February 2011 issue of the Castle Pines Connection
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The Castle PinesCONNECTIONVolume 3, Number 2 The Voice of the Castle Pines Community February 2011While many across the country find themselves indoors with a cup of hot chocolate near a fireplace when the snow hits big, we here in Colorado head to the hills. Whether it is skiing, tubing, snow boarding, sledding or just playing in the snow, the Castle Pines community makes the most of the winter fun.Snow fun has begun in the Castle Pines community!Article by Kathy Dunker with photos submitted from residents in the communityWith the official onset of winter came the first big snow, and Douglas County School District’s “snow day” on January 10. Adventurers in the Castle Pines community got flaky and frosty as they headed outdoors for some quality time with Old Man Winter, in spite of the very frigid tem- perature of 15 degrees.As plows drudged through the snow-covered streets, families pulled out their snow blowers and shovels and got busy. They cleared drive- ways and sidewalks, built snowmen, and dusted off their favorite sledding devices to celebrate the occasion on any bit of open space available.The big sledding hill on Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch Boulevard in the City of Castle Pines was a very popular destination for many a thrill seeker. Residents and surrounding neigh- bors trekked in with sleds, tubes, discs, snow bikes, snowboards and, believe it or not, skis! Parents, kids, and even dogs raced downhillwhile sitting up, standing up, spinning around, going backwards, and sailing through mid air as they shot off berms and man-made jumps.Perhaps these crazed snow lovers should keepin mind a few safety tips while gallivanting hill- side? With the Castle Pines Parkway hill, as an example, sledding enthusiasts have some positive features that lend toward sledding safety. The long, relatively flat area at the bottom of the hill allows riders to glide to a stop, and there is no access to vehicular traffic from the bottom. Aside from the scrub oak and the icy stream at the base (ouch and burr!), the top of the hill is probably what deserves more attention.It is common to see frenzied families with sleds and kids in tow darting across Castle Pines Parkway after securing a parking spot on nearby Shoreham Drive. Although there is a sidewalk and crosswalk available at the Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch Boulevard intersection,(Continued on page 2)Sign up for e-mail alerts at:Editor@CastlePinesConnection.comIn the newsTown Approves Outlets’ LED Signs9422 24Community Connections28 29 3135Apple Award NomineesColorado All Star SwimmerThe Castle Pines Connection, LLCPRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID DENVER, CO PERMIT NO.16737437 Village Square Lane, Suite 220 Castle Rock, CO 80108www.CastlePinesConnection.com

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