Garey Park Grand Opening Celebration planned for June 9

The City will celebrate the grand opening of Garey Park on June 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“We are excited to celebrate the opening of this green oasis within our city that is sure to become a regional destination for outdoor recreation and special events,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “We hope many of you are able to join us for this historic event.”

Park gates will open at 9 a.m. for the event that will feature tours of Garey House, food trucks, pony rides, a petting zoo, fly fishing demos from the San Gabriel Fly Fishers, information from the Good Water Master Naturalists about wildlife viewing and the nature trail along the river, a temporary tattoo station from the Georgetown Public Library and more. The Georgetown Animal Shelter and Ride On Center for Kids will also be at the park for the opening event.

The ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m., and other activities will be available throughout the event. The park will remain open to visitors until 8 p.m.

Amenities at the park include a playground, a splash pad, a dog park, an equestrian arena, the Garey House event space, pavilions, two fishing ponds, 4.7 miles of hiking trails, and 4.2 miles of equestrian trails.

At 525-acres, Garey Park is one of the largest city parks in the state and is roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin. To maintain and plan programs for the City’s largest park, Garey Park will be staffed with six full-time and three part-time employees, including a park foreman, recreation coordinator, recreation specialist and group sales and servicing coordinator.

To help offset some of the operating and maintenance costs, there will be an entry fee for residents of $5 for two people, and for nonresidents of $10 for two people. Each additional person will be $2. The City is also offering annual park passes for $100 for residents and $150 nonresidents. These fees only cover a portion of the City’s annual operating costs and will allow the City to run this regional park in a manner in which Georgetown and the Garey family can be proud.

Park entrance fees will be waived for the first two weeks of operations. Park admission fees will begin on June 25. No admission fees will be collected on Tuesdays from Sept. 1-May 31. Park hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from April 1-Sept. 30 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from Oct. 1-March 31.

The park, which is located along the South San Gabriel River at 6450 RM 2243, was donated by Jack and Camille Garey in 2004 along with $5 million for park development. In 2008 Georgetown voters approved a bond for an additional $10 million for the park’s construction. The total project cost of $15 million included $1.5 million for design and $13.5 million for construction.

For more information about the park, visit parks.georgetown.org/gareypark.

Water Safety Day on May 19 at the Georgetown Recreation Center

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host a free Water Safety Day event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at the Georgetown Recreation Center outdoor pool, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

The educational family event is designed to increase public awareness about drowning prevention and water safety as we head into the summer swim season. Attendees will learn important safety topics such as drowning prevention, water rescue skills, and proper life jacket use.

Participating organizations include the Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Camp Goodwater, Georgetown Adventure Camp, Georgetown Learn to Swim, Colin’s Hope and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Once attendees visit all of the organizations, they will receive a discount on a seasonal swim pass or summer swim lessons. Attendees are also welcome to stay and swim, and daily pool fees will be waived for this event. Children age 6 and younger must have a guardian actively participating with them in the water at all times.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org or contact Georgetown Parks and Recreation Aquatics at (512) 930-3541.

City of Georgetown hosts ‘Coco’ on May 11

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents “Coco” (PG) on Friday, May 11, in San Gabriel Park. The event will take place on the soccer fields located behind the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

This is a free community event. The event starts at sunset, about 8:15 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnics, and are encouraged to arrive early for free popcorn and children’s activities and games beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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

Upcoming Movies:

June 23
“Moana” (PG)
Williams Drive Pool

July 20
“The Sandlot” (PG)
San Gabriel Park

Aug. 17
“A Wrinkle in Time” (PG)
San Gabriel Park

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center on May 4

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities Friday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Fiesta.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be taken at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

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

Upcoming dances:

Aug. 3
All Stars

Oct. 26
Haunted Mansion

Garey Park to open June 9

The City will celebrate the grand opening of Garey Park on June 9.

At 525-acres, Garey Park is one of the largest city parks in the state and is roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin.

The park, which is located along the South San Gabriel River at 6540 RM 2243, was donated by Jack and Cammy Garey in 2004 along with $5 million for park development. In 2008 voters approved a bond for an additional $10 million for the park’s construction.

“The City is thankful for this tremendous gift from the Gareys that has become a public park for all of us to enjoy,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “Garey Park will be a regional destination for outdoor recreation as well as a beautiful Hill Country setting for special events. With features similar to those found in state parks, this park is surely a gem for the City of Georgetown, and one that our residents and visitors will enjoy for many years to come.”

Amenities at the park include a playground, a splash pad, a dog park, an equestrian arena, the Garey House event space, pavilions, 3 miles of hiking trails, and 6 miles of equestrian trails.

Other facilities include an entry gate, restrooms, and a maintenance facility.

“I am looking forward to the seeing the finished project and enjoying the park,” Jack Garey said. “There is a lot for everyone to enjoy.”

The City broke ground on the park in March 2017. Construction was completed by Ritter-Botkin Prime Construction Co. of Pflugerville and Austin-based Halff Associates completed the park’s design.

Details for the grand opening celebration are still being finalized.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation summer camp registration begins March 26

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of summer camps for area students from June 4-Aug. 10. Resident registration will begin Monday, March 26, and nonresident registration begins Tuesday, March 27.

Age requirements, pricing, and schedules vary for each program. Summer camps are not licensed child care programs. All fees listed are charged per week. Students must have completed Kindergarten to register.

Participants can select from:

  • Art Camp: Ages 5-12; June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27; $175 resident/$220 nonresident
  • Adventure Camp: Ages vary from 11-17 based on program; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 1; Rates vary based on program
  • Brandy Perryman Basketball Shooting Camp: Ages 7-16; June 11-14; $225 resident/$280 nonresident
  • Camp Goodwater: Ages 5-12; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $140 resident/$175 nonresident
  • Circle of Friends (Adaptive Camp): Ages 13-23; June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 16-19; GISD students only; $135 resident/$170 nonresident
  • Georgetown Leadership Challenge: Ages 14-16; June 25-28; $200 resident/$250 nonresident
  • Hoop Dance Camp: Ages 7-18; July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Fire Academy: Ages 12-14; June 4-8 and June 18-22; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Tennis Academy: Ages 11-18; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Kid City: Ages 5-11; Weekly sessions offered from July 9-Aug. 3; $10 resident/$15 nonresident; Georgetown ISD students only. Child must qualify for free or reduced lunch program within GISD.
  • Lego Robotics and Engineering Camp: Ages 5-14; June 11-15 (morning), June 18-22 (morning), Aug. 13-17 (morning or afternoon); $185 resident/$230 nonresident
  • Let’s Make Friends (Adaptive Camp): Ages 5-12; June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 16-19; GISD students only; $135 resident/$170 nonresident
  • Little Tennis Camp: Ages 5-7: Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $70 resident/$90 nonresident
  • Sporties for Shorties Camp: Ages 5-10; June 4-8, June 25-29, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3; $115 resident/$145 nonresident
  • Tennis Camp: Ages 7-12; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $140 resident/$175 nonresident
  • Volleyball Skills Camp: Ages 7-15; June 18-22 and July 16-20; $100 resident/$125 nonresident

Registration is available online or in person at any of the following locations: Georgetown Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1101 N. College St.; Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.; and the Georgetown Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Dr. For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

 

Parks and Recreation hosts Eggstravaganza on March 24

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department hosts the annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt at San Gabriel Park on March 24.

Children are grouped by age to hunt for candy and toy-filled eggs, including a grand prize golden egg for each age division. Age divisions are age 2 and younger, ages 3-5, and ages 6-8. Egg hunts for age 2 and younger will begin at 9 a.m., ages 3-5 at 9:15 a.m. and ages 6-8 at 9:30 a.m.

The event will also include children’s games and activities, as well as a visit from the Easter Bunny.

The egg hunts will take place across from the Georgetown Livestock Show Barn, and parking is available along Lower Park Road and at the show barn.

For more information, call 512-930-8459 or visit parks.georgetown.org/eggstravaganza.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces spring break camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer spring break camps for students March 12-16. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from four camps:

  • Camp Goodwater (ages 5-12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) includes a variety of activities such as games, crafts and weird science projects. The week will end with a field trip to Mt. Playmore.
  • Tennis Camp (ages 7-12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) focuses on stroke instruction, footwork drills, court games and match play.
  • Junior Tennis Academy (ages 11-18; $100 resident/$125 nonresident) is designed for competitive junior players. Each session will include footwork drills, conditioning, fast pace drills, shot selection and some match play.
  • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17; $250 resident/$315 nonresident) takes participants on a rock climbing and paddling adventure near the scenic Palo Pinto Mountains near Stephenville, Texas.

Spring break camp registration begins on Thursday, Feb. 1. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call (512) 930-3596.

Update on City facilities and services

The Recreation Center is opening at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. Texas Disposal Systems is picking up trash and recycling on the normal schedule on Tuesday. There is no GoGeo bus service in Georgetown on Tuesday. Other City of Georgetown offices and facilities are open normal hours on Tuesday.

Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Feb. 3

Register now for the 23rd annual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 3. The chip-timed 5K run/walk begins at 8 a.m. in downtown Georgetown at Seventh and Main streets and ends at the Bark Park on Holly Street. (A shuttle will take you back to the starting line).

Through Jan. 10, the registration cost is $18 for adults ages 13-54 and $16 for children age 12 and younger and seniors age 55 and older. Registration between Jan. 11 and Feb. 2 is $22 per person for all age groups and $25 on race day.

The Kids Fun Run for children age 8 and younger starts at 7:30 a.m. The course is a loop around the Courthouse. Registration is $10 before Feb. 3 and $15 on race day.

Participants receive a Cupid’s Chase T-shirt, while supplies last. Cupid costumes are encouraged. Strollers and dogs on a non-retractable leash are always welcome on the Cupid’s Chase course. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those who register on race day.

Awards will be presented to the top overall male and female winners and the overall male and female masters winners as well as the top three male and female finishers in each age division. Awards also will be presented to the top overall male and female City of Georgetown employee. If you are a City of Georgetown employee, be sure to indicate so when you register.

Race results will be posted after the race at cupid.georgetown.org.

In case of bad weather on race day, check facebook.com/GTXParksandRec, and parks.georgetown.org for updates. There are no refunds or transfers for participants.

Cupid’s Chase is sponsored by Georgetown Parks and Recreation. Event proceeds help fund projects at Georgetown parks. To register online or for details, go to cupid.georgetown.org.