Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

Toddler class spotlight: Sportball

Leisure time is important and so is exercise. How does your family exercise together? Do you visit Old Settlers Park? Swim at the pool? Throw a ball in the yard?  If you're running out of ideas, Round Rock Parks and Recreation offers many programs to get your child engaged in exercise from an early age. One of the newer toddler programs is Sportball, a class where children get active and develop a life-long love of sports.  For the smaller child, parents work with their child as they are introduced to 8 sports every week: soccer, basketball, baseball, volleyball, golf, tennis, hockey and football. Sound like fun? Sportball classes range from age 15-24 months and 2 year olds with parent supervision and on up to 4 1/2 years. Visit for more information.


A/C out at Clay Madsen

Please note that the air conditioner at Clay Madsen Recreation Center went out on Saturday. The facility is still without air as we wait for the replacement part to come in this week. Please schedule your workouts accordingly and we apologize for any inconvenience.

CMRC is currently undergoing some renovations. Progress is still being made on the locker rooms and the tennis courts were painted last week. When everything is done, the facility will look great!


Construction in Old Settlers and Somerset Park
Over the next few months, Old Settlers Park and Somerset Park will be seeing some construction going on. Universal Field Systems will be working on the overhead electric lines in these parks. The initial work begins in the next couple weeks with the major construction scheduled to begin in the fall.  We will keep you posted as we receive more information about the construction schedule and details.
Pictures from the 5K and Paul Eason concert

It was a great weekend for Parks and Recreation. The 5K for Clay had a good turn out with 348 participants and Paul Eason entertained the crowd at the last concert of the 2009 Round Rock Concert Series.

Everyone did great at the 5K and we have pictures to prove! To see pictures from the 5K click HERE.

Paul Eason did not disappoint this weekend. Click HERE to view pictures taken at the concert.

All pictures taken at Parks and Recreation events can be found at the City’s Flickr page

Paul Eason performs tonight at Amphitheater

Tonight at 7 pm Paul Eason performs at the Round Rock Amphitheater as the final free concert in the Round Rock Concert Series. See you there! Free music is brought to you by the City of Round Rock with support from Chipotle and Green Mountain Energy. Come enjoy the free show!!

Free parking in Baca Center garage, 301 W Bagdad.


348 runners participate in 5K for Clay

The City of Round Rock's 5K for Clay on August 15 had 348 runners participate. In its sixth year, the 5K for Clay is an opportunity for runners to get an early morning run on a looped course from the Clay Madsen Recreation Center down the Greater Lake Creek Trail.  Proceeds from the event benefit programs at Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Results are now posted at Looking for pictures of the event?  - they'll be available for download on Monday, Aug 17.

Movies in the Park, 5k, Concert Series and Lake Creek closing all happening this weekend

A lot is happening in Round Rock this weekend, so grab your planner and write this all down!

On Friday, August 14, Movies in the Park is playing Igor. The movie starts at dark, but all pre-movie activities start at 7:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket. There will be vendors out there, but feel free to bring your own food. Get more information at under special events.

On Saturday, August 15, the 5k for Clay is happening at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. If you haven’t sign up, it’s not too late. You can register the day of at the recreation center before the race. The 5k benefits the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and will be a fun run down the Greater Lake Creek Trail and A.W. Grimes. Visit for more information.

On Sunday, August 16, Texas Country music singer, Paul Eason will be playing at the Round Rock Amphitheatre for the 2009 Round Rock Summer Concert Series. He’s the last of the performers this summer, so come out and enjoy the concert. Visit to get information about the concert series.

Also, this is the last weekend that Lake Creek Pool will be open. The other pools will be open after this weekend, but if you’re a fan of Lake Creek this weekend will be your last chance to enjoy the pool! Get more information about pools and their closing dates at

Outlaw Trail 100 registration now available online

Attention all cyclists! The time has come for you to register for the Outlaw Trail 100. The Outlaw Trail 100 is a non-competitive cycling tour where cyclists from across Texas ride through Williamson County at their own pace. The tour features 10 mile, 25 mile, 40 mile, 50 mile, 63 mile, 100K and 100 mile loop courses.

You can register online through or you can download the printable .pdf and send it through the mail to the Parks and Recreation office at 301 W. Bagdad Ste. 250 Round Rock, TX 78664.

You can register the day of at packet pick-up in Old Settlers Park, but this year Parks and Recreation is capping the number of participants at 900. This is a popular event. They have reached and passed this number many times in the past, so registering as soon as possible is a good idea.

You can get more information about the Outlaw Trail 100 or to get the registration form visit Come out and ride!


Clay Madsen Recreation Center August Maintenance Information

The Clay Madsen Recreation Center will be performing various maintenance projects during the month of August.  These maintenance improvements may be an inconvenience to members, but once complete they will bring a nice new look for the facility. The following are the improvements for the month of August:

August 16-Sept 7:  POOL CLOSED!

During the week of August 17-21, the Clay Madsen Recreation Center will be installing fans in the meeting room. This project will not cause any closures, but will be a nice improvement. The recreation center will also be installing tile backsplashes behind the water fountains. For this project, certain areas will be closed off while the work is completed.

ALL Clay Madsen Recreation Center members, as of August 16, will be receiving a 15 day membership extension for the maintenance inconveniences. To see the reason for closures and to get more information about the improvements being done to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center visit and see the Clay Madsen Recreation Center page.

Courts get re-surfaced

Parks and Recreation is improving your park facilities. They have recently had the basketball courts at High Country and Veterans Park re-surfaced. Currently, the tennis courts at Old Settlers Parks are being re-surfaced as well and should be finished at the beginning of next week. Then the weekend of the 22 of August the tennis courts at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center will be re-surfaced.

If you get a chance, check out the courts and play on the new, smooth surfaces!

Now registering for FALL parks and recreation programs

Registration is currently open for residents to have first-dibs on programs from Round Rock Parks and Recreation and starting Monday, Aug 10, non-residents are welcome to sign up for fall programming.

 Dance, toddler programs, gymnastics, after-school care, golf, tennis, yoga, water aerobics and more.  Program guides are available at the Parks and Recreation Office and Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Many programs start in Session 1 the first week in September so go to our online registration page to see the programs we offer!  


Find Parks and Trails with the new webpage

I’ve been trying to work out more, but recently the treadmill has lost its spark. I have found it hard to run in place looking at a wall, so I decided it was time to go out and run one of the trails in Round Rock.

I went to the Greater Lake Creek Trail because it was conveniently located next to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. (This trail is also going to be part of the 5k for Clay route and I wanted to check it out.) Its a nice scenic trail with lots of shade that goes to A.W. Grimes, by Lake Creek and into Lake Creek Park. I had fun running the trail and it was a great change of pace to my workout. I definitely suggest checking it out.

The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation also has other parks and trails that you can check out, I know I plan to. Parks and Recreation just created this new webpage that helps find a trail, park or place for an activity quickly. Visit and look under the Parks and Trails tab to find information about the parks and trails.

Fall program registration starts today

Registration for all fall Parks and Recreation programs starts TODAY, August 3. Our Kids’ Clubhouse After-School Program is almost full, so sign up quick!

We also have other fun programs for the kids. There are toddler and youth sports programs and classes, as well as, other recreational activities like arts, cooking, dance and gymnastics.

This is also a great time to look into the Adult Fitness and Wellness classes that Parks and Recreation has to offer, plus the adult sport leagues.

Look through the Program Guide and register for classes, leagues and more on Also, you can pick up a Program Guide and register at the Parks and Recreation office or the Clay Madsen Recreation Center.

Check out the new 5k course!

The 2009 5K for Clay course is now posted online. Last year's course had runners go out, loop and come back on the same course, but this year the course will be a one-way loop. The cool thing about the course is it goes out past the Round Rock Skatepark and then through the trees along the Greater Lake Creek Trail which really is beautiful. We'll be out there Aug 15!


The 2009 Fall Program Guide is now available

The 2009 Fall Program Guide that contains all of the informtion City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation programs going on this fall is now available in hard copy! You can get it from the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and the Parks and Recreation office.

This is going to be a handy tool because on Monday, August 3 all City of Round Rock residents will be able to register for all fall programs. You can register online, on the phone or in person at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and the Parks and Recreation office.

Not a resident but still want to enjoy fall parks and recreation programs? You can! Monday, August 10 is the day that non-residents of Round Rock can register for fall programs.

To view the Program Guide or register online visit

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