Touting some of Castle Rock’s recent investments and upcoming projects, Mayor Jason Gray painted a strong picture of its future at the 2022 State of the Town address.
About 100 people gathered the evening of June 28 at Philip S. Miller Park for the event, which this year included live music and cold treats on top of Gray’s update on police, fire, parks, water and development projects.
“Sales have been strong in the last couple of years,” he told the audience of families, residents, town staff and local community leaders.
As the town faces an explosion in growth, a number of investments are beinng made to keep up with the demand on everything from utilities to amenities.
A key part of the presentation focused on the roughly $14 million surplus tax revenue from last year that will be dedicated to police, fire and road work. The addes funds will come from the election where voters approved two ballot measures in 2021.
Castle Rock is considering using $6 million of the surplus to build a new fire station, with future plans to add 20 new fire department staff members and buy a new firetruck with some of the funds.
Of the remaining money, proposed uses include $2 million for constructing upgrades at the police headquarters, $1 million for fire mitigation and $5.6 million for road work.
One of the biggest road projects coming to Castle Rock is the Crystal Valley Interchange, which will include building a bridge over Interstate 25, constructing new highway access ramps and relocating the frontage roads. The goal is to increase the access to I-25 and address traffic build-ups at current access points, such as Plum Creek Parkway.
Another major roadway change could happen as early as next year since the town has moved forward work to implement two silent train crossings in downtown.
As part of the town’s long-term planning for water supply, two pipelines and a reservoir near Sedalia are in the works to increase the amount of water storage and availability. Another idea the town is discussing is expanding the water purification facility to double its current capacity.
Older areas of town, such as Craig and Gould, will have new storm drainage, water and sewer lines installed this year.
“By making drainage way improvements in several areas, the town is reducing the risk of flooding and erosion,” Gray said.
With waitlists at existing recreation centers, the town is considering building a third recreation center, which would include pickleball courts, a pool and gym space.
Castle Rock’s newest park, Cobblestone Ranch, celebrated a Grand Opening on June 29. The new park offers six pickleball courts, picnic pavilions and a bike pump track. The town is also eying upgrades to one of its oldest parks, Butterfield Crossing, to include a new Possibilities Playground for people of all abilities.
“The park will be one of a few fully inclusive parks on the Front Range,” Gray said.
Other parks and recreation initiatives include new trails at the Metzler Open Space and a new pond, Paintbrush Pond, which will be stocked for fishing.
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