Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

June 2008 - Posts

Get The Most Out of Your Summer

Are you taking advantage of the summer days? There is so much to do during the summer.  Ride your bike along the Brushy Creek Trail, take a dip in one of Round Rock's three swimming pools, join that new club you have been wanting to try, get involved with volunteer work or take your dog to the dog park for a play-date.  I always feel that I have more time during the summer. If you feel the same way I do, then start doing something fun with your extra time. Take advantage of the great parks, events, and classes in your community.

Just to remind you, some summer events to look out for are: Summer Concert Series, Movies in Your Park, Cultural Summer Series, new classes at the Clay Madsen Center and sport leagues for adults and children.  It is a great time to get involved and enjoy these summer days. Although we might complain about the heat, as Texans, we know deep down that this is our favorite part of the year, so enjoy it!

Visit our website at and check out some fun recreational happenings to help you better enjoy your summer.  

Are You Excited?

With the July 4th Frontier Days Celebration just around the corner, I cannot help but get excited.  I have never been to a Round Rock July 4th Celebration, but lately there is so much talk about all the stuff that goes on throughout the day.  A parade, a fun walk, watermelon cutting, skydivers, and of course and big fireworks blowout at the end of the day.

My favorite part of July 4th are the fireworks. No matter where I am or what I am doing I have always been able to go see a fireworks show. When I was younger, my dad would take my brother and I to the top of this hill in San Antonio where we could watch the fireworks show at SixFlags. It was awesome!  So I am excited to see the fireworks show at Old Settlers Park where the show can actually be up close and personal!

I am interested to know from everyone what the rest of the day is like? What is your favorite part of the Fontier Days Celebration and what else should I get excited for?

Gas Prices Strike Again!

The City of Round Rock is increasing the cost for trash pick-up $0.81. With diesel costing an average of $4.50 a gallon, the Round Rock Refuse, the residential trash pick-up service, has asked to increase the cost of residential pick-up.  The City Counsil approved the increase June 12.  Therefore, the next time you see your trash bill, expect to see the increase.

In case you are displeased with the increase in trash prices, let me inform you that even with the $0.81 increase you are still paying dollars less that other Williamson County cities.

Round Rock: $12.81

Georgetown: $14.05 in city, $16.55 outside city

Cedar Park: $16.21

Read more about the price increase.

Can you blame them?

Fun story: the other day I was driving to the river with my friends and we played the "which car would you rather have" game.  The game quickly turned into, which car is more fuel efficient. Who cares what it looks like now, if you can get 45 MPG sign me up! Let me know if you have any stories like mine, it is amazing how the increase in gas prices effects everyone differently.

This is also a good time to plan activities closer to home. With the cost of gas going up, what recreational activities are you going to do closer to home? You might want to check out your neighborhood park or ride a bike on the Greater Lake Creek Trail (or everywhere for that matter). What are some of your ideas or some of the things you have done to save on gas and still have fun in your community??

Traffic! Need I Say More...

Photo from Flickr, by: Valeria Melissia Rosalez I thought today that I would share with you some "good-to-know" information.  Since Round Rock is often tied in with Austin, and many Round Rockers make the commute back and forth daily, I thought some of you would like to know that Austin has the two most congested traffic spots in the state (go figure..).

Austin's Martin Luther King and 19th Street exit was the most congested exit in the state, and the Riverside Drive exit came in second, according to Central Texas Transportation News.  Take note that those two exits are only about four exits apart from one another, therefore, traffic is pretty bad at ALL the exits in South/Central Austin.

Good news, most of the congestion is in the Austin Metropolitan area.  Also, Dallas was listed 5th, and Houston 7th in the country for the worst congested cities

Living outside a major metropolitan area can be very beneficial for Round Rockers, but for those who commute, the best times to travel are Mondays from  9 a.m.- 10 a.m., and the worst is time to travel are Thursdays from 5 p.m.-6 p.m., according to Inrix, a traffic information company.

Now I do not really know how I feel about Thursdays being the worst traffic days. Some might agree with me that Fridays are by far the worst days. Everybody is trying to get home or leave town for the weekend. I mean I am new to real world workday schedule, but in my month of real world travel time, I spend the most time in traffic on Fridays, but that might just be me. All in all, I thought this was interesting information especially since I know that many people commute into Austin almost everyday for work or play.

You can check out the Inrix article, I have linked to it above. It also gives you the information on other traveling hot spots, or not so hot spots... Let me know what you think!

New Way to Get Involved & Celebrate July 4

During this years’ July 4 Frontier Days Celebration the City of Round Rock will be honoring the soldiers from Fort Hood who were recently deployed to Iraq. If you did not know already, The City of Round Rock and the Chamber of Commerce has teamed together to “adopt” a unit from Fort Hood to support them and their families while they are gone.

During the parade we will have a Hum V from Fort Hood and a city vehicle traveling behind it with volunteers collecting donations to put toward care packages for the soldiers. If you miss the parade, there is another opportunity to make a donation during the watermelon cutting, 7 p.m. at the Lakeview Pavilion in Old Settlers Park.

This is a great way to show neighboring soldiers that we care for them. These men and women are far away from their families and homes, and fighting on our behalf. Being able to get food, toys, letters, or newspapers from home can help make their time away that much better.

You can find a list of donation items on the City’s website at, and as always, your comments are welcome! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns...

Make Sure You Can Have a Rock'N Good Time

Planning a party or reserving a table at the Rock’N River Family Aquatics Center is easy to do. Making sure everyone in your party gets into the pool is another issue.  If the pool is at maximum capacity they cannot let the members of your party in until others leave.  This could potentially ruin your plans. 


Well I have some good news!  To avoid this potential party pooper, you can buy passes that will guarantee you and your guests’ entrance into the pool. The cost for this pass is $3 (resident/non-resident, adult or child). There is only one pass per person and the maximum number of passes that can be pre-purchased is 12 passes per table rented. Passes can be purchased over the phone at 512-218-5540 or at the PARD office, but all tickets must be picked up at the Parks and Recreation Office (301 W Bagdad, Ste 250.). So help make your party perfect by planning ahead and preordering passes. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to comment and let me know!


Get Your Mulch

Did you know that mulch retains water, therefore, allowing you to conserve water and save money? Well, forgive my lack of lawn care knowledge, but I had no idea! I assumed is was an aesthetic feature. Turns out, mulch can be an effective way to save water and ultimately save you money this summer.  We have already seen temperatures breaking record high's and the heat is just going to increase as we get into July and August.

Good news is, the City of Round Rock offers free mulch to the community! Yep, all you have to do is bring your utility bill to the Recycling Center, 310 Deepwood Drive (across from the Micki Krebsbach Swimming Pool), and you can fill up as much as one truck bed full of mulch. If you live outside the City of Round Rock you can still get mulch for only $15 a load (not too shabby).

So go grab some mulch from the Recycling Center and fill me in on what you think.

Did You Miss Zack Walther and the Cronkites? No Worries..

Sunday nights concert was a blast!  We had about 100 people show up to listen to Zack Walther and the Cronkites. 

The guys put on a fantastic show with a country-rock sound that filled the amphitheatre. We were also able to see the bats fly out from the McNeil bridge.  There were thousands of bats flying above and around the concert.  It was a great addition to the live music. 

If you were not able to come out and see Zack and the boys perform, there will be another free, live music show July 13, 2008 featuring the swinging sounds of the Texas Gypsies.

If you were at the concert Sunday night and would like to share your experience or give us feedback on the show, feel free to comment!

Come See Zack Walther and the Cronkites Perform

If you haven't heard, this Sunday June 8, 2008, Zack Walther and the Cronkites perform at the Round Rock Amphitheatre (301 W. Bagdad) as part of the 2008 Summer Concert Series. The show begins at 7:00pm.

Zack Walther and his buddies play a distinctly potent yet sweet blend of Americana and modern rock, peppered with pop hooks.  Their songs are said to be thoughtful about life, love, and the tough parts about being a musician in an unknown band.

I have personally heard good things about this band, and I look forward to seeing them perform. So come out, relax and enjoy some new music.

Also, this is a dog-friendly concert so bring your dog to enjoy a night out with you!

Movies in Your Park!

"Movies in Your Park" is back! Tomorrow Friday 6, 2008 you can join us at Virg Rabb Pavilion in Old Settlers Park (3300 E.Palm Valley Blvd.) to watch Bee Movie!

Bee Movie is about a bee, Barry B. Benson, who just graduated from college and is disillusioned with his lone career choice: making honey. Barry discovers humans have been stealing and eating the honey and subsequently decides to file a class action lawsuit against humans. Visit youtube to watch Bee Movie trailer

Pre-movie games will begin at 7:30 and the movie will start at dark. I hope to see you there!

Dog Park Update

I am glad that people are commenting about the dog park.  Your comments give me great feedback that I can relay to make the park better and more enjoyable for the community. 

I have a few updates on the Dog Depot: The running water connection should be complete by Monday (June 9, 2008) This will provide the dogs with a constant supply of water, which is especially great in this heat.  Also, there will be temporary signs put up around the dog park to make sure first time users know where to park and enter (this can be confusing).  Permanent signs will be put up by the end of the summer.

Future amenities consist of a shading structure for the small dog area. 

Please feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Sports Complex Updates

Good News for all you baseball fans. Old Settlers Park Sports Complex Improvement Project renovations are moving along quickly. The southwest complex parking lot has just been completed!!

In addition, the northwest complex will be complete by the middle of this month and the tennis restrooms will begin construction in mid-July. 

I will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this project and as always, your comments are welcome.

Have you visited the Round Rock Dog Depot yet?

I have just moved to north Austin and have been looking for a place to take my puppy to play.  I am used to taking her to all the parks in south Austin where she can play, socialize and tire herself out. Unfortunately, the only "dog parks" I can find in north Austin are trails where there are very few other dogs to play and no fences. So, if your dog is not necessarily the best listener, then you have to keep them on a leash. My dog did not find this as fun.... 

But good news! For anyone living in north Austin and especially those in Round Rock who are looking for a place to let your dog have fun and play without you having to provide the action, you have a great dog park available to you. The Round Rock Dog Depot is a 1.85 acre park that is FENCED and leash free. The park is located at 800 Deerfoot Drive (behind Lake Creek Pool). If you haven't checked it out yet, I strongly recommend it. Your dog will love you for it.

Also, Parks and Recreation have been trying to think of some events to hold at the dog park.  For example, a talent show, yappy hour, meet and greet, etc. I am welcome to all ideas, so feel free to share!