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City of Castle Pines

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The City of Castle Pines was incorporated Feb. 12, 2008, Castle Pines is a city of 10,000 located about 20 miles south of Denver in Douglas County, just west of I-25 at Exit 188.

Our city has a vision that balances the preservation of our community’s history with growth that enhances the quality of life for our citizens. For more information on Castle Pines and to sign up for e-mail alerts about city news, visit

City of Lone Tree

City of Lone Tree LogoThe City of Lone Tree, incorporated in 1995, is home to almost 18,000 residents. Located south of Denver, Lone Tree has become a point of interest for exceptional shopping, cultural arts, top-rated schools and excellent recreational activities. The City of Lone Tree’s convenient location, with easy access to I-25, C-470 and the RTD light rail system, makes commuting for business or leisure comfortable, while 39 million square feet of office space brings great employment opportunities to the area.

Residents and visitors of all ages enjoy a diverse range of activities and facilities including the Lone Tree Summer Concert Series, the Lone Tree Library, an extensive trail network and first-rate shopping.

Douglas County Government
No matter why you love Douglas County, there’s one thing we all agree on, the quality of life here is second to none. And it’s the goal of our board to keep it that way. The decisions we make have to pass one simple test: Will it make Douglas County a better place?

The answer must always be a resounding yes. For the Board and the people who work not just for Douglas County, but for you.

Their goal is to keep you safe. To keep you moving. And to keep our economy growing. They’re here to protect our natural resources. And to protect the most vulnerable of our citizens.

It’s everyone’s goal to give you the help you need when you need it. That doesn’t happen all by itself. It’s something we’re constantly striving to achieve.

The Douglas County population estimate for January 1, 2022, is 373,275 persons, a 1.2% increase from the previous year’s estimate of 368,862.

Douglas County Libraries

Douglas County Libraries logoDouglas County Libraries, an independent library district, and elevates the community by inspiring a love of reading, discovery, and connection. With nearly 2 million annual visitors to seven branches located in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Louviers, Parker, and Roxborough, patrons are met with beautiful spaces, curated collections, personalized services, and a variety of events that offer a premium experience for all.

Douglas County School District

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The Douglas County School District (DCSD) is Colorado’s third-largest school district, serving 63,000 students in preschool through twelfth grade.

Douglas County School District teachers and staff are leaders of public education in Colorado, with many innovative educational approaches tailored to our students. Support and coordination can be found at the District level, but each school has the flexibility to build its own instructional programs. Parents can find many different choices through the District such as open enrollment, charter schools, instruction for gifted and talented students, magnet schools, an International Baccalaureate program, Advanced Placement courses and other special programs. Our vision is to “create responsible citizens who contribute to society.” We strive to maintain a well-researched, integrated and standards-based curriculum, a rich array of extracurricular offerings and strong community involvement.

Highlands Ranch Metro District

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The Highlands Ranch Metro District oversees the 22,000-acre master-planned community founded in 1981. The community has a population of 103,000 people. Highlands Ranch is located 12 miles south of Denver in Douglas County and offers a wonderful quality of life and opportunities for an active lifestyle.

As the local government in our community, the Highlands Ranch Metro District Board of Directors is comprised of seven elected board members who represent the citizens of Highlands Ranch.

The Metro District is committed to providing the following high-quality municipal services while managing resources wisely for Highlands Ranch.

  • Construction of major roads
  • Installation and maintenance of landscaping and fences adjacent to major roads
  • Installation of traffic signals and street lights on major roads
  • Construction and maintenance of parks and trails
  • Youth and adult outdoor recreation and sports programs
  • Management and maintenance of extensive natural open space areas
  • Construction of storm drainage facilities
  • Water and wastewater services through a contract with Centennial Water & Sanitation District
  • Community events and volunteer opportunities
  • Active adult/senior programs and services
  • Operation of the Highlands Ranch Mansion
Town of Castle Rock

Town of Castle Rock logoCastle Rock is a full-service municipality. While some communities contract for services like water, fire and police, in Castle Rock, we provide almost everything – water, fire service, emergency medical response, police, road repair, parks planning and maintenance, recreation, code enforcement, development services and more.

Castle Rock is renowned for its year-round recreation, events and attractions. The Town boasts gorgeous mountain views, more than 6,000 acres of open space, 110 miles of trails and 55 well-planned parks, and nearly 6,700 acres of open space that define the region’s most prominent features.

Located midway between Denver and Colorado Springs, Castle Rock encompasses 34 square miles and sits in the East Plum Creek Valley at an elevation of 6,202 feet. The Town is traversed by Interstate 25, is the seat of Douglas County and offers great shopping ranging from national retailers on the north end to one-of-a-kind shops in the historic Downtown. Its location makes it convenient to Denver’s big-city amenities and international airport, but far enough away to enjoy the Front Range outdoor lifestyle.

For more information, visit the Town of Castle Rock’s website

Town of Larkspur
Town of Larkspur logoThe Town of Larkspur is a hidden gem within Colorado. Nestled in the foothills between Castle Rock and the Tri-Lakes area, Larkspur provides its residents with small-town charm and stunning scenery right along the I-25 corridor.
The Town of Larkspur is a Home Rule Municipality of ~205 residents. Services offered include administration, utilities, water and wastewater, art and recreation, public works and planning. Larkspur also partners with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Larkspur Fire Protection District in providing emergency services to the community.

Social activities within the Town include the annual Colorado Renaissance Festival and the Jellystone Park at Larkspur. Visitors may also enjoy the 17-mile Colorado Front Range Trail that provides an outdoor experience through hiking, walking or cross-country skiing. The Larkspur Community Park is another location where residents and visitors experience the splendor of its amenities through scheduled events and private gatherings.

The Town of Larkspur has a variety of local businesses that are supported through the Larkspur Chamber of Commerce. The Town partners with the Chamber in providing social events and economic opportunities to its residents and visitors.

Town of Parker

Town of Parker logoThe Town of Parker, incorporated in May 1981, operates under a Council/Administrator form of government. The Town Council and Mayor are elected at large and an appointed Town Administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Parker offers the perfect balance of a full-service community with a hometown feel. A community that is highly rated for safety, Parker provides an unmatched quality of life, spectacular parks and recreation amenities, a great business mix, world-class cultural facilities and a wide variety of community events. To find out more about our community, visit