Archive for October, 2017

Wondering about Trick or Treat Street? Read this update.

It’s almost Halloween, and you might be making plans, so we wanted to make sure you had updated information on Trick or Treat Street. We will not be hosting this event this year.

The Town knows this annual event 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.

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 Facebook.com/DowntownCastleRock.

Trick-or treating in neighborhoods is not regulated by the Town; however some HOAs may have guidelines. Please check with your local HOA. 

Have a fun and safe Halloween!

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Going paperless could pay off for Castle Rock Water customers

For years, Castle Rock residents have proven they are a community that cares about conservation. Collectively, Castle Rock Water customers have cut back consumption by more than 20 percent. Now, the department is asking customers to take those conservation efforts to a new level by cutting back in another way – paper.

Just as every drop of water counts, so does every piece of paper. Castle Rock Water is asking customers to embrace the call to conserve and sign up for paperless billing. Signing up to go paperless will help customers stay organized and assist the Town in better serving the community. Plus, customers who sign up before Nov. 30 will be entered to win a $50 water credit on their next water bill.

In 2014, Castle Rock Water launched a new online bill pay solution to help customers better connect with their water bill. Since then, customers have adopted the H2OAccess system, and about 53 percent of current customers have signed up for online billing. H2OAccess provides customers with 24/7 account access, along with an email reminder when their statements are available online.

Now, Castle Rock Water wants customers to take online efficiency one step further and sign up for paperless billing. If every customer went paperless, the Town would save money in both printing and postage costs. That’s money that could be used to provide better service to customers.

It’s important to remember, even if customers have an H2OAccess account, they may not be signed up for paperless billing. The $50 water credit drawing will take place the week of Dec. 4. Current paperless customers will also be entered into the drawing.

By opting to go paperless, customers will save time, stay organized and help the environment. More information is online at CRgov.com/H2OAccess.

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Council chooses next neighborhood park location

As Castle Rock thrives, it’s important for the Town to maintain its service levels. Following Town Council approval Tuesday, a new neighborhood park will soon give residents in one of the Town’s fastest-growing areas a new place to play.

Town Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed on the location of the next neighborhood park – Meadows F18 Lot 2, which is located along Low Meadow Boulevard, next to Aspen View Academy.

Funding for new neighborhood parks comes from development fees, which is separate from funding for park maintenance and renovation. As a result, new parks are located in higher-growth areas.

With this in mind, the Town started this selection process with a list of five sites to consider: Terrain Lot 2, Castlewood Ranch Tract L, Cobblestone Ranch Tract L, Crystal Valley South/Park School and Meadows F18 Lot 2. Each site was evaluated based on standard criteria, and the list was presented to the public in August.  

Evaluation criteria included: existing public and private recreation amenities within the service area, access to open space and trails, anticipated development cost, recreation programming potential, population and the operational budget impact.

More than 540 residents responded to an online questionnaire regarding the future park’s location, and nearly 60 percent of the online respondents supported The Meadows location. In addition, more than two dozen people attended two open houses and provided feedback.

It’s important to note that the Town is planning to build a park at each of the five initially considered sites over the next several years, depending on the pace of growth. Current estimates indicate the Town will build a new neighborhood park every two to three years. Council will be charged with determining the order in which they will be built.

Now, the Town will seek bids and begin the design process. Public input will be a key part of this process, too. Stay up-to-date with this process at CRgov.com/FutureParks.

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Learn about the next steps for choosing the next neighborhood park

Part of what makes Castle Rock a great place for families is having many places to play. Already, the Town boasts 20 neighborhood parks. In 2018, one more will swing into construction. But before construction can begin, a site must be chosen.

Since August, the Castle Rock Parks and Recreation Department has been gathering resident feedback through the “Pick a Park” campaign. Now, that feedback and staff analysis will be presented to Town Council, along with a recommended site.

Council is set to consider this information and give the Parks and Recreation Department direction on next steps during its regular meeting Tuesday, Oct. 17. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

Funding for new neighborhood parks comes from development fees, which is separate from funding for park maintenance and renovation. As a result, new parks will be located in higher growth areas.

With this in mind, the Town started this selection process with a list of five sites to consider: Terrain Lot 2, Castlewood Ranch Tract L, Cobblestone Ranch Tract L, Crystal Valley South/Park School and Meadows F18 Lot 2. Each site was evaluated based on standard criteria, and the list was presented to the public.  

Evaluation criteria included: existing public and private recreation amenities within the service area, access to open space and trails, anticipated development cost, recreation programming potential, population and the operational budget impact.

More than 540 residents responded to the Town’s online survey regarding the future park’s location. In addition, more than two dozen people attended two open houses and provided feedback.

Using that feedback and evaluation criteria, staff is recommending Meadows F18 Lot 2, which is located along Prairie Hawk Drive, next to Aspen View Academy. Nearly 60 percent of the online survey supported that location.

It’s important to note that the Town is planning to build a park at each of these sites over the next several years, depending on the pace of growth. Current estimates indicate the Town will build a new neighborhood park every two to three years. Council will be charged with determining the order in which they will be built.

After Council decides on the next park’s location, the Town will seek bids and begin the design process. Public input will be a key part of this process, too. Stay up-to-date with this process at CRgov.com/FutureParks.

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Bake a pie or devour a slice at Castle Rock’s inaugural pie baking competition

Bake a pie or devour a slice at Castle Rock’s inaugural pie baking competition

It’s that festive time of year where families gather around to enjoy good company, hearty food, and most importantly, pie! Do you have what it takes to rise to the occasion? Don’t be afraid to take whisks. Join us 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Millhouse at Philip S. Miller Park for the Town’s inaugural pie baking competition.

The Pie Bake-off is open to all bakers. There will be two categories for judging: fruit and non-fruit pies. Pies will be assessed based on appearance, crust, filling and overall flavor and taste.

Registration is now open. Visit CRgov.com/registration and scan for class No. 30099. There is a $25 entry fee and the event will be limited to 50 contestants.

Judging will begin at 11:30 a.m. Following the judging, all pies will be sold by the slice and whole pies will be auctioned off. Want to gobble-up some great pie? You are in luck as you can buy a pie from one of Castle Rock’s finest pie bakers. Bring the whole family to Castle Rock’s pie extravaganza, along with your appetite.

Learn more about the Pie Bake-off at CRgov.com/pies.

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Castle Rock Police encourages you to “outthink a thief” to keep your car safe

In more than half of cases, burglarized cars were unlocked cars. Castle Rock Police place a high value on keeping the community safe, and they need your help.

Over the past several weeks, there has been an increase in the number of car break-ins reported to the Castle Rock Police Department. Because these types of property crimes happen in nearly all communities, Castle Rock Police offers these safety tips:

  • Remove cell phones, purses, cash, electronics or other valuables from your vehicle
  • Hide boxes, cases shopping bags or gym bags from plain sight
  • Park your vehicle in areas that are well lit
  • Take your garage door opener from your vehicle after parking
  • Stay with your car while warming it up
  • Lock your car and take your keys with you
  • Consider investing in a car alarm
  • Keep a second set of keys in a safe place, rather than inside your car

Police stress that these safety tips should be used while out in public and at home.

For additional information on the Castle Rock Police Department, visit CRgov.com/police.

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Council defines future of transportation with approval of updated master plan

Community surveys show transportation is a top priority for residents. It is for Town Council, too, and on Tuesday, Councilmembers approved a plan to take Castle Rock’s transportation system into the future.

The Transportation Master Plan specifically visualizes all aspects of transportation for Castle Rock, including roadways, bicycle routes, pedestrian links, transit, carpooling and more. The updated plan looks ahead to 2040.

With Council approval, the 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, building the annual budget and when determining requirements for developers. It’s important to remember available funding is always a consideration when planning large capital projects.

Background

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 updated plan includes those projects. It also identifies a future concern with State Highways 85 and 86 (Founders/Meadows Parkway) and recommends an interchange with Interstate 25 near Black Feather Drive as a possible solution to explore. Partnerships with CDOT such as Bustang, along with additional studies on transit and Downtown mobility are also recommended in the plan.

Read the full plan, watch a video recording of the Council meeting, or view the PowerPoint presented to Council at CRgov.com/TMP.

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Castle Rock Police investigate suspicious incident near Aspen View Academy

Castle Rock Police are asking for information the public might have regarding an incident near a local charter school this week.

Around 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, police responded to a report of an incident near Aspen View Academy, 2131 Low Meadow Blvd.  

An 11-year-old female was participating in a Cross County practice along Red Hawk Drive when a man reportedly grabbed the hood of her sweatshirt. The girl was able to get away and called police when she returned to school.

The suspect is described as a white male, about 40 years old, bald head and no facial hair. He was reportedly wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call the Castle Rock Police Department’s non-emergency line, 303-663-6100.

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Special Preview Event! Hike the Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension Project

For many outdoor enthusiasts, Colorado is nature’s paradise. Abundant trails and well-planned open space make the area a great place to get outdoors. In Castle Rock, the Town’s most popular trail is being expanded!

The East Plum Creek Trail is the main trail that travels through Town. It is not only the

Town’s most widely used paved trail, but it is also part of a larger statewide trail system

called the Colorado Front Range Trail. Construction on a southern extension is expected to start in late 2018.

Join the Parks and Recreation Commission members and Town staff to hike a portion of the planned 2018 East Plum Creek Trail extension project before the trail is built. The event takes place from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 18. Meet at the end of Perry Street, south of Plum Creek Parkway, near 1733 South Perry St. Parking is available in the cul-de-sac.

The guided hike will follow along the east side of Plum Creek along unimproved, rugged terrain. Upon completion, the trail will extend from the current end point west of Safeway to Crystal Valley Parkway. The rain date for the event will be 5 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 25.

The southern extension of the East Plum Creek Trail was included as a Town priority in the Council-approved 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. A $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant will help offset some of the costs and save money for other trails projects in Town. The grant will require the Town to match funds of an additional $1 million to improve the trail.

Learn more about East Plum Creek Trail and stay up-to-date on the project at CRgov.com/EPCTrailProject.

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President Trump orders flags lowered to honor victims of the tragedy in Las Vegas

The White House 

Office of the Press Secretary 

For Immediate Release 

October 02, 2017 

Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada

HONORING THE VICTIMS OF THE TRAGEDY IN LAS VEGAS, NEVADA

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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

Our Nation is heartbroken. We mourn with all whose loved ones were murdered and injured in last night’s horrible tragedy in Las Vegas, Nevada. As we grieve, we pray that God may provide comfort and relief to all those suffering.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless act of violence perpetrated on October 1, 2017, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 6, 2017. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

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