Festival Park Reimagined
Enjoy this Halloween event from 1 to 4 p.m. Kids will be able to enjoy inflatables, face painter, balloon artist, candy, hay rides and carnival games.
Season of the Star
Start the season off right with Starlighting Saturday, Nov. 17. Join your friends, family and community as the Town of Castle Rock, the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Alliance delight in the charm of our small town holiday activities.
Starlighting activities begin at 2 p.m. and include food, adult beverages, live entertainment and fireworks at 5 p.m. The Rink at the Rock also opens for the season this day.
Enjoy free carriage rides from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Pick up is at Festival Park
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.
Storytellers and S’mores
Bundle up and head over to Downtown Castle Rock to enjoy the holiday lights and check out the recently redesigned Festival Park. Santa and some of his friends are stopping by to read holiday favorites from our giant Storytellers Chair. Enjoy roasting marshmallows, making s’mores, hot chocolate and other family friendly fun at this free community event.
Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Now, this central gathering space has been transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction contract between the Town and M.A. Mortenson Company was approved by Town Council to redevelop Festival Park. The goals are to enhance the park, boost the success of the adjacent Downtown business district and create an active public gathering space for both work and relaxation.
Throughout the planning process, the Town solicited input from the public to help re-image the park. The $6.9 million-park-improvement project includes amenities such as a landing pavilion, splash pad, a fire-pit, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch were implemented to align with national flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
It’s also important to note, traffic will only be permitted to enter Second Street one-way from Perry Street and will be required to exit through the alley north. This allowed for both a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.
- Planning for the redesign of the park was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvement projects through a TIF fund.
- Council approved the final design concept and funding as part of the 2016 budget.
- Public engagement process took place to get resident feedback. Check out the results from the public engagement process.
- Design Workshop – the landscape design consultant for the project – led a team of highly-qualified architects and engineers to develop construction drawings suitable for the contractor-bidding process.
- Town Council approved a construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company.
- Construction begin and was completed within roughly one year
The Festival Park redesign project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, the Town's unobligated General Fund, the Town's Stormwater Account and the Downtown Development Authority's TIF (tax increment financing).
|Town of Castle Rock||$2.9 million|
|Downtown Development Authority||$4 million|
|Contract Award||M.A. Mortenson Company|