Natasha Lovato / NewsBreak Denver
(Castle Rock, Colo.) The Town of Castle Rock completed its vision to transform the downtown alleyways. Now the project needs funding.
After polling Castle Rock residents, on April 18 the town released the plan to transform the downtown alleyways into safe, multi-modal and creative spaces.
The Downtown Alley Plan established a framework to reconstruct the downtown alleys into pedestrian and bicycle-friendly spaces. The reconstruction will improve safety, accessibility and mobility downtown for pedestrians, bicyclists, and other micro-mobility options through active, shared alleyways.
"Our goal is to create a seamless network of active alleys that connect to the existing and planned bike network via safe and comfortable connections," said Thomas Reiff, The Town of Castle Rock's Transportation Planner.
The Downtown Alley Plan will provide safe walkways away from the street and connect to safe crossings. It will also offer adaptable spaces built into the alley network, which will provide opportunities for special events such as farmers' markets, performances, beer gardens and exhibitions.
"What we've seen in other communities is these alleys, as they're improved, become more active so what that entails is that businesses see their opportunity to interact with the alleys as far as getting additional entrances into their businesses or additional seating for their restaurant, things like that," Reiff said.
He also added that they plan to incorporate opportunities for public art, from murals to alley art on the pavement.
Reiff said making the improvements is at the Town Council's discretion, and it will discuss financing on June 21. The council is considering applying for grants.
Reiff expects the project to finish in multiple phases as funding becomes available.