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.

Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Feb. 4

Participants in the Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run are encouraged to dress up in their best Cupid-inspired costumes for the race Feb. 4.

Register now for the 22nd annual Cupid’s Chase 5K and Fun Run on Saturday, Feb. 4. 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.) To register online or for details, go to cupid.georgetown.org.

Through Jan. 11, 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. 12 and Feb. 3 is $22 per person for all age groups.

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. 4 and $15 on race day. T-shirts are not guaranteed if you register on race day.

Participants receive a Cupid’s Chase T-shirt, while supplies last. The event includes a Cupid costume contest. Dogs on a non-retractable leash are always welcome on the Cupid’s Chase course.

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/CityofGeorgetown, facebook.com/GeorgetownTexasParksandRecreation, 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 to fund projects at Georgetown parks. To register online or for details, go to cupid.georgetown.org.

Thanksgiving Holiday City Facility Closings

cityhallphotoCity of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (details below).

City facilities and offices closed November 24 – 25 include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
  • Planning, 406 W. Eighth Street
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

Other Facility Closures

The facilities listed below will be closed on Thursday, November 24 and open these hours on Friday, November 25:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Collection Station, 250 W. L. Walden Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street, open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Georgetown Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and reopen for normal hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 26.

Solid Waste & Recycling

There will be no trash or recycling pickup for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Thursday, November 24. Solid waste collection for Thursday and Friday slides one day:

  • Thursday slides > to Friday
  • Friday slides > to Saturday

Solid waste and recycling carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. For questions, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W. L. Walden Drive will be closed on Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), but open regular hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, November 25.

Note that the Williamson County Recycle Center at 495 CR 156, which accepts vouchers for household hazardous waste, is closed Sunday, November 20 through Sunday, November 27.

Founders Park Open House July 28

An open house meeting to review proposed improvements for Founders Park will be held on Thursday, July 28 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting is at Founders Park, at the northwest corner of the intersection of S. Church Street and Ninth Street. The park is behind Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street.

At the open house style meeting, proposed design options will show potential elements and enhancements, including improved and relocated interpretive signage, a bike rack, sculpture pads, and public seating. Staff will be on hand to discuss the park’s history, as well as answer any questions attendees may have. Public input is invited and encouraged.

The proposed design was developed based on input from the first Founders Park open house held on May 4, as well as an online survey completed in June. The results from both the first open house and survey are available online.

Renovation work on Founders Park is expected to begin later this year. Improvements include tree plantings, a water fountain, and improved sidewalks.

Founders Park is the site where Williamson County’s first commissioners met under an oak tree in 1848 to choose a location for the county seat. George Washington Glasscock offered to donate the land he owned jointly with his business partner Thomas B. Huling. The land was bounded by the oak tree at one corner and the San Gabriel River to the north and west. The oak tree was felled by a storm in 1886, but the park remains an important reminder of Georgetown’s history.

Memorial Day Facility Closings and Pool Schedule

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday. This includes the following:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • water geyser webCity Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
  • Historic Light and Water Works Building, 406 W. Eighth Street
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street

Pools open Memorial Day weekend

Below are hours for City pools on Memorial Day weekend.

Seasonal Outdoor Pools: The Village, River Ridge, and Williams Drive pools will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30. The Tennis Center pool will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.

Outdoor Play Pool at the Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 28.

All outdoor pools will open for normal summer hours starting on Saturday, June 4.

Splash pads: The splash pads at San Jose Park, 1707 San Jose Street and Downtown, 816 S. Main Street are both open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day from April 1 through September 30.

For details, go to parks.georgetown.org/aquatics or call (512) 930-3596.

Solid waste and recycling

There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, May 30. 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. to 5 p.m., on Monday, May 30 for the Memorial Day holiday.