Archive for June, 2017

Save gas, get fit and win prizes: Annual Bike to Work Day is June 28

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Celebrate Independence Day with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic July 2

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Fireworks show set for Tuesday, July 4

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Give feedback on Baldwin Park at June 27 open house

In Colorado, residents love outdoor amenities. Whether it’s playing on a playground, exploring a soft-surface trail, or watching a game from the sidelines – most residents would agree Castle Rock has something for everyone. To keep our amenities in top shape, the Town evaluates areas for improvement. An open house for Baldwin Park will help residents voice their thoughts about parks in their neighborhood.

We want to hear from you! Join Parks and Recreation for an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27, at the Baldwin Park volleyball courts. Enjoy free lemonade and chat with Parks and Recreation staff about the potential for improvements. In the past, residents have voiced concerns about the volleyball courts, toddler-lot playground and neighborhood entrance signs.

Feedback forms will be available at the open house, or fill the form out online – Parks and Recreation works hard to maintain all Town parks and open spaces, but there are always opportunities for improvement. Join us to talk about what those opportunities could be.

Looking to help out? Several Eagle Scouts may be taking on projects. Staff will be at the open house to discuss other possible ideas with potential volunteers.

Castle Rock Parks and Recreation manages 20 parks; 2,728 acres of open space; 73 miles of paved and soft-surface trails; and much more. Currently, the department is updating its 2018-2020 Strategic Plan. This plan will set park funding and improvement priorities for the next three years.

Stay tuned for more information on how to be a part of that planning process. Learn more about everything that’s happening with Castle Rock’s Parks and Recreation department at Or, sign up for updates straight from the department at

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Petty Officer 1st Class Remington J. Peters

DENVER — Thursday, June 8, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags be lowered to half-staff statewide on all public buildings from sunrise until sunset on Friday, June 9, 2017, in honor of Special Warfare Operator Petty Officer 1st Class Remington J. Peters, a Grand Junction, Colo. native.

Peters, 27, died on May 28 of injuries sustained during an airborne demonstration at Liberty State Park for New York Fleet Week. He enlisted in the Navy in 2008 and was a veteran of two combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Peters was a Navy SEAL and had been a member of the parachute team, the Leap Frogs, for more than a year.

During his career, Peters received numerous awards including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Combat Action Ribbon and many others.

Peters is survived by his mother, Tina, father, Tom, sister, Cayce, and his significant long-term girlfriend, Rebecca.

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Construction progresses Downtown; portion of East Plum Creek Trail temporarily closed

Warmer temperatures and sunny skies have helped crews move forward with construction Downtown. With Festival Park, the Town Hall expansion and Riverwalk all full-speed ahead, the progress is apparent. But, sometimes long-term progress means short-term inconveniences. The Town is now asking for the public’s patience as a portion of East Plum Creek Trail is temporarily closed to accommodate crews and keep trail users safe.

As part of the Riverwalk project at Second and Wilcox streets, crews will be installing a sanitary sewer line along a portion of East Plum Creek Trail. To accommodate the work, a portion of the trail just west of Wilcox Street will be closed starting Thursday, June 8 through Sunday, June 18 – weather dependent.

During the closure, trail users headed south will need to surface to street level by the Blue Nectar restaurant at Second and Wilcox streets and continue south down Wilcox Street. Trail users will then need to turn right (west) on Fair Street, by the car wash, then reaccess the trail via a paved trail spur at the end of Fair and Jerry streets.

Please keep in mind this is not the only trail closure in the area. A detour is already in place for Sellars Gulch Trail to accommodate construction at Festival Park.

The closed portion of that trail is between Wilcox and Perry streets. Sellars Gulch Trail users will need to surface to street level at the police station on Second and Perry streets. From there, 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. The East Plum Creek Trail detour can then be accessed by continuing south on Wilcox Street.

More information on these trail detours, including a map, head to

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 both these projects can be found at

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What’s up at Council? Public safety training facility, WISE agreement on Tuesday’s agenda

As Town Council implements the community’s priorities, it’s important for the Town of Castle Rock to provide updates. This week, in addition to other business items, Council will consider items related to two of the Town’s top priorities: public safety and long-term water.

Public Safety Training Facility

Ensuring public safety is the priority for Castle Rock Police and Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. That means having highly-trained staff ready to respond to any emergency.

On Tuesday, Town Council will consider a request for additional public safety training space, including the purchase of one building, and the construction of a new warm storage building.

Once remodeled, the purchased building would provide necessary classroom space for both departments. The storage building would provide space for reserve vehicles and hands-on training space. The expected cost to purchase and remodel the first building and construct the storage building is about $3 million.

Long-term Water

Securing renewable water for the community is a priority for Castle Rock Water. With a focus on the Town’s long-term water future, the goal is to reach a 75 percent renewable water supply.

A key piece of reaching that goal is the WISE project. Huge strides have been made in the project, and soon the first drops of WISE water will make their way to Castle Rock. But first, the necessary infrastructure must be complete. Council will consider two agreements on Tuesday to help further construction.

Council must first consider a licensing agreement with Dominion Water and Sanitation District to help purchase capacity in the Outter Marker Road Pipeline. Under the agreement, the Town would fully fund the construction of the pipeline and would own about 71 percent of the pipeline’s capacity. Dominion would lease about 29 percent of the pipeline’s capacity from the Town over the next five years.

Additionally, Council will consider an intergovernmental agreement with Parker Water and Sanitation District for construction of a 3.4-mile pipeline and pump station to get WISE water from Parker’s distribution system to the Town’s planned WISE local transmission line.

The agreement with Parker Water and Sanitation District for the cost-sharing of this infrastructure and the proposed license agreement with Dominion Water and Sanitation District would allow Dominion to contribute resources to the construction of this regional piece of infrastructure. The total initial cost is $12.1 million, of which Dominion is expected to contribute $5.76 million through the license agreement.

Connect with Council

Town Council meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Tuesday, June 6, is the next regularly scheduled meeting.

Council is also expected to consider a construction contract for work along Coachline Road, discuss 2018 budget priorities and consider appointments of board and commission members. To get the full, detailed agenda, visit and click “view Council agenda” on the right.

Watch Council live at, or catch a recording there after the meeting. Town Council meetings are also broadcast live and played again at regular intervals on Comcast Channel 22 and Century Link Channel 8.

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New Fact or Fiction webpage answers your questions about Town topics

If you have questions about what’s happening in your Town, your local government wants to make sure you get an accurate answer. is like a virtual Town Hall, with plenty of information about happenings in Town. Now, a “Fact or Fiction?” section of the website answers your questions in one place. Visit

On the page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions. Some of these the Town hears on social media. Others are items the Town knows are of top interest to residents.

Ask a question!

If you have a question, and you aren’t seeing it there, just ask! The Web page also includes ways to submit a question – either by email or submitting an online form.  

Or, ask us on social media. Follow the Town’s official social media sites @CRgov. Ask a question using the #AskCR, and we’ll post the question and answer on

The Town will continue to update this page as questions come in, or are posted on social media. It’s important to know the Town reserves the right to rephrase inflammatory questions before posting. Questions that include profane, discriminatory or abusive or potentially malicious language or personal attacks will not be posted.

Other ways to connect with the Town

Check your inbox: Want to receive emails from the Town? Visit to sign up.

Check your mailbox: when the Town hosts an open house or other important event, we’ll often send a postcard invite to the area, so make sure you’re checking your mailbox.

Find us on social media: Officially, the Town of Castle Rock is on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube. Look for @CRgov.

Download the mobile app: The Town has a mobile app! CRgovGO is another official source for the Town information you’re looking for including events, news, recreation schedules and more. Search CRgovGO in your app store. It’s free to download.

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Come with questions, graduate informed – apply for 2017 Your Town Academy

Get more involved with your Town at Your Town Academy, an eight-week class designed to provide Castle Rock residents and business owners a broad education about their Town government.

Applications are being accepted during June at Class size is limited, so don’t wait if you are interested in learning more about how your Town works for you.

“(This) program includes information that all Castle Rock citizens can use,” said 2016 participant Laurie Van Court. “We can all be more effective in shaping and supporting our community when we understand how decisions are made.”

Generally, each of the Town’s major departments – Police, Fire and Rescue, Public Works/Roads, Parks and Recreation, Development Services and Water – will host an evening of information and interactive demonstrations regarding their service areas. The remaining two classes will contain information about the Town’s history, structure, funding and general services. A detailed course outline is available online.

The program will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on eight Mondays between Aug. 14 and Oct. 16. A graduation ceremony will be held during the Oct. 17 Town Council meeting.

The class is free to adults ages 18 and up. Participants must complete at least six of the eight classes to receive a Certificate of Completion.

The class size will be capped at 30 participants. Preference for enrollment will be given first to Town residents and business owners. The class will then be filled first come, first served, so apply sooner rather than later if you’d like to join in this opportunity. Those accepted into the class will be notified in July 2017.

Questions? Contact Assistant to the Town Manager Kristin Zagurski, 720-733-3552 or

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