Breakfast with Santa on December 12

Santa and boy red hat 2 webThe 15th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa is Saturday, December 12 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, and Georgetown ISD.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa help to provide food and gifts for children in the Georgetown area.

Breakfast with Santa flyer 2015 webLast year, Breakfast with Santa served a pancake breakfast to more than 1,000 children and adults and provided gifts to 166 children from 55 Georgetown families, as well as 20 teen-aged youth served by The Nest program.

Breakfast with Santa also provided help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.

Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Workshop Sept. 3

The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop for area residents and related professionals interested in land and water stewardship in the San Gabriel River watershed. The workshop is on September 3 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Georgetown.

The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office in Williamson County and the City of Georgetown. The morning session will be at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street. The afternoon session will include a walk and presentations along the San Gabriel River. The City of Georgetown is providing a catered lunch from Chick-Fil-A that will be offered free of charge to participants or attendees may bring their own lunch if they prefer.

Attendees must RSVP by 5 p.m. on Aug. 31 to Nikki Dictson at (979) 458-5915 or n-dictson@tamu.edu, or online at texasriparian.org/trainings/upcoming-training-locations.

Dictson, Texas Water Resources Institute Extension program specialist and coordinator of the program in College Station, said the workshop will focus on the nature and function of stream and riparian zones, as well as the benefits and economic impacts from proper functioning riparian systems. A riparian zone is the land area adjacent to the bank of a stream, creek, bayou or river.

Dictson said workshop topics will include riparian and watershed management principles, water quality, riparian vegetation, hindrances to healthy riparian areas, stream processes, management practices and discussion of local resources.Workshop presentations will be given by representatives of the Texas Water Resources Institute, USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, AgriLife Extension, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Williamson County and the City of Georgetown.

Nat Waggoner, transportation analyst for Georgetown, said the goals of city’s water quality strategies are to protect the river, wildlife and promote recreational opportunities through responsible watershed planning and stewardship.

“The city and county are working together to promote habitat protection for the recently listed Georgetown salamander, a goal which also will benefit water quality. Williamson County Commissioner Valerie Covey and Gary Boyd of the Williamson County Conservation Foundation will provide an update on the effort during the morning session of the workshop,” Waggoner said.

Dictson said portions of the San Gabriel River watershed are considered impaired due to high levels of bacteria, chlorides, and sulfate. There also are water quality concerns for high levels of sedimentation nutrients in the river, specifically elevated levels of nitrate and low dissolved oxygen. This workshop will provide information and strategies that may help address those impairments.

Dictson said the Brazos River Authority developed a watershed protection plan in 2011 to help mitigate the water quality concerns including sediment and nutrients. According to the plan, one main contributor to these impairments is the increased development within the watershed. “Urbanization has led to increased runoff, carrying pollutants, and the destruction of riparian vegetation, which increases sedimentation and erosion along the river banks,” Dictson said. The City of Georgetown’s work to improve water quality will certainly help mitigate those effects.

“Healthy riparian areas protect our streams and our lakes, which are the sources of our drinking water, by protecting stream banks from erosion, slowing down the storm water velocity and filtering out sediment and pollutants of concern,” she said. “Poor management of the land and riparian areas leads to erosion. High amounts of sediment carried by streams have reduced reservoirs’ water storage capacity where the sediment is deposited.”

Dictson says high amounts of sediment also have been a problem for Lake Granger, which receives flows from the San Gabriel River. A 2010 Texas AgriLife Research study showed a reduction in the lake’s capacity from 2007 to 2010 of 1,173 acre-feet (an approximate sedimentation rate of 328 acre feet a year).

“The goal of the workshop is for participants to better understand riparian and watershed processes, the benefits of healthy riparian areas and what resources are available to prevent degradation while improving water quality,” Dictson said.

Fred M. Hall, AgriLife Extension agent for Williamson County, said participants who hold a pesticide applicators license and request continuing educational units will receive their confirmation certificate at the conclusion of the training.

The workshop offers over five types of continuing education units including three units— two general and one integrated pest management — for Texas Department of Agriculture pesticide license holders. It offers one unit from the Texas Water Resources Institute, and six hours for Texas Nutrient Management Planning specialists. The program may also be used for continuing education units for professional engineers.

The riparian education program is managed by the Texas Water Resources Institute, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, AgriLife Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. It is funded through a Clean Water Act grant provided by the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, contact Dictson or visit texasriparian.org or go to Facebook at facebook.com/TexasRiparianAssociation.

I-35 Exits in Georgetown

These are the exits on Interstate 35 in the Georgetown City Limits from north to south:

Exit 268, FM 972 – Walburg
Exit 266, Texas 195 – Florence
Exit 265, 130 Toll Road
Exit 264, Spur 158 – NE Inner Loop – Lakeway Drive – Austin Avenue
Exit 262 (southbound only), RM 2338 – Lake Georgetown – Andice
Exit 261A (northbound only), RM 2338 – Lake Georgetown – Andice
Exit 261, Texas 29 – University Avenue – Burnet
Exit 260, RM 2243 – Leander Road
Exit 259, Spur 26 – SE Inner Loop
Exit 257, Westinghouse Road

Rivery Park

Rivery Park is located at 1448 Rivery Blvd.

From Austin Area:
Take I-35 north Exit 261A.
Stay in the far left lane on the feeder road.
Take the turn around at Williams and head back south on the feeder.
Get into the far right lane.
Take a right after the Wendy’s onto Rivery Blvd.
The 2nd driveway on the right past Wendy’s will be the entrance to the park.

From Waco Area:
Take I-35 south Exit Williams Dr./Lake Georgetown/Andice.
Stay in the right lane on the feeder road.
When you see Wendy’s, move into the farthest right lane.
Take a right after the Wendy’s onto Rivery Blvd.
The 2nddriveway on the right past Wendy’s will be the entrance to the park.

Williamson County Recycle Center

Physical Address:

495 County Road 156
Georgetown, Texas 78626
512-864-3240

Hours of Operation:

OPEN: By appointment Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
To the general public on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
CLOSED:  Sundays and Mondays

The Williamson County Recycle Center, located at 495 County Road 156, is approximately 8 miles east of Georgetown, just off FM 971.

From north Austin Avenue, turn east on FM 971 and proceed for approximately 8 miles until you reach County Road 156.  Turn right, go over the railroad tracks, and the facility is just ahead on the right.

For information about what products the Recycle Center takes, please visit this page, https://recycle.georgetown.org/household-hazardous-waste/

Visitors Center

Physical Address:
Exit 261
103 W. 7th Street
Georgetown, Texas 78626

Hours of Operation:

Convention & Visitors Bureau:
Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Information Center:
Mon – Fri: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sat: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

For holiday hours, please visit our Holiday Closings and Restricted Hours page.

Driving Directions from Austin

Take IH35 North to exit 261. Turn right at S.H. 29 (exit 261) Travel east to Main St. (0.73 miles), take a left at the traffic light. Follow Main St. to 7th (0.25 miles). At the stop sign, turn left. City Office Building is at the corner of 7th and Main Street.

Driving Directions from Waco/Dallas/Ft.Worth

Take IH35 South to exit 261. Turn left at  S.H. 29 (exit 261), crossing IH35 bridge. Travel east to Main St. (0.74 miles), take a left at the traffic light. Follow Main St. to 7th (0.25 miles). At the stop sign, turn left. City Office Building is at the corner of 7th and Main Street.

Convention & Visitors Bureau
(512) 930-3545
(512) 930-3697 (fax)
cvb@georgetown.org

Tennis Center

The Georgetown Tennis Center was acquired in the summer of 1999 from Berry Creek Country Club and is the only municipal tennis center in Georgetown. This tennis facility benefits the citizens by offering tennis lessons, including private lessons, leagues, tournaments, and camps. The center includes 11 hard surface lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool for summer enjoyment, and a clubhouse complete with dressing rooms, showers, and a pro shop.

Georgetown Tennis Center
400 Serenada Drive
(512) 931-2444

Facility Hours

Monday – Thursday      9:00 am – 9:00 pm

Fridays                       9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Saturdays                   8:30 am – 6:00 pm

Sundays                     1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

2008 – 2009 Holiday Closings

  • November 27 & 28, 2008    Thanksgiving Holiday – CLOSED
  • December 24 & 25, 2008    Christmas Holiday – CLOSED
  • January 1, 2009                 New Year’s Day – CLOSED
  • January 19, 2009               MLK Day Holiday – CLOSED
  • April 12, 2009                    Easter Sunday – CLOSED
  • May 25, 2009                    Memorial Day Holiday – CLOSED
  • July 4, 2009                      July 4th Holiday – CLOSED
  • September 7, 2009            Labor Day Holiday – CLOSED

Recreation Center

Physical Address:
1003 N. Austin Ave.
Georgetown, Texas 78626
Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri: 5:30 am – 9:00 pm
Sat: 9:00 am – 9:00 pm
(512) 930-3596
(512) 930-3566 (fax)
parks@georgetown.org

Driving Directions from Austin

Take IH35 North to exit 261. Turn right on Williams Dr. going east. At the intersection of Austin Ave. and Williams, turn left. Travel north approx. 0.5 miles on Austin Ave.

Driving Directions from Waco/Dallas/Ft.Worth

Take IH35 South to exit 262. Turn left on Williams Dr. going east. At the intersection of Austin Ave. and Williams, turn left. Travel north approx. 0.5 miles on Austin Ave.

Visit our Holiday Closings and Restricted Hours page for information about holiday hours.

Parks Administration Building

The Parks and Recreation Administration Office is located at 1101 N. College Street.  Hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm.

To contact the Parks and Recreation Administration Office please call 512-930-3595 or email parks@georgetown.org.

Please call for pricing of the Community Room and Conference Room.

For more information on availability and rates, call (512) 930-3595 between 8:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Driving Directions:
From Temple/Waco:
Head South on IH-35.  Take exit 264.  Turn left at Lakeway Drive.  Turn right onto Austin Avenue.  Turn left onto FM 971/Weir Road.  Turn right onto Morrow Street.  Turn left onto College Street (low water crossing bridge).  Turn left into 1101 N. College.

From Austin: Head North on IH-35.  Take exit 261.  Turn right on HWY 29/University Avenue.  Turn left onto College Street.  Turn right into 1101 N. College.