During the Dec. 21 council meeting, the Castle Rock Town Council closed out regular meetings for the 2021 year by making plans to move forward with an indoor recreation facility and approving the design contract for the Crystal Valley Parkway/Plum Creek Boulevard project.

During the meeting, councilmembers were updated on the ongoing recreation facility feasibility study, which has involved a year of the Parks and Recreation Department and an architectural design consultant looking the costs of building the town’s next indoor recreation center.  

While the study indicated an additional facility is feasible with the funding mechanisms in place for parks and recreation, town officials said existing and suitable town-owned property is limited.

After discussion, the council recommended that staff distribute a request for proposals to gauge interest in potential public-private partnerships. That information will be presented to council at a meeting early next year.

Amenities for the prospective recreation center could include a 25-meter pool, multi-court gymnasium, fitness area and meeting rooms. Actual programs and amenities will be determined during the design development process, which will include community and town council input.

In other business, the town council approved a resolution finalizing an agreement for the Crystal Valley Parkway and Plum Creek Boulevard roundabout design. The council approved a service agreement with Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. for design work on the Crystal Valley Parkway and Plum Creek Boulevard Roundabout Project.

Town officials have said traffic at the intersection has increased due to new home construction in the area. Town staff determined a roundabout would best serve the community by increasing safety, improving reliability and reducing environmental impacts.

An all-way stop and traffic signal were also evaluated as potential options. However, town staff have said the options presented increased safety risks. The $349,000 agreement includes design, traffic analysis and right-of-way services.

The design is expected to be complete by summer 2022. Construction on the roundabout is estimated to begin shortly after and is scheduled for completion by spring 2023.