Archive for April, 2017

Back for the second year – tickets go on sale for the 2017 Summer Concert Series May 1

Great music, perfect temperatures and spending time under the stars is the recipe for a beautiful summer night in Castle Rock. Make that dream a reality by joining the Town for the Summer Concert Series at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. Tickets for the 2017 season go on sale Monday, May 1.

Back for the second year, the concert series brings amazing events to the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park on select weekends May through September. Enjoy live music from nationally known bands, along with craft beer and cocktails under the stars. Think a more intimate version of Red Rocks Amphitheater. These ticketed music events have already become a signature part of summers in Castle Rock.

Tickets go on sale Monday, May 1! Head to for details. But, don’t wait. These concerts are expected to be very popular. Tickets range from $10 to $45 depending on the artist.

The concert series will include:

  • Super Diamond – Saturday, May 27
    San Francisco’s Super Diamond has become one of the most popular live shows at major nightclubs, theaters, ballrooms and public events throughout the United States. At these venues Super Diamond has generated an exuberant audience response previously unheard of for a tribute band. Many would say that Super Diamond has transcended the label of “tribute band” by passionately immersing themselves in Neil Diamond’s huge repertoire and delivering a high-octane show of unforgettable classics such as Cracklin’ Rosie, Sweet Caroline, Forever in Blue Jeans and many others. Super Diamond delivers a glittering, smoke-filled show performing Neil’s power ballads and up-tempo hits with unrestrained enthusiasm. The show is pure entertainment – classic music combined with fun, energy and passion – creating nostalgia for the good old days and excitement for today’s generation.
  • Thompson Square – Saturday, June 10
    The duo of Keifer and Shawna Thompson are a force to be reckoned with in the modern day Country music landscape. International Country music stars, Thompson Square has topped the radio charts across the Unites States, Canada and Australia with #1 hits “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About,” respectively. After taking its headlining “Just Feels Good Tour” across the U.S., Asia and Australia in 2014, Thompson Square took time off to collaborate in the studio with both Dann Huff and celebrated producer Mickey Jack Cones (Dustin Lynch/ Joe Nichols) to work on the Stoney Creek Records duo’s upcoming third album.
  • Colorado Springs Philharmonic – Sunday, July 2
    Classical music has been alive and well in Colorado Springs since 1927. It all started when 27 local musicians banded together to form the Philharmonic’s distant predecessor, the Colorado Springs Symphony Ensemble. Since then, the musicians of our community have distinguished themselves in numerous ways, giving performances of the highest quality to grateful audiences.
  • Little River Band – Saturday, Aug. 26
    Little River Band is considered to be one of Australia’s most significant bands. It was originally a blend of musicians who had enjoyed success in other Australian rock acts. They immediately claimed their place as one of the great vocal bands of the ‘70s…and the ‘80s. Between 1976 and 1983, chart success in America includes the following singles: It’s a Long Way There, Help Is on Its Way, Happy Anniversary, Reminiscing, Lady, Cool Change, Lonesome Loser, The Night Owls, Take It Easy On Me, Man On Your Mind, We Two, and The Other Guy.
  • Halfway to Hazard – Friday, Sept. 22
    Halfway to Hazard are the opening words of “Cold,” the first song David Tolliver and Chad Warrix wrote together several years after each had put Kentucky in their rear view mirror and ended up in Music City. A little bit country and a little bit rock and roll describes the duo, and their self-titled debut album, a richly-colored portrait of their lives set to words and music that is both deeply personal and utterly familiar to people with small town roots and great big dreams. It is music that is honest, open, gritty and rough around the edges by musicians who make no excuses for who they are or apologies for where they’re from. They’re Halfway to Hazard, and they’re taking the long way home.

The concert series is part of Town Council’s goal to keep our community character alive and ramp up community festivals, concerts and activities. The priority is to continue to bring family friendly events to the Downtown area and Philip S. Miller Park.

Check out for more details, or find the event posts on the Town’s Facebook page (/CRgov).

Want to get involved in Town events? We’re looking for sponsors! Be among the first to present this exciting series to our community. Plus, join the events staff or become a volunteer. Email for more information.

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Adams County Firefighter Brett Anderson

DENVER — Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Friday, April 28, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Adams County Firefighter Brett Anderson. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Anderson, 55, died on April 22 following a more than two-year, courageous battle with cancer. Firefighter Anderson is survived by his wife Cecelia, two sons, Orlando Baca and Phillip Lopez, daughter Brandy Anderson, and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held on Friday April 28, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Grace Church 6969 Sheridan Blvd, Arvada, CO 80003. Procession to follow, ending at Olinger Crown Hill Mortuary, located at 7777 W. 29th Av, Wheat Ridge, CO. 80033. The funeral is open to the public, but Adams County Fire Rescue is encouraging people who wish to honor Firefighter Anderson to line the processional route as uniformed personnel will have seating priority at the church.

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Join Castle Rock Fire and Rescue for a community open house May 6

When you call 911 to report a medical or fire emergency, the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department is likely to be at your door in less than 8 minutes. Maintaining that standard for the more than 5,000 calls for service every year takes a dedicated staff and the right equipment.

Learn more about how CRFD serves the community, and meet local firefighters during an open house from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 6, at Station 153 in Founders Village. The station is located at 5463 Sovereign St.

During the open house, tour the station and get a behind-the-scenes look at firefighting. Then, help put a new fire engine into service. Fire Chief Art Morales will explain the new engine, what the department does with the engine being replaced and answer questions.  

“We take pride in providing the best possible emergency services to our community,” Morales said. “We are so grateful for the community’s support, and we hope you’ll join us during this open house so we can say ‘thank you.’”

Learn more about Castle Rock Fire and Rescue at

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Give us your thoughts about on-street parking

If you have thoughts about parking along public streets, including those in your neighborhood, your Town wants to hear them.

As Castle Rock thrives, parking along the Town’s streets has become a highly desired amenity. With that in mind, it’s important that parking policies are implemented consistently. That’s why the Town has drafted a policy to guide parking along public streets in neighborhoods and commercial/retail areas. Your feedback is an important part of the process.

Proposed policy

The Town is proposing to use a policy – rather than Town Code – to address this topic. Policies tend to me more flexible and allow for future change.  

In summary, the proposed policy would:

  • Allow on-street parking along public streets as long as it is safely accommodated.
  • Recognize the various impacts on homes and businesses related to on-street parking and commit the Town to helping impacted residents and businesses address those issues in ways other than restricting parking.

Specifically, parallel parking would be allowed on public streets (including neighborhood streets) as long as:

  • Generally, there is still 20 feet of space on the street for other cars to pass through. This provision supports space for emergency service response.
  • Bike lanes or other multi-use shoulder lanes are not blocked.

Give us your feedback!

Read the entire draft policy and give us your thoughts online at

Feedback will be gathered through May. Then, any necessary changes will be made to the policy, which will then go to Town Council for consideration.

If the policy is implemented, existing restrictions established prior to implementation would not be impacted unless necessary for safety operations.

Downtown Parking

The Town also knows parking Downtown is a specific topic of interest. Currently, a study is underway to evaluate current and future parking needs Downtown. Learn more about that study at

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All soft surface trails

Precipitation has ended here in Castle Rock.  However, trails are wet.  Please give them a couple hours under this afternoon’s sunshine to dry out.  Thanks!

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Help keep Castle Rock’s creeks clean at annual Spring Up the Creek event May 6

Don’t let Colorado’s unpredictable weather get you down. The sun is shining and many people are ready to get outside. Celebrate the spring season at the Town’s annual Spring Up the Creek event.

This year’s event will be from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 6. New in 2017 – due to construction at Festival Park, the event will be at a new location. Join us in the far north parking lot of Douglas County High School, 2842 Front St.

The annual event helps keep the community’s water clean and promotes the importance of protecting the environment. The Town hosts this event in partnership with Douglas County, Castle Pines Metro District, Plum Creek Water Reclamation Authority and the Chatfield Watershed Authority.

“This annual event is a real benefit to our community’s drinking water supply,” said Director of Castle Rock Water Mark Marlowe. “The Plum Creek Water Purification Facility purifies water from shallow wells near the creek. Community events like this help protect the environment and those shallow wells used for portions of our community’s water supply.”

This year’s event theme is “Scoop Up the Poop.” While volunteers will not be required to pick up pet waste, a limited number of scoops will be available for those brave participants. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring their own scoop or shovel.

Not only is pet waste gross, it can contaminate stormwater runoff and spread diseases. Residents can help protect the community’s water supply by vowing to clean up after their pets.

Preregister at However, preregistration is not required. Last-minute volunteers are welcome the day of the event. Teens looking for community service hours should bring a community service waiver already signed by their parents.

Event partners will provide work gloves, trash bags and giveaways. Breakfast burritos, coffee and a free T-shirt will also be available for participants.

Learn more at In case of bad weather, the event will be held Saturday, May 20.

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Sellars Gulch Trail is being rerouted to accommodate Downtown construction

They say before things can get better, they have to get worse. Construction Downtown has been making huge progress. Festival Park, the Town Hall expansion and now Riverwalk are all going full-speed ahead. The Town is now asking for the public’s patience as Sellars Gulch Trail gets rerouted to accommodate the work and keep trail users safe.

IREA will be starting work to relocate electrical lines near the new Riverwalk project directly west of Wilcox Street. A detour is already in place for Sellars Gulch Trail to accommodate construction at Festival Park. Now, that detour will need to be updated for the Riverwalk underground electrical work.

The closed portion of the trail is between Wilcox and Perry streets. Currently, the detour takes trail users to street level by the police station, down to South Street, along the west side of Wilcox Street and down the ADA access ramp near the Blue Nectar restaurant. 

This new work means the trail will need an additional detour for the next 6 to 8 weeks. From the police station, trail users will need to detour north to Third Street, stay on the east side of Wilcox Street, and then cross Wilcox Street at Second Street to get to the trail access point.

Work is expected to begin Monday, April 24. While crews will be on the lookout for pedestrian traffic, the Town is asking trail users to be careful and look both ways before crossing the street.

The Riverwalk project is set to bring a mixed use of retail, resident and office space, while Festival Park is being transformed into a true community gathering location.

More information on Festival Park and the trail detour is available at Plus, stay up-to-date on all the construction happening Downtown at 

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Annual youth triathlon encourages young athletes to try

The motto is simple – all you have to do is try. Calling all athletes in the making – pull on swimsuits, dust off your bikes and lace up your sneakers. It’s time for the Town’s Tri the Rock youth triathlon.

This year’s event is Sunday, May 21, at Butterfield Crossing Park and Pool, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive.

Young athletes ages 5 to 14 are invited to “tri” the course. The race distances are:

5 to 6 year olds: 25-meter swim (one pool length), 1-kilometer bike ride (one lap around Butterfield Park) and a 500-meter run

7 to 8 and 9 to 10 year olds: 50-meter swim (two pool lengths, down and back), 4-kilometer bike ride and a 1-kilometer run

11 to 12 and 13 to 14 year olds: 100-meter swim (four pool lengths, down and back twice), 8-kilometer bike ride and a 2-kilometer run

The race is a benefit for youth health and fitness programs. Event fees are $45 through Friday, May 5 and $50 through Friday, May 19. The registration deadline is May 19. Additionally, a portion of each entry fee will be donated to the participant’s school physical education program. Plus, the winning school will get to display the traveling Tri the Rock Trophy for an entire year.

The registration fee includes a T-shirt, goody bag and lunch. Please remember participants compete based on their age as of race day. Children will be entered into the appropriate age division.

Bike racks open at 6:30 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. However, check-in for the 5 to 6 year old age group does not begin until 10:30 a.m., since the group doesn’t start until the other races have finished. Pre-race check-in is available from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Castle Rock Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd.

Is your child excited to give the event a try for the first time? Make sure they’re prepared with a new first timer clinic. Hosted by Rock Tri Club, the clinic is designed to ease the anxiety for kids and their parents. Three 60-minute sessions will be offered at 8:30, 9 and 9: 30 a.m., Saturday, May 6. To ensure individualized attention, clinic space is limited. Registration is required.

For more information on the event, first timer clinic or registration head to

Questions? Contact Raina Bridgman, 303-660-1036 or

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Climb4Change changes lives May 13

Outdoor enthusiasts and fitness buffs are always looking for ways to change things up. Next month, changing your workout could change someone’s life. Join the third annual Climb4Change event Saturday, May 13.

The event is being held to raise funds for the Town’s REAL adaptive recreation program. The program supports members of the community who have disabilities, and provides an adaptive recreation program that aims at empowering citizens with a disability to live an active lifestyle. Climb4Change is changing the perception on disabilities one step at a time.

Help raise money for the program by participating in one of the four different events. These events will be held on the Challenge Hill at Philip S. Miller Park. The 200 steps offer a great workout and a great way to give back to the Castle Rock community. The Climb4Change events are:

• Race to the Top – head up the 200 steps once as fast as possible. Can you beat the record 1 minute and 26 second time?
• Trail Race – this course will take you up the stairs and back down the half-mile trail. You’ll have 30 minutes to beat the record of five laps.
• Power Hour – up and down the stairs for 60 minutes straight. The record is 13 laps!
• Run4Fun – this untimed event allows you to support the program in a noncompetitive way; once up the stairs and down the trail.

Registration includes coffee, snacks, a participation medal and T-shirt. Fees range from $15 to $45, depending on the course and when you register. Kids under 5 are free. Head to for more information and registration.

On-site packet pickup and registration begins at 7 a.m. Power Hour begins at 8 a.m., the Trail Race begins at 9:25 a.m., the Race to the Top event begins at 10:15 a.m., and the Run4Fun event begins at 10:35 a.m. Results and prizes will be awarded at 11:15 a.m.

Not up for the 200-stair challenge? There are still ways to get involved. Try volunteering for the event! More information is available at Or, become a sponsor. Contact Raina Bridgman at 303-660-1036 or for more information

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Three petitions related to mayoral elections certified for circulation

The Town Clerk Thursday certified for circulation three petitions.

The petitions propose to change language in the Town Charter that defines how the mayor is elected and the general composition of Council. With the forms of the petitions approved, petitioners can begin gathering signatures.

For any of the petitions to be referred to an election, State Statute requires signatures from at least 10 percent of registered voters in Castle Rock as of the date the petitioners filed their statement of intent. In this case, petitioners will need 4,288 signatures. Signatures must be submitted by July 10, 2017.

The petitioners’ statements of intent, along with samples of the petitions and the Town Clerk’s letter of approval can be found at

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