Downtown Castle Rock will get extra lights and a more extravagant fireworks display for the town's annual star lighting this year.
At its Sept. 15 meeting, the Castle Rock Town Council approved up to $214,455 in expenditures. The decision passed 6-0. Councilman Chip Wilson was absent from the meeting.
Included in the Tuesday evening discussion was the decision to up the firework display, which would add another $10,000 to $20,000 to the expenses.
“Star lighting is the signature event in Castle Rock,” Mayor Paul Donahue said. “I think to treat (the residents) to a more intense firework show at the end, get everyone pumping — I think it's worth doubling that show, whether in terms of intensity or length.”
Enhancements in the 2015 decorations include lighting all 81 trees on Wilcox St. between Plum Creek Parkway and Wolfensenburger Road; roof and window lighting on the Masonic Lodge at Third and Wilcox; lights on trees at Town Hall, by the police department and in planters at Festival Park; and 75 snowflakes in Festival Park and a skating family under the Perry St. Bridge.
These recommended enhancements brought the 2015 program cost to $210,000, an increase of about $100,000 over the 2014 program. The proposed source of the majority of the funding is in the downtown projects line item of the Castle Rock general fund.
Also changing this year, the town is taking more ownership of the program by purchasing and installing lights instead of leasing them and paying for installation.
The town will be looking for sponsor to help partner financially for the event.