Castle Rock is investing approximately $7 million to update the city’s parks and recreation options, including the renovation of Mitchell Gulch Park.
On October 18, City Council approved a number of resolutions related to investments in the redevelopment of Mitchell Gulch Park, the design of a new recreation center, and the installation of parking at the Metzler Family Open Space.
At 25 years old, Mitchell Gulch Park is one of the oldest parks in the city. The planned redevelopment includes six new tennis courts, new playground equipment, a bike pump track, walking paths, year-round restrooms, paved parking and a clubhouse. Better lighting and irrigation would also be part of the project.
“Mitchell Gulch has been identified as a priority in our capital improvement program,” said Jeff Brauer, director of parks and recreation. “We have an aging clubhouse, we have a couple of sets of playgrounds that… are showing their age and depreciating rapidly.”
Council approved a $3.5 million contract with Colorado Designscapes to build Mitchell Gulch Park, as well as $821,000 for tennis courts and approximately $400,000 for playground equipment.
“There’s a lot of money being invested in infrastructure so it can be brought up to par with our other parks,” Brauer said.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the summer of 2023.
The city is also looking to expand indoor recreation options, and the council approved a $577,000 contract to design a potential future sports development center, which would be developed in partnership with Confluence Companies.
As planned, the Sports Development Center would be a 132,000 square foot facility and include an indoor pool with spectator seating, five hard courts for basketball and other sports, an indoor track, a fitness area with weights, fitness rooms, gathering spaces and room to grow.
“The commitment to our next recreation center must meet the needs of the community,” Brauer said. “One of the things we haven’t done since 1988 is develop an aquatics facility, so we know there’s a need. … Same thing with multi-purpose courts.
Confluence Companies would provide 11 acres on Prairie Hawk Drive, a site known as the Brickyard, for the sports complex and develop the project if the city goes ahead with the plan.
The sports center development will also require the city to rezone the land, which Confluence Companies is in the process of doing.
Bauer told the council the city has the ability to fund a $63 million to $67 million sports center, which would be paid for through the Development Impact Fee.
Finally, the board approved a $1.2 million construction contract with Schmidt Constrution for trailhead parking at the Metzler Family Open Space. The lot will provide 54 parking spaces on East Allen Street.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and end in February.
Castle Rock Parks and Recreation,
Castle Rock Sports Development Center,
Open space of the Metzler family,
Mitchell Gulch Park