The Canon City Area Recreation and Park District is undertaking a major improvement project at Rouse Park.
The first park owned and operated by the Recreation District, Rouse Park, has been the home of sports programming and community events since 1974. Over the years, the District improved the park by renovating the basketball courts, the batting cage and the playground. The tennis courts were repurposed into pickleball courts.
In 2022, the District received ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds from Fremont County to help upgrade the stadium lighting and offer multiple field improvements. Funding was also committed from Black Hills Energy and the Canon City Noon Lions. The Recreation District is using funding from its Programs Activities Fund and Conservation Trust Fund for the project.
See the tabs below for the planned upgrades coming to Rouse Park in 2022 and 2023.
- Stadium Lights
- Replacement of the light towers on Field B
- Addition of a center field light tower on Field A
- Replacement of the lights fixtures on both fields
- Includes all new wiring
- Benefits: Reduced energy use, reduced light spillage into the surrounding neighborhood; safer playing conditions
- Court Lights
- Replacement of light fixtures for the Pickleball and Basketball Courts
- Benefits: Reduced energy use; improved playing conditions; lighting the playground
- Field A Backstop
- Retrofitting the backstop on Field A to match that on Field B
- Includes a new concrete wall and fencing
- Adding padding on concrete walls on both fields for safer play
- Benefits: lengthens the life of the backstop; uniformity between the fields
- Shade Shelter
- The District is adding a new small pavilion between the two fields near Park Ave.
- Benefit: extra shelter for visitors to Rouse Park (the Recreation District's busiest park)
- Covered Dugouts
- Recreation District staff will be constructing covers for all four dugouts on Fields A & B
- Benefits: shade and safety for participants using the fields
- Shade Structures
- Shades structures will be placed over two bleachers on Field B and four bleachers on Field A
- Benefit: provides shade for spectators as they watch games at Rouse Park