Parks/Open Space

Festival Park

Castle Rock, Colorado

Transforming a neglected park into an active community space

As one of the fastest growing towns in the nation, Castle Rock, Colorado was in danger of losing its historic identity. To remedy this, the Downtown Development Authority began advocating for redevelopment in the downtown core rather than the edges of town. Design Workshop led the design for one of these projects, Festival Park, a $6 million renovation of an existing park space. Now a downtown centerpiece, Festival Park accommodates a greater variety and quantity of programming and community events than before. The design team led a robust community outreach process to drive the design process, creating a place that was distinctly Castle Rock. The success of Festival Park has solidified downtown as a destination and sparked over $60 million in redevelopment projects.

Services Provided: Park Planning, Sustainable Development, Landscape Architecture, Public Facilitation & Outreach, Permitting, Construction Observation


  • Merit Award for Design, ASLA Colorado
  • Best Landscape/Urban Development Project, ENR Mountain States
  • ULI Impact Award Finalist, ULI Colorado
  • Starburst Award for Excellence in the Use of Lottery Funds, Colorado Lottery


Town of Castle Rock


Castle Rock Downtown Development Authority, Town of Castle Rock Parks Department, Tomecek Studio Architecture, Kimley-Horn, LS Group, Biohabitats