In December 2015, construction began on the Wolfensberger pedestrian bridge that will eventually connect Philip S. Miller Park and Ridgeline Open Space when it is complete. The bridge, which has a budget of just over $700,000, is scheduled to be installed during the spring of 2016. The project was approved by the Castle Rock Town Council in 2015.
Work began in late 2015 with the construction of support structures for the bridge over Wolfensberger Road. Despite some delays due to weather-related issues, the bridge will be ready for use in early 2016. According to an article published on the Town’s website, the bridge has already been fabricated and is now waiting for transport to the construction area. Once the pieces arrive, workers can put the bridge together and have it open by springtime.
When completely built, the bridge will connect a 17-mile surface loop trail with hundreds of acres of park space. Designed to blend well with its natural surroundings, the bridge has a weathered steel finish. Eventually, the bridge will be an integral part of a large trail loop that will connect downtown to neighborhoods in The Meadows and the East Plum Creek Trail. The bridge itself will be 155 feet long and will be utilized by hikers, bikers, walkers, joggers, and others.
The Parks and Open Space
Philip S. Miller Park
Philip S. Miller Park is one of the area’s most popular outdoor public recreation areas. The park is 270 acres and offers a huge variety of amenities. Some of the most popular features include a 200-step challenge staircase, an adventure playground, athletic fields, climbing wall, walking, jogging and biking paths, and more. Also, the park includes picnic areas, an outdoor fireplace, an amphitheatre, events pavilion and much more.
Philip S. Miller Park is located at 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway, Castle Rock, CO 80109
Ridgeline Open Space
Ridgeline Open Space covers 370 acres and provides an extensive system of trails that are perfect for walkers, joggers, cyclists, and more. Amenities that the open space area offers include native surface trails, parking areas, and benches. Leashed dogs are allowed on Ridgeline Open Space trails.
Ridgeline Open Space is located at 2525 Coachline Road, Castle Rock, CO 80109
The area surrounding the new Wolfensberger pedestrian bridge is some of the most beautiful in the state of Colorado. With an abundance of parks, trails and open space in the vicinity, residents and visitors can take advantage of the great outdoors without the need to travel out of the area. The Town’s award winning Parks and Recreation Department is constantly working to create, improve and maintain all outdoor spaces that are designated for the community’s use. The town maintains 20 parks, almost 6,000 acres of open space, and approximately 75 miles of trails.