It’s where major holidays have been celebrated, community events have been held and family memories have been made. But soon, Festival Park will be even more. Big changes are in store for this treasured landmark of Downtown Castle Rock. Work is set to begin this week.
Town Council approved a plan last year to reconstruct the park. The Town, Downtown Development Authority and the Downtown Merchants Association are working together with the goal of enhancing the park into a modern public gathering place. Over the next few weeks, work will officially begin.
Some important dates to keep in mind:
Week of Feb. 6 – construction fencing will go up around the park; additionally, a portion of parking on the south side of Second Street will be closed
Week of Feb. 13 – construction of a new one-way entrance into the business parking lot on the northeast corner of Second and Wilcox streets will begin
Week of Feb. 20 – Second Street will be permanently closed; additionally, the alley that runs between Second and Third streets will become permanently one way from the south to the north
To mark the start of construction, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 24.
Stay up-to-date on construction – signup for biweekly updates with the Festival Park email list at CRgov.com/notifyme. As with any construction in Colorado, timelines are variable and dependent on weather.
It’s also important to note, as of Thursday, Feb. 9, the portion of Sellars Gulch Trail that runs through Festival Park will be closed during construction. A half-mile detour will be available. More information on the project and detour is available at CRgov.com/FestivalPark.
Once complete, Festival Park will include a landing pavilion, fire pit, splash pad, great lawn and creek-side picnic area. Additionally, stream stabilization along Sellars Gulch will be included in construction.
The $6.9 million park-improvement project includes funding from both the Town and the Downtown Development Authority. The project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, allotments from the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, Stormwater Fund, unobligated General Fund and Downtown Development Authority sales and property tax TIF funding mechanisms.
Planning for these improvements was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvements projects like Festival Park.
Construction is planned to be complete before the end of the year.
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