July 2019
      

Mayor's Message
Aug 2018

Summer is finally here and Castle Pines provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor fun and connecting with neighbors. There are plenty of activities to discover this month, right outside your front door.
 
5 Can't-Miss Summer Activities in Castle Pines this July:
  1. Watch the sunset over the buffalo herd at Daniel's Park;
  2. Catch a family-friendly movie outside on the driving range of The Ridge golf course;
  3. Hit up the farmer's market on Wednesdays to get your weekly dose of fresh, local foods;
  4. Dance the night away at SummerStage, the City's outdoor concert series;
  5. Find renewed energy and strength during Pilates in the Park.
     
For residents that prefer outdoor activities at their own pace, our trails and parks are fun to explore, too. As a motorist, remember that children and families often take advantage of the walkability to/from our community parks. Please obey traffic signals and watch for pedestrians in our crosswalks and cyclists along our roadways.

I look forward to seeing many of you at our remaining summer events and out enjoying our parks and trails. Visit castlepinesco.gov/events for event details and other activities for the whole family to enjoy.
 
Sincerely,
Mayor Tera Radloff
      

Meet City Staff
Michael Penny - City Manager

What do you enjoy most about your job?
Working with our great staff to implement the vision and goals of the City Council for this incredible community.

What do you love most about working for the City of Castle Pines?  
Watching the transformation of the community as The Canyons becomes a reality and we watch the development along Lagae. People who live here love the community and hearing what they'd like to see created and developed in the community is very exciting. Being part of the maturing of the community (since we are the youngest municipality in the state) is incredibly rewarding.

What 2019 City project/initiative are you most excited about?
A little belated, but seeing the support from the community to move from statutory to home rule was incredibly exciting. I look forward to seeing more events to bring the community together. I also look forward to seeing significant street/sidewalk repair and improvements occurring this summer. Longer term, I look forward to improving pedestrian crossings and better-integrated trails and bike routes.

What do you like to do in your free time?  
I enjoy spending time with my wife, Lisa. We enjoy the outdoors - hiking, biking, and skiing. We also love to go on scuba diving trips.
      

Smoother Roads Ahead
2019 Pavement Rehabilitation/Street Improvement Project Coming Soon

Cone zones will be popping up around the City over the next few months as road and pavement projects get underway. The City is excited to begin the 2019 pavement rehabilitation project that includes:
  • Complete reconstruction of the Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch Boulevard intersection, including the addition of a left-turn lane from southbound Monarch Boulevard to eastbound Castle Pines Parkway. 
  • Full reconstruction, partial reconstruction or surface treatments on 13 residential streets. 

Combined, these projects equal 43  different road segments totaling three  miles. 

Public Works staff, in coordination with Schmidt Construction company, is currently developing a construction schedule, which will be posted and updated in real-time on the City's  interactive project map. Visit the map to view details about each project including road segments, construction dates and project status. 

      

City Maps Go Digital

The City is pleased to unveil a new GIS dashboard that offers real-time data related to zoning, trails, economic development, property information, home sales, road construction and more! This new, interactive mapping hub is intended to be your one-stop-shop for City maps. "We hope this new, online and mobile-friendly tool is used heavily by the community for all their data and map needs," explained Sam Bishop, Community Development Director. 

Explore the maps and share your experience and feedback with us. City staff will continue to make improvements to the data and community feedback will help us correct errors and deliver data that benefits everyone.

      

Living with Bears

The diverse wildlife we see in Castle Pines is one of the many reasons residents love this community. While infrequent, bear  encounters in Castle Pines can happen, especially during summer and fall months when they are most active . Where human development and bear habitat overlap, bears may find it's easier to get calories from trash cans than from foraging in the wild. To help prevent bears in your neighborhood, remember to follow these tips:
  • Do not leave trash or trash cans outside overnight;
  • Properly store pet food and bird seed;
  • Burn food off of barbecue grills and clean after each use;
  • Keep all bear-accessible windows and doors closed and locked, including home, garage and vehicle doors;
  • Don't leave food, trash, coolers, air fresheners or anything that smells in your vehicle;
  • Pick fruit before it ripens and clean up fallen fruit.
Learn more tips about living with bears from  Colorado Parks and Wildlife
      

Represent Castle Pines on the Douglas County Open Space Advisory Committee
Deadline to apply is Friday, August 2

The City of Castle Pines is currently seeking applications to fill a seat on the Douglas County Open Space Advisory Committee.

The committee makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners on the disbursement of funds from the Open Space, Trails, and Parks Fund and members are appointed to three-year terms. 
 
The Committee meets the first Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. at the Philip S. Miller Building in Castle Rock. 

      

Small Business Support Available to Local Entrepreneurs 
Castle Pines small businesses are eligible for free business consulting through SBDC

Local small businesses are encouraged to take advantage of free, confidential, one-on-one consulting services offered through the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). SBDC is accepting appointments from business owners to review and discuss  marketing strategies, financing or cash flow needs, business planning, long-term needs and more.  

Business owners may register as an SBDC client at no charge online or call 303-326-8686 to schedule an appointment.

      

Help Keep our Waterways Clean

Stormwater runoff is one of the main sources of water pollution in the nation. By taking action together, we can improve water quality, beautify local waterways and create healthy ecosystems for wildlife to thrive.

As communities grow and become more developed with roads, parking lots, buildings and homes, there is more opportunity for stormwater to become polluted. When rain falls onto paved surfaces or rooftops, it becomes runoff and drains into a storm inlet or ditch which flows untreated into a nearby creek or river.
So, let's learn how we can keep our water safe and clean!

How you can help protect our water:
  • Keep it out of the inlet: Grass clippings, leaves, dog waste, oil and paint are all pollutants
  • Read the label: Over-fertilizing can hurt your lawn and the water
  • Pick it up: Dog waste is a sneaky source of bacteria in our waterways
  • Consider car washes: Commercial car washes remove oil from the wash water
  • Vehicle maintenance: Small fluid leaks can add up to big trouble
  • Household chemicals: Store hazardous chemicals in a shed, garage, or somewhere out of the rain
  • Trash also counts: Trash is also a huge source of water pollution, so keep it in the can
  • Get involved: Find local stormwater programs and events in your community
      
Pilates in the Park
Saturdays: July 13, Aug. 17

Join instructor Bonnie Thompson, owner of The Pilates Ranch, for a flowing, multi-level Pilates mat class that will tone and balance your muscles, align your body, strengthen your core and give you renewed energy!

Pilates in the Park is an hour-long mat Pilates session at Retreat Park (off Tangleoak Lane) in the grass.

Event Details:
  • 9 - 10 a.m.
  • Free!
  • Must be 18 or older to participate
  • Bring your own mat and water
      

Upcoming Community Events 

Movie at the Ridge - Featuring How to Train Your Dragon 3
Saturday, July 27
Activities open at 6:30 p.m.; movie starts at dusk
Elk Ridge Park
Bring the whole family for a movie under the stars at The Ridge golf course driving range.  Enjoy food truck eats and cool treats from Kona Ice, Mac 'n Noodles food truck and Popcorn Bliss.  Other activities include a  bouncy house, face painting and yard games that can be played before and during the movie.
A special thanks to The Castle Pines Connection and The Ridge for their event partnership.

Household Chemical Roundup
Saturday, August 10
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Shea Stadium - 3270 Redstone Park Cir., Highlands Ranch
Properly dispose of household chemicals including antifreeze, oil, pesticides and other chemicals. This event is open to all Douglas County residents. Please bring proof of residency. Each carload costs $25. 
View the event poster for a list of approved chemicals. 
      
Castle Pines in the News
Check out some recent articles about what's going on in, and around, our community.
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July Meetings 

July 23 |  City Council Meeting  - 5:30 p.m. Study Session, 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting, 360 Village Square Lane

June 25 | Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting - 6:00 p.m., 360 Village Square Lane
      

City Council Happenings

View meeting agendas, minutes and videos online. Residents are invited to attend or live-stream monthly City Council meetings which take place on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m. On an as-needed basis, Council also holds Study Session meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the same date as City Council meetings to discuss topics of interest to the community. These meetings do not have any formal action by the Council, but are also open to the public and may be viewed online. 
      

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