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.

Transit Plan Youth Open House on July 20

An open house meeting on the Transit Development Plan for Georgetown will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20. The open house will be at the Parks and Recreation Administration office at 1101 N. College Street. The Transit Development Plan is a working blueprint for a fixed-route bus system in Georgetown.

Anyone is welcome to attend this open house meeting. The City especially encourages youth and youth organizations in Georgetown to attend and share ideas on transit needs. For example, with respect to youth, what is a reasonable bus fare? What days of the week and hours of operation should be considered? What key destinations should be served for bus routes? What should be the age limit for unaccompanied youth?

City boards and commissions providing input on the Transit Development Plan include the Commission on Aging, ADA Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board.

The Transit Development Plan, initiated by the City of Georgetown and Capital Metro, will help define service plan needs for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown, including routing, service hours, frequency, and boundaries. The plan will help to determine the most appropriate services and requirements for providing bus service in the community, accounting for the varied needs of the area’s population and employment markets. This plan also will include recommendations for connections to potential future high-capacity services that are currently being evaluated through the Project Connect North Corridor Study.

The Transit Development Plan will provide a blueprint for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown. Implementation of the plan will require funding by the City Council and Capital Metro in the future. The anticipated start of fixed-route bus service is 2017.

Low Water Crossing along Randy Morrow Trail

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is releasing water from Lake Georgetown due to high lake levels caused by recent rainfall.

A release rate over approximately 250 cubic feet per second will close the low water crossings along the Randy Morrow Trail. Please do not attempt to cross any part of the trail that water is flowing over, and obey any barricades that may be present.

Visit the Lake Georgetown website at www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown to see the current release rate.

The Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating options for the replacement of damaged sections on the pedestrian crossing over the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park. The bridge was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

July 4 Celebration and Fireworks at San Gabriel Park

The 32nd annual Sertoma Club July 4th celebration and fireworks display will be held at San Gabriel Park on Saturday, July 4. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club service organization with assistance from the City of Georgetown.

Hometown Parade in the Park

A July 4th Hometown Parade in San Gabriel Park begins at 11 a.m. at the low-water crossing near the College Street Bridge and ends at the gazebo. Participants should gather at 10:30 a.m. at the low-water crossing. Kids are encouraged to decorate their wagons or bicycles for the parade. No motorized vehicles or pets. The annual parade is sponsored by the Leadership Georgetown Alumni.

Fireworks

The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the McMaster Athletic Fields on N. College Street. Fireworks can be viewed from San Gabriel Park, VFW Park, and other areas in Georgetown. The main entrance to San Gabriel Park is via Chamber Way on N. Austin Avenue.

Entertainment, Food, and Activities

A festival area at San Gabriel Park opens at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, rides for children and adults, a trackless train, remote-controlled cars, and a nine-hole miniature golf course.

Below is a schedule of events for performances at the gazebo in San Gabriel Park:

  • 11 a.m. Hometown Parade followed by performance with Miss Georgetown and her court
  • 12 p.m. Annie and Kate
  • 1 p.m. Jo Ellyn Lyons
  • 2 p.m. Dance Party
  • 3 p.m. Brett McMinn
  • 4 p.m. Alex Winters
  • 5 p.m. Lucian Nastase Jr. and Anna Lucia Nastase
  • 6 p.m. Xander Ortiz
  • 7 p.m. Roland Waits
  • 8 p.m. Georgetown Fire Department Pipes and Drums
  • 8:45 p.m. Elvis (Mike Elliott)
  • 9:30 p.m. National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance
  • Fireworks

For updates to July 4 events, visit the Georgetown Sertoma Facebook page at facebook.com/GTSertoma.

Parking

Limited parking in San Gabriel Park includes the parking lots at the Show Barn and the Rodeo Arena. Public parking also is available in the lot at the former Albertsons, accessible via Morrow Street on N. Austin Avenue or Interstate 35. Attendees also are encouraged to park at Georgetown High School and carpool to San Gabriel Park. Limited handicapped parking is available in designated areas in San Gabriel Park.

Both the McMaster Fields parking lot and the Parks and Recreation Administration parking lot at N. College Street and W.L. Walden Drive will be closed due to their proximity to the fireworks fall zone.

College Street and McMaster Fields Closure

Due to the fireworks fall zone, N. College Street will be closed on Saturday from approximately 9 to 11 p.m. between the traffic circle and Holly Street. Parking, standing, or sitting along N. College Street in that segment will not be permitted during this time.

The McMaster Athletic Fields will be closed all day on Saturday, July 4.

Fireworks Prohibited

By City of Georgetown ordinance, fireworks of any kind are not allowed in the city limits of Georgetown or within 5,000 feet of the city limits, unless they are used in a permitted display authorized by the Georgetown Fire Department. This area outside city limits includes, but is not limited to, the neighborhoods of Cedar Hollow, Crystal Knoll, Escalera, Fountainwood, Indian Creek, Logan Ranch Road, Lost Rivers, Oak Crest, Olde Oak Estates, Serenada, Shady Oaks, Turtle Bend, and Woodland Park, and areas along D.B Wood Road.

The discharge of fireworks is prohibited in the city limits or within the 5,000-foot buffer beyond city limits. Violations can lead to fines of up to $2,000 per firework. To view a map showing the 5,000-foot boundary, go to files.georgetown.org/fireworks-ban-map.

City Facility Closings on July 3 – 4

Many City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, July 3 and/or Saturday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Friday, July 3: Facilities Closed

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. 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

Friday, July 3: Facilities Open

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive (Terminal open, business office closed)
  • Outdoor Pools: River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive pools open 1 to 7 p.m., Tennis Center pool open 1 to 6 p.m.
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue (closing early at 6 p.m., indoor pool and splash pool closing at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive (facility and pool close at 6 p.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street (open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Saturday, July 4: Facilities Closed

These City facilities with weekend hours will be closed on Saturday, July 4:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue (facility and splash pool closed)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive (facility and pool closed)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street

Pools schedule for July 4

On Saturday, July 4, the outdoor pools at River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive will be open from 1 to 7 p.m.

Regular solid waste and recycling collection

There will be regular solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Friday, July 3.

Please place residential solid waste carts and recycling bins at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. For questions about trash or recycling collection, call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, July 3 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4.