Background

Just south of Denver, Castle Rock is a small but quickly-expanding city steeped in Western heritage. With growth comes challenges as the town works to maintain its values as a small town with character while managing growth.

Approach

Castle Rock began by re-designing its ongoing community research program using NWRG + COMENGAGE’s community equity assessment research program and 5-Star Rating Index.

More than 700 residents completed the survey.

More than 400 survey respondents agreed to participate in follow-up online community conversations lasting for six weeks and covering a range of different topic areas.

Community members completed one to two activities per week.

Results
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While community members are fearful that Castle Rock is losing its community character

“As each year passes, Castle Rock loses the 'small town feel'. We originally selected this area to live in because it was smaller and had that feel until development became the #1 priority.”

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They recognize that growth is inevitable and are cautiously optimistic if growth is carefully managed

“With appropriate emphasis on safety, open space/activities, and availability of goods/services, I think the town can maintain the characteristics of small-town character regardless of population.”

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Events and maintaining open space will help Castle Rock maintain its character and sense of community

“With appropriate emphasis on safety, open space/activities, and availability of goods/services, I think the town can maintain the characteristics of small-town character regardless of population.”

Castle Rock, CO, has posted a fabulous video highlighting the results from one of our community outreach surveys.  Thank you to Castle Rock!

Castle Rock Community Survey Page

Watch the Video