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 CRgov.com/publiclandsday.

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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This article originated from http://www.crgov.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?aid=1305

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