Mission Statement: Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park is a non-profit corporation that provides support for the interpretative and educational activities of Castlewood Canyon State Park.
Established in 1998, Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park (FoCCSP) is an organization devoted solely to the protection, preservation, and enhancement of Castlewood Canyon State Park. FoCCSP is an independent, non-profit organization with 501 (c)(3) status that operates under a cooperative agreement with Colorado Parks and Wildlife and supports and promotes Castlewood Canyon State Park by raising funds and recruiting volunteers to:
- Preserve and enhance the Park’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
- Increase public awareness and stewardship.
- Support educational and interpretive activities that inspire visitors and increase their understanding and enjoyment of the Park.
- Protect its boundaries.
FoCCSP is a 100% volunteer organization with more than 100 active members at the present time. The Friends group is currently involved with supporting a number of projects and initiatives within the Park, including an upgrade to the Visitors Center at the Park and improvement/replacement of the interpretative signage at the Park. This is in addition to support of ongoing and seasonal activities, including supporting the Park’s education and interaction with visitors.
Friends Partnership with the Park:
Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park (FoCCSP) originated in September 1997 out of a meeting of a small group of Volunteer Naturalists The purpose of the meeting was to explore interest in, and viability of, formation of a local Friends group that might support Castlewood Canyon State Park. On January 6, 1998 Friends was formally established. Since that time, Friends has provided for or received funding for a variety of projects.
History of Friends
- East Canyon Prairie Buffer Project – In1998 Friends formed a private-public partnership with State Parks Division, Douglas County and Greater Outdoors Colorado (GOCO--lottery money) to purchase 397 acres immediately adjacent to the park boundary for $1.35 M. Friends committed to raise $100,000 of the total purchase price and that commitment apparently convinced decision-makers at the State level to conclude the purchase from Blue-Green Corporation, the developer.
- Metzler Property Acquisition Partnership- 2001 saw a partnering as before to obtain final 167 acre link in buffer zone around park. $75K Friends commitment. Friends raised and contributed $75,000 to the purchase of 167 acres of park buffer property known as the Metzler addition.
- National Public Lands Day – Friends received $2,000 from National Environmental Education Foundation and Toyota ($1,000 each) to be used for improving the Park. This money was earmarked for the East Canyon Preservation Area Trail.
- East Canyon Preservation Area Trail – Contributed $8,000 to the planning and construction of the East Canyon Trail. Friends funded and organized the ribbon cutting and opening of the new trail in 2008.
- Discover The Lucas Homestead Self-guided Trail – Provided funding and support for the development and the construction of the trail along with the creation and publication of the guide booklet. The year 2009.
- Cherry Creek Watershed Initiative – Provided support to Douglas County concerning this initiative to preserve the watershed from the canyon to the headwaters of Cherry Creek. This ultimately manifested itself in the Douglas County Vision For Open Space in 2012.
- Visitor Center Make-Over – Friends will focus their efforts on raising funds for construction of new displays. We will also work closely with the vendor to ensure that the spirit of the park pervades their professional designs. In 2011 Friends committed $20,000 for the Make-Over of the vestibule. Work completed in January 2013.
- Friends Website. Friends’ website www.castlewoodfriends.org went on-line. This was made possible by a grant from NEEF.
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Friends Goals and Objectives