Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

October 2008 - Posts

Softball Fields Grand Opening set for Nov 8

The Girls Softball fields at Old Settlers Park are almost complete and we'll celebrate with the grand opening on November 8 in conjunction with the girls season opener. Join the City of Round Rock City Council, University of Texas Softball Coach Connie Clark, and representatives from Round Rock ISD and Girls Sertoma Softball for the celebration! Mark your calendar so you'll be one of the first to see the new complex! AWESOME!

Outlaw Trail 100 Promo Video 2008 now online

Check out the 2008 Outlaw Trail 100 promo video! It is now linked from

Also, while you’re there check out the event pictures from 2008. Mark your calendar for October 17, 2009!

Parks and Recreation Online registration down for upgrades Nov 4-7; register in person instead!
The Parks and Recreation's online registration website  will be down for four days of system upgrades from Nov 4-7. Anyone who wants to register for a program may come register in person at Clay Madsen Recreation Center, Allen R. Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities or the Parks and Recreation main office. We sincerely apologize for this service interruption but are working for you as we make system upgrades. Everything will be 100% ready to go well before Spring registration begins on December 1.   If you have any questions you may send an email to [email protected] or call us at (512) 218-5540.


Halloween countdown 2008!

The Fall Fun Festival, the City of Round Rock's free children's Halloween carnival is on Friday from 9 am - noon at Old Settlers Park. The theme is Dr. Seuss and something tells me the Cat in the Hat will be there. This event is not only fun for the toddlers and preschoolers who go to the event, it's fun for us to host as the kids are all dressed up in Halloween costumes and so excited as they win carnival games. The library will be reading books, children can climb into a real fire truck and even enjoy hayrides. Very cool. Last year we had toddler Elvis empersonators and even robots. I'm curious what this year will bring. Are you coming to the Fall Fun Fest? What's your Halloween costume?

Great 21st annual Outlaw Trail 100

Saturday was wonderful. We had a georgous sunny (but not too hot) day and more than 875 cyclists spent their Saturday with us to participate in the 21st Annual Outlaw Trail 100. It was a great time! We took more than 250 pictures which are on the city's Flickr page if you want to check them out!   The start finish line moved south on Harrell Parkway this year and it worked out very well. Plus, we were right next to the RV show going on at the Dell Diamond so some cyclists went over to check it out too.  Visit for more information on the event

Outlaw Trail 100 Countdown

The Outlaw Trail 100 Cycling Tour is on Saturday, October 18 and we anticipate 1200 cyclists!  We've changed the start/finish line this year to be in front of the Old Settlers Tabernacle which allows cyclists to park in the Dell Diamond parking lot - which will be so convenient! 

This is a reminder that online registration ends Tuesday, October 14 at midnight. The only way to register on October 15-16 is at the Parks and Recreation Office or wait until October 17-18 and register at packet pickup with a $5 late fee. Don't let that happen!  Register today!  Grab your bike and join us. With tour distances from 10 miles to 100 miles, there's a distance for everyone!


Projects selected for People and Parks

Round Rock Giving Circle's People and Parks is a new fund to help citizen's directly invest in Round Rock's Park System. As a member, you give a donation of $10-$30, and get to vote on which project you want your money to support.

Voting begins on November 1. The three projects People and Parks may support include: 1) helping to fund a path at the Chisholm Trail Crossing 2) an additional shade arbor at the Round Rock Dog Depot or 3) a water fountain for the pond at Round Rock West park.

People and Parks is a grass root, fund to support parks programs in Round Rock. Citizens are encouraged to become a member by giving a donation from $10-$30 and together, the money will help fund a parks project. Log on to website for more information on the projects.

The winning project will be announced at Christmas Family Night on December 12! Are you a member of people and parks?

Posted: Oct 10 2008, 09:43 AM by Terri Waggoner | with no comments
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Dell volunteers paint boards for Fall Fun Festival

DSC04856Once again, Dell has helped us out! On October 7-8, Dell volunteers went to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and painted boards for our Fall Fun Festival children's carnival on October 31. The theme for 2008 is Dr. Seuss so the volunteers were painting boards that look like Dr. Seuss books and characters. Its time consuming to paint all the details of those boards - we appreciate Dell employees for helping us out once again!  If you'd like to volunteer with Round Rock Parks and Recreation call 512-218-5540. Click here to see all their hard work!

Posted: Oct 09 2008, 08:36 AM by Terri Waggoner | with no comments
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Play for all abilities

The City of Round Rock is partnering with Sunrise Rotary Club to help fund and build a playscape and several play pod areas for children of all abilites and their parents. Since approximately one in ten people have a mental or physical disability, this playground area will allow children to have a playground that anyone can enjoy. It will be located in Rabb Park near AW Grimes and HWY 79. What can you do? The current needs include monetary donations, materials donations, volunteers to help make it happen, and your word of mouth to let others know about this playscape! Contact Marge Tripp at [email protected] for more information!

Customer Service Day

Today is customer service day at the city. It's a day where we review the components of customer service and recognize staff members who have gone above and beyond for our community of customers. Hopefully, you've already seen our commitment to serving the community through our daily actions. 

Often times when we are a customer we may be more prone to fill out a customer comment card in a bad customer service situation versus a postive one. We have customer survey cards at the city and in our parks and recreation office and we encourage you to provide feedback! If you have a customer service story with the city of Round Rock, let us hear it!

New parks map

The new 2008 parks map is now up and linked off the city's website! and click on parks map. It shows the entire city of Round Rock and opens at 50% but you can zoom in on your part of town and focus in on our trails, parks and future parks all on one easy and convenient map!  Check it out!


Allen R Baca Center Health Fair and Flu Shot clinic

On Friday, the Allen R Baca Center will be full of health care providers from across Round Rock. The Baca Health Fair and Flu Shot Clinic is an opportunity for Round Rock senior citizens age 50 and up to meet health care providers and get a flu shot. The flu shot is free for those on Medicare Part B or $25 for all others. The Health Fair is always a large event at the Center because everyone wants to beat that stinkin' flu! The fair is from 9 am - noon. Tell everyone you know!