Is Rock Park being re-zoned? What does that mean?

Currently, Rock Park consists of several parcels the Town has purchased over time in an effort to enhance this iconic landmark. The land that was purchased is designated as R-1 Single-Family, which would allow detached one-family dwellings, small in-home day cares, indoor and outdoor recreation, and underground public utilities, among other uses.

In May 2017, Castle Rock Parks and Recreation proposed a new zoning classification that would remove the single-family residence zoning and allow for recreation and cultural/arts facilities use. The intent of the proposed zoning classification was to have one zone designation that could cover all active parks within Town. Upon hearing public feedback, the Town is now considering a special zoning district specifically for Rock Park. 

An ordinance will be presented to Town Council at its Oct. 17 meeting. The purpose is to create a new zone classification, the PL-3 District. This will officially define the park as a natural area and will align the park’s permitted uses with the activities and facilities that currently exist.

Learn more at an informational public meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7 in the Town Hall lobby, 100 N. Wilcox St. Parks and Recreation staff will be on hand to answer questions and address concerns. Please keep in mind, this new zoning classification would not change any of the park’s features – only make it easier for the Town to maintain the monument.

The PL-3 District would define the park as a natural area with the exception of the service items and features already in existence at the park. Permitted uses on the proposed PL-3 District will generally include open space; wildlife sanctuary; trails and associated service facilities such as restrooms, picnic pavilions and information kiosks; off-street parking and driveways; and temporary community events. Additionally, the PL-3 District would allow for the continued maintenance and operation of the flagpole and Star.

Other public hearing opportunities will be at the Town’s Planning Commission meeting Thursday, Sept. 28. Town Council is also scheduled to review the proposed zoning change for the first time at its Tuesday, Oct. 17 meeting. Both Town Council and Planning Commission meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers, 100 N. Wilcox St.

Currently, the Rock Park site is just over 62 acres and consists of eight previously separated parcels acquired as public open space between 1947 and 1991. Securing this new zoning would help officially consolidate the entire park site. This will help with maintenance for Rock Park and the Star.

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1. Is the city considering taking over the Plum Creek Golf Club pool? If no, what is going to happen to the pool and parking lot- it has been left abandoned for 6 years.
2. What are you doing with the land by Sovereign and Cherry?
3. Can I climb to the top of Castle Rock?
4. Can the Town construct a staircase to the top of the Rock?
5. Are there any plans to construct a full-sized ice rink in Castle Rock?
6. Are there plans for a year-round simulated snow park at Philip S. Miller Park?
7. What percentage of Castle Rock land is dedicated/protected open space? Is there a map showing these locations?
8. What is the purpose of the orange mesh & black tarp barriers along Native Legend Trail? And the blue flags?
9. Why do Town employees go up on the Rock?
10. Is Rock Park being re-zoned? What does that mean?
11. What is happening at Festival Park?