|Contract Award||M.A. Mortenson Company|