Special Events

April 2010 - Posts

Plant a tree for Arbor Day

Tree plantingThe Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department will hold an Arbor Day Tree Planting event at Kensington Park (1891 Oxford Blvd., Round Rock) from 9 to 11 a.m. this Saturday, May 1. Bring gloves and a willingness to work.

We will plant 55 trees in Kensington Park north of the Dell campus. Volunteers will meet by the playground in the middle of the Park at 8:30 a.m. to sign in, hear welcoming remarks and an Arbor Day Proclamation. Planting begins at 9 a.m. sharp.

Volunteers will receive an Arbor Day T-shirt, free tree and gift certificates for free mulch at the city's Brush and Recycling Center. To volunteer, please call 733-7625.

Arbor Day is America's National Tree Holiday, a day set aside to plant ceremonial trees, educate the public about the importance of trees, and honor the vital role trees play in our everyday lives. The brainchild of journalist Julius Sterling Morton, the first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. Today, National Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April. 
 
For more information, please contact Emsud Horozovic at (512) 341-3350.

Olympic Medalist to make special appearance at Texas Road Rash this weekend!

Jordan Malone, 2010 Olympic medalist (Men’s 5000m relay/short track speed skater), will make a special appearance at the Texas Road Rash and will sign autographs and take photos with attendees (10:00am to 12:00pm on Sunday during and after the marathon). Check out more information on Mr. Malone.

Interested skaters may now register in person at the Texas Road Rash on Saturday, April 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm and Sunday, April 25th from 6:00am to 7:30am.

Inlines to ice
Making his Olympic debut in Vancouver, Jordan Malone got started in short track after a hugely successful inline skating career. Malone won the overall world title in 2003 and hit the ice shortly after to begin training for short track. He quickly rose through the ranks, narrowly missing the 2006 Olympic team after an injury. Since then he has become a mainstay on the World Cup circuit. In Vancouver, Malone will skated in the 500m, 1500m and 5000m relay and won a bronze medal.

OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT: Play for All Abilities Park

The City of Round Rock Parks & Recreation Department and the Play for All Foundation Board Members will host an OPEN HOUSE TONIGHT detailing plans for the upcoming Play for All Abilities Park. The special preview will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Community Room at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. in Round Rock.

The OPEN HOUSE will provide an opportunity to review the latest park designs and ask questions of City staff and the Play for All Foundation Board Members in an informal setting. Additionally, come and hear how you can help make this one-of-a-kind park designed for kids of all abilities a reality!

Our mission is to provide a safe, fun place to play and develop new skills for children of all abilities in Round Rock and surrounding areas. The Play for All Abilities Park will serve the more than 100,000 children of Williamson County with an estimated 7,945 children with a disability.

This large gated park will include a variety of play opportunities designed to stimulate and encourage the development of several skill sets such as gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity and strengthening exercises. The project is being led by a committee of dedicated members of the Williamson County community and the City of Round Rock. The committee has set up a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation (Play for All Foundation) and is asking for help raising funds to build the park.

The park will be located at the existing Rabb Park, off of HWY 79 and A.W. Grimes Blvd.  The site is heavily shaded and tucked away from busy streets. The Brushy Creek Regional Trail will be accessible from the park (2010 - 2011 construction). The trail will connect Redbud Lane/CR122 to A.W. Grimes Blvd. and connects into the Greater Lake Creek Trail System.

For more information about the Play for All Abilities Park, visit: www.roundrocktexas.gov/playforall; www.rotaryroundrock-sunrise.com

FREE Cardboard Boat Building School at REI Round Rock April 17

Come and learn how to make a cardboard boat, then take part in the 3rd annual Round Rock the Boat Regatta. The Boat Regatta takes place on May 15, and Old Settlers Park will be full of spectators waiting to see who will float, sink or swim at this fun event. Contestants make boats out of cardboard and tape and rely on their inventions to keep them afloat as they travel across the lake at Old Settlers Park.

The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled a Free Boat Building School at REI in Round Rock! You will get all the information you need to make your own cardboard boat and partisepate in the Round Rock the Boat Regatta. Cardboard will be available at the workshops and at our Round Rock Recycling Center.

Free Boat Building School:

  • April 17, REI Round Rock at 10:30 a.m. (201 University Oaks Blvd.)
    Class registration *14170

Register online for the event and the FREE Boat Building School at www.roundrockrecreation.com. For more information about Round Rock the Boat Regatta, visit www.roundrocktexas.gov/rocktheboat.

OPEN HOUSE: Play for All Abilities Park Thursday, April 15

The City of Round Rock Parks & Recreation Department and the Play for All Foundation Board Members will hold an OPEN HOUSE detailing plans for the upcoming Play for All Abilities Park. The special preview will be open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 15 in the Community Room at the McConico Building, 301 W. Bagdad Ave. in Round Rock.

The OPEN HOUSE will provide an opportunity to review the latest park designs and ask questions of City staff and the Play for All Foundation Board Members in an informal setting. Additionally, come and hear how you can help make this one-of-a-kind park designed for kids of all abilities a reality!

Our mission is to provide a safe, fun place to play and develop new skills for children of all abilities in Round Rock and surrounding areas. The Play for All Abilities Park will serve the more than 100,000 children of Williamson County with an estimated 7,945 children with a disability.

This large gated park will include a variety of play opportunities designed to stimulate and encourage the development of several skill sets such as gross and fine motor skills, social interaction, sense of discovery, creativity and strengthening exercises. The project is being led by a committee of dedicated members of the Williamson County community and the City of Round Rock. The committee has set up a 501 (c)(3) non-profit foundation (Play for All Foundation) and is asking for help raising funds to build the park.

The park will be located at the existing Rabb Park, off of HWY 79 and A.W. Grimes Blvd.  The site is heavily shaded and tucked away from busy streets. The Brushy Creek Regional Trail will be accessible from the park (2010 - 2011 construction). The trail will connect Redbud Lane/CR122 to A.W. Grimes Blvd. and connects into the Greater Lake Creek Trail System.

For more information about the Play for All Abilities Park, visit: www.roundrocktexas.gov/playforall; www.rotaryroundrock-sunrise.com