Castlewood Canyon State Park Celebrate 50 Years
Castlewood Canyon State Park recently celebrated its 50th birthday, and as part of the Castle Rock community they celebrated with a fundraiser party. Known as the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park, the volunteer state group has been taking care of their home that sits on a 15-acre plot located on the Kleinert homestead, a ranch built in 1887.
According to the Castle Rock News-Press, they have committed to raising $25,000 toward the purchase and are busy organizing a number of events to raise money for the “birthday gift”, said Ron Clauseen, president of the group. Events include a 10K trail run in the fall, as well as a “yoga in the park” series that starts next month.
Already raising $6,000 for the first month of the campaign, the group is well on its way to making their goal for the 50th year of the park’s existence. Officially becoming a state park in 1964, Castlewood Canyon got most of its land from donations. Since then, the park has grown to over 2,200 acres from the help of the community.
Located just south of Franktown on State Highway 83 in Douglas County, the park boasts beautiful rock formations along the canyon. There is also the legend of bigfoot being spotted in various parts of the local park that keep visitors interested in the location.
Aside from the $25,000 for the Kleinert property, according to the recent article, which will provide storage and better access for maintenance crews on the west end, the Friends are hoping to raise another $25,000 this year for park programs and improvements to the visitor center. A long-term goal is focused on building an environmental education center, but this several years out, Claussen said.