Rouse Park Playground Renovation 2020

Great Outdoors Colorado Grant Awarded!

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.  

Work will begin in September to remove the existing playground equipment and get the site ready for a new and exciting playground to be installed.

After soliciting proposals from designers, the District has chosen a design from Churchich Recreation to revitalize the playground at Rouse Park.

We ask for your patience as this project is under construction.  It would not have been possible without the support of our local community.

Rouse Park Playground Prior to Renovation

New Playground Project



On September 15th, the District's parks crew started work on the playground renovation project.

You can watch as the project takes shape here.



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.  Matching funds or in-kind donations were pledged by the City of Cañon City, Fremont County, Cañon City Schools, Newmont Mine, Bank of the San Juans, Holcim, and Fremont Paving and Redi-Mix.  This grant would not have been possible without their support.

Over the summer we met with eight different playground companies to work on designs for the facility.  After a Request for Proposals process, Churchich Recreation was selected to design and build the new playground at Rouse Park.  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, we are going to increase the overall size of the playground by including what is now the existing grass section between the current play structure and swings.  This project will be a significant upgrade for Rouse Park.

Work will begin in September on the playground, starting with District staff demolishing the old playground.  Once that is complete, we will prepare the new playground site area and install a concrete wall around the perimeter of the site.  In mid-October Churchich Recreation will being installing the new equipment, and the new playground should be completed in early to mid-November.  For around two months we will not have a playground at Rouse Park, and we do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but in the end it will be worth it.  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
  • Holcim
  • Fremont Paving & Ready Mix 


A Peek at the New Design!

Rendering of the New Rouse Park Playground


Designed by Churchich Recreation

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Equipment by Miracle

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Rendering of the Rouse Park Playground Design