Rouse Park Playground Renovation 2020

Rouse Park Playground Wins Starburst Award

The Rouse Park Playground project was selected to receive a 2021 Starburst Award from the Colorado Lottery.  The Starburst Awards highlight projects that creatively use Lottery funds to make a lasting impact on communities.

In March 2020, the Recreation District received a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) to invest in a renovation of the playground at Rouse Park. By September the District's parks crew began to remove the existing playground equipment and to get the site ready for a new and exciting playground to be installed.

Churchich Recreation, in partnership with Miracle, designed and installed the new playground at Rouse Park. Recreation District crews finished the project on January 7, 2021.  The playground is currently open and we encourage the community to enjoy all it has to offer. 

Over the coming months we will add two picnic tables, two benches, a shade structure and landscaping to the site.  We hope you enjoy your Rouse Park playground.


Project Information

In 2019 the Cañon City Area Recreation and Park District was informed by the manufacturer that we had to replace the Rouse Park Playground or have it removed.  Immediately staff began the process of seeking out grants, meeting with the community and playground user groups, and finding stakeholders to support a playground renovation project.  A grant proposal was submitted in October of 2019 to help fund an anticipated $241,000 project, and in March of 2020 we were notified of a successful Great Outdoor Colorado (GOCO) Grant to make this a reality.  Receiving this grant is a credit to the community members who provided input and showed a need by attending open house meetings and providing feedback. 

Churchich Recreation was selected to design and build the new playground at Rouse Park from the eight different playground companies which submitted proposals.  Part of their proposal included a sizeable rebate, which allowed them to put additional equipment in the remodeled facility.  To hold all these play features, the overall size of the playground increased.  This project is a significant upgrade for Rouse Park.

Work began in September 2020 with District staff demolishing the old playground. Once the site was prepped, Churchich Recreation sent a crew to install the playground. The playground equipment installation was completed in January 2021.

It is the hope of the Recreation District staff and Board of Directors that you will enjoy these improvements to your Rouse Park.


Great Outdoors Colorado

This project was made possible by a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,200 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.  



Supporting Project Partners
  • City of Cañon City
  • Cañon City School District RE-1
  • Fremont County
  • Newmont Mine
  • Bank of the San Juans
  • Fremont Paving & Ready Mix