Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

December 2008 - Posts

When's the last time you played kickball?

The City's spring co-ed kickball league registration begins next week and I'm rounding up my coworkers to participate again this Spring. I would argue that we had the most fun of any team out there because we had an absolute blast. You couldn't miss our teams' consistent cheering section of coworkers who came out with a cooler (and cameras at times!) to cheer like crazy and document when we scored, threw the ball or even just when we kicked!  It was a great time and whether we intended it at first or not, it became a great team building because we were able to cut loose outside the office and play together.  I originally had this crazy thought that kickball was an easy game we played in elementary school because anyone can kick a ball right?  LOL.  Well I learned its not necessarily easy when you're an adult! 

So when are you joining a team? The registration form is on the parks and recreation website. Come join the fun!

Free aerobic classes at Clay Madsen Rec Center

It pays to be a member of the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. In January, in addition to 10% off annual memberships (except corporate rate), the Center is kicking off a series of new drop in aerobics classes free for members for two weeks from January 5- January 16.  

Classes include Mat Pilates, a class that increases energy level while improving your core strength and posture. Zumba – a fusion of Latin dance rhythms and fitness aerobics. Body Sculpting, VInyasa Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Boot Camp.  Check out the new group exercise programs online at  Clay Madsen NEVER has a joining fee. Check it out!

Adopt a Unit success at Christmas Family Night

Thanks all for a successful Adopt-A-Unit Donation Station on Christmas Family Night with more than $400 donated in cash and checks for the unit and nearly half of our giant box was filled with care package donations and stacks of cards from kids and adults. This is what Christmas is all about! Thank you to the Round Rock Community for your continued support of the Adopt a Unit campaign. Our soldiers and their families appreciate what we're doing for them. Did you see the pile of letters that Mayor McGraw had from the soliders saying thank you? If you want to support the adopt a unit campaign, visit

Stay warm with free firewood at the Brush Recycling Center
Free firewood is now available for Round Rock residents at the City of Round Rock Brush Recycling Center, 310 Deepwood Drive, while supplies last.  Now, in addition to the free mulch, residents benefit from free firewood! The wood and logs are in an “as is” rugged condition. In several instances, residents will need to cut and/or split the wood themselves. The logs are available for non-commercial use by Round Rock citizens. Chainsaws may not be used at the Brush Recycling Center, however residents are free to take the wood home to prepare it themselves. Residents need to be prepared to load their own firewood supply into their vehicle. The Brush Recycling Center is open on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday – Saturday from 9 am – 6 pm and closed Wednesday and Sunday. Call 512-218-5540 for more information.


Christmas Family Night - WOW

I can't even begin to try to put a number on the amount of people who came out for Christmas Family Night on Friday. It was packed, yet the lines moved fast and we had a great time. There was a trombone choir, dancing, live music, carolers, carriage rides, puppet shows at the library, the biggest Christmas Tree EVER in the courtyard, and of course, Santa Claus! 

The People and Parks Giving Circle announced that they'll be helping to fund the Chisholm Trail Crossing Pathway and presented a check to the city. Mayor Alan McGraw hosted the water tower, tree and street lighting ceremony and opened a gift from Fort Hood of thank you letters from the soldiers we've been sending care packages to this year. Many people generously gave to support our troops as part of the city's Adopt A Unit Campaign. Thank you to everyone who continues to support this effort. Its not a one-time commitment,but an entire year commitment by our city and you're helping us to exceed expectations. THANK YOU!!!   Did you attend Christmas Family Night? What was your favorite part? What would you like to see next year?


Christmas Family Countdown: Support our troops!

The City of Round Rock has partnered with Fort Hood to adopt a unit for 2008/2009. Throughout the year we've collected care package donations to send to the soldiers overseas. Now you can help, my bringing donations to Christmas Family Night to support our troops. Items to donate include: cards, letters, powdered drinks, snacks, games, and chewing gum. For more information on what type of items to bring please visit  As you celebrate Christmas Family Night, please consider supporting the City's Adopt a Unit campaign.


Christmas Family Countdown: Hot dogs

Rollin, rollin, rollin. How many people does it take to roll hot dogs for Christmas Family Night???  Sounds like the start of a joke, but its no joke how much time and effort it takes to roll up thousands of hot dogs to give away at Christmas Family Night tonight! The hot dogs, hot chocolate, and popcorn are all free while supplies last.  Christmas Family Night is our opportunity to say thank you to the community for all your support throughout the year. We'll see you there!


Christmas Family Countdown: Round Rock's Christmas Tree

The Christmas Family Night Tree was set up downtown yesterday! Have you seen it? It is HUGE. 33 ft tall, 20 feet wide and 16.5 inch diameter at the base. The tree is set up in the courtyard across the street from the library and, trust me, you can't miss it!  We will officially light the tree at 6:30 pm on Friday at the start of the Christmas Family Night Celebration. Today ornaments and lights were hung on the tree. We've wrapped giant gift boxes and bows to go underneath it too. Be sure to check it out.


CMRC weight room closed Dec 12-14

Wanted to give you plenty of heads up! The Clay Madsen Recreation Center weight room will be closed Friday, December 12 - Sunday, December 14 for the installation of a new free weight area floor.  The weight room could re-open earlier than expected, so please call the Front Desk at 218-3220 for the status of weight room over the weekend!  The rest of the recreation center is open for recreational use. Visit for more information on the Clay Madsen Recreation Center.


Christmas Family Night Countdown 2009

Friday is Christmas Family Night and downtown Round Rock transforms into a celebration of the Christmas holiday. Visit Santa, Frosty the Snowman, play Christmas Bingo, watch puppet shows and more.

We're already getting ready here at the Parks and Recreation office as we're getting decorations together, creating and stuffing bags for Christmas Bingo and hanging Christmas lights!  Mark your calendar for Friday - and while you're out Christmas shopping this week, grab an item for our soldiers. The City of Round Rock adopted a unit from Fort Hood and we're sending care packages to our soldiers year-round and will be collecting cards, presents and more for them! visit for more info! We'll see you Friday!