Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

August 2008 - Posts

Last Chance to Splash This Labor Day Weekend

So school has started and summer officially feels over, BUT Rock' N River and the Parks and Recreation Department want to give you a couple more days of summer fun by re-opening the Aquatics Center for the Labor Day weekend. This is the last chance to enjoy the Rock' N River until next year. The weather should be nice and hot so it will be a perfect way to cool off, relax and enjoy the long weekend!!

Rock' N River will be open Saturday, August 30 through Monday, September 1 from noon - 6 pm. Micki Krebsbach Pool and Lake Creek Pool will remain closed this weekend.

We hope to see you at Rock' N River this weekend. For more information visit or feel free to leave a comment/question below!


You Can Now Become a Facebook Fan of the City of Round Rock

That's right your hometown is cool enough to be on facebook! We have created a page that you can become a fan of and have all the fun of Facebook while tapping into information and happenings going on around you. It is also a good way to talk other people from Round Rock and learn about new places, events or things to do that you would have never known!

I am excited that we have decided to join Facebook and create this page. I think it's going to be a great way for everyone to stay in touch. ALSO it features all of my blogs (YAY)!! Plus, City Focus Episodes, discussion forums, and a list of upcoming events can be found on our page. So come check us out. There is tons of awesome new stuff to get hooked on, as if Facebook is not addicting enough! 

To find us you can type City of Round Rock in your search tool and our fan page should show up. Click on the link and you can check out our page and become a fan!

Round Rock Parks and Recreation is Hiring

The Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department is hiring for the fall. If you are a student and looking for a part-time job, the Kids Clubhouse after-school program is looking for counselors. We are also looking for program instructors, referees, Toddler Treehouse supervisors, and much more. There are many different opportunities for you join the Parks and Recreation team as a full or part-time employee.

You can view the job postings at

Register Online for the Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour

Online registration has begun for the Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour. The tour takes place Saturday, October 18.  You can choose between a 10 mi, 25 mi, 50 mi, 100K or 100 mile tour and you receive a bunch of free stuff for participating (shirt, water bottle, keychain, Clif bars).

This is a great opportunity to get out and ride your bike on an established path. It might just be me, but I feel like I have seen more cyclists this summer than ever before. If you are a new cyclists and just getting into the sport that sign up for the 10 mile race!! It's going to be a lot of fun and it's a good way to meet other cyclists and get more involved in riding.

I just recently got a bicycle, and I was so excited to be able to ride my bike places instead of driving to save on gas. I did that maybe twice before realizing that it takes me three as long and I get four times as sweaty. So I have not really used my bike that much this summer, but I am thinking about entering us up in the 10 mile race. You can look for me on a 1980's black and white speckled Huffy!!

visit to register and receive more information!

People and Parks Fund

The People and Parks Fund is a giving circle that citizens are able to join. By making a donation to the fund, you automatically become a member of the foundation and are given the opportunity to vote on what park projects you would like enacted. All projects will be submitted by the Parks and Recreation Department and from there, members will vote on which projects they want to see take place. This is a great way to ensure that your money goes right into the parks of Round Rock.

If you want to become a member you must donate before September 30, 2008 to be able to vote on this years' projects.  

$10 per child
$15 per individual
$30 per family (Donations are being accepted through September 30,

I am excited for the great things the People and Parks Fund will bring to the City of Round Rock parks and I hope that this interests many readers. If this is something you want to get involved with, visit


Adopt-A-Unit Evening at Rock' N River is Canceled

As much as we love to get rain in Texas, it has caused us to have to cancel our special evening for the Fort Hood families from our adopted unit. We are unsure at this time if rescheduling the event is an option, but I will keep you updated as I receive more information!

Let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Check Out the 5K For Clay Event Pictures and Fun

Great job to everyone who ran the 5K For Clay race this past weekend. We had a great turn out with 282 participants. The event staff created a new route for this years' race that allowed runners to run along scenic trails instead of sticking to the roads. It seemed like many runners enjoyed the morning run with a nice, scenic route.

Pictures from the race have been uploaded to the City's flickr page. Feel free to check them out and see if you were captured during all the fun!

I would love to hear your comments about the pictures, your experience at the race, or the new route below!!

Rock' N River Closes Early August 18 to Welcome Fort Hood Families

As you know, we are helping to support a unit from Fort Hood and we want to be able to help the families as well as the fighting soldiers. The City of Round Rock has invited Fort Hood families and adopt-a-unit friends to come and have a fun evening in Round Rock. The City has decided to close the Rock' N River early Monday, August 18, at 4 pm to give the families a private experience at our great family aquatics center.

We want the families to feel comforted and supported as well, and being able to provide a great evening of fun and play is a nice way to show we care!

Rock' N River will re-open Tuesday, August 19, for regular business hours.

Pool Closures

The Round Rock summer season is coming to an end and pools will be closing within the next couple of weeks. It's sad, I know!

Lake Creek Pool will be the first to close on Sunday, August 17, Micki Krebsbach will close the following Sunday, August 24 and Rock' N River Family Aquatics Center will be the final pool to close on Monday, August 25.

Before you get too sad, Rock' N River will re-open one last time for the Labor Day weekend, Aug. 30- Sept. 1. Bring the kids and the family out to enjoy a refreshing and relaxing weekend!

So make sure to visit the pools before they close.  Finalize those nearly perfect tans, cool off a couple more times and relax at your favorite pools.

I hope you have enjoyed your summer season, and the good news behind all this is that we are moving closer to cooler weather (slowly)!!

If you have any questions or would like to share any experiences you have had at the Round Rock pools, feel free to comment below. We really do love to hear from all of you!! 

Summer Concert Pictures PLUS Online Registration for Non-residents begins Today!

Pictures from Sunday's concert with Pride and Joy will be loaded on the City's flickr page today. Check out the fun and see if you were captured in any pictures. The next concert is September 14 featuring the Los Texas Wranglers. This is the last summer concert for the season, so if you have not been able to make it out yet, we would love to see there!

Also, non-residents are able to start registering for fall programs today!! Visit to view fall 2008 programs and register online.   

Get Signed Up for the 5K For Clay

The annual 5K For Clay takes place August 16, 2008. Register now before late registration fees set in! Late registration fees will begin August 13 so make sure you have signed up before then. To register for the 5K, visit or stop by the Parks and Recreation Department (301 W. Bagdad) or the Clay Madsen Recreation Center (1600 Gattis School Rd).

The 5K For Clay is fun run/ walk. All the proceeds will help benefit the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. That means that your registration fees will go right back into the community by providing funding for classes, camps, equipment, ect.

If you have never run a 5K before, then you need to come out and experience one. I ran my first 5K last year as a requirement for my soccer team. When I started the race, I have to admit, I was not very happy about running on my day off, but I turned on my ipod and started jamming to my new playlist and before you know it I was enjoying a nice cruise run. When I finished I so excited!! I felt good, healthy, and accomplished. I think that everyone should experience that sense of accomplishment you get from finishing a race. If you have ran a race before than you know what I am talking about, and you should come out for the 5K For Clay!!

In addition to the great feeling of accomplishment, the City of Round Rock wants to reward its runners. Each female and male runner (according to different age groups) will be rewarded with a medal for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place. ALSO, the first female and male runners to cross the finish line will recieve a $100 gift card to REI.

So visit or stop by our offices to make sure you get signed up. You do not want to miss this! I hope to see you bright and early next Saturday morning the 16th. Feel free to leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!! Are you planning to attend?

Round Rock Summer Concert Series Presents Pride and Joy

Round Rock Summer Concert Series presents Pride and Joy, Sunday, August 10 at 7 pm. Pride and Joy will perform at the Round Rock Amphitheatre, 301 W. Bagdad, as part of the Summer Concert Series.

If you enjoy live music and new talent, you should come check these guys out! Pride and Joy sing the "electrified blues." Their latino, rock sound will be sure to move you all night long!! So bring your friends, family, and your dogs out to the concert Sunday night. See you there!

If you have any question or want to post any comments about the Summer Concert Series, feel free to make a comment below. We love to get your feedback!!

Rock' N River Closed Today

City of Round Rock's Rock'N River Family Aquatic Center (3300 E Palm Valley Blvd) is closed today, August 6 for maintenance. The pool will resume normal operating hours on Thursday, August 7 at 10 am.

Guests can still jump in one of our other city of Round Rock pools to stay cool. Lake Creek Pool (800 Deerfoot Drive) is open from 1 pm - 5 pm or Micki Krebsbach pool (301 Deepwood Drive) which is open from 1 pm - 8 pm. For more information on pool schedules visit  or call Round Rock Parks and Recreation at 512-218-5540.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to post them!

Round Rock Toddlers Create a Quilt For Our Adopt-A-Unit Soldiers

As you know, Round Rock has adopted a unit from Fort Hood to support while they are away from their homes and families. We have had great success collecting items for them with the Frontier Days Celebration donation drive and the donation boxes that are placed throughout the city. The City of Round Rock has been able to send many different shipments of the supplies the soldiers have asked for and more.

In addition to all the great items we have already collected and sent, our Toddler Treehouse Preschool Program decided to make something sentimental to send to our soldiers. While focusing on the letter "Q", this group of toddlers ranging from three to five years of age, decided to make our soldiers a beautiful quilt. Each square was uniquely designed and placed on the quilt by the by a different child.  

It will be nice to send something that shows the soldiers that they are in our hearts while they are away, and what a perfect way to show them we care!  A special thanks to Emmet, Ryan, Alora, Meghan, Aeden, Sierra, Zamari, Evan and Austin for all the hard work they put into creating this quilt.