‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ screened at back-to-school teen movie night

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (PG-13) on Friday, Aug. 6, in San Gabriel Park as part of its annual Sunset Movie Series.

The free, community event will take place in the Legacy pavilion in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. Free parking is available throughout the park.

The movie starts at dusk, around 8:30 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs, and picnics. Come early for free popcorn, to explore the park, and to visit with vendors.

The movie is rated PG-13. Parents are urged to be cautious, as some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.

For more details, visit parks.georgetown.org/sunset-movie-series.

Public input sought for parks and recreation master plan

The City of Georgetown is looking for community input to guide decisions on the City’s Parks and Recreation Master Plan through a digital survey. The survey is open July 12 through Sunday, July 25.

The survey also was mailed to a random sample of 4,000 Georgetown households to collect statistically valid results. People who received the survey in the mail should follow the instructions instead of responding to the open-link survey. The open-link survey will give all residents an opportunity to provide feedback, and all responses will be included in the final analysis, which the City expects to share with the public by the end of August.

“The results of this survey will create a priority blueprint for where we can improve, how to grow responsibly, and what programs and recreational opportunities our community needs,” Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett said.

The master plan will provide a vision for the Parks and Recreation Department and act as a guide during the next 10 years. The master plan will prioritize the community’s desires for upgrading and improving parks and recreational assets to develop goals, policies, and guidelines, as well as an implementation plan. There will be several opportunities for public input throughout the master planning process, which is expected to be completed by January 2022. So far, public engagement to develop the master plan has included a community questionnaire and a public forum in May.

During the master plan process, consultants GreenPlay will look at the existing parks, recreational facilities, and services, and use public input to determine the future level of services that will be needed. GreenPlay also is conducting a needs assessment survey to determine priorities for the parks and recreation system, facilities, and activities; identify potential funding sources and partnerships; and create a plan for how best to support the parks and recreational needs of the community.

To take the survey and learn more about the master plan process, visit gtxparkplan.com.

Memorial Day closings

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday. This includes the following:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Light and Water Works Building, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 510 W. Ninth St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.

Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, will be open from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, May 31.

GoGeo transit service

There will be no GoGeo bus transit service on Monday, May 31.

Pools open Memorial Day weekend

The Recreation Center Outdoor, Williams Drive, and Village Pool will open for the summer season Saturday, May 29. The Recreation Center Outdoor Pool will be closed May 30-31. For more information, call 512-930-3596 or visit parks.georgeotwn.org/pools-and-splash-pads.

Splash pads: The splash pads at San Jose Park, 1707 San Jose St., Downtown, 816 S. Main St., and Rabbit Hill Park, 1109 Blue Ridge Drive, are open 9 a.m.-8 p.m. each day through Sept. 30. The splash pad at Garey Park is open daily during park hours from April 1-Oct. 31. The Garey Park splash pad closes 30 minutes prior to park closing.

Solid waste and recycling

There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, May 31. Carts should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on Monday, May 31, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Public input sought for parks and recreation master plan

The City of Georgetown will host a virtual public forum at 6 p.m. Monday, May 24, to kick off the creation of a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan.

The master plan will provide a vision for the Parks and Recreation Department and act as a guide over the next 10 years. During the master plan process, consultants GreenPlay LLC will look at the existing parks, recreational facilities, and services, to determine what future level of services will be needed using public input. The master plan will prioritize the community’s desires for upgrading and improving parks and recreational assets to develop goals, policies, and guidelines as well as an implementation plan.

In addition to this public forum, a needs assessment survey will be conducted to determine priorities for the parks and recreation system, facilities, and activities, as well as what funding sources may be available, potential partnerships, and how best to support the parks and recreational needs of the community.

There will be several opportunities for public input throughout the master planning process, which is expected to be completed by January 2022.

To register for the public form, participate in a community questionnaire, and learn more about the master plan process, visit gtxparkplan.com.

Notice of Intention Regarding Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, April 27, 2021

NOTICE OF INTENTION REGARDING CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS
COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that it is the intention of the City Council of the City of Georgetown, Texas, to issue one or more series of interest bearing certificates of obligation of the City entitled “City of Georgetown, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation” (the “Certificates”) for the purpose of paying contractual obligations incurred or to be incurred by the City for: (1) constructing, improving, extending, expanding, upgrading and developing City streets, bridges, sidewalks, intersections and related traffic improvement including purchasing any necessary right-of-way and equipment, including for Aviation Drive; (2) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s Solid Waste transfer station; (3) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s public safety operation and training center; (4) acquiring and upgrading city vehicles, including fire and police vehicles and related equipment, an inspection vehicle and a traffic signal bucket truck; (5) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s municipal airport, including construction and/or improvement of a maintenance and equipment storage facility; (6) acquiring and upgrading public safety equipment including, cardiac monitors and self-contained breathing apparatus fire safety equipment; (7) constructing, improving, renovating, expanding and equipping City parks and recreation facilities, including renovation of the Teen/Senior Recreation Center, HVAC improvements, park master planning, tennis center facility improvements, and the development of neighborhood parks, including Heritage Gardens neighborhood park; (8) constructing and installing accessibility improvements at City buildings, facilities and parks in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; (9) acquiring and upgrading City radio communication equipment; and (10) professional services including fiscal, engineering, architectural and legal fees and other such costs incurred in connection therewith including the costs of issuing the Certificates.

The City Council tentatively proposes to consider for first and final reading at a meeting to commence at 6 o’clock, p.m., on the 27th day of April, 2021 at Council Chambers, 510 W. 9th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626, the passage of an ordinance authorizing such Certificates which ordinance shall be entitled “ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION, SERIES 2021; LEVYING AN AD VALOREM TAX AND THE PLEDGE OF CERTAIN REVENUES IN SUPPORT OF THE CERTIFICATES; APPROVING AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, A PAYING AGENT/REGISTRAR AGREEMENT AND OTHER AGREEMENTS RELATED TO THE SALE AND ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES; AND AUTHORIZING OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES.” The maximum amount of Certificates of Obligation that may be authorized for such purpose is $25,000,000. The City Council presently proposes to provide for the payment of such Certificates from the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes in the City as provided by law and from the surplus revenues of the City’s utility system in an amount not to exceed $10,000, being the combined waterworks, sewer and electric system, remaining after payment of all operation and maintenance expenses thereof, and all debt service, reserve and other requirements in connection with all of the City’s revenue bonds or other obligations (now or hereafter outstanding) which are payable from all or any part of the net revenues of the City’s utility system.

Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID 19 virus, and as may be authorized by Executive Order of the Governor of Texas, such meeting and public hearing regarding the Certificates to be held on April 27, 2021 may be conducted via a free public video conference or other lawful electronic means. In such event, information regarding how to access the meeting and public participation in the meeting will be available on the City’s website and in the agenda posted no less than 72 hours before the April 27, 2021 meeting at the following internet address: https://government.georgetown.org/

The following information is required pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, Section 271.049: As of February 9, 2021, the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes is $222,670,000. As of February 9, 2021, the combined principal and interest required to pay all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes on time and in full is $283,895,475. The estimated combined principal and interest required to pay the Certificates on time and in full is $33,785,883.

The estimated interest rate for the Certificates is 3.00%. Such estimates take into account a number of factors, including the issuance schedule, maturity schedule and the expected ratings of the proposed Certificates. Such estimated interest rate is provided as a matter of information but is not a limitation on the interest rate at which the Certificates may be sold. The maximum maturity date of the Certificates is August 15, 2041.

CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS

Registration for spring break camps now open

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer spring break camps March 15-19 for youth age 5-19. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Athletic Skills (ages 6-19; $105 resident/$140 nonresident) includes developing life skills, such as competition, teamwork, work ethic, and confidence with athletic components that include speed, mobility, explosion, footwork/coordination, balance, and overall functional strength.
  • Camp Goodwater (ages 5-12; $155 resident/$195 nonresident) includes a variety of activities, such as games, crafts, and weird science projects.
  • Tennis Camp (ages 7-12; $155 resident/$195 nonresident) focuses on stroke instruction, footwork drills, court games, and match play.

Spring Break Camp registration is now open. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation to host virtual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run

The 26th annual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Kids Fun Run is going virtual in 2021.

The virtual race will take place Feb. 13-21 with participants completing 3.1 miles at the location of their choice.

The registration cost is $25 for the 5K for ages 11 and up and $10 for the Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under. Registration ends on Jan. 22.

All participants will receive a race T-shirt. The first 200 5K participants will also receive a cooling towel and all Kids Fun Run participants will receive a race T-shirt and a goody bag. Participants can select to pick up these items during packet pickup at the Georgetown Recreation Center or have them shipped to their home for a $5 shipping fee.

“While we love seeing our community gather in person for this race, we’re adapting our events to keep everyone safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melissa Trahan-Pecorino, Special Events and Marketing Coordinator for Georgetown Parks and Recreation. “We are excited for the opportunity to continue this longstanding Georgetown community tradition in this ‘virtual’ format this year.”

The race will not be officially timed, but participants are encouraged to submit photos of their time to be entered into a drawing for door prizes.

Cupid’s Chase is sponsored by Georgetown Parks and Recreation. To register online or for details, go to cupid.georgetown.org.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation to host virtual youth fishing derby

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will host a virtual Youth Fishing Derby Jan. 16-31 at Blue Hole Park, 100 Blue Hole Park.

Admission into the derby is free and open to youth age 12 and younger. A fishing permit is required for anglers age 17 and older. All participants must register in advance to be eligible for the prize drawing.

Blue Hole Park will be stocked with 1,500 rainbow trout prior to the event. Unlike previous years, participants will fish on their own time and submit photos to be eligible for prizes. Prizes will be drawn at random for those who submit a photo of their trout catch. More information about the process is available on the website and instructions on how to submit photos will be sent with the registration confirmation.

Due to rising COVID-19 case numbers in Williamson County, participants should maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from others not in their household. When not able to physically distance, face masks or coverings are encouraged. Good hand hygiene is also encouraged. Find out more at bit.ly/COVID19GTX.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/fishing-derby.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces day camps

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will offer day camps for students during the upcoming Georgetown ISD student holidays. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from five camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Nov. 30 and Feb. 1 and 17 for children ages 5-12. Camps will also be offered on Nov. 24- 25, and Dec. 22-23 and 28-31 for children ages 5-10. Children must be enrolled in Kindergarten to participate. Programming runs from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The camp includes outdoor activities, gym games, and seasonal arts and crafts, as well as other activities. Daily fees are $35 for Georgetown residents and $45 for nonresidents.
  • ESTEAM Learning Labs is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Nov. 23-24, Dec. 21, Jan. 4, and Feb. 15-16, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. for children ages 8-12. ESTEAM, or Entrepreneurship, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, activities include animation, building simple machines, creating art and music, and exploring the world of engineering with LEGO Robotics. Each day camp will have four hands-on, mind-on labs designed to excite and engage your child. Daily fees are $75 for Georgetown residents and $95 for nonresidents.
  • Junior Tennis Academy is offered at the Georgetown Tennis Center on Nov. 23-25, from 9-11 a.m. for ages 7-11 and 1-3 p.m. for ages 12-15. This camp focuses on the fundamentals of stroke production, conditioning, movement, footwork, tactics, and strategy. Daily fees are $20 for Georgetown residents and $25 for nonresidents.
  • Multisport Camp is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Dec. 28-30 from 2-5 p.m. for children ages 6-14. Through fun drills, participants are introduced to a variety of games and experience the benefit of being coordinated, balanced, fit, and active. Fees are $75 for Georgetown residents and $95 for nonresidents.
  • Volleyball Camp is offered at the Georgetown Recreation Center on Nov. 23-24 and Dec. 21-22 from 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 8-13. The camp covers the rules of play for beginners and defense and positions for more advanced players. Fees are $55 for Georgetown residents and $75 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

City closes Blue Hole Park to enforce physical distancing orders

Effective April 2, Blue Hole Park is closed to the public until further notice to help enforce physical distancing required by the Williamson County Stay Home Stay Safe Order.

The section of the trail going through Blue Hole Park will also be closed, and barricades will be installed at Scenic Drive and at Rock Street to close off the trail. Two Rivers and San Gabriel Village residents will still have trail access via the low water crossing below the dam.

“We did not want to close Blue Hole Park to Georgetown residents wanting to enjoy this community gem, but during the past week, we have received numerous complaints about overcrowding, and simply can’t ensure people’s safety anymore,” City Manager David Morgan said. “While we want residents of Georgetown to get out and enjoy our park, we have to maintain safe distances from one another to slow the spread of this virus in our community. If the City of Georgetown continues to see overcrowding or lack of physical distancing in other parks, we will have to close those as well.”

People who observe violations of the physical distancing can call the Georgetown Police Department’s non-emergency phone number: (512) 930-3510.

People with questions about the Stay Home order should call Williamson County’s hotline: (512) 943-1600. Calls are answered daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Effective March 25, all Georgetown Parks and Recreation amenities and playgrounds that don’t allow for physical distancing have been closed.

Closed

  • Playgrounds
  • Pavilions
  • Exercise equipment
  • Courts
  • Drinking fountains
  • Restrooms
  • Skate park
  • Gatehouse at Garey Park
  • Play Ranch at Garey Park
  • Blue Hole Park and trail going through it

Open

  • Garey Park
  • Bark Park
  • Trails
  • Open spaces
  • Dog Ranch at Garey Park
  • Equine amenities at Garey Park

Operating hours for amenities that remain open at Garey Park will be 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.

Park and trail users are encouraged to follow CDC guidance and practice physical distancing by remaining a minimum of six feet away from anyone you pass on the trails and avoid areas where people may gather.

City facilities remain closed to the public, with few exceptions, including the drive-thru window for utility payments and appointments at the Animal Shelter. For more information about City services, community resources, and frequently asked questions about COVID-19, visit georgetown.org/coronavirus-information.