Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

Scheduling next year's Juneteenth

We met yesterday with the Voice of Round Rock to discuss this year's first annual Juneteenth event. Planning for next year's event will start in September. If you are with an organization, church and/or other group that wants to be involved in 2010, let us hear from you!! We're going to start looking at entertainment options and plan to continue the event for 2010 when Juneteenth will be on a Saturday.  Did you go to the Juneteenth event this year? What are your recommendations for 2010? We're going to start putting the 2nd annual event into action!

Kung Fu Panda in the park

Kung Fu Panda will be showing at Old Settlers Park on Friday, June 26. The pre-movie activities start at 7:30 pm and the movie starts at dark.

Admission to this family friendly event is free, courtesy of Time Warner Cable. There will be concessions available at the park. Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and relax.

For more information about Movies in the Park visit:

July 4 First Annual One Hole Washer Tourney

The Round Rock Lions Clubs host the first annual One Hole Washer Tourney on July 4 at 1 pm during the July 4 Frontier Days Celebration at Old Settlers Park. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit Round Rock’s Play for All Abilities Park. $25 per team, $30 on July 4.

For more information about the Play for All Abilities Park visit Register today for the Washers Tourney at or call Justin Lawhorn at 785-5529.

10 days left until the July 4 Frontier Days Celebration!

Juneteenth is over and done, hope you didn't miss the fun

If you didn’t go to the Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration you missed out. Although the heat was sweltering hot the atmosphere of the event was cool. There were moon walks, a rock wall, food vendors, games, contests, barbeque cook-off and entertainment.


I went to check out the action Saturday and had a great time. The Councilmembers declare Juneteenth officially the Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration for Round Rock.


The One Way Baptist Church Choir came out singing to celebrate the announcement. The choir sounded great.  


While setting up the stage for Eleven Fingered Charlie the DJ played classic dance tunes for the crowd to dance to. A few members of the Round Rock Police Department came out to show us their moves to the Electric Slide and the Cupid Shuffle.


I enjoyed the sounds of Eleven Fingered Charlie. There reggae/rock music was nice and relaxing in the heat of the day. After that, the rap group, Nikkage came on stage to end the night.


Over all it was a great day out at the Round Rock Amphitheater.


Happy Father's Day to all the dads in Round Rock!

Father’s Day weekend is upon us and it’s time to celebrate that special father figure in your life. Here are some activities to do with your dad this Father’s Day weekend.


Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 take your dad out to the Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration for barbeque, games, live music and entertainment. Eleven Fingered Charlie is playing at 3 pm. Go to the Round Rock Amphitheater and have a good time from 5 pm to 8 pm on Friday and 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday. For more information about the Juneteenth Celebration visit


Sunday, June 21 why don’t you take your dad out to the pool? All the city pools will be open on Father’s Day so show your dad how much you love him with a splash and a ride down the water slide! To get hours and prices for the pools visit


Clay Madsen Recreation Center pool is closing June 18-21.

Thursday, June 18 the Clay Madsen Recreation Center pool will be closed for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through June 21, but will open again on June 22. While the pool is closed all aquatic programs that take place at Clay Madsen are cancelled.


If you are looking for fun visit one of the City’s outdoor pools. If you are looking for exercise don’t forget that the Clay Madsen Recreation Center has other amenities, such as, a weight room, basketball courts, racquetball and tennis courts.


If you have any questions call 512-218-3220.


The heat is on June 20 at the Juneteenthn Rhythm and Ribs Celebration barbeque cook-off

This Friday and Saturday is the Round Rock Juneteenth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration happening at the Round Rock Amphitheather. There will be live music and entertainment, game and a barbeque cook-off.

Come out and enjoy the smell and taste of barbeque ribs this Saturday, June 20. Cook-off contestants will arrive early in the morning to start preparation for the cook-off. The Juneteenth Celebration starts at 11 am. By the time you arrive at the celebration the smell of delicious ribs will be wafting through the air.

Come see the contestants' barbeque skills as the cook-off heats up. The judging for the competition takes place at 1 pm.

 The Juneteeth Rhythm and Ribs Celebration is Friday, June 19 from 5pm to 8pm and Satuday, June 20 from 11 am to 6 pm. For more information about the Celebration visit

Summer at Baca

The Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities has many things for you to do this summer. There are educational programs and seminars, exercise groups and organization for you to check out. Visit the website to see all you can be doing this summer.

One thing to check out is Tejano Time. It’s an informal dance get together that happens Thursdays from 1 to 3 pm in the aerobics room at the Baca Center. You can bring your own Tejano CD and join in the dancing or just watch.

Warm up your dance moves and come check it out July 2. For more information call 512-218-5499 or visit

Life Scout soars above and beyond for Round Rock in hopes of going Eagle

Life Scout, James Hall, organized a community service project where he and other volunteers planted 44 trees in the City of Round Rock’s Bowman Park on Friday, June 5.

Hall is completing the requirements to become an Eagle Scout. One of the requirements is to do a community service project that will benefit an organization other than the Boy Scouts. The community project is a way for the Scout to show leadership. James and his volunteers teamed up with the city's Parks and Recreation department to help serve the community.

 Ten Yaupon Pride of Houston, ten Wax Myrtles, six Cedar Elms, five Arizona Cypress, five Live Oak, five Red Oak and three Burr Oak trees were planted to diversify the area and develop the park. The trees will help shade the nature trail and the play ground area, as well as, provide privacy for the homes near the park.


Thanks James and all the other volunteers who came to help. Your service is just one way that Round Rock Parks and Recreation stays beautiful.

Park the RAT

The Regional Amateur Tour or the RAT is happening Saturday, June 6 at the Round Rock Skate Park. Skaters will be bringing their best tricks in hopes of winning prizes and the bragging rights of being #1 in different categories.

The event will be packed so here is a tip on parking. Plan on parking across the street at the Grace Presbyterian Church and use the Round Rock police crossing guards onsite.

Come out and watch. You never know when skate history will be made. For more information about the tour visit


Go to the Super Series and after go to get super soaked

This weekend, June 5-7, the Super Series South Tx State Championship is going on here in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park. There will be recycling bins out there to promote being green, so look out for those.

After the fun of watching or playing in the Super Series take the quick trip to the Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center. After being in the heat, Rock’N River will be a great place to cool down.

Remember all city pools open tomorrow, Thursday, June 4. To check out more information about the Super Series visit and for more information about the pools visit

Parade your float this July 4

With July 4 Frontier Days about a month away it is time for you to start thinking about the parade. If you just want to come out and watch, great. You can find out the parade route on the city’s website and decide where you want to set up your lawn chair.


If you are interested in being in the parade, awesome! There is no cost to participate in the parade, so grab a trailer and your friends, decorate your float or your bike and be a part of the fun. No entry is too large or too small. After the parade is over you can watch the parade and see your float on Channel 10 after the event. This is can be a great chance to show the community what your company, organization, club or family is all about.


Entries in the parade have the chance to win the title and bragging rights of being the best in these categories: best marching unit, best commercial unit, best riding unit, most beautiful, best related to theme, best civic and most spirited unit and best overall.


So get to work on your parade float! To enter in the parade you must fill out an application. Applications can be found online along with details about the parade and Frontier Days at


Slam'n Jam'n idea for summer fun!

All City pools open this Thursday, June 4. Check out the website to see the hours and fees. They can’t accept checks at the pool so bring cash! Visit the website for hours and fees for each pool.


Are you looking for other summer fun? There are sports camps going on through out the summer for many different sports. Slam’n Jam’n basketball camp is June 8-12. Children 5-9 years-old go to camp from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and children 10-15 years-old go from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The camp is the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. The fee to participate is $79 for residents of the city. Non-residents can participate for $84.


Collegiate coaches will teach boys and girls the basic fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, offensive and defensive strategies. Participants are to wear comfortable gym clothes and tennis shoes. All Slam’n Jam’n participants will receive a T-shirt and basketball.


You can register for this summer sports camp or check out and register for other sports camps at


Come check out the RAT

The Regional Amateur Tour or the RAT is coming to the Sports Capital of Texas! The RAT is a four stop skate series happening in the state of Texas. Its purpose is to help grow the sport. The tour has been to Dallas/Fort Worth and is coming to Austin, San Antonio and Houston.


The Austin stop is taking place on June 6 at the Round Rock skate park next to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Skaters can sign up for a $20 entry fee and have the chance to win substantial prizes.

 Come out and watch or skate for prizes! To get more information about the RAT or to register visit
Summer swim lessons!

Looking for something to do this summer? Have fun in the sun while learning to swim with swim lessons by the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation.


The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation uses the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Classes go from levels 1 to 5 and are also offered for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults. The infant, toddler and preschoolers classes last 25 minutes and all other classes last 50 minutes.


All swim lessons are held at the Lake Creek Municipal pool during the summer months. For more information and to register for swim lessons go to


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