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Surveys show keeping the community connected through trails is important to residents. For Castle Rock, a new $2 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado will make that goal even easier.
The Great Outdoors Colorado Connect Initiative aims to increase access to the outdoors by completing critical trail gaps. The newly awarded grant will give the Town the opportunity to construct three trail segments in Castle Rock critical to completing the Colorado Front Range Trail.
The envisioned network of the Colorado Front Range Trail would connect communities from Wyoming to New Mexico. Completing the final three segments in Castle Rock would extend the East Plum Creek, Hangman’s Gulch and McMurdo Gulch trails, and would finish connecting the south end of Town to The Meadows.
In total, the project is estimated to cost approximately $5 million. Additional funding will come from the Town’s trail development fund, Douglas County Open Space and developers in Castle Rock’s Terrain and Montaine communities. Douglas Land Conservancy and the Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation are also partners on the project.
“In the Town’s 2019 survey, residents ranked developing new trails as a high priority,” said Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Brauer. “We know connecting the community through a network of trails is important to our residents and improving the quality of life in Castle Rock.”
Castle Rock’s portion of the Colorado Front Range Trail is scheduled to be complete within the next three years. Additional timeline and project information will be available at CRgov.com/ConnectTrails.
Every year Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of annual Colorado Lottery proceeds into trails, parks, wildlife, open spaces, playgrounds and more.
While this is the largest Great Outdoors Colorado Grant the Town has ever received, these competitive grants have also helped fund the acquisition of Quarry Mesa Open Space, the acquisition of East Plum Creek Open Space, the construction of East Plum Creek Trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road, the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park and, most recently, the East Plum Creek Trail southern extension.
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