Festival Park Reimagined
Grand Opening Weekend at Festival Park
Friday, June 1
Casino Night featuring the Vintage Vocal Trio
You are cordially invited to join the Town of Castle Rock as we celebrate re-imagined Festival Park’s Grand Opening Weekend. We are kicking things off with Castle Rock’s twist on a black tie affair. Step back in time and enjoy the swanky sounds of the Vintage Vocal Trio. Test your luck at one of our free casino games. Enjoy a Martini on the rocks or an Old Fashioned while you nibble on some Vegas style buffet fare. Bring out the entire family for a fun evening enjoying all the newly designed park has to offer!
Saturday, June 2
Summer Grand Opening of Festival Park & Starlight Movie Night #1
Join the Downtown Merchants Association for a day of celebration including live music from Sarah P and the Dirty Logger from 3-6 p.m. There will be food trucks, free bounce houses, kids activities and the movie, the movie "Jumanji" will start at dusk. Bring your lawn chairs, picnic blankets and snacks and enjoy a movie in the park.
Sunday, June 3
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Festival Park Farmer’s Market
Castle Rock’s new Sunday Farmer’s Market will open on June 3 and run through Labor Day weekend. Every week shoppers can enjoy a variety of vendors ranging from fresh, local produce, grass-fed meats, to local artisans, and much more! Find out more about the vendors here!
Concrete work May 1-24
Several areas of the park will undergo concrete improvements starting May 1. Areas of work are highlighted in the below architectural drawing.
Existing Fire Pit
The existing fire pit has been roped off so that the riser surrounding the existing fire pit with be removed and replaced with a sloped ramp surrounding the pit and should be completed by May 19.
A pipe beneath the splash pad needs repair and therefore a portion of the concrete will need to be removed and replaced the week of May 14-18. Following the repair, start-up procedures and testing for the splash pad will take place from May 21-23. The splash pad will be fully operational on Friday, May 25.
The concrete at the entrance to the restrooms will be removed and replaced due to repairs that need to be made.
New Fire Pit
A second fire pit is being added to the park behind the splash pad. Construction will commence on Tuesday, May 1 and is anticipated to be completed by the Grand Opening on June 1.
Festival Park is the heart of Downtown Castle Rock and is home to some of the community’s most treasured events. Now, this central gathering space has been transformed into a vibrant urban center. This project was planned through a collaborative effort of residents, the Downtown Development Authority, Downtown Merchants Association and the Town.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 a construction contract between the Town and M.A. Mortenson Company was approved by Town Council to redevelop Festival Park. The goals are to enhance the park, boost the success of the adjacent Downtown business district and create an active public gathering space for both work and relaxation.
Throughout the planning process, the Town solicited input from the public to help re-image the park. The $6.9 million-park-improvement project includes amenities such as a landing pavilion, splash pad, a fire-pit, an open lawn, a creek-side picnic area, market plaza, bridge connections to Town Hall parking, improved lighting and seating, an overlook walkway with an iconic lantern feature and a water-play area in Sellars Gulch. In addition to the amenities, stormwater improvements along Sellars Gulch were implemented to align with national flood plain regulations and provide public access to the creek.
It’s also important to note, traffic will only be permitted to enter Second Street one-way from Perry Street and will be required to exit through the alley north. This allowed for both a pedestrian walkway and market plaza to be incorporated into the park.
- Planning for the redesign of the park was a vision some time ago. In 2008, Downtown businesses voted to increase their property taxes to help pay for Downtown improvement projects through a TIF fund.
- Council approved the final design concept and funding as part of the 2016 budget.
- Public engagement process took place to get resident feedback. Check out the results from the public engagement process.
- Design Workshop – the landscape design consultant for the project – led a team of highly-qualified architects and engineers to develop construction drawings suitable for the contractor-bidding process.
- Town Council approved a construction contract with M.A. Mortenson Company.
- Construction begin and was completed within roughly one year
The Festival Park redesign project has multiple funding sources including the Conservation Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Capital Fund, the Town's unobligated General Fund, the Town's Stormwater Account and the Downtown Development Authority's TIF (tax increment financing).
|Town of Castle Rock||$2.9 million|
|Downtown Development Authority||$4 million|
|Contract Award||M.A. Mortenson Company|