Around Town 4

Road Project Expands to 
Benefit Motorists

Castle Rock Parkway, to the right of the overpass, will be expanded to be a four-lane road prior to the completion of the North Meadows Extension project. The left side of the overpass will be known as North Meadows Drive, and to stay ahead of projected traffic increases in Castle Rock and Douglas County, the section of road (Castle Rock Parkway) being built between U.S. 85 and I-25 — initially planned to be one lane in each direction — will be widened to four lanes total. As new businesses and residents continue to move to Castle Rock and into the County, the Castle Rock Town Council and Board of Douglas County Commissioners unanimously agreed to fund the expansion — part of the ongoing North Meadows Extension Project — in order to relieve anticipated congestion for area motorists. The total cost of this expansion is expected to be less than $2 million, of which Castle Rock will fund up to $1.25 million and the County will provide $750,000 — which brings the County’s total contribution for this regional significant transportation improvement project to approximately $14 million. Adding these lanes to the current project, according to the Town, as opposed to doing it later as initially planned, keeps costs down as most of the large equipment needed is already on site, traffic control is in place and there will be less of an inconvenience to traffic as the widening will occur before the road is open to the public. The project is still expected to be completed in 2016.

Castle Pines Café Has a Mission

Wellspring Community began in 2008 with four young women with developmental disabilities learning how to bake cookies in a private kitchen. Soon, their cookies were selling at local churches and Wellspring’s first business enterprise, Best Buddies Bakery, was underway. The biggest customers for Best Buddies Bakery are Tony’s Market, Castle Rock Adventist Hospital and Regis Jesuit High School. And although the wholesale business was booming, bakery participants had bigger dreams. “We wanted people to be able to see what we make,” Marti Jones, director of business development, said. “But we also wanted people to be served by our participants — have our participants act as hosts and waitresses and busers.” That’s when the Bomans came into the picture. Greg and Becky Boman offered a wall in The Emporium — a cluster of shops specializing in home decor, food, jewelry, clothing and antiques — for Wellspring to sell ceramics and woodworking that participants made. That wall soon turned into an entire cafe, when Becky Boman closed down her tea room, which she said wasn’t being used to its fullest potential. Wellspring serves adults with disabilities including cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism and several unspecified syndromes with the goal to be to empower the lives of its participants.

The “Winter Park Wipe Out”

The Winter Park Wipe Out, a mountain town tradition with interactive outdoor activities, presents their annual scavenger hunt and obstacle course designed to challenge participants, test skills and experience Winter Park. The Winter Park Wipe Out will take place on Sat., April 2, 2016 at Hideaway Park in Winter Park, Colo. Participants will meet at the park at 2 p.m. and have three hours to complete a pre-defined course throughout the downtown area with over 20 challenges, games and fun activities. This year’s family-friendly activities include snow sports, puzzle solving, food challenges, interactive games and more. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in their best costumes and be ready for a party. Attendees can enjoy beer, hot chocolate, s’mores, live music and more chances to win amazing prizes following the event.

Highlands Ranch Fence Program

The Trex fences are the result of Highlands Ranch Metro District’s Fence Replacement Program, established in 2007 to replace 20-year-old fencing along arterial roads with two, four and six lanes. This year, that includes both sides of South Broadway from Northridge Recreation Center to Mary Gulch Trail. The Metro District evaluates existing fences annually based on age, appearance and strength, and then plans replacement areas for the following year. When the program expires in 2032 — 25 years after its start — the Metro District will have spent $12.9 million to replace 42 miles of fences. Some residents say they like the appearance of Trex, made of 95 percent recycled materials from plastic shopping bags, reclaimed wood and sawdust. Others have concerns about the time it takes to replace fences that are barriers between private property and passing traffic on main roads. And some, whose properties also border residential streets, dislike having a fence with two materials as a result of Trex being too expensive to buy on their own. In January, the district started replacing 11,315 feet of fencing along South Broadway. The project will be completed in 2016. This year’s cost is equal to $866,500.

Pencils of Promise

Stuart Weitzman has partnered with Pencils of Promise (PoP) to share in its mission to create schools, programs and global communities around the common goal of education for all. With a focus on creating quality elementary education programs within the rural regions of developing nations, Stuart Weitzman will fund the building of three schools: one in Ghana, Guatemala and Laos. Working alongside each community to train and empower locals with these self-sustainable schools, the Stuart Weitzman and PoP partnership takes a step closer to the vision that every child has the basic right to education.  To benefit the cause, Stuart Weitzman has created an exclusive yellow suede version of the NEARLYNUDE block-heel sandal – one of the hottest styles from the spring collection – proceeds from which will benefit the building of the three schools. With a suggested retail price of $398, this limited-edition charity style is available only online.