Archive for November, 2017

Help shape the future of Castle Rock. Fill a board or commission vacancy

If you’re passionate about parks and recreation, or influencing the future of Castle Rock’s development, consider applying for a position on a board or commission.

While annual recruitment for the Town’s 11 boards and commissions typically happens each April, there are occasionally interim openings that need to be filled throughout the year.

There are currently four vacancies:

Castle Rock Water Commission: One vacancy with a term expiring May 31, 2018

Design Review Board: One vacancy with a term expiring May 31, 2019. (Must be a Downtown property owner.)

Parks and Recreation Commission: One vacancy with a term expiring May 31, 2018

Planning Commission: One vacancy with a term expiring May 31, 2018

Interested? Submit a completed Board or Commission Application to the Town Clerk’s Office, 100 N. Wilcox St., or by email at rschonher@CRgov.com. The application and more information is online at CRgov.com/ApplyBC.

Applicants must be a Castle Rock resident. A selection committee for each vacancy will conduct interviews and make recommendations to Town Council for final approval.  

Questions? Contact Town Clerk Administrative Assistant Robbie Schonher, rschonher@CRgov.com, or 720-733-2229.

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Castle Rock Police update community on armed robbery, tactic used

Castle Rock Police want to update the public of an approach used in an armed robbery that occurred Saturday morning at a local grocery store.

At 7:12 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, Castle Rock Police were called to a local King Soopers, 5544 Promenade Parkway, where a woman, 63, reported a robbery. Police have been combing through surveillance video, and here’s what they want the public to know:

A man in a white SUV was parked next to the woman’s car on the driver’s side. He opened his car door hard enough to dent her car. They both got out to inspect the damage, which is when the man showed a gun and demanded the woman’s purse. He left with her purse, and she went back into the store to call police. The call came in at 7:12 a.m.

The woman was shaken but not injured.

Police were able to track a phone in the woman’s purse to outside of Castle Rock, near Arapahoe Road and Peoria Street, before the phone was turned off. The suspect is described as a short Hispanic male wearing a grey hoodie. Here is a photo of the car:CarPhoto1117
Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s tip line at 720-733-3517.

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Who’s ready for Winter? Registration now open for Adventure Rock Rec Camp

Don’t spend the holiday break bored at home. Camp is all about fun when school is out!

Winter Adventure Rock Rec Camp is open when school is closed, and registration is now open for this state-licensed program.

First through sixth graders will be busy at camp with structured activities such as games, sports, crafts, swimming, field trips and much more. Parents will be able drop-off and pick-up kids at the Recreation Center, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., for the duration of Winter Break.

Beginning Dec. 26 and continuing through Jan. 5, campers will go on field trips Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesdays and Thursdays are for swimming at the Castle Rock Recreation Center Pool or the MAC Pool.

A completed emergency packet with a current immunization record from your doctor is required to attend. The cost for Winter Adventure Rock Rec Camp is $144 ($194 nonresident) and is a guaranteed holiday boredom-buster.

Forms can be downloaded from CRgov.com/recreation or picked up at the Recreation Center, 2301 Woodlands Blvd.

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Council approves plan for Castle Rock’s future

When making daily decisions about our community, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind. With a year of research, analysis and public outreach complete, Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a document to do just that.  

The Comprehensive Master Plan is the Town’s overall guiding document. It defines the community’s broad and long-term direction and is used to guide the Town’s growth, development, land use and planning efforts.

Over the past year, the Town has been gathering feedback and working to update that plan for 2030. Planning Commission recommended approval during its public meeting Oct. 12. Town Council approved it during its public meeting Nov. 14.

The draft plan is built upon Four Cornerstones: a distinct identity, responsible growth, community services and a thriving economy. The community validated the Four Cornerstones during various outreach efforts related to the update. The Comprehensive Master Plan includes an overall goal for each cornerstone, along with steps to achieve the goal.  

Get details and read the plan online at CRgov.com/CompPlan. In addition, printed editions of the Comprehensive Master Plan will be available later this year at local businesses, the library, Town Hall and other public places.

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Celebrate the holidays with the third annual Season of the Star event series in Castle Rock

Campfires and s’mores, sleigh rides and hot chocolate. These are a few of our favorite things, according to the song, during the holiday season. And you will find them all during the Season of the Star, which kicks off the week after the annual Starlighting celebration and runs through Christmas Eve.

Now in its third year, the Season of the Star is an iconic community series of events that celebrates the spirit of the season, brings Town residents together Downtown and at Philip S. Miller Park, and offers up some good old-fashioned family fun.

Join friends, family and neighbors as the Town, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Alliance help the community get into the holiday vibe.  

Season of the Star events

WinterFest
1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2
Festival Park, 300 Second St.

Celebrate winter with your neighbors in the NEW festival park. There’s something for everyone! Beer from our award-winning local breweries, live music, a 5k run, cycling race, food trucks and local artisans ready to help you wrap up your holiday shopping. For more information check out: stridemob.com/winterfest

Registration for races:
Cycling race: coldwarclassic.com
WinterFest 5k: Stridemob.com/races

Storytellers and S’mores
5-7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 9
Festival Park, 300 Second St.

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season with an evening around a campfire, listening to stories, and making s’mores. This event also includes kid-friendly fare, hot chocolate and more. Bring a lawn chair, or blanket, and make sure to dress for the weather.

Parking is available in the lot on Elbert Street, the parking lot surrounding the Douglas County Building on Wilcox Street, in the first floor of the County parking garage at Third and Jerry streets, and in the Town Hall parking lot at 100 N. Wilcox St. In addition, the Town trolley will run between Festival Park and the upper lot at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

Reindeer Games
3-6 p.m., Friday, Dec. 15
The Millhouse and Amphitheater at Philip S. Miller Park, 1381 W. Plum Creek Parkway

It’s holiday fun for the whole family — enjoy kid-friendly activities in a winter-themed wonderland including live reindeer, Santa (parents, bring your cameras), cookies, hot chocolate, sleigh rides, outdoor games, and an obstacle course. The Winter Express train station will be at the Millhouse. The train will take passengers on a one-mile ride along paved trails in Philip S. Miller Park through a winter wonderland.

Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
6-7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 24
Festival Park, 300 Second St.

Calvary Chapel Church will host a candlelight service on Christmas Eve. The event is open to the public.

Parking is available in the lot on Elbert Street, the parking lot surrounding the Douglas County Building on Wilcox Street, in the first floor of the County parking garage at Third and Jerry streets, and in the Town Hall parking lot at 100 N. Wilcox St.

Carriage Rides and Carolers
The Season of the Star includes free carriage rides through Downtown, carolers, and other activities every Saturday. Carolers will be there every Saturday, roaming throughout Downtown from Nov. 25 to Dec. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. Carriage rides Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Pick up in Festival Park.

While currently under construction, Festival Park is expected to open just prior to Starlighting on Nov. 18. Learn more about the park’s renovation at CRgov.com/FestivalPark.

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County tests emergency notification system

The Douglas County Emergency Telephone Service Authority will be testing the CodeRED emergency notification system at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 20. The purpose of this test is to validate the telephone numbers in the Douglas County emergency notification database. There is no need for action if you receive the call.

The Caller ID will read 866-419-5000 and the message will say “This is a test of Douglas County CodeRED Emergency Notification System. No action is required, this is only a test. Had this been an actual emergency you would have received important information from your local public safety officials. Again, this is only a test.”

This testing process will increase the efficiency of the system and the speed in which notifications will be delivered when the system is used during an actual emergency.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to visit www.DouglasCountyCodeRed.com to sign up to receive CodeRED notification or update their contact information, including additional phone numbers and email addresses to ensure all of the data in the system is accurate and current. Citizens who have unlisted phone numbers, changed their phone number or address within the past year and/or those who use a cellular or a VoIP phone as their primary number, should add or update their contact information in the emergency database.

The CodeRED notification system assists in providing registered citizens with necessary public safety information pertaining to their registered location via telephone calls, text messages, and/or emails.

Questions regarding the CodeRED system or this test should be emailed to public_notify@Douglas911.org

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Festival Park officially opens during Starlighting; join a ribbon cutting Nov. 18

In the past, it was where major holidays were celebrated, community events were held and family memories were made. But, for the past year Festival Park has been under construction. Big changes have been made and our community’s treasured Downtown landmark will soon be reopening for business. Come celebrate the new additions to our beloved Festival Park with a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, Nov. 18.

Town Council approved a plan last year to redesign the park. Since then, the Town, Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Merchants Association have been working together with the goal of enhancing the park into a modern public gathering place. Now, that work is almost complete. The dedication and ribbon cutting will take place at 3:30 p.m. just before the lighting of the star.

While finishing touches will be made over the next few months, the park will officially be open. Come check out the new additions at the park, enjoy the holiday decorations and take a self-guided tour of the splash pad, Overlook and Lantern, the Landing, and the new bridges.

Plus, save the date! Mark your calendar for the grand opening celebration Saturday, June 2. Stay up-to-date on details at CRgov.com/festivalpark.

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Council set to consider plan for Castle Rock’s future

Like you, the Town of Castle Rock is invested in planning for the future. In that effort, Town Council on Tuesday is set to consider adoption of the Town’s Comprehensive Master Plan.

The Comprehensive Master Plan is the Town’s overall guiding document. It defines the community’s broad and long-term direction and is used to guide the Town’s growth, development and planning efforts.

Over the past year, the Town has been gathering feedback and working to update that plan for 2030. The draft plan is built upon Four Cornerstones: a distinct identity, responsible growth, community services and a thriving economy, which the community confirmed during various outreach efforts related to the update.

Planning Commission recommended approval during its public meeting Oct. 12. Town Council will consider the document during its meeting Nov. 14. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St. There will be time for public comment. View the meeting agenda at CRgov.com/agendas. Read the draft plan online at CRgov.com/CompPlan.

If adopted, this plan becomes the Town’s official guide for land use and development decisions through 2030.

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New project, plan in place for Town’s public art program

Bringing distinctive art to the community is part of the Town of Castle Rock Public Art Commission’s newly created mission.

The Commission recently took two actions to further that mission: creating a new Public Art Plan, and installing an art wrap on a traffic signal cabinet in Downtown Castle Rock.

Town Council last month approved the Public Art Plan, which defines the Commission’s mission and its vision, which is “The Castle Rock Public Art Commission is the catalyst for art experiences accessible to the public, creating community vibrancy and reflecting the charm, heritage and beauty of Castle Rock.”

The plan further defines six goals for public art in Castle Rock for the coming years. These include continuing participation in the Countywide Art Encounters rotating sculpture program; adding more art to Downtown Castle Rock; and commissioning a new project at Philip S. Miller Park.

Public input for the plan was collected earlier this year. The full plan is available at CRgov.com/publicart.

Another recent project of the Commission was installing the first public art wrap in Castle Rock, on a traffic signal cabinet in the median on the northwest corner of Perry Street and Plum Creek Parkway.

The wrap features the artwork “Scooter,” by Seattle-based Factory 43 Art Collective.

Fort Collins-based Public Art Collective donated the wrap to the Town, so no Town funds were expended on the project.

The Public Art Commission meets the second Thursday of each month at Town Hall. Agendas are available at the above webpage at the “Public Art Commission” link.

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Preliminary results are in; ballot question regarding Townwide Mayor passes

The citizen-initiated effort seeking to change language in the Town Charter regarding how the Mayor is selected has passed, according to initial results.

Unofficial results for Castle Rock’s special election have been posted to the Douglas County website, DouglasVotes.com.

Ballot question: 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?

Yes – 10,369 (67.41 percent)
No –     5,012 (32.59 percent)

The above results are preliminary and must still be finalized by the County.

Per State Statue, Town Council was required to set the ballot language and call a special election after a sufficient number of valid registered-voter signatures were submitted to the Town Clerk’s office.

Now that the ballot question has passed, Town Council will develop a plan for how to move forward with the Charter amendment. That process will be discussed at the next Town Council meeting, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, at Town Hall, 100 N. Wilcox St.

Council typically meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Council will schedule special meetings as necessary, or reschedule meetings due to holidays. To get the full, detailed agenda, visit CRgov.com/agendas and click “view Council agenda” on the right.

Watch Council live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil, 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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