Each year, residents enjoy family-friendly events, concerts, festivals, fundraisers, races and environmental education and cultural programs throughout Castle Rock's parks. 2018 will be an exciting year for festivities with the Town's reimagined Festival Park and the 300-acre Philip S. Miller regional park.
The Park Planning Division provides direction, leadership, and supervision involved in long-range planning, design and implementation of new parks, trails, open-space recreational facilities, and major upgrades to existing parks and trails.
The Division updates the Town’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan, Strategic Plan and prepares long-term capital budgets. Parks Planning staff identifies and works to acquire property easements and real property. The Trails Planner provides department mapping services including GIS, technical assistance to developers related to trail constructions and maintenance, as well as guidance and oversight of proper construction and maintenance to user groups for all soft-surface trails.
The Division provides a variety of services including conceptual design, development process, project management and community outreach. Parks Planning also reviews development applications for compliance with Castle Rock Municipal Code as it applies to parks and open space dedication. The Division provides guidance on natural resource planning and environmental education programs, conducts baseline survey and management plans, ensures compliance with the Town’s Habitat Conservation Plan and advises planning staff on federal and state regulatory permitting requirements.
The POST Partners volunteer program is housed under the Parks Planning Division and has coordinated 46,358 volunteer hours since its inception. The Program coordinates trash cleanup, trail maintenance groups, special projects, Eagle and Scout projects, the memorial donation program, Festival of Trees, pet waste station sponsors, etc.
The Park Planning and Development team includes certified parks and recreation executives, OSHA and LEED certified and administrative professionals.
Neighborhood Park Planning
Future park planning includes the addition of new community and neighborhood parks to maintain current levels of service. As the Town of Castle Rock continues to grow, so will the need for additional neighborhood parks. For additional information, please visit the project updates page.
The Maintenance Division maintains and manages horticultural and natural resources including turf, trees, shrubs, flowers and natural areas, and performs daily maintenance on ball fields, pavilions, restrooms, playgrounds, trails, roadways, downtown streetscapes, irrigation and all other developed amenities. Maintenance and Operations staff also conduct in-house construction improvements and maintenance projects. During the winter, staff complete snow plowing on Town priority trails, roads and public roadways and assist the Streets Division as needed.
The team utilizes Cartegraph, an operational management system, to initiate and track work orders, manage assets, establish life cycle costs and replacement plans, and track encroachments on public property.
This Division hires, trains and supervises full time and seasonal personnel with 18 FTE’s and 32 seasonal employees.
Additionally, the Maintenance Division assists in multiple special events, and is responsible for the Town’s Downtown holiday lights and Trolley Program. The team includes certified parks and recreation professionals, arborists, backflow prevention operators, playground safety inspectors, Rainbird Factory Certified Maxicom Irrigation operators and CDL drivers.
Operations Management System
As additional parks, trails and recreation equipment are added to serve the growing community, the Parks and Recreation Department implemented the use of Cartegraph in early 2017. Cartegraph is an operations management system technology, allowing for better management of assets and servicing needs. The new software has resulted in improved best practices, organization and strategy in tracking assets, including trees, park benches, fitness equipment and trail surfaces, amongst hundreds of thousands of other items.
Cartegraph also allows for better preventative maintenance on resources such as baseball fields and tennis courts. The software will assist staff in tracking assets and ultimately developing servicing schedules, which will hopefully allow for increased preventative maintenance and decreased reactive maintenance.
Park Pavilion Rentals
Commercial Activity Permits and Concessions
Click here for information regarding vending and commercial activity within Town parks, including rules, regulations, fees and application information.
Tree City USA
Castle Rock has been recognized as a Tree City USA community since 1986. To qualify as a Tree City USA community, the Town must meet four standards established by the Arbor Day Foundation and the National Association of State Foresters. These standards were established to ensure that every qualifying community would have a viable tree management plan and program.
- Maintaining a tree board or department;
- Having a community tree care ordinance;
- Spending at least $2 per capital on urban forestry; and
- Celebrating Arbor Day.
Bicycle Friendly Community
The League of American Bicyclists has designated Castle Rock as a bronze-level Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, recognizing the Town’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.