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.

Founders Park Open House on May 4

An open house meeting on proposed improvements for Founders Park will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. 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 meeting, proposed design options will show potential elements and enhancements, including possible play elements, sculpture pads, public seating, and retaining wall treatments. 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. Additionally, an online survey will be available to collect input on design options. A second public meeting will be scheduled in the summer to present the final design developed based on the public’s feedback.

Renovation work on Founders Park is expected to begin in late 2016. Additional 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.

San Gabriel River Bank Stabilization

A bank stabilization project along the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park will begin in March. A low retaining wall will be constructed along the grassy north bank of the river in San Gabriel Park.

The retaining wall will span more than 1,700 feet from the confluence of the north and south forks of the river by the pedestrian bridge to a point near a natural spring outlet. The top of the retaining wall will be even with the ground and will not obstruct views or access to the river from the park.

The bank stabilization project will address erosion that occurs along the riverbank during flooding. The project was identified as a priority in 2013. Engineering work began in 2014 and permits have been obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas Historical Commission, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Construction is set to begin in March and conclude in June. The project is funded with $454,739 from parks bond funds authorized by Georgetown voters in 2008.

Fishing and access to portions of the river and a segment of the trail in the park will be limited during the construction period.

To facilitate the construction work during the project, the sluice gates in the low-head dam near the low-water crossing will be removed, which will allow most water to drain from the river basin. Water will continue to flow in smaller channel of the river. The project also will include the removal of gravel deposits from the river bed as well as the removal of dead trees on the steep south river bank along College Street.

Once the retaining wall has been completed, the sluice gates in the dam will be replaced, allowing the river to refill to its normal pool level.

Cupid’s Chase 5k and Fun Run Feb. 6

Cupids start 2-350Register now for the 21st annual Cupid’s Chase 5k and Fun Run on Saturday, February 6. 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 February 4, the registration cost is $22 per person for all age groups. Registration at packet pickup and race day is $25 per person for all age groups.

The Kids Fun Run for children age 8 or younger starts at 7:30 a.m. The course is a loop around the Courthouse. Registration is $10 on or before February 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 costume contest the best three cupid-related costumes. Dogs on a leash are always welcome on the Cupid’s Chase course.

Awards will be presented to the top three 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/LivePlayGeorgetown, 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.

Recreation Center Outdoor Pool Closed

The Recreation Center Outdoor pool will be closed for the remainder of the day. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Recreation Center Indoor Pool, Williams Drive Pool and the Tennis Center Pool are currently open until 7PM this evening.

Share your talents!

August 2015 – We are currently seeking instructors to offer private music lessons at the Recreation Center.

The Georgetown Recreation Center welcomes suggestions for new programs. If you have some teaching experience and skills, knowledge or talents you would like to share, please contact the Recreation Center about creating a new program! Just complete and submit this form to the appropriate staff member below. New Program Information Form

Specialty Programs
Brandi Williams: brandi.williams@georgetown.org, 512-930-8415

Fitness Programs
Misha Lee: misha.lee@georgetown.org, 512-930-7655

Athletics Programs
Blake Reynolds: blake.reynolds@georgetown.org, 512-819-3102

Senior Adult Programs
Robert Staton: robert.staton@georgetown.org, 512-930-1367

Teen Programs
Ryan Huffman: ryan.huffman@georgetown.org, 512-931-2744

Summer Movies in the Park Series

Movies in the Park - Big Hero 6 (website)

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Movie: Big Hero 6 (PG)

Thursday, October 29, 2015 (in conjunction with our Halloween Festival)
Movie: Disney’s Halloweentown (PG) Movie will start at 6:45 p.m.

The movies will be held in the gazebo area of San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. The movie will begin at sunset, approximately 8:45 p.m.