Round Rocker: Parks and Recreation 411

July 2009 - Posts

Check out the new 5k course!

The 2009 5K for Clay course is now posted online. Last year's course had runners go out, loop and come back on the same course, but this year the course will be a one-way loop. The cool thing about the course is it goes out past the Round Rock Skatepark and then through the trees along the Greater Lake Creek Trail which really is beautiful. We'll be out there Aug 15!


The 2009 Fall Program Guide is now available

The 2009 Fall Program Guide that contains all of the informtion City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation programs going on this fall is now available in hard copy! You can get it from the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and the Parks and Recreation office.

This is going to be a handy tool because on Monday, August 3 all City of Round Rock residents will be able to register for all fall programs. You can register online, on the phone or in person at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center and the Parks and Recreation office.

Not a resident but still want to enjoy fall parks and recreation programs? You can! Monday, August 10 is the day that non-residents of Round Rock can register for fall programs.

To view the Program Guide or register online visit

Sign up for the 5K for Clay

The 6th Annual 5K for Clay will be Saturday, August 15 at the Clay Madsen Creation Center. The event will benefit the recreation center as well as honor the Madsen family.

The 5K is the looped course that starts and finishes at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center.

You can sign up for the race at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center or online until August 12. After that you can sign up at the Clay Madsen Recreation Center the day of the race.

The event is time chipped and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners of each age and gender division will get a metal. The top three racers overall will win a gift certificate from REI. There will be t-shirts and participant bags for racer.

The Sports Capital of Texas Ambassadors will also be announcing the participants for the new fitness program Round to Rock at the event.

To get more information about the 5K for Clay and to register visit

Iron Man playing this Friday at Old Settlers Park

Friday, July 24 Time Warner Cable is hosting Movies in the Park at Old Settlers Park. The movie playing this Friday is Iron Man and starts at dark, but there are some pre-movie activities that start at 7:30 p.m.

Bring the whole family along with some lawn chairs or blankets to sit on while enjoying the movie. There will be some vendors there, but feel free to bring some movie snacks.

The show is free, so come out and enjoy a night at the park. For more information visit or

Assist Director Cory Stryon becomes Chair of the Quality Texas Foundation

The City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation would like to congratulate our Assist Director, Cory Styron, on his new position as Chair for the Quality Texas Foundation, which he took over on July 1.

The Quality Texas Foundation is an organization created to help bring great success to businesses and organizations throughout Texas. With the criterion that the Quality Texas Foundation uses, businesses have the ability to achieve excellence through a practical application.

Cory has worked with the Quality Texas Foundation for nine years and will serve a three year term as Chair. He moved into the position from Vice Chair, which he was appointed last year.

He was nominated by his peers for Chair in early June and elected into the position by mid-June. The Quality Texas Foundation prefers that a candidate for Chair have 3-5 years of experience with the Baldridge Criteria used by the Quality Texas Foundation. Cory has been on a different criteria team for the Foundation at least once a year all of his nine years with the Foundation.

Way to go Cory! We are proud of your achievement and know you’ll do a great job bringing quality to Texas business including Parks and Recreation where quality matters!

Come to Clay Madsen to learn about the opportunity for free personal training

The Sports Capital of Texas Ambassadors will be at Clay Madsen Recreation Center on Wednesday, July 22 from 12 to 2 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. promoting the new Round to Rock fitness program.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “Who are these Ambassadors and what do they do?”
The Ambassadors are a group of Round Rock professionals and students created by Mayor Alan McGraw with the mission to engage the community in the “Sports Capital of Texas” brand and promote healthy living.

The new fitness program they are running does just that. The Sports Capital of Texas Ambassadors are looking for people who have fitness goals they are committed to reach. All you have to do is fill out an application for the Round to Rock program…and be willing to give up some of your time to sweat.

If you are selected then you get the chance of a life time to learn how to live a healthier life style through diet and exercise to reach your goal. You will get FREE fitness assessments, personal training and nutrition counseling. In return for the free training you will be featured on Channel 10 and a blog so the whole community can keep up with your progress and have the chance to get involved in other ways.

Being someone who used to work out with a personal trainer three times a week I know how expensive it can get. This is a great deal. I’m going to be jealous of the lucky people that get picked for this program.

Come out the Clay Madsen Recreation Center to hear from the Ambassadors what the program is all about. The Sport Capital of Texas Ambassadors are still taking applications for Round to Rock until Tuesday, August 11. To get the details and the application about Round to Rock visit

Baca Center's 1000th member joined today!

At 1:50 pm today, the Allen R. Baca for Senior and Community Activities got their 1000th member!

This is an exciting time for the Baca Center. They have been waiting for their 1000th member to come in and sign up since last week and today it happened. I was invited to be a part of the action. I went over to the Baca Center, camera in hand.

For this person to qualify as the 1000th memeber they had to be a brand new member, not someone renewing their membership. Pamela Brown was that person. She came in to sign up for the membership not knowing that she was about to win a free membership to the Baca Center plus a goodie bag filled with items from the Baca Boutique.

After Pamela finished filling out the new member registration form the staff threw streamers, strayed silly string and played music to celebrate their newest member. Pamela was completely surprised and excited.

I got a chance to sit down and talk with the new member. Pamela and her husband, Charles Brown, have been Round Rock residents for the last 3 ½ years. They moved from Colorado to be closer their kids who live here in Texas. Pamela was a member of the senior center back in Colorado, but had put off joining the Baca Center because she didn’t know if it offered the same programs.

After talking to Linda Ward, a Baca Center member, about all the programs that the Baca Center has to offer, Pamela was convinced that joining was the right thing to do.

“I love playing games, dancing and traveling,” said Pamela. “I found out that the Baca Center offered all these things and joined.”

We’re glad you joined Pamela!

Swing band on Sunday

The Marshall Ford Swing band is at the amphitheater on Sunday for the Round Rock Concert Series. I love swing music so I'm expecting a good time. Free live music in Round Rock - that can't be beat. Plus, you can keep a lookout for the bats because usually this time of year they fly out during the show. See you there!


Fitness program to take my body from "Round to Rock"

The Sports Capital of Texas Ambassadors announced their new program "Round to Rock" this week. They're accepting applications from people who want to be a participant and receive 12 weeks of personal training and nutritional info and its FREE!!! 

Its set up similarly to the biggest loser TV show, but its more about getting a healthy lifestyle. No giant scales and weigh ins, just counting inches and getting fit.  And the contestants who get selected to participate will be featured on the blog, Channel 10 and the community can get behind these residents as they get healthy. Kind of a cool idea.  

The Ambassadors are looking for registrants as applications are due on August 11.  I think it'd be a cool way to learn how to exercise properly, lose some inches and get more energy.  I'm not sure why I'd need to "advertise" this program because I think all of you reading this would want to apply - it is a good deal! Free personal training, motivation and proper instruction to change your life.

Also to note is that there will be activities that the whole community can come to like a walk on the Brushy Creek East Trail and stuff like that - so we can all participate and be healthy!  
Round Rock rocks lifeguard competition

Friday, July 10 two lifeguard teams, the RR Rockin’ River Rats and RR Krebs Creek, represented the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation at the Central Texas Lifeguard Competition at the UT Swim Center. At the competition teams of lifeguards demonstrated their skills in the certain areas of first aid, CRP and water rescue techniques.

This competition gives the lifeguards a chance to prove the quality of their skills. They did a great job in this close competition where in some case they missed first place by only seconds. 

The RR Rockin River Rats placed first in the scanning event, second in the backboard event and forth overall at the competition behind three teams from Schlitterbaun, which is a big accomplishment. The guards on the team are, Leah Anderson, Travis Luth, Ariel Maughan and Zach (Zorro) Rios.

The RR Krebs Creek team placed sixth overall at the competition. The lifeguards on the RR Krebs Creek team are, Luke Berhard, Amy Frame, Alex Herring and Shea Robinson.

Parks and Recreation is proud of the work the lifeguards did to prepare and preform in the competition! Their preformances in this compeition show that they all really know their stuff.

Come enjoy one of our safe outdoor pools.

Micki Krebsbach pool will be closed until 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11

Micki Kresback Pool will be closed until 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 11 due to the Dolphins’ Divisional Swim Meet. It’s a home meet for the Dolphins and an important one as well, so let’s give our support to them and hope they do great.

Want to get to the pool before 3 p.m? Don’t worry, our other two outdoor pools will be opening at normal time. Lake Creek will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and Rock’N River will be open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about our pools, hours and rates visit

Lion's Club raises $315 for the Play for All Abilities Park

The Lion’s Club hosted their 1st Annual One Hole Washers Tourney at the July 4 Frontier Days Celebration to raise funds for the Play for All Abilities Park. The tournament raised $315 and helped the Lion’s Club make new contacts for future fundraising opportunities for the park.

Thank you Lion’s Club for helping the City of Round Rock Parks and Recreation Department get one step closer to building the park. We look forward to working with you in the future.

Here are this year’s tournament winners:
1st Place was Chris Leschber and Tony Galvan
2nd Place was Roger Vallejo and Eric Pena
3rd Place was Junior Pena and Henry Pena

Look out for the tournament next year!

To get more information about the Play for All Abilities Park visit

July 4 Frontier Days: a memorable experience

My first July 4 Frontier Days Celebration was a success. It was hot out there and I don’t think I’ve ever drank that much water, but it was still fun.

The parade was great. There were many interesting floats and a lot of people out there to support the parade. Bama Brown from KASE 101 was funny and did a fantasitic job at entertaining the crowd. The kids had a lot of fun out there with all the candy and small toys being thrown to them from the floats.

The Parks and Recreation Department has something to brag about; the Allen R. Baca Center won the Best Civic and Best Overall parade float entries with “Life is Sweet at the Allen R. Baca Center.”

The celebration continued out at Old Settlers Park. I caught the first Sam Bass Shoot Out. They had some sound problems at first, but they more than made up for it with the gun fire. Then I headed over to watch part of the Lion’s Club One Hole Washer Tourney had a lot people out there to support the Play for All Abilities Park. I tried my hand at washers, but I’m thinking I need to pick another pass time; I didn’t do so hot.

The Boat Regatta was personally my favorite event of the whole day. It was entertaining watching the cardboard boats try to navigate their way around the course. The EcoBox was entertaining to watch go down. He started to go down in the second heat at the very start, but kept going. He finished the race by swimming a piece of his boat to the finish line. Watch the EcoBox go down at It was great.

The Orca also made a dramatic sinking. The boat was modeled after the boat on Jaws. It even had a blow up shark following behind the boat. The crew of the boat jumped from the boat and took on the shark and eventually brought the boat down. Parks and Recreation can add another thing to brag about to their list because the Top Gun boat won the People’s Choice Award for having the best boat design; it was created and rowed by a few parks and recreation employees.

The pepper eating contest was also entertaining. The most peppers eaten were 57 by a man named Steve. He didn’t even flinch. Afterward he enjoyed a nice cup of milk. The runner up was Alexander Sherry with 40 peppers. He won last year by eating 69 peppers, but I guess this year he couldn’t take the heat. He still ate more peppers that I would ever dare try.

The night ended with fireworks. This firework show was not your typical fireworks show. The Frontier Days Celebration and the Dell Diamond coordinated their fireworks shows to start at the same time and it was awesome. No matter where you looked in the sky you saw fireworks. It was great.

To see the pictures from the July 4 Frontier Celebration including the parade visit Pictures for the Boat Regatta are at


July 4: Sam Bass Shoot Out

Only two days left until the July 4 Frontier Days Celebration takes place! This my first Frontier Days Celebration. That also means it's my first Sam Bass Shoot Out. I wasn’t quite sure what a Sam Bass Shoot Out was, so I did some research.

The Same Bass Shoot Out is the reenactment of an actual shoot out between the outlaw Sam Bass and his gang and the Deputy Sheriffs A.W. Grime and Morris Moore of Round Rock.

Sam Bass was wanted by the Texas Rangers for robbing trains in North Texas. He made his way down to Round Rock where he was recognized and the authorities were notified. The deputy sheriffs caught up with him at a bank he was planning to rob. The confrontation resulted in a shoot out between the two groups. Deputy Sheriff A.W. Grimes was killed and Sam Bass was fatally wounded in the gun fight.

It sounds like the Sam Bass Shoot Out at the Frontier Days is going to be an exciting scene to watch. The Shoot Out is happening at Old Settlers Park as a part of the Frontier Days Celebration. There are three chances to catch the reenactment: 12:30, 3:00 and 6:20 pm.

For more information about Frontier Days visit

July 4: hot jalapenos and sinking boats, exciting stuff to see

The July 4 Frontier Days Celebration is only three days away and after going over the list of events taking place there are two things happening that I can’t wait to see.

The first is the Pepper Eating Contest. Contestants will eat as many jalapeno peppers as they can in hopes of winning the $75 cash prize. Last year’s winner ate 69 peppers; that is about $1.09 per pepper!

The Pepper Eating Contest starts at 2:00 pm at the Lakeview Pavilion. Mike Warren from Fox 7 News will be the MC for the event and I’ve heard he has some interested pepper facts to share with the crowd.

The second thing I can’t wait to watch is the Boat Regatta. This is where teams create cardboard boats to try to navigate a race course in the lake at Old Settlers Park. I can’t wait to see which boats take on water and which can manage to make it around the course.

The Boat Regatta races also start at 2:00 pm, but don’t worry you can see both. The Pepper Eating Contest will be finished before the Regatta ends so all those wanting to watch both can see the Pepper Eating Contest and then make the short walk over to the lake to catch the rest of the Boat Regatta. It’s going to be fun!

For more information about the July 4 Frontier Days Celebration and a list of events visit