Castle Rock Recreation Center Gets City Support | mike mckibbin


A new recreation center has been proposed at Castle Rock, a public/private partnership that could open in 2025. |Town of Castle Rock/Confluence Cos.

By Mike McKibbin/NewsBreak Denver | May 18, 2022

[CASTLE ROCK, COLO.] A new 175,000 square foot recreation center could open in Castle Rock in 2025 under tentative plans unanimously backed by city council on Tuesday.

A public/private partnership between the city and Confluence Cos. of Golden would see a degraded industrial site west of Interstate 25 redeveloped into the Brickyard Sports Development Center. The company would also develop and own a mixed-use residential and commercial project adjacent to the center.

Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Brauer noted that the city has nearly 5,000 people on a waiting list for gymnasium, pool, turf and classrooms since January 2021.

“At the moment our leisure center is open from 3 p.m. to close late at night, but we only have two lanes open for public swimming and we have not built a competition pool or facility. basketball since 1988,” he said.

Under an intergovernmental agreement, the city hosts several recreation programs at Douglas County School District buildings.

After a city property review found no suitable properties for such a facility, the city launched a request in 2021 for proposals from private companies to form partnerships. ConfluenceCos. responded since it acquired the Acme Brick Co. property after it closed in 2018.

Confluence would donate 9.62 acres of its 31-acre site to the city for the center, which could have room for nearly 500 parking spaces.

The first phase of the two-story leisure center could include five basketball courts, a 25 x 25 meter competition pool with a 3 or 4 lane warm-up pool, spectator seating, an aerial adventure track interior, physical and sports training areas and changing rooms. The project could also include meeting and team rooms.

Several sources could cover the costs

Brauer told the board that the first phase could cost between $63 million and $67 million. He said a combination of already collected impact fees charged to promoters, private funding and/or participation certificates could cover the cost of the project.

An Urban Renewal Authority process would allow tax increase funding to help pay for part of the project, City Manager Dave Corliss said.

Brauer said the first phase could change once cost figures are confirmed.

“We see this third facility in Castle Rock complementing the Miller Activity Center, which is entertainment-focused, and our traditional Recreation Center, which is family-focused,” Brauer said.

He noted that the city paid for the Miller Center with certificates of participation that will be paid with impact fee revenue in 2023, 10 years earlier. This will save the city $1 million in interest, Brauer added.

‘Something special’

Tony DeSimone, partner and director of Confluence Cos., said he and his family had lived in Castle Rock for a dozen years and saw the project as an opportunity “to do the right thing.”

“We thought that could be a catalyst to drive growth at this site and in (nearby) Millers Lane,” he told the board.

DeSimone noted that Confluence has spent $150 million on projects in downtown Castle Rock.

In addition to the leisure center, DeSimone said the commercial and retail portion of the project could include a food hall concept, rental and for-sale housing, commercial and office space and an upscale boutique hotel with conference space.

The city will host an open house to explain the project and gather public feedback from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on June 14 at the Millhouse in Phillip S. Miller Park. Comments will be presented to Council on July 5th.

A tentative schedule for the project calls for city council to approve the project in the third quarter of 2022, site grading and earthworks to begin in the second quarter of 2023, and construction to take two years.

The project should also be rezoned as a planned development.

“I really think we have the opportunity to create something special,” DeSimone said.


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