Commission approves plan for pickleball courts at Coyote Ridge Park
The City of Castle Pines Planning Commission (PC) approved the first phase of a project that will replace the skate park at Coyote Ridge Park with new pickleball courts later this year. A new skate park is being considered for a later phase of development.
PC members unanimously approved a “location and extent” application from the Castle Pines North Metro District (CPNMD) on May 26 to build five, post-tension pickleball courts with a parking lot and shade structures.
In April, the PC delayed the decision and requested more information about the proposed 50-foot light poles and lights for the courts, which were seen as having the potential to impact nearby homeowners. However, the lights and poles have been dropped from the plans, said Jim Worley, former district manager for CPNMD. Lighting is planned for the shade shelters next to the courts, but will not be on the courts or in the parking lot.
The PC also asked CPNMD to notify adjacent residents of the project and to collect more feedback before they reconvened in May.
One member of the PC expressed support for adding a new skate park to Coyote Ridge Park in the future, and said he was concerned that plans for a skate park had been dropped altogether. Worley said a skate park will be added at some point, but added that a location within Coyote Ridge, which is owned and managed by CPNMD, has not been identified.
Pickleball courts have long been among the most requested amenities from residents, and City of Castle Pines Communications Manager Camden Bender said a recently-approved update to the Castle Pines Parks and Recreation Comprehensive Plan prioritized the desired courts.
The City is simultaneously exploring the installation of new pickleball courts, but no site nor timeline has been determined.
Coyote Ridge Park’s hours will remain 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the summer. Pickleball courts will occupy less than one acre of the 40-acre park.
To learn more, to sign up for virtual meetings, or to provide feedback to the City Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, visit https://www.castlepinesco.gov/city-services/city-departments/parks-recreation/parks-and-recreation-advisory-board/.
By Chris Michlewicz; rendering courtesy of Design Concepts