Archive for January, 2017

Don’t miss the adventure; registration opens for Town’s preschool program Jan. 30

Do you have a little learner jumping at the chance to start school? Are you worried about getting your child’s education off on the right foot? The Town’s Adventure Club preschool and pre-kindergarten program may be the answer. Registration opens Monday, Jan. 30.

 

Research shows children who attend preschool are more prepared for kindergarten. The Town’s experienced, state-licensed teachers will help make sure your child understands all the basics. The program is accepting children ages 3 to 5 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 5 and Wednesday, Sept. 6 at the Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd.

 

Preschool classes – for children ages 3 and 4 – are being offered Tuesday and Thursday from 9:15 a.m. to noon, or 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Children must have reached their third birthday by Oct. 1 to be enrolled in the preschool class. Monthly tuition is $135 for residents or $170 for nonresidents. 

 

Pre-kindergarten is for children ages 4 and 5. Classes are available as either a three-day or five-day program. Pre-kindergarten classes are offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:15 a.m. to noon, or 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. – or Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 3:15 p.m. Children must have reached their fourth birthday by Oct. 1. Monthly pre-kindergarten tuition is $175 for residents or $210 for nonresidents for the three-day-a-week class and $290 ($330 for nonresidents) for the five-day class.

 

Visit the Recreation Center, or log onto CRgov.com/adventureclub to register. A nonrefundable $45 deposit is due upon registration.

 

Questions? Contact Youth Specialist Callie Jacobs at 303-814-7454 or cjacobs@CRgov.com.

 

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Public input needed as Town updates its Public Art Master Plan

Sculptures, paintings and other art pieces help color our community, thanks to the Town’s public art program.

A group of community volunteers, the Public Art Commission, identifies priorities and goals related to acquiring art for public buildings and parks in Town.

That group is currently working to update its guiding document, the Public Art Master Plan, and they want your thoughts.

A brief questionnaire regarding public art is available through early February at CRgov.com/publicart. Please take time to provide your thoughts to the team that’s working to update the plan, which includes professionals from Denver’s Art Management & Planning Assoc. Inc. The update is expected to be complete this summer.

The Town’ presently has nearly 30 pieces of public art. Pictures of the pieces are available on the public art webpage.

Public art in Castle Rock is funded by Philip S. Miller’s trust fund; no taxpayer money is used to purchase public art.

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Trail update from Trails Planner Rich Havel 1-3-17

Current conditions are light snow cover.  If weather conditions warm up this afternoon, trail will become muddy in some areas and trail use will cause damage.  However, if temperatures remain below freezing, the trail surface will remain frozen and damage will not occur.  Please help us keep our soft-surface trails in good condition by not using them when muddy.   If you need to get out, checkout our available concrete trails located throughout town.
 

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Connect with Castle Rock Police at Coffee with a Cop events

For many people, coffee is part of their morning routine. But, whether you prefer home brewed or usually swing by your favorite coffee shop, Castle Rock Police has a way to shake things up. Join officers for their monthly Coffee with a Cop event. The 2017 schedule is now available.

 

Get to know our Castle Rock officers as the conversations get brewing at a local coffee shop or restaurant. Each month, police sit down in a relaxed atmosphere for an informal conversation with residents. Plus, the coffee is free.

 

Residents and business owners can chat with officers on any topic, ask questions, share concerns or tell officers about activities in their neighborhood. It’s a great opportunity to chat with those who have sworn to serve and protect our community.

 

The 2017 schedule is: 

  • Jan. 10 – B&B Café, 322 Wilcox St.
  • Feb. 14 – The Egg and I, 22240 Mercantile St.
  • March 14 – The MAC at Philip S. Miller Park,1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway
  • April 11 – Castle Rock Senior Center, 2323 Woodlands Blvd.
  • May 9 – Cookies and Crema, 4284 Trail Boss Drive
  • July 11 – Lost Coffee, 390 Perry St.
  • Aug. 15 – Briccy’s Coffee, 140 S. Wilcox St.
  • Oct. 10 – Starbucks at the Outlets at Castle Rock, 955 New Memphis Court
  • Nov. 14 – Pegasus Restaurant, 313 Jerry St.
  • Dec. 12 – Einstein Bros. Bagels, 3993 Limelight Ave.

Typically, the event is held from 10-11 a.m. on the second or third Tuesday of the month. However, please keep in mind, June and September’s dates will be a little different. Stay tuned for details on the Bikes and Badges and Touch a Truck events.

 

Get more information at CRgov.com/PDcoffee.

 

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Plum Creek Parkway Drivers: Look for new traffic technology. Testing scheduled for Jan. 9

Helping you get where you’re going is a priority for Castle Rock Public Works. Innovative technology is coming to the Plum Creek Parkway corridor to do just that. Testing is scheduled to begin after 9 a.m. today.

As part of the road improvements along Plum Creek Parkway, the Town is installing a new electronic traffic management system. It sounds complicated, but it’s simple to use and is expected to smooth out the weekday commute for drivers getting to Interstate 25 during the morning rush hour.

Here’s how it will work: 

New electronic signs will be installed along westbound Plum Creek Parkway. These electronic signs will designate lane assignments (whether they are through, through-or-right, or right-only), based on time of day.

Throughout most of the day, the signs will display arrows with the same lane assignments drivers are already used to. (The westbound right-hand lane has access to northbound I-25, or goes through to the other side of the interstate. The westbound middle lane only goes through, and the westbound left-hand lane has access to southbound I-25 only.)

During the morning peak – roughly 4 a.m. to 9 a.m. – the lane assignments will change slightly so an extra lane of traffic can access northbound I-25.

The westbound right-hand lane will become a “right-turn-only” lane for drivers accessing northbound I-25. The westbound middle lane will become a “through-or-right” lane for additional access to northbound I-25. A similar system will be set up along northbound Wilcox Street on the signal arms at Plum Creek Parkway, so the lane assignments match for those turning left onto Plum Creek Parkway to access northbound 1-25. The new electronic signs will designate the lane assignments.

Testing and timeframe 
It’s important this new technology is thoroughly tested before it goes live. Engineers have been testing it in the shop, and, soon, they will test it on the street. Live testing is expected to start around 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9.

Watch for updates on the Town’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/CRgov, or sign up for updates on Plum Creek Parkway at CRgov.com/NotifyMe.

Drivers should always pay attention on the road, but the Town is asking drivers to be extra alert as this change is made.

Learn more about the improvements along Plum Creek Parkway at CRgov.com/PCroadwork.

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Enjoy winter activities, but be mindful of your surroundings

In the winter, Mother Nature can be a force of nature. Slick roads, icy walkways and snowy conditions can pose a lot of hazards. While the Town works hard to keep our community as safe as possible during winter snow storms, there are a few things to keep in mind. Never walk or play on frozen ponds and always make sure kids and pets are protected from the weather.

 

Castle Rock has several different ponds, natural pools and drainage facilities. In the winter months, water in these facilities can freeze and be tempting for winter activities like sledding or ice skating. But, please be aware of these areas. Even walking across a seemingly frozen pond can be potentially treacherous.

 

Residents should pay careful attention to drainage facilities and water features in their neighborhoods. Iced over ponds and natural pools may not be stable. Never walk or play in these areas. Parents please explain these dangers to children, and pet owners keep careful watch over pets during walks and play sessions.

 

Also, sledders should watch their surroundings. Slopes that look great for sledding may lead to streets and natural drainage ways. Before jumping on the sled, make sure the path is clear of traffic concerns and other natural hazards.

 

Additionally, respect posted signage. And, keep in mind, just because you don’t see a sign, doesn’t mean the pond or water feature is a place to walk or play.

 

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Construction at Town Hall: use Wilcox entrance

Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St., is now a construction zone, as a 14,000-square-foot addition is being added to help maintain service levels as the Town continues to grow.

The construction means you may need to alter your habits when visiting Town Hall.

First, the east entrance to the building – nearest the parking lot – is closed for the duration of the construction, which will last through fall 2017; use the Wilcox Street entrance instead.

Second, the water bill payment box is being moved from its current location, just southeast of Town Hall, to along the one-way lane at the east side of the main parking lot. Please look there if driving through to drop off a payment.

The addition is needed because the Town staff has outgrown Town Hall, built in 2001, when the Town’s population was about one-third of what it is now. About 45 Town staff members worked in the building when it opened; more than 105 staffers are projected to be working from the building by 2024.

The addition will also allow for improvements to customers’ access, as it will create a new central lobby, as well as to security within the building.

The $5.1 million project is being funded through developer/builder user fees, and not by general tax dollars.

Those visiting Town Hall between now and fall will need to be alert to construction activity, which will at times restrict access from the main drive into Town Hall, from Wilcox Street. In those instances, the South Street drive should be used to access Town Hall.

Critical construction updates will be posted at CRgov.com/DowntownConstruction; please check that website before visiting Town Hall for any information about any access impacts.As the project progresses, information will be available online at CRgov.com/parkingstudy.

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