Archive for September, 2017

Plan two ways out with Castle Rock Fire and Rescue during Fire Prevention Week 2017

It’s unsettling to consider: if your home caught fire, how would you escape safely? With prevention top of mind during National Fire Prevention Week Oct. 8-14, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and Domino’s Pizza want to help you make a home escape plan.  

The National Fire Protection Association annually honors Fire Prevention Week near Oct. 9, which is the anniversary of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire. The fire killed about 300 people and left more than 100,000 residents homeless, so the Fire Marshal Association started the commemorative week to prevent future fires.

This year, the national theme is “Every Second Counts. Plan 2 Ways Out.” Locally, CRFD and Domino’s Pizza are partnering on several events this month to help you plan two ways out.

Monday, Oct. 2: Celebrity Pizza Chefs

Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chiefs will become Domino’s Pizza Chefs from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2. Stop by the Domino’s Pizza at 695 Jerry St. to purchase a pizza made by your local firefighters and tour a fire engine. Take home a pizza and fire escape plan worksheet to share with your family.

Wednesday, Oct. 11: Celebrity Pizza Delivery

Have your Domino’s Pizza delivered by Castle Rock firefighters. Between 5 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, order your pizza from Domino’s (695 Jerry St. location). Firefighters will deliver the dough to randomly selected customers. All pizzas ordered – whether delivered by CRFD or Domino’s – will come with a fire escape plan worksheet.

Monday, Oct. 16 and Saturday, Oct. 21: Create and practice your plan with CRFD

Discuss your escape plan with the experts of Castle Rock Fire and Rescue. Attend an open house at Fire Headquarters from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, or from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 21. Headquarters is located at 300 Perry St. Tour the station, meet firefighters and discuss fire safety. Visitors will also get a goodie bag while supplies last. Also, sign up for the department’s periodic email newsletter, which is expected to debut in November.

Online, on Facebook and in your email

A home escape plan template and more information is online at View a video from FEMA to help you create your plan. Then, watch the Town of Castle Rock’s official Facebook page at Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Chief Art Morales will be live every morning to talk through the steps of a plan.

“Fighting fires is a significant part of what we do,” Morales said. “But we’d prefer they never start. Prevention is an important part of fighting fires, and we invite our community to take part during this honorary week and throughout the year.”

Learn more about Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and sign up for the department’s new periodic email newsletter at

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Rock your Halloween: volunteer or participate in three fun events

Whether you’re looking for a good scare or family fun, the Town of Castle Rock has many ways to rock your Halloween.

Castle of Terror: Freak Show

The Castle Rock Fire Department’s Castle of Terror will frighten guests from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, at the Town’s Fire Training Tower, 303 Malibu St.  

The haunted house is not recommended for young children, and those under 13 will not be admitted without an adult. Tickets are $10 cash, $12 for credit card and $20 for a fast pass, which gets visitors to the front of the line. Tickets are sold at the door. Proceeds benefit the Fire and Police Explorer Programs.

More than 50 volunteers are needed for each night of this event. Learn more and sign up at  


For younger goblins, the Oct. 28 Spooktacular festival will offer activities such as face painting, a jumpy house, games, crafts and contests. It will run from 1 to 3 p.m. at the MAC.

Harvest Festival

Celebrations continue on Oct 28 with Harvest Festival from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park.

Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, hay rides, mini pumpkin painting, and pumpkin carving. Movies begin after sunset. Delicious food and craft beer will be available for purchase.

Volunteers are needed to help with pumpkin carving, hay rides, the hay bale maze and face painting. Visit to learn more and sign up.

What about Trick or Treat Street?

The Town knows Trick or Treat Street has been a family favorite, and it’s been a joy to coordinate this fun event in partnership with the Downtown Merchants Association. As Downtown transforms this summer, much of the traditional Trick or Treat Street area is under construction, and safety is our top priority.

That’s why the Town and the Downtown Merchants Association decided not to host the event this year. When Festival Park and other Downtown improvements are completed, we’ll brainstorm what this event might look like in the future.

In the meantime, The Downtown Merchants Association has worked with business owners for fun Halloween day activities and specials. Check out their Facebook page at

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Homecoming is here. Celebrate with our local high school students.

High school traditions continue in Castle Rock as Douglas County and Castle View high school students celebrate homecoming. Festivities include the annual homecoming parades. Join your local schools:

Thursday, Sept. 28: Douglas County High School

The Huskies’ Homecoming Parade will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, near the school.

Related lane closures will start at 3 p.m. and end around 6 p.m. Along eastbound Scott Boulevard, both directions of traffic will use the northern half of the road, on one side of the median. The southern half will be closed for the parade. This traffic pattern will start at Whispering Oak Drive – near the intersection of Scott Boulevard and Front Street – and continue east as Scott Boulevard turns into Woodlands Boulevard. Traffic will return to normal configurations near Canyon Drive, just beyond the Castle Rock Recreation Center. (View a map.)

The parade will begin along Woodlands Boulevard near the Recreation Center and run west along Woodlands/Scott Boulevard to the back entrance of the high school, near Whispering Oak Drive. Parade attendees are invited to watch from the sidewalks on the south side of Scott Boulevard. For safety reasons, please do not watch from the center medians.

Please pay extra attention to traffic signs and watch for plenty of pedestrian activity. Castle Rock Police will be in the area to help monitor traffic near intersections, but please note officers will not be directing traffic.

Saturday, Sept. 23: Castle View High School

The Sabercats celebrate homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 23, with a parade along Butterfield Crossing Drive starting at 4 p.m.

Along Butterfield Crossing Drive, only westbound traffic will be accessible. As a result, there are also impacts to residential streets. N. Blazing Star Trail, Sungold Lane and N. Silverlace Drive will be closed. There will be right-turns only from Butter Cup Drive, Rosecrown Avenue, Sawgrass Trail and Blue Grass Circle. (View a map.)

The parade runs eastbound on Butterfield Crossing Drive and will include a police escort. It’s expected to run 30 minutes.

For a look at lane and road closures in Town, visit

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Town Council continues conservative financial management with approval of several items

Managing Town finances conservatively is a key priority of the Castle Rock Town Council.

Council recently approved several items that further this priority, including a $241.2 million budget for 2018 that includes no tax or rate increases, meaning water rates for existing customers will stay flat for 2018. Additionally, Council initially approved a decrease in the Town’s portion of the local property tax rate for 2018.

The good news continues beyond 2018. Council also approved a three-year financial plan and a five-year capital project plan that indicate the Town will have sufficient financial capacity to accomplish a number of important infrastructure projects and public safety investments, among other items, in the years to come.

Full details of all of the financial items Town Council approved on Sept. 19 are available at budget.

The 2018 Budget includes $120.2 million for operations and $121 million for capital improvements, debt and transfers between funds. Improvements to the Town’s water system comprise a significant portion of the capital improvements.

Transportation initiatives totaling $21.28 million also are anticipated next year, including road improvements at Founders Parkway and Allen Way; Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Drive; and at Wolfensberger Road and Plum Creek Parkway/Coachline Road.

Additional highlights within the 2018 budget include $2 million to operate and add 12 staff for Fire Station 152, which will open next year in Crystal Valley, and five new positions for the Police Department.

The budget also emphasizes maintaining strong Parks and Recreation; supporting economic development; and strengthening our unique community identity. A community group is envisioned to be formed to collaborate with the Town on the latter item.

Council gave initial approval to a 2018 property tax rate of 1.330 mills, which is down from the 2017 rate of 1.474 mills. The proposed rate means the owner of a median-valued home in Castle Rock ($373,254 as of May 2017) would pay $35.74 in annual Town property tax in 2018. Final adoption of the 2018 property tax mill levy is expected to occur in early December.

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Celebrate Castle Rock’s parks, trails and open space with Public Lands Day Sept. 30

Public land is a lot more than area owned by the government. It’s a day spent on the beach; a family vacation at a national park; and a long hike through local open space. Come celebrate the outdoor spaces where we live, learn and play at Public Lands Day Saturday, Sept. 30.

Castle Rock is known for its beautiful open space and well-planned trails. Experience everything our community has to offer with a day to celebrate Castle Rock’s outdoor amenities.

The day kicks off with a guided nature-preserve hike at Woodlands Bowl Open Space. Meet at 9 a.m. in the Castle Rock Recreation Center parking lot, 2301 Woodlands Blvd. Learn about the terrain of the area, wildlife habitat and the open space’s history. Along with the hike, help install three new interpretive signs on the property.

Snacks and water will be provided. Additionally, there will be free giveaways and raffle prizes! All ages are welcome. Registration and more information is available at

Public Lands Day was created to promote both enjoyment and volunteer conservation of our public lands. The Town’s event is being held in partnership with Douglas Land Conservancy – a local non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and conservation of the natural character, habitat and open space of Colorado.

Nationwide, more than 30 percent of the country’s land is designated public land. Here in Castle Rock, about 28 percent of the Town is dedicated to public and private open space, parks and trails. That percentage will grow to more than 33 percent when planned parks and open space are dedicated through future development applications.

Woodlands Bowl Open Space is about 19 acres and has been a protected public open space since 2003.

During the event, donations will be accepted for Douglas Land Conservancy. Plus, thank you to our sponsor – Walmart donated a portion of the panel fabrication cost.

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With your feedback, Council set to consider updated transportation plan Sept. 19

Prioritizing bike lanes on local streets, increasing mobility Downtown, and a sidepath on Fifth Street are just some of the ideas you contributed to the Transportation Master Plan draft, which Town Council is expected to consider tonight.

As part of the Town’s overall planning efforts, the Transportation Master Plan specifically visualizes all aspects of transportation for Castle Rock, including roadways, bicycle routes, pedestrian links, transit, carpooling and more. Last updated in 2011, the new draft looks ahead to 2040.

Since fall 2016, the Town has been gathering feedback and conducting research and analysis to update the plan. Many of the items on the public’s transportation wish list were already on the Town’s radar – projects like the Crystal Valley Interchange, traffic signal installations and additional bike lanes.

The draft plan includes those projects. It also recommends a possible interchange with Interstate 25 near Black Feather Drive, partnerships with CDOT such as Bustang, and additional studies on transit and Downtown mobility. Read the full draft plan at

Council will consider adopting the updated Transportation Master Plan Sept. 19 at its regular meeting, which begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. There will be time for additional public comment during the meeting.

If adopted, the Transportation Master Plan becomes an official guide for Town projects and planning. Specifically, Town experts will reference the plan when developing the Town’s five-year Capital Improvement Program and the annual budget. It’s important to remember available funding is always a consideration when planning large capital projects.

View the draft plan and history of the project at

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Celebrate trails for a good cause at Castle Rock Trail Festival Oct. 7

Explore Castle Rock’s trails, learn to live big, and support a great cause at the Castle Rock Trail Festival. The festival combines the liveBIG run and the Ridgeline Trail Race to help participants explore the outdoors Saturday, Oct. 7.

This year, the family fun event has something for everyone – from ultra-distance runners to families with children ages 5-12. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore the trails at Philip S. Miller Park and Ridgeline Open Space. Or, make memories with the entire family winding through a variety of kid-friendly obstacles at the liveBIG Family Adventure Run.

The Castle Rock Trail Festival courses include:

•50K Ultra-Marathon (approximately 31.06 miles)

o$80-$90 ($95 on race day)

•Marathon (approximately 26.2 miles)

o$80-$90 ($95 on race day)

•Half Marathon (approximately 13.1 miles)

o$50-$60 ($65 on race day)

•10K (approximately 6.2 miles)

o$30-$40 ($45 on race day)

•5K (approximately 3.1 miles)

o$25-$30 ($35 on race day)

•Family Adventure Run (approximately 1.2 miles with family friendly obstacles)

o$35 ($45 on race day)

Sign up by Saturday, Sept. 30, to get the discounted rate.

Excluding the Family Adventure Run, race fees include a T-shirt, custom finisher medal, professional chip timing, free professional photos sponsored by Sporthill and snacks. Shirts can be ordered for Family Adventure Run participants for an additional $5 each.

Following the run, don’t miss a free live concert at the Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park. John Adams: A Tribute to John Denver will be taking the stage at noon.

More information, and registration, is available at

The liveBIG race was created to help people share the outdoors with their friends and family while also exercising their bodies and minds. All proceed from the event will go to the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation. This non-profit organization is working to improve parks, trails and open space in Castle Rock.

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Castle Rock Fire and Rescue breaks ground on new station Sept. 18

Protecting your life and property is the mission of the Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department. Often, that means a prompt response to your call for help. It also means planning for the future. That’s why CRFD is getting ready to build a new fire station.

Join the department for a groundbreaking ceremony at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, at the site of the new station, 631 Crystal Valley Parkway. Hear from Fire Chief Art Morales about the need for the station, station concept and construction timeline.

The new fire station will be located on north side of Crystal Valley Parkway, just east of the Crystal Valley Parkway bridge. The location was determined as part of the department’s research for the 2014-17 Fire Master Plan.

To create the plan, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue analyzed the Town’s demographics and growth rate; percentages of build-out for area developments; and calls for service and responses to various areas throughout Town. The analysis indicated the next area of need is Crystal Valley.

The new station is expected to open with 12 new staff members in summer 2018.  

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Gov. Hickenlooper orders flags lowered for Arvada Firefighter

DENVER — Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today ordered flags lowered to half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 14, on all public buildings statewide in memory of Arvada Firefighter Lieutenant Jim Schaefer. Flags should be lowered from sunrise to sunset.

Schaefer, 58, died on Sept. 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. He served as a member of Arvada Fire for more than 20 years, most recently as Lieutenant at Station 3. Schaefer loved serving the people of Arvada. He is survived by his wife, three adult children, his mother, sisters and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 10:00 a.m. at Faith Bible Chapel, 63rd Ave. and Ward Rd. in Arvada.

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Help prevent pollution; Sept. 30 Household Chemical Roundup collects unwanted chemicals

The summer celebrations are coming to an end, and fall is officially right around the corner. Usher in the change of season on the right foot, and get rid of any unwanted household chemicals at the Douglas County Household Chemical Roundup.

This year’s roundup is Saturday, Sept. 30. Drop off any unwanted chemicals between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Castle Rock Water, 175 Kellogg Court.

This is a joint event between Castle Rock Water and the Tri-County Health Department to prevent pollution and help protect trash handlers. Unwanted chemicals that are not disposed of properly can contaminate the water supply, air and landfills. For example, one drop of oil can contaminate more than one million drops of water.

A contribution of $25 is requested to help offset the high costs of hazardous waste disposal. Participants must be Douglas County residents and will be asked for a driver’s license, water bill, utility bill or phone bill to verify residency. Residents looking to drop off unwanted chemicals can pull up to the Castle Rock Water building the day of the event. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload.

Items being accepted include:

• House, garden and pool chemicals

• Oil-based paint and paint products

• Automotive fluids

• Fuels

• Propane tanks (1-20 pounds)

• Vehicle and household batteries

• Items containing mercury

• Fluorescent light bulbs and CFLs

• Car and pickup truck tires, with rims removed

• Fire extinguishers

Items that cannot be accepted include:

• Business and commercial waste

• Radioactive waste

• Electronic waste (computers, televisions, etc.)

• Explosive waste

• Smoke detectors

• Waste containing asbestos

• Tractor tires

• Scrap metal

• Medical waste

• Compressed gasses other than propane

• Oil drums

More than 814 households participated in last year’s Castle Rock chemical roundup event which disposed of approximately 103,073 pounds of hazardous materials.

Looking to help out? Volunteers will be able to dispose of their unwanted chemicals for free. Head to for more information.

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