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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.