East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension
- The Hier and Gannon Open Space property has been closed as it is being used as a staging area for equipment and the construction of the southern extension of East Plum Creek Trail. Please do not enter the property until the project is completed and open to the public sometime this fall.
Grand Opening Celebration
Rescheduled for Friday, Sept. 20
Join us for the dedication and ribbon breaking to help make it official.
Enjoy complimentary food and giveaways. Cheer on the East Plum Creek Trail 10K and Art Run 5K runners as they break the ceremonial ribbon, officially opening the East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension. Representatives from Town Council and GOCO will be there to commemorate the successful expansion of the most widely used paved trail in Castle Rock.
Meet where East Plum Creek Trail previously ended and the new extension begins, west of Safeway off of South Perry Street. The trolley will run between Town Hall and the trailhead from 4:45-6:15 p.m., so families can come cheer on their runners. Then, head back to Festival Park to watch the runners cross the finish line.
East Plum Creek Extension 10K and Art Run 5K
Reschedule for Friday, Sept. 20
Run on the latest extension of the East Plum Creek Trail in the last race of the 5K After 5 Series or a full 10K that runs through the Station 152 Firehouse. The course begins at the T-intersection of East Plum Creek and Sellars Gulch on the northwest side of Festival Park, proceeding to the trail dedication at the trailhead located off South Perry Street. All runners will receive a celebration tie-dye T-shirt and commemorative medals. Both races will be officially timed by Colorado Race Timing. For more information about the races and our other race events go to CRgov.com/Races.
Explore the trail for hidden treasure
Following the opening of the trail, grab a Generation Wild geocaching treasure map. The map is a great way to explore the new 2-mile trail segment and hunt for hidden treasure. Maybe you'll even see Wilder somewhere along the way? Want to do more? Download a copy of Generation Wild's list of 100 things to do before you're 12. Treasure maps will be uploaded online the week after the dedications, and will also be available for pick up at the MAC and the Recreation Center.
The East Plum Creek Trail travels along the East Plum Creek corridor, north to south through Town. The trail travels 6 miles from Castle View High School to South Perry Street. In addition to daily activity, the trail network is actively used for several special events including Bike to Work Day, Pedal the Moon and the Castle Rock Half Marathon.
The East Plum Creek Trail is not only the Town’s most widely used paved trail, but it is also part of a larger statewide trail system – the Colorado Front Range Trail. That trail system will eventually connect communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico.
Great Outdoors Colorado helps fund new extension
In October 2016, the Town was awarded a $1 million grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) through their Connect Initiative Program to help complete construction of the 2-mile southern section. The southern extension of the East Plum Creek Trail was included as a Town priority in the Council-approved 2015 Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The $1 million Great Outdoors Colorado Grant will help offset some of the costs and save money for other trails projects in Town. The grant required the Town to match funds of an additional $1 million to improve the trail.
About Great Outdoors Colorado
GOCO invests a portion of annual Colorado Lottery revenues into trails, parks, wildlife, open spaces, river corridors, playgrounds, and Youth Corps in all 64 counties through competitive grants. Created by a vote of the people in 1992, GOCO is managed by an independent board and uses no tax dollars. It also provides direct support to Colorado Parks and Wildlife programs and facilities. Lottery revenues also support the Colorado Conservation Trust Fund and school construction.
The Connect Initiative focuses on connecting existing trail gaps, constructing new, highly demanded trail systems and providing increased access for youth and families to existing parks, open spaces, natural areas and environmental education opportunities.
While this is the largest GOCO grant the Town has ever received, these competitive grants also helped fund other projects in Castle Rock, such as the acquisition of Quarry Mesa Open Space, the acquisition of East Plum Creek Open Space, the construction of the East Plum Creek trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road, and the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park.