Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

April 2009 - Posts

Arbor Day was a HUGE Success!

On Saturday, April 25, city volunteers planted 166 trees to beautify the City of Round Rock and to better the environment.  The huge 45-gallon trees were planted in Old Settlers Park.  To thank the eco-friendly volunteers, Chick-fil-a gave away free breakfast biscuits.  So, are you bummed about missing out on this year’s tree planting? Don’t worry! Here are pictures from Arbor Day.  What did you do to help beautify planet Earth?

New wildflower areas in Round Rock parks

The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation has started a new mowing schedule that is going to allow for more natural areas in our city parks. We're going to put out Texas wildflower seeds and make some beautiful scenic areas inside our parks. It'll take a month or so before the selected areas become more visible but be on the lookout! 

We identified 136 acres to be left natural with a majority inside Old Settlers Park. Other nature areas are in Round Rock West Park, Bowman Park, Clay Madsen Park, Lake Creek Park, Meadow Lake Park and Rabb Park. In consideration to neighborhoods and homes, the nature areas are centralized within the parks to allow manicured areas by pedestrian right-of-ways and roads. We hope citizens enjoy the pretty new wildflower areas. Its a win-win, we're saving money by not mowing the acreage and allowing for nature areas all at the same time! 

Happy Earth Day Earthlings!

Happy Earth Day Earthlings! In celebration of the wonderful world we live in, the City of Round Rock will plant trees to give back to Mother Nature as a way to help the fight to save our planet.  There are a number of ways that you can also help celebrate Earth Day! How about taking your bike to work today or remembering to turn off the lights when you aren’t using them?  Get the whole family involved because even the little ones can help!  Encourage children not to throw away recyclable goods and use this as a way to teach them the importance of recycling.  These are wonderful ways that you can pitch in and go green because after all, everyone has a role to play in saving planet Earth! How will you pitch in today?

 

Skate Park Closed

The skate park behind the Clay Madsen Recreation Center is closed for repairs from Monday, April 20 to Saturday, May 2.  Crews from the Parks and Recreation Department will be working on the erosion in the park as well as repairing the gate at the front entrance.  While the park receives its makeover, please remember that no one is allowed to skate during this time.  However, the skate park will re-open bright and early at 6 am on Saturday, May 2, so skaters mark this date on your calendars!

Plant a tree

Tomorrow is Earth Day, April 22 and Arbor Day is this week as well! The City of Round Rock Arbor Day Tree Planting. We're going to plant 166 trees on the trail at Old Settlers Park behind the Dell Diamond. Everyone is coming out to help and we expect 250-300 volunteers!  Chick-fil-a is donating breakfast biscuits and we have bagels from Sara Lee. We're excited to provide perks for volunteers including breakfast, T-shirt, and free mulch passes for the Brush Recycling Center!  Hope you'll join us as we plant trees and help the environment and beauty of our park!

Texas Road Rash 2009

On this past Sunday, 188 people skated around the City of Round Rock in the annual Texas Road Rash!   From amateurs to professionals, the skaters rolled through the city competing for the fastest times and the worst road rash! After making a mad dash to start off the race, most of the participants stayed on their skates, but a few went down.  The skater with the worst road rash took home a prize from Seton Medical Center to help ease the pain of the battle scars.  This year’s Texas Road Rash was a huge success so, if you missed out on the fun, lace up your skates and start preparing for next year’s! 

Its inline skate time!

We have 18 states and 4 countries represented at this year's Texas Road Rash Inline Skate Marathon this weekend at Old Settlers Park! In its 6th year, the Texas Road Rash attracts inline skaters from across the nation to come to Round Rock for this annual event. You don't have to be a pro to come out and skate. There's also a half marathon which is 3 times around the looped course.  Grab your inline skates and come check it out!

Skate Park Closes Temporarily for Make Over

The Round Rock Skate Park is the cool place to be after school and work.  It’s always filled with skaters working on their stunts, but it looks like local skaters will have to find another place to practice their moves on wheels.  The skate park will be closed from Monday, April 20 to Saturday, May 2.  The Parks and Recreation Department will work to prevent erosion and fix the broken fence that stands at the entrance of the park.  However, skaters don’t worry, the park will re-open at 6 am on May 2, so you’ll have the whole day to get back in the swing of things!

515 flashlights

What does 515 flashlights look like? We found out at the Flashlight Egg Hunt last night when 515 hunters entered the hunt ring at Old Settlers Park to find candy and prizes!  With two separate hunts, one parent assisted and one non-parent assisted hunt, Round Rock youth ran through the hunt area to find the scattered candy.

There's one more opportunity to hunt for candy and that's on Saturday the 11th with hunts starting at 9 am.  Go to roundrocktexas.gov/calendar for more info. Check out pictures of the fun from last night at the city's flickr page

Ready to hunt in the dark?

Thursday night is the flashlight egg hunt at Old Settlers Park! What started as a small event has grown to huge proportions as local youth take advantage of this spin on the traditional egg hunt. This year there is a parent-assisted hunt at 8 pm and then a child only hunt at 8:30 pm. Both hunts will include special prize eggs where hunters can win prize baskets, passes to Gatti-land, Round Rock Bowling Alley and more.

What's cool is that no kids can get lost in the hunt area because its completely fenced in and there's only one exit which is where parents stand as their kids come out. It's equally as fun to watch the hunters as it is to hunt because flashlights fly everywhere while the hunters try to find the candy in the dark. The cost is $4 in advance, $5 at the event.  The Easter Bunny will be there too. Come out and hunt with us at this unique opportunity courtesy of Round Rock Parks and Recreation - where quality matters!