Castle Rock rolls up sleeves for coming year

Town manager highlights priority projects for 2020

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/13/20

It's a new year, and that means a new list of priorities the Town of Castle Rock hopes to tackle in 2020. Town Manager David Corliss on Jan. 7 highlighted a list of projects that the town staff …

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Castle Rock rolls up sleeves for coming year

Town manager highlights priority projects for 2020

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It's a new year, and that means a new list of priorities the Town of Castle Rock hopes to tackle in 2020. Town Manager David Corliss on Jan. 7 highlighted a list of projects that the town staff expects to focus on in the coming year, from equipment upgrades to road construction to boosting water infrastructure.

Here's a snapshot of the town's goals, which is subject to change. A full list is available at CRgov.com.

Public safety

The town will add three police positions this year — a detective, a school resource officer and a training officer. The council approved adding an additional SRO in July, following a trend throughout the county. Neighboring law enforcement agencies also approved more SROs in 2019 to heighten security after a school shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch in May.

The town is also continuing construction on an updated fire training facility and set to implement the fire department's 2020-2024 master and strategic plans.

Transportation

One of the town's key road projects is widening Plum Creek Parkway east of Gilbert Street to Eaton Circle. The project includes two new roundabouts. The town plans to complete a transit feasibility study in 2020 that will explore the possibility of public transit in town, and the desire for it among town residents.

The town is also moving forward in acquiring right of way property to one day construct a new interchange at Interstate 25 and Crystal Valley Parkway. Although the interchange is years off, the town has had numerous discussions in 2019 about how to fund the project and prepare for its construction when the time comes to build it.

Parks and recreation

The Cobblestone Ranch neighborhood is slated to get a new neighborhood park in 2021. This year, town staff hope to finalize its design and begin construction of the project. Other town parks will get upgraded equipment and new amenities. Those include Butterfield Crossing, Mitchell Gulch and Plum Creek.

The town in September celebrated the opening of an extension to the East Plum Creek Trail, the town's most traveled trail. But they don't plan on stopping there. The trail is part of the larger Colorado Front Range Trail system, which stretches from Wyoming to New Mexico. Castle Rock plans to design more extensions in 2020.

Water

Castle Rock plans to begin recycling wastewater in 2020, with an overall goal of reaching 75% renewable water by 2050. The town anticipates about a third of its water will be reuse water in 2020. This year, the town expects to complete construction on a pump station near Sedalia and pipeline that will ship used water back to town where it can be treated and put back into the town's system.

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