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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