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Although construction activity at Mitchell Gulch Park will continue into the summer, phase one of the renovation is now complete. The playgrounds, fit course, pavilion, cornhole and basketball court are now complete and open for use. The opening of the restroom is delayed until the end of the month due to some plumbing damage from the freezing temperatures earlier this year. An acrylic top coat will be applied to the new tennis courts, completion of the associated parking lot, installation of the new BMX pump track and landscaping will added this spring as weather allows. Once completed, the Town looks forward to celebrating and sharing the project with the community, including the addition of the first-class tennis court facility that will be available for programmed and drop-in use. Learn more about project updates and grand opening plans at CRgov.com/ParkImprovements.
Updated Feb. 15, 2024
The Millhouse continues to be a community favorite and sought-after venue to host special gatherings and events. The facility boasts a large great room with floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful high wooden beams, an outdoor fireplace and a spacious patio. With majestic views of natural open space and the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, it’s the perfect place to host weddings, rehearsal dinners, company picnics, corporate retreats, memorial celebrations and other events. In 2023, nearly 200 reservations were made to use this in-demand facility.
Rental rates vary depending on the day of the week. Monday through Thursday, the Millhouse may be rented for $300 per hour, and Friday through Sunday the rate is $600 per hour. Nonprofit rates are available with proper documentation. Rental rates include a guest service representative who will be onsite throughout your event and can help with setup. The grass area to the east of the Millhouse can be used for larger functions and is included in the rental fee. More information about the facility and rentals is available on the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park webpage.
Updated Feb. 2, 2024
The Town is not planning a new park along Gilbert Street, nor considering a name change to Centennial Park. Dedicated in 1976, this park originally consisted of a parking lot, pool, playground, horseshoe court and pavilions – all located on the lower southwest corner of the site. The upper tennis and basketball courts, paved pathways, multi-use field and overlook shelter were added a few years after the original play area. Although portions of Centennial Park have been improved over the years, the tennis and basketball courts have not had significant upgrades since their original installation. To address these life-cycle replacements, the Town applied for a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant for the 2023-2024 cycle. If awarded, the Town will proceed with a park renovation project. More details on this and other park improvement projects is available at CRgov.com/ParkImprovements.
The Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park continues to be a very popular amenity with over 230,000 visits each year. The Town does not currently have plans to construct another incline. If you’re looking for a new challenge, check out the Rosie Rueter Trail and Incline at Rueter-Hess Reservoir just 15 minutes north of Castle Rock. The reservoir’s incline was partially funded by the Town for the benefit and enjoyment of Castle Rock residents.
To continue to maintain quality of life expectations for a growing community, the Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Strategic Plan support the development of a new indoor recreation facility. Throughout 2021, staff contracted architecture firm Barker Rinker Seacat (BRS) to conduct an Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Study to assess programming needs and operational and site requirements. After obtaining public feedback and unanimous Town Council support on the study's proposed facility options, staff are now working with BRS to complete design development and construction documents for a proposed sports development center. The facility may be built in conjunction with the Brickyard development. For more information on this project and updates, visit the Proposed Recreation Facility webpage.
While the Town does not have a specific ordinance on electric bikes, according to State law, electric bikes or e-bikes that reach 20 miles per hour or less (designated as Class 1 and 2) can be ridden on bike, pedestrian or multi-use paths. Motorized recreation vehicles, such as motorbikes, motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles are not allowed on trails or open spaces.
The undeveloped land east of the Sovereign and Cherry intersection in northeast Castle Rock is part of Mitchell Gulch Park. The park is currently undergoing a renovation and new tennis courts and a parking area will be installed at this site throughout 2024. Upgrades will also be completed to improve stormwater retention and drainage. For additional updates, visit CRgov.com/ParkImprovements.
The Town does not maintain and has not improved the rock scramble that is the ascent and descent to and from the top of Castle Rock. The Rock has sheer walls that drop 50 feet or more, and previous falls have resulted in serious injury and death. Trail users are not encouraged to leave the designated trail and are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
Current zoning requires that the Rock remain in a natural condition. The Town does not have plans to construct a staircase to the top of the Rock. The Town does not maintain and has not improved the rock scramble that is the ascent and descent to and from the top of Castle Rock. The Rock has sheer walls that drop 50 feet or more, and previous falls have resulted in serious injury and death. Trail users are not encouraged to leave the designated trail and are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
Feb. 2, 2024
The Town maintains the Star, a flagpole and security cameras on top of Castle Rock. Skilled workers from Castle Rock Fire and the Parks and Recreation Department make the climb, using safety gear as necessary, to perform needed maintenance.
Updated Feb 2, 2024
An indoor ice rink was something the Town considered in its 2021 Indoor Recreation Facility Feasibility Study since hockey and ice skating are popular in Colorado. Most ice rinks in Colorado have been built through either a public/private partnership or by a dedicated funding source, such as taxes, due to the high costs associated with building and maintaining ice arenas. While there has been some interest from the private sector in building a new ice rink in Castle Rock, no construction is currently planned.
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This project is not being considered for development at this time, but was proposed as a public/private partnership in 2015 between the Town of Castle Rock and Snowsports 365. To date, the Town has not received a request from Snowsports 365 to move forward with development of a facility, which is dependent on a private investment.
Well-planned trails, abundant open space and beautiful parks are a few of the things that make Castle Rock a great place to call home. Approximately one-third of Castle Rock is designated as open space. The Town demonstrates a commitment to appropriate land use planning through its innovative land dedication requirements to ensure that green areas are set aside and preserved as Castle Rock continues to grow. New developments are required to provide 8 acres of park land for every 1,000 residents and to construct trails to serve their developments. Under the direction of Town Council, staff also consider and seek acquisition opportunities to add new open space parcels to Town inventory when feasible. A map showing parkland and open space areas is available online. Free paper maps are also available to pick up at the Recreation Center and Miller Activity Complex during business hours.