Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park

The 5.5-acre park, at the intersection of Low Meadow Boulevard and Red Hawk Drive, is planned to include infrastructure for playing pickle ball, bocce ball, cornhole and horseshoes. A playground, picnic shelters, trails and a multi-use field round out the major planned amenities

Project update

  • Town Council on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, unanimously agreed on the location of the next neighborhood park – Meadows F18 Lot 2, which is along Low Meadow Boulevard next to Aspen View Academy.
  • On Dec. 12, 2017, Norris Design was awarded the contract to provide design services related to the Meadows Filing 18 Neighborhood Park Project.
  • A draft of the park master plan was presented to Town Council on Tuesday, April 17.
  • Town Council approved a contract with GoodLand Construction Inc. on Aug. 21, 2018, allowing construction to move forward. Since approval of the contract, drawings have been approved by the Town, and preconstruction meetings have been held with the designer (Norris Design) and GoodLand Construction.
  • On Oct. 2, 2018, Town Council approved a resolution to name the park Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park. Town staff had gathered input on the name, and more than 700 suggestions were collected via an online questionnaire. Overwhelmingly, the suggestions preferred a name honoring Zackari S. Parrish III, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy and former Castle Rock Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Dec. 31, 2017. Both a Town staff naming committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission agreed with the suggestion.
  • Construction of the park commenced Wednesday, Oct. 17, with a groundbreaking ceremony. Additionally, the perimeter of the site has been fenced, which will be followed by the installation of best management practices (BMPs) to help manage stormwater runoff prior to grading.
  • The park construction budget is $2,629128 with an expected completion of summer 2019.

Public input

An open house was held Feb. 5 at Aspen View Academy to gather feedback from the community and give residents a chance to ask questions of Town staff and the design consultant. At that open house, initial design concepts by Norris Design were on display, and an on-hand survey was provided. The survey was also available online. View a summary of feedback from the public meeting and survey results. Norris Design used this information as a launching pad for their final design, which is pictured above.

  1. Background
  2. Site Selection Criteria
  3. Potential Sites
  4. Public Input / Recommendation

Town plans for next neighborhood park

A park means so much more to a neighborhood than just providing playground equipment. It becomes a central gathering location and a place where memories are made within the community. 

The Parks and Recreation Master Plan establishes services levels for neighborhood parks. While metro districts and schools also provide neighborhood park access, the Town sets aside eight acres for every 1,000 residents. This action helps ensure that residents will have close access to neighborhood parks once the Town is fully built-out.

Funding for new parks

Funding sources for the construction of new parks is different than the funding sources for the renovation and maintenance of existing parks. New neighborhood parks are funded through impact fees. Impact fees are imposed on new development projects to help fund the costs of providing public services, like parks, to those new developments. The Town receives $3,849 per 3,000-square-foot single family home to be applied to the construction of new parks and recreation facilities.  

For additional background information, please review the Park Site Selection Background Information presentation.