Cobblestone Ranch Park
Based on community feedback, Town Council selected Cobblestone Ranch as the next park development project. The 168-acre site is situated on the eastern edge of Castle Rock, located along Castle Oaks Drive to the south, Arabella Drive to the west, Cherry Creek Trail to the east and McMurdo Gulch to the north. This property was acquired to serve as a regional destination, much like Philip S. Miller Park.
Although developing the entire regional park was not included in the Town’s 2020 budget, a master plan was required to set the vision for the overall property and phase 1 development. The Town contracted with Norris Design to complete the master plan design.
Construction update - phase 1
The Town has set aside roughly $4 million to complete phase 1 of the project. This first phase consists of approximately 12 acres that will form the heart of the future regional park. Specifically, phase 1 includes the entry road off of Castle Oaks Drive, off-street parking, three picnic pavilions, a large playground serving 2 to 5-year-olds and 5 to 12-year-olds, an asphalt pump track for biking, half-court basketball, a great lawn area, concrete sidewalks and landscaping.
Alternative options being considered include a synthetic softball field, six pickleball courts and permanent restrooms. Throughout 2020, staff sought additional public feedback on design elements included in phase 1. Norris Design has since been incorporating public feedback into final planning and construction documents.
Much of the progress at this point is taking place behind the scenes, with the design team focusing on underground utilities, landscaping and the entrance road. Final planning and construction documents are expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2021, making way for project bid completion. Construction is expected to begin mid-2021.