Archive for June, 2017

July 4 weekend is here. Celebrate safely with concerts, professional fireworks show

This Friday has a special relief about it. A holiday is around the corner, and many folks will be celebrating and taking much-needed downtime with family and friends. Here’s your guide to local events, fireworks and more.

Enjoy the Colorado Springs Philharmonic July 2

The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will be playing modern, Fourth of July themed music at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park Sunday, July 2. Tickets are still on sale at CRgov.com/PSMconcerts. This will be the perfect show for families, veterans and anyone looking to celebrate their freedom.

The gates open at 5 p.m., with the opener, Spinphony, starting at 6 p.m. The Colorado Springs Philharmonic will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Bring a low-profile lawn chair or blanket to comfortably enjoy the show. Tickets range from $20 to $40 for adults and $10 for kids in the lawn.

Professional fireworks still on for July 4

Starting at sundown (about 9:30 p.m.) on Tuesday, July 4, fireworks will shoot off from the top of the Santa Fe Quarry Mesa, located just south of The Meadows, above Red Hawk Ridge Golf Course.

Because of the elevation of the butte – about 6,700 feet – and because this is a high-flying show, there will not be a designated park for show-goers to attend. Instead, fireworks are expected to be seen from most places in Town, though, visibility may be limited in Crystal Valley Ranch, Plum Creek, Founders, Castlewood Ranch and Sapphire Pointe.

Get more information on this professional show at CRgov.com/Fireworks. Weather could impact the show. Stay tuned to the Town’s Facebook page (facebook.com/CRgov.com) for updates on July 4.

Fire restrictions prohibit personal fireworks

Due to hot weather and a lack of rain – both recently and in the forecast – the Town of Castle Rock is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions. That includes a ban on personal fireworks.

According to Town Code, fireworks are only allowed on July 4. With this restriction in place, personal fireworks will not be allowed at all. Get details on what is and is not allowed under Stage 1 restrictions at CRgov.com/FireBans.

Other Town information

In observance of the July 4 holiday, all Town offices will be closed, including the Recreation Center and the MAC. However, outdoor pools Burgess Memorial and Butterfield Crossing will be open. Burgess Memorial Pool is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 4, and Butterfield Crossing Pool is open noon to 6 p.m. on July 4.

Also, there will be no Town Council meeting. The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. July 18.

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Dry weather forces fire restrictions ahead of July 4. Personal fireworks prohibited.

It’s news the Town knows residents won’t like, but in Castle Rock, safety is always first.

It may be cooler today, but due to hot weather and a lack of rain – both recently and in the forecast – the Town of Castle Rock is implementing Stage 1 fire restrictions. That includes restrictions on personal fireworks. Acting on authority granted by Town Council, Town Manager David L. Corliss and Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales implemented those restrictions this week.

Stage 1 Fire Restrictions prohibit the following:

•Open burning of any kind

•Use of fireworks (Note that Town Code states personal fireworks are only allowed on July 4. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for the most current fire restrictions.)

Activities that are allowed include:

•Fires within liquid-fueled or gas-fueled stoves, fireplaces within buildings, charcoal grill fires within developed residential or commercial areas, and fires within wood burning stoves within buildings only

•Professional fireworks displays permitted according to section 12-28-103 of the C.R.S.

•Fire suppression or fire department training fires

•Small recreational fires at developed picnic or campground sites contained in fixed permanent metal/steel fire pits (rock fire rings are considered temporary and not permanent) with flame lengths not in excess of four feet or the residential use of charcoal grills, tiki torches, fires in chimineas or other portable fireplaces or patio fire pits, so long as said fires are supervised by a responsible person at least 18 years of age

•Professional fireworks displays (get details on the Town’s planned professional display at CRgov.com/Fireworks)

People found to be in violation of the Town’s fire restrictions are subject to punishment of a $1,000 fine, 180 days in jail or both.

The Town will continue to monitor conditions. Stay tuned to CRgov.com/FireBans for current information. Inquiries regarding the current status of fire restrictions in Town should be directed to the Fire Chief’s Office, 303-660-1066.

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New public art enhances parks, other public places

Some Town parks are prettier and some Downtown sidewalks more scenic with the addition of new sculptures that will be displayed in Castle Rock for the next year.

Five of the sculptures are being featured through the Countywide Art Encounters program:

•“Eye Love U,” for sale at $8,000 by artist Justin Deister, is at the southeast corner of Third and Wilcox streets

•“Prickly Pear,” for sale at $2,800 by artist Mike Mladjan, is at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

•“Iron Tree,” for sale at $3,000 by artist David Zvanut, is at Wrangler Park, 2418 Autumn Sage St.

•“RosKavo,” for sale at $10,000 by artist Kyle Ocean, is at Metzler Ranch Community Park, 4175 Trail Boss Drive

•“Skyline,” for sale at $12,000, also by Ocean, is at Mitchell Gulch Park, 200 Mikelson Blvd.

One additional sculpture not procured through Art Encounters also is being featured this year. “Spirit Eagle,” for sale at $19,000 by artist Dale Montagne, is at the Miller Activity Complex, 1375 Plum Creek Parkway.

The sculptures listed will remain in place until late May/early June 2018. To borrow the pieces for the year, the Town has given each artist an $800 stipend, which is funded through the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund. No taxpayer money is used to fund public art in Castle Rock.

Starting its 10th year, Art Encounters provides one-year exhibits of sculptures in retail and civic areas within Douglas County. Learn more about the program vote for your favorite art piece by the end of summer at douglas.co.us/artencounters.

Learn more about the Town’s public art at CRgov.com/publicart.

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Support trails and tune in to free music at PSM Park this summer – July 6, The Goonies

Summer is known for spending time outdoors, delicious food and family-friendly entertainment. Participate in all the seasonal fun, and help a great cause, at the Town’s Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks free concert series. The Goonies take the stage Thursday, July 6.

Donate, dance and dine on select Thursdays this summer with the free concert series at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. These concerts will feature Colorado bands and will be great for the entire family.

Don’t miss The Goonies, Thursday, July 6 – Based in Boulder, CO, The Goonies are a four-piece rock band that will blow you away with their shredding guitar solos and unravel your sense of space and time.

The concert runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. So, come early and enjoy yard games, bouncy houses and fun for the entire family. Food trucks and beverage sales will be available. Or, pack a picnic. Please keep in mind outside alcoholic beverages will not be permitted.

At the concert, donations will be accepted for the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation. The Foundation is an organization independent from the Town that works to enhance Castle Rock’s parks, trails and recreational spaces.

Find out more about the Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks concert lineup at CRgov.com/TrailTunes.

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Castle Rock Police investigate burglary at local gun store

An investigation is on-going at Castle Rock’s DCF Guns, following a burglary there early Tuesday morning.  

Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, the store’s alarm company alerted police a door alarm and motion detectors were activated. When police arrived to the store, 1155 Park St., they reported broken glass and a stolen 1998 Jeep Cherokee in the store’s parking lot.

Officers searched for the suspects, but the suspects had already fled the scene. Security video shows four suspects used the stolen Jeep to pull off the front doors of the store around 1:47 a.m. The suspects entered the store, smashed display cases containing handguns and left with an undetermined number of handguns and several semi-automatic sporting rifles.

All suspects were wearing masks, or had clothing covering their face. They left in the light-colored 1990’s Jeep Cherokee.

Castle Rock detectives are working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to process the scene for evidence. The Bureau is investigating whether this incident is linked to other, similar crimes from Denver to Colorado Springs.  

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Remembering to water wisely, Council proclaims July Smart Irrigation Month

In Castle Rock, warm sunshine, family cook-outs and lounging in the yard are all part of the summer tradition – but so is conservation. Because July is typically the hottest time of the year in Colorado, it’s also one of the toughest months for lawns. That’s why Castle Rock Water is educating residents how to be smart about irrigating this summer.

Town Council proclaimed July as Smart Irrigation Month at its June 20 regular meeting.

The purpose of the proclamation is to remind residents about the importance of water conservation. Castle Rock residents have reduced their water consumption by more than 20 percent over the past eight years. This summer, Castle Rock Water wants residents to stay on the right track.

Here are a few small things that could add up to big savings:

• Use water-efficient products, like low-flow shower heads and toilets.

• Ensure landscaping is appropriate for Colorado’s semi-arid high desert climate.

• Use the cycle-and-soak method when irrigating to make sure water doesn’t runoff on nearby streets and sidewalks.

Plus, don’t just set the sprinkler clock and forget it. Watering restrictions are in place through August. To help Castle Rock Water keep up with demand throughout the season, watering restrictions require residents to follow an every-third-day watering schedule. Residents can check out CRconserve.com/waterschedule to find out their assigned watering day.

Additionally, the time of day residents are watering is very important. Make sure to only water between the hours of 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. This is when evaporation and summer temperatures are at their lowest, and watering is most efficient.

Remember overwatering wastes your water. Use it wisely. There are plenty of ways to save water and see great landscaping results. For more conservation tips, including a Run-Time Calculator; Weather Station application; and Plant Finder, check out Castle Rock Water’s newly redesigned CRconserve.com.

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Work set to begin on new left-turn at Meadows Parkway and U.S. Highway 85, current left-turn to be c

Providing safe and smooth access along Castle Rock roadways is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. Throughout Town, projects are planned to alleviate congestion and increase access. Soon, one project will start at the intersection of U.S. Highway 85 and Meadows Parkway.

Crews will install an additional left-turn lane from northbound U.S. 85 to westbound Meadows Parkway. The project is expected to help relieve congestion for drivers headed into The Meadows from the south end of Town.

Work is expected to start on Monday, June 26, and will take about three weeks. To do the work safely, the contractor will need to close the current left-turn lane. However, the existing lanes will be adjusted to permit left turns onto Meadows Parkway. An alternate route is to continue on U.S. 85 north to North Meadows Drive. All lanes will be open by 3 p.m. daily.  

The new left-turn lane will be open when crews install a new traffic signal pole and mast arm to accommodate the additional turn lane. Due to the lead time required to manufacture the pole, this work may require additional time to complete.

Please drive safely and stay tuned to message boards in the area. View a map of all Town lane and road closures at CRgov.com/roadwork.

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