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.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department receives Gold Medal Award

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department was awarded the Gold Medal Award for cities with populations between 50,001 and 100,000 from the Texas Recreation and Park Society.

The award, which honors departments for excellence in recreation and park management, was presented at the 2017 TRAPS Institute and Expo Annual Awards dinner on March 2 at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.

From 2014 through 2016, the City completed and continued renovations to the Williams Drive Pool, San Jose Splash Pad and San Gabriel Park. In addition, the department received a $5 million donation to develop Garey Park on 525 acres of donated park land. City Council has also committed to funding maintenance and operations for the new park.

“Winning the Gold Medal is a great honor not only for our department but for the City of Georgetown,” said Kimberly Garrett, Georgetown Parks and Recreation director. “The facilities and programs we provide the community rank the best in the state. Our Parks and Recreation Department could not be so successful without the support of our City leaders.”

Garrett accepted the award at the annual awards ceremony.

This is the City’s fifth Gold medal award since 1993, and the first in the category of cities with populations between 50,001 to 100,000.

TRAPS is an educational and professional organization for parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas with approximately 2,000 members.

San Gabriel Park improvements to break ground March 24

The City will break ground on Phase 1 of improvements to San Gabriel Park at 10 a.m. on March 24 at Chamber Way and Morrow Street.

The project includes a new playground with sensory walk, improved entry and directional signage, and the restoration of the spring habitat to its natural state through the re-establishment of the spring channel and native vegetation.

Other improvements will include parking, roadway, utility and drainage improvements; realignment of the Morrow Street and Chamber Way intersection; additional restrooms and pavilions; upgraded park furnishings throughout; and trail and accessibility improvements throughout the park.

The approximately $2.5 million project will be completed by Georgetown-based Weststar Construction and should be completed in 10 months. Austin-based RVi Planning and Landscape Architecture completed the master plan and design.

City Council approved the construction contract at its regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting. Funding for the project was approved by voters in a 2008 bond package.

Access to the park will not be affected; however, short-term road closures and detours are expected to happen throughout construction in the Phase 1 area.

The San Gabriel Park Master Plan, which was completed in June 2015, identified improvements to be completed in phases to limit park disruptions.

Summer camp registration begins March 27

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of summer camps for area students from June 5-Aug. 18. Resident registration will begin on Monday, March 27, and nonresident registration begins, Tuesday, March 28.

Age requirements, pricing and schedules vary for each program. Summer camps are not licensed child care programs.

Participants can select from:

  • Abrakadoodle Art Camp: Ages 5-9; June 12-16, June 26-30, July 10-14 and July 24-28; $175 resident/$220 nonresident
  • Adventure Camp: Ages vary from 11-17 based on program; weekly sessions offered from June 5-Aug. 2; rates vary based on program
  • Basketball Skills Camp: Ages 8-17; June 12-16, June 26-30 and July 31-Aug. 4; $115 resident/$145 nonresident
  • Camp Goodwater: Ages 5-12; weekly sessions offered from June 5-Aug. 11; $140 resident/$175 nonresident
  • Hoop Dance Camp: Ages 7-18; July 24-28 and Aug. 7-11; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Fire Academy: Ages 12-14; June 19-23; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Tennis Academy: Ages 11-18; weekly sessions offered from June 5-Aug. 11; $80 resident/$100 nonresident
  • Kid City: Ages 5-11; weekly sessions offered from July 10-Aug. 4; $10 resident/$15 nonresident; child must qualify for free or reduced lunch program within Georgetown ISD
  • Lego® Robotics and Engineering Camp: Ages 5-14; Aug. 14-18 (morning or afternoon); $185 resident/$230 nonresident; Aug. 14-16 (morning or afternoon); $111 resident/$138 nonresident
  • Munchkin Tennis Camp: Ages 5-7; weekly sessions offered from June 5-Aug. 11; $70 resident/$90 nonresident
  • Sporties for Shorties Camp: Ages 5-7; July 17-21; $115 resident/$145 nonresident
  • Sports Mania Camp: Ages 8-10; June 5-9; $115 resident/$145 nonresident
  • Teen Self-Defense Camp: Ages 12-18; June 5-9; $150 resident/$190 nonresident
  • Tennis Camp: Ages 7-12; weekly sessions offered from June 5-Aug. 11; fees vary
  • Volleyball Skills Camp: Ages 7-14; June 19-23 and July 10-14; $100 resident/$125 nonresident

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

2017 Sunset Movie Series kicks off Feb. 25

The Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the Georgetown Fire Department, kicks off the 2017 Sunset Movie Series on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m. with a screening of “Firehouse Dog” (PG) at Fire Station 5, located at 3600 D.B. Wood Road.

The Sunset Movie Series features free, family-friendly outdoor movie screenings at a variety of locations throughout Georgetown. The Feb. 25 event will feature a tour of Fire Station 5, a fire safety presentation and truck demonstrations. The movie starts at sunset at approximately 6:30 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and picnics. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

This event is sponsored by Georgetown’s Cotton Patch Café, who will also be onsite providing free drinks and special giveaways.

For more information call (512) 930-8459 or visit parks.georgetown.org/sunset-movie-series.

Upcoming Movies:

May 19
“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” (PG)
Fountainwood Observatory at Southwestern University

June 17
“Shark Tale” (PG)
Dive-In Movie at Williams Drive Pool

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

August 18
“Zootopia” (PG)
San Gabriel Park

Registration opens for spring Youth Soccer League

Registration is now open for the Georgetown Parks and Recreation 2017 Spring Youth Soccer League for boys and girls ages 4-14.

The recreational league offers a safe and fun team sports environment, and is open to athletes of all skill levels. Children will get to experience being part of a team, learning from coaches and being active.

The season starts March 18 and runs through May 13. All games take place on Saturdays at the San Gabriel Soccer Fields next to the Georgetown Recreation Center, located at 1003 N. Austin Ave. Fees are $50 for Georgetown residents and $60 for nonresidents.

Registration will be accepted until Saturday, Feb. 25. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/youth-soccer-leagues or call (512) 930-3596.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces Spring Break camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation offers Spring Break camps for students from March 13 – 17. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from five camps:

  • Camp Goodwater (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 5 – 12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) includes a variety of activities, such as swimming, challenge course, games, crafts, weird science projects and more.
  • Basketball Skills Camp (8 a.m. – noon; ages 8 – 17; $115 resident/$145 nonresident) offers participants the opportunity to improve ball handling, shooting, footwork, and defense techniques.
  • Tennis Camp (8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; ages 7 – 12; $140 resident/$175 nonresident) focuses on technique, stroke production, strategy and shot selection through a variety of drills and games.
  • Junior Tennis Academy (1 – 3 p.m.: ages 11 – 18; $80 resident/$100 nonresident) is designed for competitive junior players. Sessions will focus on proper technique, stroke production, strategy and shot selection through a variety of drills, games and match play scenarios.
  • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12 – 17; $250 resident/$315 nonresident) takes participants on a rock climbing and backpacking adventure on the longest loop trail in Arkansas.

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