Archive for August, 2017

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue helps “Fill the Boot”

Many of us are looking forward to an extra day off this Labor Day weekend, but as you’re driving through Town, look for Castle Rock Firefighters working a little extra hard for a good cause.

Each year, the Fire and Rescue Department participates in the annual Fill the Boot fundraiser to collect donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Here’s where you’ll find them this year:

•Bubbles Liquor World from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1

•Outlets at Castle Rock from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 2-4)

•King Soopers on Ridge Road from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 2-4)

•Safeway from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 2-4)

•Between Home Depot and Sprouts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday (Sept. 2-4)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is a health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic laterals sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases through funding worldwide research, providing health care services and advocacy.

“The Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department whole heartedly supports MDA and the difference the organization makes to the Muscular Dystrophy community,” said Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales. “Making a positive difference in people’s lives is what we are about as a department, and MDA has the same goal. It’s a fantastic partnership.”

The Fire and Rescue Department has been participating for nearly two decades. Last year, thanks to our generous community, CRFD, raised a total of $41,511.

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Uncover the secret world of Pokémon; educational program teaches about character’s “background”

Whether it’s video games, play cards or other collectibles ¬– Pokémon has taken over the world. But, did you know the characters of the popular game were actually inspired by real-life animals? Learn about Froakie, Pidgey and more at the Animals of Pokémon Thursday, Sept. 7.

Join nature, and video game, enthusiasts from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park.

Learn more about the real defense strategies animals use to protect themselves, find shelter and find food. This free family friendly program will also discuss natural history, stories, diets, habits, conservation and more!

Nature’s Educators will be giving the educational presentation. Plus, meet five live-animal ambassadors that have “characters” in the Pokémon franchise. For example, Froakie is based off a frog and uses water as a defense. Pidgey is based off a pigeon and uses wing attacks just like in real life.

Registration is available, but not required. However, seating is limited to the first 500 people. Families, bring a picnic dinner to complete the night.

This program is possible through a partnership between the Town of Castle Rock and the Douglas County Land Conservancy. Donations for the Douglas Land Conservancy will be accepted during the event. The non-profit organization is dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat and open space of Colorado. Recommended donations are $10 per person or $20 per family.

More information, and registration, is available at CRgov.com/animals-of-pokemon.

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Free family fun gets engines revving at Touch a Truck Sept. 16

Get your motor running and get to the Castle Rock Touch a Truck event Saturday, Sept. 16, hosted by the Castle Rock Police Department.

These trucks are usually plowing streets, working construction sites and saving lives, but for this event they’ll be at Castle View High School, 5254 N. Meadows Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Kids will get a chance to sit in the driver’s seats and explore police cars, military vehicles, helicopters, race cars and more! Plus, get the opportunity to hear from the operators about how everything works and what role these vehicles play in the community.

Castle Rock Police, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue, Fox 31 Weather Beast, Douglas County’s Bomb and S.W.A.T., Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, Rampart UH1H Helicopter, Colorado State Patrol and the United States Army, will be providing demonstrations and educational opportunities for the entire family.

Plus, don’t miss “Lightning McQueen” and “Tow Mater” from the Pixar movie CARS.

Castle Rock Police Department is committed to providing a more inclusive community. “No Horn” hour from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. is designed for children with special needs and auditory sensitivity issues – no horns, music or sirens!

After 10 a.m., the KYGO Radio Truck will get you dancing. Plus, food and refreshments will be available for purchase. Bring the entire family for a fun day focused on getting a closer look at our public safety vehicles, helicopters and more.

More information is available at CRgov.com/TouchATruck.

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Mind The Gap: CDOT launches new safety campaign south of Castle Rock

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)  is asking drivers to ‘Mind the Gap’ as part of a new safety campaign. The Gap is an 18-mile stretch of I-25 between Monument and C-470 and is known for a higher than average number of crashes.

There were 5,537 crashes between C-470 and Colorado Springs from 2011 to 2015. The top causes of crashes along the corridor are rear-end and sideswipe collisions. Growing congestion and a road not built to handle an average of up to 87,000 vehicles on a weekend day have contributed to crashes and closures.

“Without a doubt, safety is our No. 1 concern, and we urge drivers to take caution when traveling this stretch of highway,” said Tamara Rollison, CDOT Communications Manager. “The Gap has not been upgraded since the 1950’s, and until we can improve this stretch of highway, we are asking drivers to help us by minding the gap.”

As part of the campaign, CDOT has launched a Mind the Gap webpage that provides drivers with facts about this stretch of highway and tips on traveling safely.

Rollison continued, “We hope this new campaign will arm drivers with the information and tools to effectively ‘Mind the Gap’.”  

As part of the campaign, CDOT is emphasizing safety tips and encouraging drivers to plan ahead:

• Mind your space—Allow plenty of room between your vehicle and the one ahead of you.

• Mind your blind spots—Make sure you are clear before switching lanes to prevent sideswipes.

• Mind your speed—Drive the posted speed limit.

• Mind the unexpected—Speeds, construction, weather and wildlife can change road conditions quickly.

• Mind the latest information—Plan ahead and know before you go. Visit cotrip.org, or call 511 for the latest road conditions.

According to Rollison, CDOT is on an aggressive track to improve the road and will be ready for construction by summer 2019 if funding is available. A Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study is underway to identify immediate and longer-term solutions to this critical stretch of highway, connecting the state’s two largest cities.

The PEL was initiated in advance of having any funding secured for construction. This approach allows CDOT to accelerate the environmental analyses required when construction funds are identified.  More information is available at: www.codot.gov/projects/I25COSDEN

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Work to start on Meadows Parkway bridge Sept. 5

Maintaining our investment in roadway infrastructure is a priority for the Town of Castle Rock. Sometimes, that means inconvenience for drivers who have to navigate roadwork.  

Starting on Sept. 5, the Town will be asking for drivers’ patience along Meadows Parkway, where crews will be repairing the bridge over Plum Creek and the Union Pacific Railroad. Crews will repave the surface and repair the drivers’ side guard rail of both bridges.

Work is expected to last into October, though all construction schedules can be impacted by Colorado’s unpredictable weather.

Drivers can expect daily lane closures and new traffic configurations throughout the work. The Town will also do some night work, which is expected in late-September or early-October. Please pay attention to electronic message signs in the area and drive carefully though all construction zones. An alternate route is Castle Rock Parkway. (Prairie Hawk Drive is expected to open to two-way traffic over Labor Day weekend.)

The Town knows there’s other work to be done along Meadows Parkway. Next year, the Town plans for a full reconstruction of Meadows Parkway, from these bridges west through the Prairie Hawk intersection. Stay tuned to CRgov.com and the Town’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CRgov) for information on that project next year.

For an update on all lane and road closures in Town, visit CRgov.com/roadwork.  

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Plunge into fun for a good cause at the annual Pooch Plunge event

It’s hard to believe, but the dog days of summer are nearing an end. Labor Day is the unofficial end of summer. Before we bid a final farewell to parties by the pool, make sure your pooch gets a final splash at Butterfield Crossing Pool.

The 13th annual Pooch Plunge will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 9, at Butterfield Crossing Pool, 3952 W. Butterfield Crossing Drive.

All well-behaved dogs are invited to come for a day of fun, food, music and prizes. Admission is free. However, donations and raffle proceeds will benefit the Dumb Friends League Buddy Center in Castle Rock.

Meantime, residents looking to beat the heat this summer only have a few more days at the Town’s outdoor pools.

Butterfield Pool will remain open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, but will be closed Monday through Friday. Burgess Memorial Pool will remain open 3-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The last day to swim at these pools for the summer will be Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4

Learn more about the Town’s pools and other recreation opportunities at CRgov.com/recreation.

Questions about the Pooch Plunge? Contact Jackie Scott at 720-733-4489 or jscott@CRgov.com.

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Town Council sets ballot language for 2017 special election; community feedback solicited f

An ordinance setting the ballot question for a November special election was approved by Town Council at its Aug. 15 meeting.

In mid-July, the acting Town Clerk announced there was a sufficient number of valid registered-voter signatures in a citizen-initiated effort seeking to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Mayor is selected. State Statue required Town Council to set the ballot language and call a special election.

The special election has been set for Tuesday, Nov. 7. The ballot question will read:

TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK BALLOT QUESTION – CASTLE ROCK CHARTER AMENDMENT

SHALL THE TOWN OF CASTLE ROCK HOME RULE CHARTER BE AMENDED TO PROVIDE THAT THE TOWN COUNCIL, THE SEVEN-MEMBER GOVERNING BODY OF THE TOWN, CONSIST OF A MAYOR ELECTED BY ALL OF THE ELECTORS OF THE TOWN FOR A FOUR-YEAR TERM, WITH THE MAYOR’S SERVICE LIMITED TO TWO FOUR-YEAR TERMS, AND SIX COUNCILMEMBERS WHO ARE ELECTED FOR FOUR-YEAR TERMS BY THE ELECTORS OF THE DISTRICT WHERE EACH COUNCILMEMBER RESIDES?

In Douglas County, all elections are coordinated by mail ballot. For this Town of Castle Rock special election, ballots will be mailed Monday, Oct. 16. Completed ballots must be returned by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voters should return their ballots by mail, or to one of two locations: Town Hall (100 N. Wilcox St.) or Douglas County Elections (125 Stephanie Place).

Town Council has directed staff to develop an educational mailer for residents regarding this election. The purpose is to help voters understand the question before filling out their ballot. Additionally, statements for and against the Charter amendment will be included.

Go to CRgov.com/2017SpecialElection to submit a feedback form. Town staff is identifying possible pro and con statements. Provide comments on the pro and con message through an online form. Town Council will receive all submitted comments before finalizing the educational mailer. Feedback forms should be submitted before noon Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Currently, Town Council is made up of seven Councilmembers including a Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem. Each Councilmember is elected to represent a district. The Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem are appointed by Town Council. The Mayor presides over Town Council meetings as chairperson, but has the same voting power and level of authority as the other Councilmembers.

If passed, this Charter amendment would change the Town Charter to include six Town Councilmembers and a Townwide elected Mayor. Learn more about the special election, and fill out the feedback form, at CRgov.com/2017SpecialElection.

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Roadwork set to begin on Crystal Valley Parkway Aug. 28

Roadwork can be a bit of an inconvenience for drivers, but it helps the Town make the most of its investment in infrastructure. Soon, road crews will be working along eastbound Crystal Valley Parkway.

The work – between Manorbrier Circle and East Loop Road – is expected to begin on Monday, Aug. 28. Crews will repair cracks and adjust manhole covers to better match surrounding pavement. Once work is completed, drivers can expect a smoother ride quality. While this side of Crystal Valley Parkway is still in good condition and is achieving its full design life, maintenance like this helps economically preserve the road and extend its lifespan.  

For the safety of workers and the traveling public, eastbound Crystal Valley Parkway will be down to one lane in the construction zone. Drivers can expect delays. While westbound Crystal Parkway is not directly affected by this work, drivers may see construction zones on that side, which are related to new development construction activities.  

The roadwork is expected to last three weeks, though all construction schedules in Colorado – including start dates – depend on weather.

Please drive safely through this an all construction zones. For a look at Townwide lane and road closures, visit CRgov.com/Roadwork.

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Tune in for a good cause; free concert and family fun at PSM Park – Aug. 31, Hip Pocket

The bell has rung and kids are back in school, but the summer fun is not over yet. Enjoy great music, good food and delicious drinks – all for a good cause. Create a perfect night of seasonal fun in Castle Rock and don’t miss the Town’s next Tunes for Trails, Perks for Parks free concert. Hip Pocket takes the stage at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park Thursday, Aug. 31.

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.

Hip Pocket, with their fantastic harmonies, is a seven-piece variety band playing a dynamic combination of dance, funk, pop and rock-n-roll. The band takes the stage Thursday, Aug. 31.

The concert runs from 6:30 to 9 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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Help pick the next neighborhood park location; informational presentations Aug. 21 and 30

A park means so much more to a neighborhood than just providing playground equipment. It becomes a central gathering location and a place where memories are made within the community. That’s why the Town is now asking for the public’s help picking the next neighborhood park location.

Tell us what you think! Join the Parks and Recreation Department for one of two informational presentations. Come learn more about the site selection process, hear pros and cons about each location, and fill out a feedback form to voice your opinion.

Informational meetings will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21 and Wednesday, Aug. 30 at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park.

The informational meeting will be an opportunity for residents to learn more about the research and analysis data for each potential park location. A formal presentation on each site will begin at 6 p.m. A question and answer period will follow. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Feedback forms will be available at each meeting, as well as online at CRgov.com/futureparks. Parks and Recreation will include the public’s feedback into a final recommendation for Town Council.

The department anticipates spending about $2 million on developing five to eight acres of parkland. It’s important to remember the funding source for new parks is different than the funding sources for renovation and maintenance of existing parks and recreational facilities. Funding for the new neighborhood park was generated by park impact fees, which by State Statue can only be used for parks and recreation needs attributed to growth.

The five sites under consideration are:

•Terrain Lot 2

•Castlewood Ranch Tract L

•Cobblestone Ranch Tract L

•Crystal Valley South/Park School

•Meadows F18 Lot 2

Head to CRgov.com/futureparks for more information about each location. These sites have been identified as being ready for development and are part of the 15 neighborhood parks referenced in the Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space Master Plan. The plan also outlines the policy goal of locating parks within walking distance of all residents.

The potential new park sites were identified by seven key criteria:

•Existing public recreation amenities

•Existing private recreation amenities

•Existing access to open space and trails

•Anticipated cost of development

•Recreation programming potential

•Current density/rate of growth

•Operational budget impact

Can’t make the meeting, but still hoping to share your opinion? Fill out the feedback form online at CRgov.com/futureparks. Please take the time to look through the research on each site before making your selection and filling out the feedback form. The online form will be available through Sunday, Sept. 10.

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