Castle Rock accepts 60-acre land donation

Town OKs $1.6 million in spending for improvements on site near Founders Parkway

Thelma Grimes
tgrimes@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/8/21

By agreeing to accept one of the largest private-land donations in Castle Rock’s history, the town council committed to meeting the stipulations placed on the gift. During the June 1 council …

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Castle Rock accepts 60-acre land donation

Town OKs $1.6 million in spending for improvements on site near Founders Parkway

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By agreeing to accept one of the largest private-land donations in Castle Rock’s history, the town council committed to meeting the stipulations placed on the gift.

During the June 1 council meeting, Director of Parks and Recreation Jeff Brauer said that before longtime Castle Rock resident Robert F. Metzler died, he arranged to donate about 60 acres of land to the town. The land is located near Founders Parkway.

As part of the agreement, Brauer said, Metzler’s estate is donating a conservation easement, which limits the uses of the property going forward and preserves the natural state of the land.

The Douglas Land Conservancy, a local nonprofit focused on land conservation in Douglas County, will hold the conservation easement to ensure the property, including a four-acre tract containing the homestead and ranch buildings, are managed appropriately.

By unanimously approving the resolution and accepting the land, the council has committed $1.6 million to complete the first phase of required improvements, which includes 2.5 miles of soft-surface trails and parking spaces. The plan also calls for the town to install informative plaques on the property to provide additional information about the Metzler family and property.

The donation also includes an 11-acre parcel for a future education or community building. Brauer said the area will be managed as open space until a plan for the land is identified.

In other business, council established Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) priorities, directing staff to focus on senior/special needs support services and ADA accessibility improvements to public facilities, which will include park and sidewalk improvements.

In 2020, the council accepted entitlement status to be eligible to receive an allocation of funding provided through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The grant can be used to revitalize neighborhoods, expand affordable housing, offer economic opportunities, and improve community facilities and services. A 30-day public comment period on the town’s plan begins this month with a public hearing with the council on July 20. CDBG funds will be available beginning Oct. 1.

The council also finalized amendments to the town code to include the establishment of a noxious weed management plan, which is required to comply with Colorado Noxious Weed Act requirements in 2021.

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