September 2019

Mayor's Message
Aug 2018

I am pleased to announce that the City of Castle Pines is the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for our 2019 budget document.

This achievement signifies that we have met, or exceeded, the national standards for effective budget management, reflects our commitment to meet the highest principles of governmental budgeting and demonstrates the work City Council and staff do behind-the-scenes to ensure a vibrant, thriving and financially resilient community.

In order to receive this distinction, we had to satisfy national guidelines that assess how well the budget serves as a policy document, financial plan, operations guide and communications device. This is the first year that the City has received this recognition.

City staff is currently working on the 2020 budget, which will be submitted to Council by September 30. City Council will then review the recommended budget on Monday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. at a special study session that is open to the public.

Mayor Tera Radloff

Meet City Staff
Mike Farina - Finance & Human Resources Director

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy all aspects of municipal finance, budgeting and accounting. If I were to place one part of the job over the other, it would be the financial planning and budgeting that ensures excellent financial health for the City.

What do you love most about working for the City of Castle Pines?
I started on May 23, 2019, so I'm only a few months into the job here. So far, the other staff members have been awesome. I got the impression that they all would be during my interview. What drew me to join the City is being able to contribute to all that goes into a brand new home rule city and a city that is going to significantly grow in the coming years.

What 2019 City project/initiative are you most excited about?
As mentioned above, the challenge and excitement that will come with being a home rule and growing community.

What do you like to do in your free time?
Spending time with my wife and two dogs...a dachshund named Guinness and a soft-coated Wheaton Terrier named Amberale!
SummerStage: Outdoor Concert featuring Finaleyes

Friday, September 13
Elk Ridge Park
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Grab your picnic blanket and get ready for some family fun! The community is invited to come and enjoy live music by Finaleyes in Elk Ridge Park.  Not just a band, Finaleyes is a high-energy live music show that plays the biggest hits from across the decades. 

Before and during the concert, sample food truck eats and cool treats (for a fee), along with free kids' activities including face painting, bungee trampoline, inflatables, caricatures, balloon tying, ninja warrior course, and more!

Event Details:
  • Activities and food trucks open at 5:30 p.m. 
  • Finaleyes performance: 6 - 8 p.m.

Energy Savings is a Breeze 
Take advantage of a free energy audit

Intermountain Rural Electric Authority (IREA) provides no-cost energy audits to association members! During the audit, an energy efficiency specialist will complete  important data regarding your home's heating and cooling systems, energy use patterns, the types of electrical appliances and equipment that you use and will share opportunities for energy efficiency improvements.

During colder months, specialists utilize thermal imaging equipment to identify cold spots within the home. Once the audit is complete, customers will be provided with a set of recommendations that may come with little or no cost or may require a more substantial investment. Energy audits are also provided at no charge for businesses in the service territory.


Election Season is Here

The City of Castle Pines is conducting a mail ballot, coordinated election with Douglas County on November 5, 2019. Voters in each district will elect one City Council Member for a four-year term. Douglas County will mail ballots to all active registered voters beginning October 14.

You may register to vote and update your registration at


Paddle or Kayak at Rueter Hess
Multiple dates in September to choose from

You've seen Rueter Hess Reservoir from afar, but have you actually been on the water? Now's your chance to kayak or paddle board on this unique, local reservoir. There are opportunities to bring your own equipment or rent on-site. 

On select dates through September, Rueter Hess is offering paddle board and kayaking lessons as well. Guided tours will take place in October. Check out select event dates below. Spots fill up quickly, so reserve your space today!



Upcoming Community Events 

Free Electronics Recycling and Shred Event
Saturday, September 21,  9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Echo Park Stadium - 11901 Newlin Gulch Road, Parker
Residents of Douglas County are invited to recycle old electronics and shred documents for free. Visit the recycling event website for a list of accepted items. This is a drive-through event. Volunteers will unload your vehicle for you. 

My Yard! Lawn & Landscape Ideas & Tips (Series)
Thursdays, September 5-October 10, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Douglas County Libraries in Castle Pines (360 Village Square Lane)
Learn expert tips and ideas for a thriving lawn and landscape! Topics covered in this six-week series include choosing trees, a pruning primer, what not to do with your landscape, trees and shrubs for small spaces, adding fall color and fruit gardening on the Front Range. The series is free to the public, but space is limited. Registration for each session is required at 303-791-7323 or

Douglas County Youth Congress
Tuesday, October 1, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Colorado State Capitol (transportation from Legend High School available)
High school students from around Douglas County are invited to connect with area civic leaders and other teens while learning how to think critically about issues relevant to them. During Youth Congress, students, legislators and community leaders work together in the spirit of creating positive change. Participants work in small groups to tackle relevant topics and present to the larger group.  Learn more about Youth Congress and register to attend online. 

Castle Pines in the News
Check out some recent articles about what's going on in, and around, our community.
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September Meetings 

September 10 |  City Council Meeting  - 5:30 p.m. Study Session, 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting, 360 Village Square Lane

September 24 | City Council Meeting - 5:30 p.m. Study Session, 6:30 p.m. Regular Meeting, 360 Village Square Lane

September 26 | Planning & Zoning Commission Meeting - 6:00 p.m., 360 Village Square Lane
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