Future Park Planning
- 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.
- Construction will begin in late summer 2018, once Town Council approves a final construction contract. A recommendation for approval of the contract is scheduled to be presented to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Aug. 15 and then to Town Council on Aug. 21.
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. Feedback from the public meeting and survey results have been summarized. Norris Design used this information as a launching pad for their final design, which is pictured above.
A draft of the park master plan was presented to Town Council on Tuesday, April 17.
Name the New Park
A survey was created to garner ideas from the public as well as have people vote on the favorite idea submitted by the design firm.
Submitted ideas have been forwarded to a naming committee, which will make recommendations to Town Council in early October.
The Town’s facility-naming criteria states that the name should foster a sense of community and small-town character; heighten awareness of Town history; celebrate the natural environment; call attention to points of pride in the community; and/or call attention to people, events and geography that have shaped the Town.
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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.
Public input drives selection process
To select the next park site, staff constructed a prioritization matrix to weight various criteria and provide a site comparison analysis. Each site was ranked by the established criteria. The criteria were then weighted accordingly:
- Current population density and anticipated growth rate within a half-mile radius - 30%
- Public amenities that exist within half-mile service radius - 25%
- Private parks that exist within half-mile service radius - 15%
- Access to open space and trails within half-mile service radius - 10%
- Recreational programming potential - 10%
- Anticipated cost of development - 5%
- Operating budget impact - 5%
Five sites considered
Five sites were selected for potential development. View details related to each site below. A map with all site locations is also available. It's important to note the Town plans to build a park on each of these sites over the next several years, depending on the pace of growth. Current estimates indicate the Town will build a new neighborhood park every two to three years.
Terrain Lot 2
Castlewood Ranch Tract L
Cobblestone Ranch Tract L
Crystal Valley South / Park School
Meadows F18 Lot 2
Learn about the public outreach process
Informational public meetings to discuss the selection process and decision making criteria were held Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, and Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park. Approximately a dozen residents attended each meeting.
In addition, an online survey was posted to the Town of Castle Rock's website, and total of 547 submissions were received. The following information provides a summary of the survey results.
Please describe your household.
- Adult couple (37 responses, 6.8%)
- Family with children under 12 (441 responses, 80.6%)
- Family with teenagers (59 responses, 10.8%)
- Retirees (8 responses, 1.5%)
- Single (2 responses, 0.4%)
Which park do you use most?
- Bison Park (109 responses, 19.9%)
- Butterfield Crossing Park (33 responses, 6.0%)
- Castle North Park (4 responses, 0.7%)
- Centennial Park (2 responses, 0.4%)
- Founders Park (29 responses, 5.3%)
- Gemstone Park (6 responses, 1.1%)
- Matney Park (34 responses, 6.2%)
- Metzler Ranch Park (10 responses, 1.8%)
- Mitchell Gulch Park (6 responses, 1.1%)
- Other (61 responses, 11.2%)
- Paintbrush Park (28 responses, 5.1%)
- Philip S. Miller Park (164 responses, 30.0%)
- Plum Creek Park (3 responses, 0.5%)
- Rhyolite Regional Park (25 responses, 4.6%)
- Wrangler Park (29 responses, 5.3%)
Of the below list of possible future park sites, what would be your first priority?
- Castlewood Ranch Tract L (71 responses, 13.0%)
- Cobblestone Ranch Tract L (95 responses, 17.4%)
- Crystal Valley South/Park School (19 responses, 3.5%)
- Meadows F18 Lot 2 (321 responses, 58.7%)
- Terrain Lot 2 (37 responses, 6.8%)
Staff also presented background information for site selection to the Parks and Recreation Commission on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, and Commission members toured each of the potential sites at the Aug. 16, 2017, meeting. Based on staff analysis and the public input, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to recommend the site in the Meadows Filing 18 neighborhood on Sept. 20, 2017. The Meadows Filing 18 site is located adjacent to Aspen View Academy Charter School, west of the the Low Meadow Boulevard and Red Hawk Drive intersection.
Parks and Recreation staff recommend to Town Council that the Meadows F 18 Lot 2 site be selected for development in 2018. This park has the largest surrounding population. In addition, because the Town will only be able to develop roughly five to eight acres of parkland with an allotted $2 million budget, the small site makes it the best fit for available funding.