Parks and Recreation Department Planning

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Parks planning in Castle Rock

Castle Rock, Colorado is known for its small-town charm, family friendly community events, and abundant parks, open space and trails. Established in 1977, the Parks and Recreation Department served a population of merely 2,000 people. Through robust community planning, over 65,000 residents now enjoy 87 miles of trails, over 50 well-planned parks, and more than 6,000 acres of open space that define the region’s most prominent features. 

This fast growth presents a challenge for municipalities to adapt to change while maintaining a world-class community with small-town character. Accordingly, the Town of Castle Rock prioritizes strong planning. The 5-Year Capital Improvement Plan is the latest planning document that the Parks and Recreation Department has crafted and for which we are requesting feedback from our residents. This document is preceded by the Parks & Recreation 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, the Vision 2020, the 2030 Comprehensive Master Plan and the 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

We want to hear from you

Please review the proposed 5-year Capital Improvement Plan and give us any feedback you may have.

Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Strategic Plan 2018-2020
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5-year Capital Improvement Plan

The annual operating and capital budget for the department is approximately $18 million. Staff consists of 55 full-time employees and nearly 500 seasonal employees. In addition to parks, open space and trails, the department manages a robust volunteer program, two full-service recreation facilities, a maintenance service center, a championship golf course, a state-licensed preschool, inline hockey and tennis courts, a disc-golf course, natural and synthetic-turf athletic fields, indoor and outdoor pools and three splash pads. 

Each year, we host hundreds of special events, cultural opportunities, programs and activities for families, youth and adults. Through partnerships, we offer zip lines and adventure courses at Philip S. Miller Park and recreational opportunities at the Rueter-Hess Reservoir. We strive to ensure all have access to recreation through our Adaptive Recreation and scholarship programs and promote health and wellness through high-quality fitness programming, equipment, personal training options and self-directed recreation opportunities.

According to recent U.S. Census data, Castle Rock is the seventh fastest growing city in America. 2019 Community Survey results indicate 90 percent of residents use Parks and Recreation services in Castle Rock. Douglas County was recently named the healthiest community in America. National publications like Money magazine, American City and County and others have listed Castle Rock as a great place to live and raise a family. These factors task the Department with being a dynamic, progressive agency that will continue to achieve community-driven strategic direction using interactive planning as our foundation.


The approved 2015 Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Master Plan provides the overall vision for capital improvements. The purpose of the proposed Parks and Recreation Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) is to direct the implementation of the vision for all parks, open space, trails and recreation capital projects over the next five years. This plan will be presented during the 2020 budget process. The Parks and Recreation Department’s budget includes five capital funds. 

Please give us your feedback

We've provided a form where you can give us feedback on our five funds and the priorities listed within each fund.

Strategic Plan 2018-2020 highlights

  • Develop a new neighborhood park adjacent to Aspen View Academy in The Meadows
  • Provide resident access for trails, canoeing and kayaking at Rueter-Hess Reservoir by summer 2019
  • Extend the East Plum Creek Trail 2 miles to Crystal Valley Parkway
  • Complete a study to determine the future for public parks and indoor recreation facilities in Castle Rock
  • Implement adventure-based summer camps for elementary and middle school-aged children at Philip S. Miller Park
  • Expand special events Downtown and at Festival Park
  • Reduce water consumption throughout parks and streetscapes
  • Reduce waste-handling costs
  • Improve recycling efforts within parks
  • Continue golf course and infrastructure improvements including a new short-game practice area and bunker rehabilitation
  • Replace golf course fleet and add GPS to all carts
  • Construct the Central Service Center for park operations and facility maintenance personnel

The Parks and Recreation Commission on March 21, 2018, unanimously endorsed for approval the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. Town Council approved the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan on June 5, 2018. Town Council meetings are open to the public. 

Use this version for booklet printing. 

  1. Guiding Principles
  2. Major Projects
  3. Annual Reporting
  4. Parks and Recreation Commission

Mission statement

Enhance the quality of life and well-being of the citizens of Castle Rock by acquiring and developing parks and trails, preserving open space and offering quality recreation programs and facilities to meet the needs of the community. 

Vision statement

As the Town of Castle Rock's population continues to grow, so does the demand for more parks, recreation programs and facilities, golf opportunities, interconnected trails and a need to set aside a greater amount of open space. To address these challenges, the department will make the public a partner; streamline operations to become more efficient and service-oriented; maximize the use of alternative funding sources; and place an increased emphasis on seeking opportunities for regional and local cooperation.