Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

November 2008 - Posts

Program guides out - Yoga, dance, fitness Spring 2009

December 1 is the date to register for Spring 2009 programs with Parks and Recreation. If you're working on fitness- head to Clay Madsen Recreation Center athletic bootcamp or yoga/pilates classes. Sports programs include basketball, flag football, kickball and softball and we have instructional sports classes for all ages. Clay Madsen Recreation Center memberships and programs also make a great Christmas gift!

Spring 2009 program guides went home through Round Rock ISD last week and books are available at Clay Madsen Recreation, City Hall, Round Rock Chamber and Round Rock Parks and Recreation or browse online at

CMRC pool heating back up!

When the Clay Madsen Recreation Center pool boiler went out a few weeks ago, it meant some chilly swimming in the indoor pool and most swimmers opted to stay dry. Indoor swim lessons and aerobic classes were cancelled due to the water temperature in the upper 60's.

The good news is the boiler is now fixed and the temperature in the pool today is 72 degrees and water aerobic classes will resume on Monday, November 24. Thank you to everyone who had patience while we we waited to get the needed parts in and everything fixed!

Holiday Nut sale and nut cracking fundraiser

Almonds, cashews, walnuts and candied nuts are all part of the annual Nut Sale fundraiser at the Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities, 301 W. Bagdad Street, Round Rock.

Fresh almonds, slivered and whole, cashew, walnuts, and a variety of dessert and regular pecans will be sold in one pound packages from $6.50 to $8.50. In shell pecans, whole and cracked, will also be available for $3.50-$3.80 a pound. These nut packages have arrived in time for holiday cooking, gift giving, or freezing.

The nut sale is an annual fundraiser with proceeds going to support programs at the Baca Center. Nut Cracking service is also available at the Baca Center for Senior and Community Activities, 301 W. Bagdad Street, Round Rock for $.35 cents a pound. Bring your pecan harvest to the desk for weighing and cracking weekdays between 8 am and 4 pm. For information, call 218-5499. What's your best holiday recipe?

It's now open!

We enjoyed hotdogs, Sweet Leaf Tea and softball on Saturday at the grand opening of the Hall of Fame Girls Softball Complex at Old Settlers Park. Round Rock City Council, Texas State Softball Coach Ricci Woodard and teams of girls softball players celebrated the opening. Pictures from the opening are at the city's flickr page.

The baseball complex will open in late February -stay tuned for more details on the opening of the baseball complex.

Aerial shots of the new softball complex

Today I went up on a ladder 85 feet in the air to get some aerial shots of the Old Settlers Park Hall of Fame Softball Complex! Check out the pics at the city's flickr page.

We hope you’ll make it out for the grand opening tomorrow, Saturday, November 8 at 9:30 am.

Date: November 8
Time: 9:30 am – 10:30 am
Where: Old Settlers Park – 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd – fields are in the north east corner of the park at Red Bud and Kiphen Road

Online registration back up and running

It always helps to be ahead of schedule. The upgrade of our computer system went smoothly and we were able to put back online already!

Customers can once again browse programs and register online for fall programs. Registration for spring programs begins on December 1 but you can log on today and browse the offerings for you and your family. If you have any questions call 512-218-5540.

Arts and Crafts for Holiday shopping

The Rockin Around the Holidays bazaar is Saturday, November 8 at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. The great thing about this show is that with FREE ADMISSION I can use my money to shop and enjoy not having to pay to browse! 

 Just like last year there will be lots of arts and crafts vendors, jewelry, homemade products, candles, and decorations. It's a great opportunity to start my Christmas shopping because closer to Christmas there's not enough time to really slow down and look for the perfect gift for everyone on my list!



Online registration will be down Tuesday Nov 4-7

In order to give our system a necessary upgrade, the Round Rock Parks and Recreation website, will be unavailable from November 4-7. Customers wanting to register for upcoming programs will need to visit the Clay Madsen Recreation Center, 1600 Gattis School Road; Allen R Baca Center, 301 W Bagdad building 2; or Parks and Recreation office, 301 W Bagdad Ste 250 to register in person until the system upgrade is complete.  After November 7, customers can log online, resume online program registration and browse Spring 2009 programs! Registration for Spring 2009 programs begins on December 1. If you have any concerns or questions about the upgrade, please call 512-218-5540.


Thousands of toddlers at the Fall Fun Fest

To say the Fall Fun Festival was a success is an understatement once you look at all the amazing pictures from the event. The free Halloween carnival for toddlers and preschoolers at Old Settlers Park was a blast. The kiddos all looked like they were having a great time. The event was made possible thanks to Round Rock Parks and Recreation, sponsor Alexan Palm Valley and with help from the Round Rock Library and Fire Department. Did you go to the Fall Fun Festival? What did you like most about the event?  Give us feedback!