East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension
Grand Opening Celebration
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Friday, Sept. 20 for the dedication of the trail. We loved cheering on the 5K and 10K racers as they broke through the ceremonial ribbon and were among the first to run on the new trail segment.
Explore the trail for hidden treasure
Following the opening of the trail, grab a Generation Wild geocaching treasure map. The map is a great way to explore the new 2-mile trail segment and hunt for hidden treasure. Maybe you'll even see Wilder somewhere along the way? Want to do more? Download a copy of Generation Wild's list of 100 things to do before you're 12. Don't have a printer? The Geocaching Treasure maps will also be available for pick up at the MAC and the Recreation Center.
The East Plum Creek Trail travels along the East Plum Creek corridor, north to south through Town. The trail travels 6 miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street. In addition to daily activity, the trail network is actively used for several special events including Bike to Work Day, Pedal the Moon and the Castle Rock Half Marathon.
The East Plum Creek Trail is not only the Town’s most widely used paved trail, but it is also part of a larger statewide trail system – the Colorado Front Range Trail. That trail system will eventually connect communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico.
Great Outdoors Colorado helps fund new extension
In October 2016, the Town was awarded a $1 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) through their Connect Initiative Program to help complete construction of the 2-mile southern section. The southern extension of the East Plum Creek Trail was included as a Town priority in the Council-approved 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant will help offset some of the costs and save money for other trails projects in Town. The grant required the Town to match funds of an additional $1 million to improve the trail.
About Great Outdoors Colorado
GOCO invests a portion of annual Colorado Lottery revenues into trails, parks, wildlife, open spaces, river corridors, playgrounds, and Youth Corps in all 64 counties through competitive grants. Created by a vote of the people in 1992, GOCO is managed by an independent board and uses no tax dollars. It also provides direct support to Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs and facilities. Lottery revenues also support the Colorado Conservation Trust Fund and school construction.
The Connect Initiative focuses on connecting existing trail gaps, constructing new, highly demanded trail systems and providing increased access for youth and families to existing parks, open spaces, natural areas and environmental education opportunities.
While this is the largest GOCO grant the Town has ever received, these competitive grants also helped fund other projects in Castle Rock, such as the acquisition of Quarry Mesa Open Space, the acquisition of East Plum Creek Open Space, the construction of the East Plum Creek trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road, and the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park.