Weight Room Closure – April 23-25

We’re getting new cardio equipment! So that we may install it, the weight room will close at 10 am on April 23 and re-open on April 25. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information, please call the Recreation Center at (512) 930-3596.

Aquatics Lifeguard Training Program Receives Award

Aquatics Garrett Darimont-b800The aquatics program for Georgetown Parks and Recreation recently received top honors for its lifeguard training program. The program won Aquatics International Best of Aquatics for Lifeguard Training at the Association of Aquatics Professionals annual conference in February.

Stephanie Darimont, aquatics supervisor for Parks and Recreation, received the award for Georgetown at the conference. The award recognized Georgetown’s program for “imagination, expertise, dedication, and forward-thinking.” Aquatics professionals from across the country and from other countries attended the conference.

As a result of the award, Georgetown’s aquatics program was featured in Aquatics International magazine, a trade publication with more than 90,000 subscribers.

Last year, two lifeguard teams from Georgetown placed first and second in the state lifeguard competition at the 2014 Summer Games of Texas. A third lifeguard team from Georgetown qualified for the state competition.

Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Kimberly Garrett, parks and recreation director, and Stephanie Darimont, aquatics supervisor.

Westside Park Public Input Meeting March 31

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is holding a second public meeting to gather public input on plans for a future Westside Park. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.

The primary focus of the meeting is to review possible amenities suggested at the previous public meeting on January 22, as well as through input from the MindMixer site.  Additionally, a preliminary concept of the park will be presented to show possible program areas within the park.

The new 90-acre park will be on the northwest side of Shell Road near Shell Spur. The property is currently undeveloped. The City purchased the 90-acre property in 2013 for $1.35 million in order to develop the land into a park on the west side of the city. Revenue from the 2008 voter-approved parks bonds was used to purchase the land.

The City also encourages you to join an online discussion at georgetownwestsidepark.mindmixer.com. The westside park could include uses such as fields for soccer and baseball, playgrounds, nature trails, picnic pavilions, and natural areas.

The Parks and Recreation Department will incorporate public input in the design of a master plan for the westside park. The master plan process is expected to take approximately six months. The construction timeline for the park will depend on utility and development projects in the area, as well as future funding.

Summer Camp Registration Starts Monday, March 30 for Georgetown Residents

Registration for 2015 Summer Camps offered by Georgetown Parks & Recreation will be available to Georgetown residents on Monday, March 30 at 8:00 a.m. Nonresidents will be able to register starting on Tuesday, March 31 at 8:00 am.

On-line registration is available with a user name and password which made be obtained by calling (512) 930-3595 or (512) 930-3596. Get your User ID and password
early!! It takes approximately 48 hours for your User ID and password to be e-mailed to you if you request it on-line. Please note that nonrefundable convenience fees do apply when registering on-line.

There are non-refundable convenience fees for registering on-line for totals up to $69.00. Below are the fees for on-line registration:
$0.00 to $69.00 – No Fees
$70.00 to $149.99 – 6.5% minus $4.50
$150.00 to $500.00 – 3.5%
$501.00 and greater – 2.5% plus $5.00 fee

You may also register in person at the following locations:

  • Georgetown Recreation Center – 1003 N. Austin Avenue (512) 930-359
    Open Monday – Friday from 5:30 am – 9:00 pm & Saturdays 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Georgetown Parks and Recreation Administration Building – 1101 N. College Street (512) 930-3595
    Open Monday – Friday from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Georgetown Tennis Center – 400 Serenada Drive (512) 931-2444
    Open Monday – Thursday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm, Friday & Saturday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration will be available at all three locations during business hours only.

A $30 nonrefundable deposit is due at time of registration for each week of camp. The remaining balance for camp must be paid in full by the Monday two weeks prior to the start of camp (14 days in advance of attendance). If the balance is not paid in full by the Monday two weeks prior to camp, your child’s spot will be forfeited to the next child on the waitlist. You will lose your reservation and your $30.00 deposit. A completed 2015 Summer Camp Registration Form is required to complete your registration. Registration forms can be found at all three facilities or by clicking here.

Georgetown Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of summer camps for all ages and interests. For more information, please call (512) 930-3595/3596 or click on the corresponding links below.

San Gabriel Park Master Plan Open House

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public meeting at 7 p.m. on March 18 to get your input. The meeting will be at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.

Public input and feedback from the meeting will assist the Parks and Recreation Department in creating a master plan for future San Gabriel Park improvements. A few goals of the plan are to protect natural resources and enhance gathering spaces.  We also want to know what features and uses you like currently and what you would like to see added. Images will be presented during the meeting and each participant will be given the opportunity to comment. Public input for the master plan will be used to guide the Parks and Recreation Department in determining what amenities will be included in future renovations. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on March 18th at the Community Center in San Gabriel Park.

City Offices and Facilities Open at 10 a.m.

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will open at 10 a.m. Thursday due to the winter storm warning. Non-essential personnel should report at 10 a.m. Essential personnel should report at regular times.

Inclement Weather Updates

In the event of inclement weather, any possible facility and athletic leagues delays or closures will be posted on the Georgetown Recreation Center Facebook page.

Georgetown Recreation Center Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgetownTexasRecCenter

 

Marker at Cemetery Records Black History

entry sign 1-1000Across the highway from the largest shopping center in Georgetown and tucked behind two new restaurants is a cemetery that is older than the Williamson County Courthouse. Established in 1906, the Citizen’s Memorial Garden Cemetery on Memorial Drive is the final resting place for generations of African American residents of Georgetown. (Click on photos for larger versions.)

Early burials at the cemetery were likely those of former slaves. In addition to African American residents, a section on the western edge of the cemetery contains plots for residents who were Hispanic.

The seven-acre cemetery seems to be mostly empty with 306 headstones or markers scattered throughout a fenced field. However, a 2013 study revealed the locations of at least 511 unmarked graves at the cemetery.

cemetery marker sign 1000Surveyors with Horizon Environmental Services from Austin identified the unmarked graves as depressions in the ground surface or as small earthen mounds. Many more unmarked graves are likely at the cemetery, according to the study.

Graves that are unmarked may once have had metal plaques provided by funeral homes which have since deteriorated or were removed. Other unmarked graves could have once been indicated with stones or concrete markers that were not inscribed, or on which lettering has weathered away.

The survey of the Citizen’s Memorial Garden Cemetery and an interpretive sign were funded by a $7,000 grant from the Texas Historical Commission and a $7,000 match from the City of Georgetown. The interpretive sign provides historical information about the cemetery and also shows the numbered plots of all marked graves with a listing of names of those identified graves. In addition, white squares on map of the cemetery show the locations of unmarked graves.

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Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Kimberly Garrett, Laurie Brewer, Dorris Ross, Mary Faulkner, Paulette Taylor, Matt Synatschk, Beatrice Miller, Gertrude Saterfield, and Birdie Shanklin. Ross, Faulkner, Taylor, Miller, Saterfield, and Shanklin each have relatives buried at the cemetery. Garrett is director of parks and recreation for the City, Brewer is assistant city manager, and Synatschk is historic planner for the City.

Cupid’s Chase 5k and Fun Run Feb. 7

Register now for the 20th annual Cupid’s Chase 5k and Fun Run on Saturday, February 7. 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.)

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 Love ‘Em or Leave ‘Em T-shirt, while supplies last. Gus’s Drug is sponsoring a costume contest for Cupid’s Chase for the best three cupid-related costumes. Check in at the Gus’s Drug table at the finish line for the costume contest. 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.

 

Westside Park Public Input Meeting Jan. 22

A new 90-acre park on the west side of Georgetown is being planned and the City of Georgetown wants your input. What would you like to see in this park? Ball fields? Hiking trails? Natural preserves? We’d like to know what is important to you.

West Side Park property-400The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. on January 22 to get your input. The meeting will be at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.

The City owns 90 acres of undeveloped parkland that will be used for the new westside park. The property is on the northwest side of Shell Road near Shell Spur. Berry Creek runs through the parkland and limestone cliffs border the creek’s edge.

The City purchased the 90-acre property in 2013 for $1.35 million in order to develop the land into a park on the west side of the city. Revenue from the 2008 voter-approved parks bonds was used to purchase the land.

Public input from the January 22 meeting will be used in the creation of a master plan for the future park. The City also encourages you to join an online discussion at georgetownwestsidepark.mindmixer.com. The westside park could include uses such as fields for soccer and baseball, playgrounds, nature trails, picnic pavilions, and natural areas.

The Parks and Recreation Department will incorporate public input in the design of a master plan for the westside park. The master plan process is expected to take approximately six months. The construction timeline for the park will depend on utility and development projects in the area, as well as future funding.

For details about plans for the future westside park, contact Eric Nuner, assistant director of parks and recreation at (512) 930-3525 or eric.nuner@georgetown.org.

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