DCSD and Kaiser Permanente Partner for Mental Health
In August, the Douglas County School District and Kaiser Permanente Colorado announced a collaboration in an effort to provide more mental health resources to students and staff. Joining five other Colorado school districts, DCSD is now a part of Kaiser Permanente’s Thriving Schools, a group that advocates trauma-informed care practices and policies in school districts.
Kaiser Permanente will provide mental health training and $99,999 in community benefit support to DCSD. Teachers, administrators and school staff will receive mental health and wellness training to help them work with traumatized students through their program called Resilience in School Environments: Understanding and Practice, or RISE UP.
This collaboration will give DCSD teachers, administrators and staff the access to mental health resources from Alliance for a Healthier Generation, which has online assessment tools and guides to assist the district with mental health initiatives. DCSD staff will also act as part of an advisory council for Kaiser Permanente in shaping Ghosted, an interactive program for high school students that addresses anxiety, depression and suicide prevention.
$72.3 Million Mixed-Used Development Proposed for Downtown Castle Rock
Formal council consideration in the fall is now set for the Encore project, a $72.3 million proposition involving public and private partnership that would sit directly adjacent to Town Hall. This mixed-used development consisting of 124 condominiums, 11,921 square feet of office space and 17,881 square feet of retail space is being proposed by Confluence Companies, builder of Castle Rock’s Riverwalk mixed-use project. Still partially under construction, the Riverwalk also includes apartment, retail and office space and would stand across the road from Encore.
In addition to revitalizing the neighboring lots, if approved, the Encore development would bring 300 public covered parking spaces to the downtown area, over and above the 300 spaces planned for retail, office and residential use. As a further incentive, the developer would also pay $900,000 toward the creation of a train-horn quiet zone for the area. The builder would also construct a public dog park, civic plaza and roundabout at South and Wilcox streets, the latter two to be funded by the Town of Castle Rock.
Final approval, if given, would likely occur this month.
Support Douglas County Libraries Through Second Chapter Bookstore
Many in the community may be unaware that you can actually buy books at bargain prices right inside our Douglas County Libraries. DCL funnels the majority of the generous influx of used books, DVDs and CDs into the Second Chapter Bookstores, one of which is conveniently located inside each of the county’s library branches. Many of these books are sold for $3 or less.
DCL donates some of the gifted books and materials to outreach programs like Operation Paperback that send them to American troops deployed overseas. Books of greater value are sold on the DCL Foundation storefront on Amazon, and donations deemed to be highly valuable are collected to be sold at the antiquities book sale, usually held at the Highlands Ranch branch in February.
All proceeds bolster the DCL Foundation, which supports literacy programs that embrace the community members from birth through adult ages. The foundation funds Camp DCL scholarships and adult high school equivalency testing, as well as providing the Cuddle Up & Read program that helps expose children to reading.
Deputy Zack S. Parrish III Memorial Park Opens to Public
The grand opening of the town’s newest park occurred Aug. 17, honoring one of Castle Rock’s finest law enforcement officers. The park was named after Deputy Zack S. Parrish III, a deputy from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office who died in the line of duty Dec. 31, 2017. The park is graced with a memorial honoring Deputy Parrish and all public safety personnel. Parrish had also served with the Castle Rock Police Department.
The new park was named after the fallen deputy by a majority vote of the public. Beautiful memorial touches—a blue concrete band, lighted steel columns and a special garden—show homage to those who risk their lives while protecting us and those who died while doing so. Since Deputy Parrish often used the word “phenomenal,” Burly Brewing Co. brewed a special beer just for the event—Phenomenal Brew.
The new 5 1/2-acre park and playground on 2020 Fiddle Road features two play areas, a sports field for various uses, picnic pavilions, courts for pickleball and bocce ball, horseshoe pits and cornhole boards.