Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

July 2008 - Posts

Tried the Old Settlers Disc Golf course?

Round Rock has a an 18 hole, professionally designed disc golf course at Old Settlers Park. Recently on Disc Golf Course Review website, disc golfers have ranked the park 4 out of 5. Their review website is cool because it has feedback from disc golfers on the course and pictures of the course holes. From what I hear the most challenging spot is hole 16. Some of the holes are pretty far so get your arm ready!  On any given weekend, I've seen people out there playing on the course. Its a challenge that you'll want to play again.  Have you ever tried out the course? What do you think?

Huge trees at Old Settlers Park

Round Rock Forestry began a massive planting at Old Settlers Park in conjunction with the Sports Complex Improvement Project last week.  When the construction at Old Settlers baseball and softball complex is complete, there will be 500 trees in Old Settlers Park and the shade will make a world of difference. City Forester Emsud Horozovic said these are the largest trees the city has ever planted in Old Settlers Park. They are 4 inch Calipers and are 15-20 feet tall. To put the size in perspective, our crews and contractors have to use a backhoe to lift the large trees into place to plant them!

An assortment of Cedar Elm, Bur Oaks, Shumard, and Chinquapin Oak trees are part of the planting.

The trees are purchased with money from tree mitigation funds through the City of Round Rock tree ordinance.  The city tree ordinance helps preserve existing protected-sized trees and provides funding to replace any trees that are removed from development projects. If trees can not be all replaced on site then tree mitigation can be paid to plant trees in city park and on other public land.
These trees will not only look nice, but they'll also provide shade at the complex. Its exciting to see these big trees become part of Old Settlers Park!

Check out the pictures on our city's flickr page!

Watch 'em dance

On Saturday, the Ballet Folklorico has their cultural summer fest at the Round Rock Amphitheater with the dancers performing dances from a variety of different regions in Mexico. The Ballet Folklorico performed at the city's July 4 Celebration this year and had the entire pavilion filled with spectators. 

This Cultural Summer Fest they're doing gives us a chance to really see the dancers perform on a stage. I hope the rain will keep the weather cool and help make the perfect night to sit outside and watch the free show at the amphitheater.  Its nice to have free cultural events that we can go watch!

The fest is a monthly series. Did any of you make it to the June show?  What did you think?

Round Rock Lifeguards Compete in the South Texas Lifeguard Competition

Congratulations to the Round Rock lifeguards for thier success in the 2008 South Texas Lifeguard Competition!

 

This was the second year that Round Rock has entered the competition. Round Rock entered the Rock’N River Donuts, Lake Creek Ligers, and Kresbach Rescuers. In order to prove their lifeguard skills, the Round Rock teams were put to the test with various events. Some of these events include: First Aid scenarios, Spinal Management, Water Resuscitation Rescue, Passive Victim Recover Relay and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Scenarios. Scenarios ranged from drowning and hypothermia victims, to head gashes and chemical burns.  Using strict reviewing criteria, the teams were reviewed, ranked and placed.


Rock'N River medaled 5th in the Rescue Scenario!

The City is very proud their lifeguard's accomplishments and we look forward to their future success in next years' competition.

To view the pictures from the competition visit the City's flickr page.

Ole! Ole!

I do not know how many soccer fans are reading this, but if you enjoy watching soccer you should know that Round Rock is hosting the game between rivals America and Toluca. These are two highly ranked teams from Mexico coming to battle each other TONIGHT at the Round Rock Indepedent Schood District Sports Complex beginning at 8 pm. 

It is great that the game is being played in Round Rock.  It is a good opportunity to take the kids out to see a great soccer match. I know there are a lot of soccer camps and training sessions going on throughout the summer and this could be a good learning tool to let them watch and experience a live professional game!

This should be a great game, and even if you do not know much about soccer, the excitement and intensity of this game should be a crowd pleaser. I was personally ecstatic when I saw the news. There is nothing better than good, live soccer! I hope you can make it to the game tonight!

Read more about the upcoming soccer game and the teams playing tonight!

Ball Field Closure

Just to remind you, Old Settlers Park baseball and softball complex is officially closing July 21, 2008 for renovations.  To make sure that we can finish the complex in a timely manner and keep the community safe, it was decided that closing the fields completely is the best way to make everything happen.

Field closure will allow for this two-year project to be a one-year project.  The City is producing rapid results and we look forward to having a great complex.  The park will reopen in phases. The new girls softball complex is under construction and set to open in November 2008. The baseball complex is expected to be complete in February for Spring ball 2009.

I cannot wait, there will be shading structures, bleachers, playgrounds, lights, and upgraded concession and restroom facilities. Not to mention great ball fields. The new complex is really going to build upon the Sports Capital of Texas image we are creating in Round Rock.

 Let me know what you think, post your comments!!  

Round Rock is the #7 Best Place to Live

Congratulations Round Rockers, according to CNNMoney.com, Round Rock ranks seventh in the "Best Places to Live" survey. It's great to be recognized nationally! 

And a big thumbs up for Parks and Recreation!  We are a big part of the reason why Round Rock is ranked so high among other cities. CNNMoney states, "residents enjoy more than 800 acres of open space, two golf courses and 64-mile-long Lake Travis." Although we actually have 1700 acres of open space, I can settle for the 800 acre listing. Our parks and facilities help make Round Rock a great place to live.

So continue to enjoy your city and all it has to offer! Check out the article and let me know what you think!

The Texas Gypsies Performance

Sunday's concert was fantastic. The Texas Gypsies' cool, mellow sound dazzled the audience and made for a great evening.  I brought my dogs to the concert and they were in good company with quite a few other dogs. 

If you missed the show you can view the pictures on the City's flickr page. And do not worry, there are still more concerts to come this summer and fall. The next concert is scheduled for August 10th featuring Pride and Joy.

As always, I will keep you updated on the concert series and other events going on this summer so make sure to keep in touch! If you were at the concert and have pictures or stories to share, please post them in the comments section. I would love to hear about your experience.

Free Concert This Sunday

There will be another concert this Sunday July, 13, 2008 featuring the Texas Gypsies. The show starts at 7 pm and will be at the Round Rock Amphitheatre (301 W. Bagdad). If you like live music and are into seeing new and upcoming bands you should check these guys out. The Texas Gypsies describe their music as an upbeat, singable or danceable sound that turns people's heads.

At the last concert we were also able to enjoy the view of the bats from the McNeil bridge flying overhead. It was a great addition to the show. 

We encourage you to bring your dogs out. It's a good opportunity to get them out and about in the community. I like to take mine to the Round Rock Dog Depot Dog Park before we come out so that they are nice and relaxed for the show.

Well I hope to see you there! If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them and I will get back to you!

July 4 Pictures

July 4 Frontier Days pictures have been posted to the City's Flickr page. We have captured it all! The parade, the pepper eating contest, Ballet Folklorico, skydivers, the Austin Symphonic Band, games and more.

Check them out and see if you or your family were captured during any of the festivities.

 

 

Summer Camps

Now that eveyone is relaxed and officially enjoying summer, it's time to think about what you can do. Round Rock Parks and Recreation offers a great program guide for the summer, fall, and spring.  If you have not picked up your summer guide, I strongly recommend you do.  This guide will provide you with all the summer camps, classes, and activities going on in 2008. 

You still have time to jump into a couple different summer camps. There is volleyball, tennis, and soccer camps still going on through the end of July into August. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn a new sport or stay active the one they already play during the year.

Also, the City offers a combo camp. I think this is probably the coolest camp. It allows children to dabble into a bunch of different sports and learn basic sport skills. It will also teach them the philosophy of fun and team work. So if you are wondering how to get your children into sports, but do not know which one they will like best, then sign them up for this camp. They will have the opportunity to try an assortment of sports, while having fun this summer.  And think about how much time and money you will save not having to sign up for a variety of different sport seasons throughout the year.

You can find a list of these camps in your 2008 Summer Program Guide or visit www.roundrockrecreation.com to view the camps and classes and also to register.

Hooray for Independence Day

Round Rock has great weekend events planned for the community this July 4. Kicking off the big July 4 Frontier Days Celebration is the "Foosteps for Freedom" walk in the morning followed by the parade.  There are a lot of entries for this years' parade so it should be a good one! If you are interested in being in the parade it's not too late to sign up. The parade is presented by Bama, from KASE 101, and will run on the Channel 10 television station.  If this sounds like something you or your organization want to be apart of contact Bill Buckler at 512-255-9507.

I do not know about you, but after all the morning fun I am going to need to cool off.  Feel free to join me at the Lake Creek Pool with KISS FM. You can take the kids, even out your new tan lines, and cool off while enjoying good music and radio station giveaways!

After cooling off I will head to Old Settlers Park at the Lakeview Pavilion where MORE festivities are taking place.  I am debating the pepper-eating contest, but I do not know if  I have the stomach for it.  I have been practicing with the Papa John's pizza peppers (ya know, the ones that come in your pizza box). When I chicken out, I will be hanging out all over the park enjoying the Ballet Folklorico dancers and the Sam Bass Shootout. There will be games for the kids, a watermelon cutting, vendors and activities all over the park. I would not want to miss this! Talk about your talk of the town... So I hope to see you out there, I'll be running around dabbling into a bit of everything (maybe even the peppers)!

If you want more information on this years' July 4 Celebration feel free to comment if you want feedback, or visit www.roundrockfrontierdays.com for viewing your pleasure.

Have a Happy Independence Day!