GOCO Connect Initiative Grant
Connecting the Community
It’s one of the most-used trails in Castle Rock and provides connectivity from Denver to south Douglas County. The last three segments of the statewide Colorado Front Range Trail through Castle Rock would provide a complete connection for recreational users, hikers, cyclists and commuters.
The Town is partnering with Douglas County Open Space and Natural Resources, Douglas Land Conservancy, Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation and two private residential development companies (Terrain-Starwood Ventures LLC and Toll Brothers Inc.) to complete those final segments.
It’s official! The Town has been awarded a $2,008,000 grant from GOCO through the Connect Initiative. The program aims to increase access to the outdoors in Colorado communities by filling critical trail gaps, building new trails, and providing better walkable and bikeable access for youth and families.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback to be included in the grant application. More than 80 percent of people in Colorado spend time on trails; closing gaps and increasing connectivity has long been a top priority for residents throughout the state.
The Colorado Front Range Trail
In 2003, with the support of many communities and stakeholders, Colorado State Parks initiated The Colorado Front Range Trail project (CFRT). The envisioned network would offer a multi-purpose trail connecting communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico. To date, approximately 300 miles have been completed. Once compete, the trail will span approximately 800 miles through 15 cities, 14 counties and many smaller towns.
The Town of Castle Rock will function as southern crossroads for the CFRT. The East Plum Creek, Hangman’s Gulch, Woodlands and McMurdo Gulch trails will eventually link travelers from Chatfield State Park to the west with the Cherry Creek trail to the east, and Denver to the north with Colorado Springs to the south.
Project Background & Details
- The Colorado Front Range Trail (CFRT) network began in 2003 to offer a multi-purpose trail connecting communities along the Front Range from Wyoming to New Mexico
- Castle Rock functions as an essential crossroads for the CFRT: East Plum Creek, Hangman’s Gulch, Woodlands and McMurdo Gulch trails will eventually link travelers from Chatfield State Park to the west with the Cherry Creek trail to the east, and Denver to the north with Colorado Springs to the south
- Project will complete three missing segments of the CFRT in Castle Rock: an extension of the concrete multi-use East Plum Creek Trail south to connect to the Douglas County trail system and two segments of the concrete multi-use McMurdo Gulch Trail east to connect to the Cherry Creek Trail
- Concrete trail will be open to hikers, walkers and bikers
- Grant request will be for the maximum amount of $2,000,000 through the Great Outdoors Colorado Connect Initiative program to partially fund the project that will be planned and constructed over the next three years with an approximate cost of $5,000,000. Remaining funding will come from Douglas County, land developers and funding already allocated for new trail construction projects.
- GOCO Connect Initiative focuses on connecting existing trail gaps, constructing new, highly demanded trail systems
Did you know?
GOCO grants have helped fund other projects in Castle Rock. Those projects include the acquisitions of the Gateway Mesa, Quarry Mesa and East Plum Creek open space areas; the construction of the East Plum Creek Trail between Meadows Parkway and Wolfensberger Road; the construction of the Adventure Playground at Philip S. Miller Park; and most recently, the construction of the East Plum Creek Trail Southern Extension.