Archive for September, 2015

Halloween in Castle Rock

Trick or Treat Street
2-5 p.m.
Friday, October 30

Held in cooperation with the Downtown Alliance, this tradition features a costume contest, arts, crafts, pony rides, face painting, balloon animals and more. All activities are free thanks to the investment local businesses make into this popular event. 

The fun is in multiple locations. Festival Park at Second and Perry streets will host activities like pony rides and balloons. The White Pavilion at Fourth and Perry streets with host the costume contest. Arts and crafts will be at Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Headquarters on Perry Street. 

The Town Trolley will pick up participants at stops throughout Downtown. A map will be available here soon.

Register now for the costume contest. On line registration closes at midnight on October 29. On Halloween Day, registrations for the costume contest will be taken at The White Pavilion.

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Please note there are a few changes this year for Trick or Treat Street.

The costume contest will take place at The White Pavilion, 414 N. Perry Street.

The arts and crafts will be in the fire bays at Fire Station 151, 300 Perry Street.

The pumpkin patch will be in front of Police, 100 Perry Street.

Here is the costume contest schedule:

Under 2 years
Sign in by 2:15 p.m.; contest begins at 2:30 p.m.
Winners announced at 3:15 p.m.

2-4 years
Sign in by 2:30 p.m.; contest begins at 2:45 p.m.
Winners announced at 3:30 p.m.

5-7 years
Sign in by 3:45 p.m.; contest begins at 4:00 p.m.
Winners announced at 4:30 p.m.

8-10 years
Sign in by 4:00 p.m.; contest begins at 4:15 p.m.
Winners announced at 4:45 p.m.

11 years and up
Sign in by 4:15 p.m.; contest begins at 4:30 p.m.
Winners announced at 5:00 p.m.

Group costume contest
Sign in by 4:30 p.m.; contest begins at 4:45 p.m.
Winners announced between 5:00 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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Landscape Information



 IRRIGATION FORMS Non-residential Maintenance Submittal Applications and associated submittal information shall be received within 10 days of system activation and no later than April 1 each year. Temporary Irrigation Exemption Application –  Nonresidential Completed by home builder or landscape professional for each property needing a daily permit when new sod / seed has been installed. A soil inspection is required prior to installation of new plant material. Landscape and Irrigation Inspection Request Completed and submitted by the developer, home builder, or landscape installation contractor. This inspection is not required for individual homeowners performing their own landscape improvements. Irrigation Chart Irrigation plan review. Hydraulic Worksheet Irrigation plan review. Irrigation Details Details for irrigation plans. LANDSCAPE FORMS Landscape and Irrigation Inspection Request Completed and submitted by the developer, home builder, or landscape installation contractor. Note: This inspection is NOT required for individual homeowners performing their own landscape improvements. Plant Details Tree and shrub planting details. Plant Schedule Landscape plan review. Commercial Landscape Site Inventory Commercial landscape plan review. Multi-family Landscape Site Inventory Multi-family landscape plan review. Registration of Landscape Professionals Registration renewal. Plant List Approved plant list for the Town of Castle Rock. SINGLE FAMILY / RESIDENTIAL Temporary Irrigation Exemption Application – Residential Completed by the homeowner for property needing a daily permit when new sod / seed has been installed. Standard Deferral Request Form Submitted by builders / developers who need to defer the installation of the landscape. Soil Inspection Request A soil inspection is required prior to the installation of plant material and the issuance of a temporary irrigation exemption. Note: This inspection is NOT required for individual homeowners performing their own landscaping improvements. Landscape and Irrigation Submittal Forms This package contains landscape and irrigation forms required  for builder models and custom home submittals. Residential Irrigation Form This form should only be used for residential irrigation in conjunction with the Residential Fixture Unit Calculation.

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2015 Budget

2015 Budget

Focus is on maintaining levels of service

Castle Rock is a growing and changing community. Since 2010, the Town’s population has grown more than 20 percent. As the Town works to maintain its levels of service in this climate, it’s important to take a broad look at the annual budget.

Aligned with that perspective, the 2015 budget was prepared with a different approach from years past. It is a base budget, which focuses on the proposed allocation of resources necessary to maintain established  levels of service and complete approved capital projects.

This all can be accomplished without any tax increases, no new taxes and no new fees. Increased fees are limited to minimal increases in some utility rates and fees, amounting to about 82 cents per household per month.

Five major priorities still drive the Town’s 2015 Budget:

  1. Completion of the North Meadows Extension
  2. Securing our long-term renewable water future
  3. Additional improvements Philip S. Miller Park
  4. Providing outstanding public health and safety services
  5. Creating jobs / expanding the tax base

The Town’s property tax mill levy remains at 1.703 mills for 2015. That means that the owner of a $300,000 house still will pay only about $40, or 2.30 percent or less of his or her total property tax bill, to the Town in 2015 for the wide range of services that it provides.

The budget includes $188.9 million in expenditures and $161.2 million in revenues. The planned use of accumulated cash reserves – mostly for the North Meadows Extension, water and other infrastructure projects – will offset that difference.

Property taxes are expected to make up only about $1 million, or less than sixth-tenths of 1 percent, of the Town’s total 2015 revenues.

Additional financial information
Additional financial information is available on the Town’s Transparency Portal.

Questions about our budget? Email us or call 720-733-2227

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Funding the Park

Funding the Park

Investing in our community
As the Town began planning for this new regional park, community input was key. Open houses and online surveys led to a master plan for Philip S. Miller Park. The Town knew that plan could be achieved in phases over many years.

It could take nearly $30 million in public and private funds to build the all of the amenities outlined in that plan. That’s why the Town is working to build the park in phases over the next decade or more.

Below is a breakdown of funding allocations for the park. The total includes design, preconstruction and construction costs.

Work at the park began immediately after a ground-breaking ceremony in May 2013. Crews worked on necessary infrastructure such as utility lines and roads, which are key foundational pieces of this project. They also began work on the new 60,000-square-foot fieldhouse, which will include a pool, play area, synthetic turf, trampoline zone and administrative offices to meet community needs.

During construction, engineers discovered unforeseen soil conditions that require a more extensive (and, therefore, more expensive) foundation. Another challenge is the recovering economy. While current economic conditions mean more jobs and more building, it also means increased costs as more and more projects get off the ground throughout the Denver Metro area.

With this construction climate, Town Council in September took a close look at options and decided the best choice was to move forward with the fieldhouse and athletic fields and save other elements, such as a mill house and adventure playground, for future phases.

Staff is also exploring grants and public-private partnerships to compliment funding from the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund.

The nearly 240 acres of the park was donated to the Town by Castle Rock Development Co, the developer of The Meadows.

2013 Budget
2014 Budget
2015 Budget

There were three First Quarter Budget Amendments for 2015. The ordinances represent the accommodations for the park amenities as approved.

Ordinance No. 2015-08
Ordinance No. 2015-10

Council-approved funding allocations

 2012 Impact Fees $2.1 million
 General Fund Transfer $4 million
 Douglas County Shareback/Open Space Tax $2.3 million
 Utilities Loan Transfer $875,000
 Philip S. Miller Trust Fund (2013 interest from endowment) $25,000
 Certificates of Participation $9 million
 Impact Fee Fund (2013 home construction) $2 million
Conservation Trust Fund $299,502
 Facilities Impact Fee Fund $500,000
 Water Fund $800,000
 Community Center Bridge Loan $1.2 million

Total: $22,339,81

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Public Works Commission

Public Works Commission

The Public Works Commission makes recommendations to Town Council on the master planning of capital improvements. The commission develops policies concerning the Town’s infrastructure; various functions of Town programs and facilities; methodologies and procedures to be adopted; long-term public planning and strategies to implement and accomplish established long-term goals and service levels; as well as the planning of capital improvements to facilitate transit.

The commission also creates policies concerning public and private transit; examines alternative modes of transportation such as bicycling, walking and carpooling; proposes implementation strategies for increasing transit and alternative modes usage; and makes recommendations concerning the operations, management and master planning of capital improvements and Public Works regulations and their implications on the annual budget.


  • 5:30 p.m.
  • First Monday of the month
  • 4175 N. Castleton Court

Current agendas
for upcoming Public Works Commission meetings are posted five days prior to the meeting date. 

View current and archived Public Works Commission minutes. 
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  • Steven Peterson, Chair
  • Mike Riedmuller, Vice Chair
  • Rich Follmer
  • Kira James
  • Langford Jordan
  • Jacob Kuntz
  • William Lueng

Town Council liaison

  • Paul Donahue

Town liaisons

  • Bob Goebel

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Downtown Development Authority

Downtown Development Authority

The Downtown Development Authority is a board of property owners, business owners and residents representing Downtown that can create and steer additional financial investment in Downtown Castle Rock. The DDA can finance many public improvements, including streetscape projects, sidewalks, street lighting, street furniture, public parks and plazas.

Download the DDA boundary map.


  • 4 p.m.
  • First and third Thursdays of the month
  • View the DDA website for meeting agendas and additional information


  • Jason Bower
  • Mike Trede 
  • Greg Boman
  • Stuart Butler
  • Dennis Dickey   
  • KC Neel, secretary


  • Kevin Tilson

Town Council liaison

  • Renee Valentine (voting member)


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Philip S. Miller Park

Starburst Award received for the Philip S. Miller Park Adventure Playground and Trail System Project!!

The Parks and Recreation Department will be receiving a Starburst Award from the Colorado Lottery for the Philip S. Miller Park Adventure Playground and Trail System Project. The award recognizes project excellence in the use of Lottery proceeds for community and conservation projects. Winners are chosen based on the creativity of the project, the economic and social impact on the community, and whether the project achieved its goal.

A local parks and recreation grant was awarded to the Town in 2013 from Great Outdoors Colorado, a Lottery beneficiary, for the construction of the playground and soft-surface trails at the park. The trails have been open since last fall but construction of the playground was completed and opened for public use this past spring. Projects completed within the past three years using Lottery proceeds are eligible for this award from the Colorado Lottery.

This will be the Town’s third Starburst Award recognition from the Colorado Lottery with the other awards for the Quarry Mesa acquisition in 2008 and East Plum Creek Trail (phase 4) in 2009. Castle Rock is among 19 other Colorado communities to receive this award this year.

The Town’s No. 1 park priority


wait is over! The first phase of the Town’s largest park project ever is complete. Construction on the variety of unique features began in the summer 2013. Now, the 270-acre Philip S. Miller Park truly has something for everyone.

The 7.4-mile native surface trail network consists of single-track trails divided into four different, but interconnected, loops with 1.2 miles of paved accessible segments. The trail’s shinning jewel is the 200-step Challenge Staircase. It’s already been wildly popular with fitness buffs.

In the future this active regional park will include a zip line course and adventure playground.

Of all the Town’s new park initiatives, this project has the highest priority. It was one of the five top priorities considered when developing the Town’s 2013 Budget.

Over time, it could take nearly $30 million in public and private funds to build all of the amenities as outlined in the park’s master plan

The first phase, which opened Oct.25, 2014, includes: the Miller Activity Complex (MAC), an indoor leisure/lap pool, an outdoor lighted synthetic-turf field, parking, landscaping and basic park-wide infrastructure.

Construction of the second phase of this 270-acre park will begin in March 2015. This phase is scheduled to be completed in December 2015. Elements of this phase include the core plaza, amphitheater and millhouse. The core plaza will house picnic pavilions, restrooms, splashpad, plaza area, outdoor fireplace, play features and landscaping. The amphitheater and millhouse includes the an events pavilion, outdoor amphitheater, pond and water feature, accessible concrete trails, additional parking and landscaping.   

Printable overview of Phase 2 construction 

Philip S. Miller Park

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Meet our Teachers

Meet our Teachers

Meet our experienced staff of teachers and assistants who make Adventure Club a fun and enriching environment.  
Callie Menz Youth Supervisor/Director

Educational background: BA in psychology from Moorhead State University, Moorhead, Minnesota; Early Childhood Education Large Center Directors Certificate, Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood, Colorado 
Experience: 19 years’ experience in Early Childhood Education, including teaching and direction.
Plans for future: I have been very fortunate to be part of Adventure Club. I feel Adventure Club Preschool is where I belong! My goal is to build and support this amazing community program!
Teaching philosophy: I believe a strong early childhood education is the foundation for a joy of lifelong learning. It is so amazing to see children grow emotionally, socially and developmentally over the course of a year, and I am so lucky to be part of such a wonderful period of time for each and every child in our program!
Personal information: My (soon to be) husband and I enjoy spending time with my 15-year-old twin daughters, my 9-year-old step daughter and my 12-year-old step son. I also enjoy running, camping, outdoor activities, friends and going to concerts and traveling.


Cari Gillespie Teaching Assistant

Educational background: MEd. in Secondary Education; BS in Business Education; AAS in Secretarial Sciences; 1-year Clerical Certificate, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah
Experience: High school business teacher for 5.5 years. Preschool and Pre-K teacher in my home 4 years. This is my second year at Adventure Club Preschool. Youth teacher and Cub Scout leader in my church for over 15 years.                 

Plans for future: I have enjoyed my time at Adventure Club and plan to stay as long as needed.  I also hope to substitute teach at my children’s charter school next year.            
Teaching philosophy: I believe in building a strong foundation in young children’s education and making learning fun so they will want to continue to learn and enjoy school. It is fun to watch the tremendous growth in these kids from the beginning of the year to the end.  
Personal information: My husband and I are parents to two kids, a girl (13) and a boy (7), both of whom attended Adventure Club PreK and were more than prepared for Kindergarten. I help coach my daughter’s school volleyball team and am a team mom for her club team. I love to read (when I have time). I am finishing my second term on the Governing Board at my children’s charter school at the end of the 2015-2016 year. 

Gina Ordunez Lead Teacher/Teaching Assistant

Educational background: Metro State, Arapahoe Community College for Elementary Education and Adams State College where I received my Early Childhood Education teaching certification.
Experience: I have been with the Town of Castle Rock at the Adventure Club teaching Pre-K and Preschool for 10 years. I am truly fortunate to work with wonderful friends and great families, I love coming to work!
Teaching philosophy: I believe that all children have a natural desire to learn, and it is my job to nurture that desire and make their “first” school experience a great one! I believe that every child is unique in their own abilities and talents and I embrace that individuality. I feel that parents are very important in their children’s education; they truly need to advocate for their children and be hands-on in their child’s educational journey! I believe that all children learn differently, and I feel that as a teacher I need to be flexible in my teaching to adapt to each class and child according to those needs. I love fun, I love silly, I love messy….so you will see a lot of that in my classes!
Personal information: I love scrap booking and reading! In my “free” time I enjoy cooking and an occasional manicure and pedicure! My family consists of our rescue dogs, Miles, Ferris and Cylus, a Chinchilla named Crash, along with our three wonderful, amazing boys, Gabriel 21, Ryan 17 and Halen 14. I have been married to my high school sweetheart and best friend, Dave, for 24 years! We are very active in the community with the boys and their sporting events! Yes…. our youngest son Halen is named after the 80’s rock band Van Halen! 

Davina Nery Lead Teacher

Educational background

: Early Childhood Education Certification through Arapahoe Community College and Bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a focus in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from Metropolitan State College of Denver.
Experience: I have been with the Town of Castle Rock with the Adventure Preschool program for 12 years. When I started we had a very small program that was in the child care room, then we had the addition of actual classrooms which was really neat to be a part of.  
Teaching philosophy: Over the years my teaching philosophy has changed, focusing on different areas (social and academic) and learning new things along the way. I feel that it is vital for the children to learn academically and socially. They need to be challenged academically, nurtured socially and most important to just have some fun!!
Personal information: I married my high school sweetheart and we have two amazing children, one boy and one girl. My son is 3 years old and attends the wonderful program here at Adventure Club Preschool and my daughter is 1 who gets to spend her day with her harmae (grandmother) when I am teaching. I enjoy a good cup of coffee, the cool fall air and being outdoors (mostly hiking).

Kendell Black Lead Teacher

Educational background

: BA in History and Elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado
Experience: Worked with children for more than 13 years, early childhood teacher for nine years.
Teaching philosophy: I believe education is an individual endeavor, and students need to be motivated to learn within themselves. I motivate my students to learn through fun and interesting activities that let them use their creativity and make learning a fun and exciting experience. This is just the beginning of their school experience, and I strive to instill the love of learning in all of my students.
Personal information: I love teaching preschool and enjoy being part of Adventure Club Preschool. My goal is to continue teaching and building our program. I enjoy spending time with my husband and my 11-year-old son, Jackson, and our cat, Freddy and our puppies, Juno and Athena. In my spare time I enjoy reading, cooking, and yoga.

Mindy Fortin Lead Teacher

Educational background: Graduated from the University of Nebraska- Lincoln (Go Huskers!), Early Childhood Education Large Center Directors certificate
Experience: Before coming to Castle Rock, I taught high risk and special needs preschoolers for Denver Public Schools. This is my 11th year with Adventure Club Preschool program.
Teaching philosophy: I believe that children are unique and learn at different rates and in different ways. I feel that Adventure Club Preschool program provides a diverse curriculum that is child-centered with hands on exploration. I believe in giving children the time and opportunity to learn through play, exploration, curiosity, problem solving and interaction with others. I also believe in engaging children in worthwhile experiences that are meaningful, active, challenging, developmentally appropriate, relevant and interesting to each individual child. I feel it is important to do ongoing assessment and planning according to the child’s needs, interests and skills. Finally, I think that parent involvement is extremely important for a child’s successes in the classroom.   
Personal information: In the future I would love to run my own preschool program for inner city children. But for now, I enjoy spending time with my girls! I have two daughters, Olivia 11, and Lillian 8. I love spending time with my family and friends and enjoying everything Colorado has to offer.

Julie Waggoner Teaching Assistant

Educational background: BA in Social Sciences and Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Experience: I taught third grade for two years and second grade for five years at Coyote Creek Elementary in Highlands Ranch, and I have taught preschool at Adventure Club for five years now.
Teaching philosophy: I believe that all kids have the internal desire to learn. I believe that their desire needs to be fostered and developed by hands–on fun and creative activities. I want kids to love learning and have a very positive first experience with school.
Personal information: My husband, Aaron, and I have been living in Castle Rock for 15 years. We have three wonderful little boys ages 11, 9 and 7. All three of our boys have gone to school at Adventure Club – we absolutely love this school!  I love to spend time with my family doing anything outdoors such as camping and biking. We also spend a large portion of our weekends on sports fields with our very active boys!
Missy Gold Teaching Assistant

Educational background:
Graduated from the University of Northern Colorado
Experience: Before coming to the Adventure Club preschool,  I enjoyed working in the Tykes Toyland and substituting in the Adventure Club.
Teaching philosophy: I believe that children need a secure, caring and stimulating atmosphere to grow and learn. 
Personal information: I have had the opportunity to stay home with my children for the past 6 years. I have loved being able to spend so much time with them. In my free time, I am kept busy with many after school activities ranging from football to dance. As a family, we are camping fanatics! I also make yummy chocolate goodies in my free time. I have been married to my husband Nate for 7 years. We have a son, Noah (6), and a daughter, Maddison (4), and our dogs Hazel and Camo, some fish and three hermit crabs.

Sherry Quezada Teaching Assistant  

Educational background
: Associate degree in Child Development from Rancho Santiago College. My background is in Early Childhood Education and I also hold numerous certificates from Rancho Santiago College in California.
Experience: I’ve worked in Early Childhood Education for over 10 years. I began as a teacher’s aide, then became a lead teacher and finally a site supervisor. I now enjoy working as a teaching assistant with Julie in Adventure Club. I also substitute teach at my children’s elementary school here in Castle Rock.
Teaching philosophy: I believe each child is unique and special. I respect each individual child’s ability to develop in their own way.                                           
Personal information: My husband, Louie, and I have been living in Castle Rock for 6 years. We have been married for 21 years. We have three girls ages 12, 8 and 14. I love to spend time volunteering in each of their elementary classrooms.  We fill our spare time with fun family activities.


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