Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

May 2009 - Posts

Come check out the RAT

The Regional Amateur Tour or the RAT is coming to the Sports Capital of Texas! The RAT is a four stop skate series happening in the state of Texas. Its purpose is to help grow the sport. The tour has been to Dallas/Fort Worth and is coming to Austin, San Antonio and Houston.


The Austin stop is taking place on June 6 at the Round Rock skate park next to the Clay Madsen Recreation Center. Skaters can sign up for a $20 entry fee and have the chance to win substantial prizes.

 Come out and watch or skate for prizes! To get more information about the RAT or to register visit
Summer swim lessons!

Looking for something to do this summer? Have fun in the sun while learning to swim with swim lessons by the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation.


The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation uses the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Classes go from levels 1 to 5 and are also offered for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and adults. The infant, toddler and preschoolers classes last 25 minutes and all other classes last 50 minutes.


All swim lessons are held at the Lake Creek Municipal pool during the summer months. For more information and to register for swim lessons go to


Stay safe and cool at the city's pools

The Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center opened this past Memorial Day weekend and will be open again this weekend, May 30 and 31 from 12 to 6. The City of Round Rock and News 8 Austin have some tips on water safety to keep everyone safe this summer.  Check it out at


All city pools will be open June 4. To get more information about the pools, such as hours and locations go to


The Boat Regatta is still alfoat for July 4

The Round Rock the Boat Regatta is still on! It is on July 4 from 2-4 p.m. as part of the festivities for July 4 Frontier Days Celebration. Pits for the Boat Regatta will open at 1 p.m. There will be one round of time trails and the top three times will go in a head to head race to see who wins the title of “Fast and Furious.”


We are also inviting all those participating in the Boat Regatta to enter their boat in the Frontier Days parade to show off their fantastic boats. If you would like to enter your boat in the parade visit  for more information or to get the parade float application.


Also, if you know anyone still interested in being in the Boat Regatta it’s not too late! The deadline registration for new boat entries is June 29. For details about the Boat Regatta visit


Rock'N River open Memorial Day weekend

Looking for fun this Memorial Day weekend? The City of Round Rock’s outdoor pool, Rock’N River Family Aquatic Center is opening Memorial Day weekend from Friday, May 23 – Monday, May 25. The hours are 12-6p.m. Come out and stay cool while enjoying the lazy river, crazy slides, water playground, tunnel showers, water cannon, tipping frogs, floor geysers and zero beach entry play area.

Rock’N River is located in Old Settlers Park.

For more information, checkout

Boat Regatta cancelled

We were crossing fingers the rain would go away but it only got worse. The Round Rock the Boat Regatta is now cancelled due to heavy rains and thunderstorms at the park. Since the weather forecast doesn't show signs that it will pass through, the City of Round Rock cancelled today's event.


Boat Regatta featured on Fox 7 Morning show

We had a great time this morning showing off the Top Gun boat from the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation to showcase the Round Rock the Boat Regatta on the Fox 7 morning show. We also helped make Nik a temporary boat to try out on the water. Let me emphasize "temporary" as I think it worked for about 30 seconds!  Check it out at and plan to be there Saturday at Old Settlers Park to watch the races at noon!

Boat regatta has 32 boats!

Your Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department has a full weekend of free, family fun planned for you!

Saturday the Round Rock the Boat Regatta has cardboard boat races beginning at noon. We already have 32 boats registered. Last year we had 16 boats and a large crowd so this year will be huge!  The boat regatta is part of a full weekend of activites. On Sunday the Concert Series kicks off with live music from "Pictures of Then."  Free family fun. check out for more details on the concerts and for the regatta!



"Pictures of Then" kicks off Round Rock Concert Series May 17

Ok.. this is an early heads up, but the lineup is too good for me not to tell you about it in advance on the blog. Round Rock's free concert series features "Pictures of Then" at the Round Rock Amphitheater on Sunday, May 17.  The goal of Round Rock's Concert Series is to highlight up and coming artists from the local music scene and provide a great leisure opportunity for families.  Two hours of great music starting at 7 pm and its free!  Mark your calendar now!

Past artists in the series include Los Lonely Boys, WideAwake, the Jon Barry Project, Aaron Watson, Rick Trevino, and Guy Forsyth. We know how to pick 'em!

 2009 Schedule: May 17 at 7 pm Pictures of Then

June 20 at 3 pm – Eleven Fingered Charlie  *in conjunction with the Juneteenth Celebration

July 19 at 7 pm – Marshall Ford Swing BandAugust 16 at 7 pm – Paul EasonSeptember 20 at 7 pm – Drew Smith's Lonely Choir Pictures of Then Bio- City Beat magazine praises Minneapolis-based Pictures of Then as having "a sonic balance between reverence for the past and vision of the future." Their sound is fresh enough to appeal to even the most discerning of indie-rock fans while still containing essential ingredients to have the masses "reaching for the repeat button just as soon as it ends." (  Their music has been featured on MTV's The Real World and The Hills and was licensed by other programs on USA, Oxygen and Lifetime. In 2008, they appeared on the  MTV "Choose or Lose Tour." The band has also appeared alongside such renowned acts as Green Day, Interpol, and Motion City Soundtrack on multiple compilation albums. With their ever-growing fan base and the rising anticipation of their 2009 release, "Pictures of Then and The Wicked Sea," it is only a matter of time before this band, firmly rooted in indie soil, becomes one of the few independents to branch out into mainstream. 
Will your cardboard boat float?

It's down to the wire. May 11 is the deadline to register for the Round Rock the Boat Regatta on May 16 at Old Settlers Park. We already have more than 15 individual teams registered and anticipate many more to come in the next week!  The event was a lot of fun last year as I got to watch people sink, swim and swim with their boats in tow.

The City hosted three boat building schools this year so hopefully you know how to make a boat that actually will stay afloat! Come out and enjoy the fun whether you built a boat or not. There will be concessionaires, kite flying, the giant Joanne Land playground and the fun as you watch kids and adults attempt to float across the lake. Check out the video from last year at

Skatepark closure extended

Rain, rain go away come again another day!!!  While we love to get rain in Round Rock, it delayed some of the concrete pouring and maintenance work at the Round Rock Skatepark and therefore, the skate park closure is now extended.  The skatepark will reopen Thursday, May 7.