City of Georgetown hosts Halloween Festival on Oct. 26

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween Festival on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The Halloween Festival, now in its 23rd year, will feature a free Trick-or-Treat Village, along with carnival-style games, food, and a hayride.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the free costume contest, sponsored by Suddenlink. Costume contest categories and times are as follows: Newborn-2 years at 5:45 p.m.; 3-5 years at 6:15 p.m.; 6-8 years at 6:45 p.m.; and 9-10 years at 7:15 p.m.

Carnival games are 25 cents per ticket, and one or more tickets are required for each game, activity or concession. The hayride through San Gabriel Park will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Hayride tickets are $2 for children ages 1-4 and $3 for age 5 and older. Only cash will be accepted, and quarters and small bills are appreciated.

For the first time this year, music and entertainment will be provided by The Georgetown Project and the Assets After-school Alliance, as part of the national Lights On After-school event, which calls attention to the importance of after-school programs for America’s children, families and communities.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/halloween-festival.

 

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center on Aug. 25

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities on Friday, Aug. 25, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Under the Big Top.

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.

The event is sponsored by Sonic and Edible Arrangements.

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

Upcoming dances:

Oct. 27
Halloween

Feb. 9
Oscar Night

May 4
Fiesta

Aug. 3
All Stars

 

City of Georgetown hosts Pirate Party on Aug. 4

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents the fourth annual Pirate Party on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

This end of summer celebration is for children ages 2-8 years old. In addition to swimming in the outdoor pool, there will be a variety of pirate-themed games and activities, along with a raffle drawing featuring prizes from Edible Arrangements, Sonic, Raising Cane’s and Pinot’s Palette.

Regular pool fees apply: free (age newborn-3), $2 (ages 4-18 and seniors age 55 and older) and $3 (ages 19-54). Georgetown Recreation Center members get in free.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/pirate-party.

Parks and Recreation Department awarded $200,000 trail grant

The City of Georgetown was awarded a $200,000 trail grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in early June.

This grant will help fund a nearly half-mile concrete trail expansion from San Gabriel Park along the San Gabriel River to the Katy Crossing subdivision. The project will also include bridges, fencing, signage and a drinking fountain.

Design of the trail will coincide with Phase 2 of San Gabriel Park improvements, which is underway. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018.

The grant is a part of a $3.46 million grant program to help enhance 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects throughout the state, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

City of Georgetown hosts Dive-In Movie on June 17

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents “Shark Tale” (PG) on Saturday, June 17, at the Williams Drive Pool, 3201 Williams Drive.

The pool opens at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts at sunset, about 8:15 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring their own flotation device, which must be translucent and smaller than 4 feet.

Regular pool fees apply: free (infants ages newborn to 3), $2 (ages 4-18 and age 55 and older) and $3 (ages 19-54). Please bring small bills only, and plan to arrive early, as attendance will be capped for this event.

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

Upcoming Movies:

July 14
“The Jungle Book” (PG)
San Gabriel Park

Aug. 18
“Zootopia” (PG)
San Gabriel Park

Daddy Daughter Dance returns to Georgetown on June 23

Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation is hosting the Fourth Annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday, June 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

Girls age 4 and older are invited to attend with their father or another acceptable escort, such as a granddad, uncle or older brother. The theme is “Boots & Bling,” and attendees are encouraged to wear a western outfit.

In addition to dancing, this popular event features refreshments and light snacks, and each young lady will receive a bandana. To remember the special occasion, professional portrait packages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $15 per person in advance and $20 per person at the door. Advance tickets are now on sale at parks.georgetown.org or at the Georgetown Recreation Center, Georgetown Tennis Center or Parks and Recreation Administration Building. Tickets are nonrefundable.

All proceeds benefit Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation, a nonprofit organization who supports the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department in providing programs and facilities to promote the social, cultural and recreational well-being of all Georgetown residents.

For questions, contact Georgetown Parks and Recreation at (512) 930-3596.

Water Safety Day at the Georgetown Recreation Center on May 20

City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation will host a free Water Safety Day event from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 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.

Vendors include the Georgetown Fire Department, Georgetown Camp Goodwater, Georgetown Adventure Camp, Georgetown Learn to Swim, the American Red Cross, Colin’s Hope and the Lake Georgetown Corps of Engineers.

Once attendees visit all of the vendor booths, they will receive a discount on a City of Georgetown 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 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.

Parks and recreation department hosts dance for adults with disabilities

Georgetown Parks and Recreation is hosting a Sock Hop dance for adults ages 18 years and older with disabilities on Friday, April 28, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center.

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.

The event is sponsored by Sonic.

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

Upcoming dances:

Aug. 25, 2017
Big Top

Oct. 27, 2017
Halloween

VFW Park reopens April 6

The City will host a reopening celebration at 6 p.m. on April 6 for VFW Park at 401 E. Second St.

The event will feature a presentation from Mayor Dale Ross, who also will throw out the first pitch in the reconstructed softball fields as well as unveil a “First Purple Heart City in Texas” sign and a plaque dedicated to Purple Heart Medal recipients.

Refreshments, including hot dogs and sodas, will be available.

The Georgetown Youth Girls Softball Association will play games at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. following the ceremony.

Smith Contracting of Austin completed the park’s reconstruction, which included a complete rebuild of the three softball fields, concession stand and restrooms as well as parking improvements, field lighting, a batting cage, bleachers and a playground.

The $1.4 million project took about a year to complete and was designed by Austin-based Luck Design Team.

Garey Park construction to break ground March 31

The City will break ground on Garey Park on March 31 at 2 p.m. at Garey House, 6450 FM 2243.

The 525-acre ranch, which is located along the South San Gabriel River, 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.

Upon completion, Garey Park will become the City’s largest park, which is roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin.

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

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

Construction of the park is expected to be completed in early 2018 with the park opening in spring 2018.

City Council approved a $10.7 million contract Feb. 14 with Ritter-Botkin Prime Construction Co. of Pflugerville for the Garey House renovation and park construction. Austin-based Halff Associates completed the park’s design. The total budget for the project is $13.5 million.

The Garey Park site is on FM 2243 approximately 6 miles west of I-35. The groundbreaking event will be near the Garey House. Parking is available near the groundbreaking site.