Castle Rock breaks ground on 225-acre regional park

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The day they broke ground on the Philip S. Miller Park, town leaders called it the crown jewel of Castle Rock.

With the promise of a 225-acre park that includes a 60,000 square-foot fieldhouse, water features, amphitheater and up to five miles of trails, the town on May 15 hosted a ceremony among the park’s peaks to celebrate the start of construction.

The ceremony marked day one of what is a multi-year project, said Mayor Paul Donahue.

“Philip S. Miller Park will be a crown jewel in our inventory of parks,” Donahue said. “We’re looking forward to the final project.”

Phase one of the final project coincides with construction of a $9 million fieldhouse — a 50,000 square-foot building to feature indoor synthetic turfs — a play adventure area and swimming pools.

The start of construction of the fieldhouse was accelerated to coincide with the park’s groundbreaking in hopes of celebrating a 2014 grand opening of the park and the fieldhouse.

“This (groundbreaking) is a culmination of over two years of hard work by the community and town staff,” said Rob Hanna, director of parks and recreation. “I’m looking forward to the enjoyment (of the park by) the community and visitors for generations to come.”

Construction of the park will take place in multiple phases over the next several years, according to the town of Castle Rock. The $10 million park and accompanying fieldhouse was the town’s top park priority and was one of the town’s top five considerations in Castle Rock’s 2013 budget.

The 225-acre park is on Plum Creek Parkway, northwest of the Interstate 25 interchange. Construction of the fieldhouse will begin in late summer and will be visible from Plum Creek Parkway.

“This is the largest project we’ve undertaken,” said Jeff Smullen, superintendent of parks planning and construction. “We don’t have anything else like it.”

For more information about the Philip S. Miller Park, contact Smullen at 303-814-7458 or jsmullen@CRgov.com or visit CRgov.com/PSMPark.

Philip S. Miller Park plans

• Fieldhouse and indoor pool

• Core plaza with spray pad

• Synthetic turf athletic fields

• Adventure playground

• Outdoor amphitheater

• The Millhouse, an indoor/outdoor events pavilion at the amphitheater

• Pond

• Concrete trails and pathways

• Four to five miles of soft-surface trails

• Irrigated turf and landscaping

• Hillside step challenge

• Picnic pavilions

• Restrooms