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Parks & Recreation Department
219 Perry Mayfield
Leander, TX 78641
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Phone (512) 943-1920;
FAX (512)943-1930

 
Williamson County Parks Department Notices

Updated May 28, 2020

For information related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit https://wilco.org/coronavirus

Please note the following as it relates to the Williamson County Parks Department:


Beck Preserve

  • Walking trails are open to the public sunrise to sunset; No water or public restroom facilities available.


Berry Springs Parks & Preserve

  • Open to the public 7am-10pm for day-use only.
  • Effective June 1, overnight camping is permitted at 25% of total number of campsites.
  • Pavilions available first come, first served. Maximum occupancy is 25%.
  • Public drinking fountains are TURNED OFF for safety reasons. BRING adequate water for day-use activities.
  • Playground/playscape is CLOSED for safety reasons.


Brushy Creek Regional Trails


Champion Park

  • Open to the public 7am-10pm for day-use only.
  • Pavilions available first come, first served. Maximum occupancy is 25%.
  • Public drinking fountains are TURNED OFF for safety reasons. BRING adequate water.
  • Playground/playscapes are CLOSED for safety reasons.


Expo Center

  • Closed to the public through May 31, 2020.
  • Effective June 1, overnight camping is permitted at 25% of total number of campsites.


Lake Creek Trail

  • Open to the public 7am-10pm. BRING adequate water.


Southwest Williamson County Regional Park

  • Open to the public 7am-10pm for day-use only.
  • Pavilions available first come, first served. Maximum occupancy is 25%.
  • Public drinking fountains are TURNED OFF for safety reasons. BRING adequate water.
  • Playground/playscapes are CLOSED for safety reasons.
  • Effective June 1, sports fields can be used/reserved for YOUTH SPORTS practices.
  • Cedar Rock Railroad is CLOSED until further notice.
  • Tennis courts are OPEN:
    • Courts #1-4 are by reservation only. Please call 512-222-7260 or visit https://rippnertennis.com to make reservations.
    • Courts #5-8 are open for individual play (first come, first served and no fee required. Please limit your play to 2 hours).
  • The stadium and track are CLOSED for safety reasons.
  • Quarry Splash Pad remains CLOSED until further notice.
  • Disc Golf course is open pending wet conditions.
  • Effective June 1, some basketball courts will be open for play up to 4 people and no physical contact.


River Ranch County Park

  • CLOSED to the public while under construction. No public access allowed.


Twin Lakes Park

  • Open to the public 7am-10pm for day-use only.
  • Refer also to YMCA of Greater Williamson County at Twin Lakes Park website or all 512-250-9622


Twin Springs Preserve

  • Open to the public sunrise to sunset; Leave No Trace passes are required for access – pack out all trash.
  • Stay on trails. No pets allowed. Solo hiking is discouraged. Bring your own water


Please be reminded:

You must comply with the “Social Distancing Requirements” of the Stay Safe Stay Home Order, which includes:

  • Maintaining at least six-foot social distancing from other individuals,
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or sing hand sanitizer,
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands), and
  • Not Shaking Hands

For more information, contact the Parks Department Headquarters at 512-943-1920 or https://www.wilco.org/parks

             

 
Field and Facilities Status

May 29, 2020

Trails: OPEN

Soccer Fields: CLOSED

Softball Fields: CLOSED

Disc-Golf: CLOSED

Basketball Courts: CLOSED

Please practice safe social distancing throughout our parks and trails.

Call the rain out phone message line for updates, (512-943-3366). Website is updated during business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm). Phone message is updated when conditions have changed onsite during park staff hours (7:30 am to 4 pm).

 
Parks Facility Information

To see the parks facilities' fee schedule, click here

To make a reservation, call the Parks & Recreation Office for assistance. Office hours and the phone number are located directly to the left under 'Office Hours'.  

To see rules for safe trail use. click here

 
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Mission Statement
Our mission is to manage and operate a system of parks that will add quality to life, build community pride and spirit, promote physical fitness and self improvement, evoke an emotional and intellectual response to connections with nature, consider long term open space needs, preserve endangered species, and improve air quality.
 
At the Park with Mark!

We are excited to present to you a new video series from our Parks department: “At the Park with Mark!” Join Mark, our knowledgeable Trail Steward of the Williamson County Parks department, as he counts down the top 5 rules of Trail Etiquette! Catch y’all outside!

 
Come Explore the WilCo Expo Center!

Have you visited our Williamson County Expo Center in Taylor? This impressive facility has been host to so many types of events, and it’s part of our Parks Department! In this episode of “At the Park with Mark”, Events Steward Mark explains the history of the Expo Center and how it does a fantastic job of bringing the community together, one great event at a time!

 
News and Announcements

Portion of Brushy Creek Regional Trail Closed at Great Oaks Drive

  • 24 February 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Portion of Brushy Creek Regional Trail Closed at Great Oaks Drive

Starting Tuesday, February 25, the Williamson County Parks & Recreation Department will be closing a portion of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail at Great Oaks Drive for a utility relocation project. Water lines for Brushy Creek MUD and Fern Bluff MUD are being relocated prior to the start of the Great Oaks Drive bridge replacement over Brushy Creek. For safety in and around the construction area, the Brushy Creek Regional Trail will be closed at the boardwalk at Creekside Park to just east of the Great Oaks Drive and Hairy Man Road intersection. The work will take approximately two months, weather permitting. Following the relocation of the water lines, Williamson County will begin work on replacing the Great Oaks Drive bridge over Brushy Creek in spring 2020. Look for updates on the project website. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our residents. 

Champion Park to Get Makeover

  • 30 January 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Champion Park to Get Makeover

Williamson County has some changes in store for Champion Park. The unique dinosaur-themed park was first opened to the public in September 2007. The dinosaur skeleton playscape was added in 2010. Williamson County will be adding a new playscape to the park in early 2020. The new playscape will replace the splash pad that is located by the small, covered picnic area. The splash pad will be removed the week of February 10, and the new playscape will be installed in April. 

County Breaks Ground on River Ranch County Park Interpretive Center

  • 12 December 2019
  • Author: Connie Odom
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County Breaks Ground on River Ranch County Park Interpretive Center

Williamson County broke ground December 11, 2019, on an interpretive center for River Ranch County Park. The center is being funded with a $750,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife and voter approved park bonds for a cost of approximately $1.9 million. The interpretive center is slated to open in fall 2020.

Williamson County Begins Improvements to Expo Center in Taylor

  • 31 October 2019
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Williamson County Begins Improvements to Expo Center in Taylor

The Williamson County Exposition Center in Taylor will be expanding. On Wednesday, ground was broken on new improvements including a pavilion, east concession area and a restroom building. The Pavilion will house 200 horse stalls. This will allow current multi-day equestrian events to expand. It also will be a new home for the Williamson County Livestock Association to host their annual show and sale. In addition, cattle sales, dog shows, archery contests, RV shows, pet expos, and more will take place in the Pavilion. The designer of the improvements is Populous. The contractor is Prime Construction. The project is estimated to be completed in summer 2020 for a cost of $4.5 million paid for with voter approved park bonds. 

County Celebrates the Addition of RV Sites at the Expo Center

  • 12 December 2018
  • Author: Connie Odom
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County Celebrates the Addition of RV Sites at the Expo Center

Williamson County celebrated the addition of 51 new recreation vehicle parking sites at the county’s Expo Center today with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Water and electricity connections are provided at each site, with 23 of the sites also having wastewater connections. The new sites will be available to rent at a daily rate and can be used during events at the Expo Center. Please refer to the Williamson County Expo website for information on reservations. The Williamson County Expo Center is located at 5350 Bill Pickett Trail, in Taylor, Texas. 
 

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Parks Department 15th Anniversary Timeline
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County Operates Twin Lakes Park with YMCA (1996)

Williamson County enters into an agreement with the state to operate Twin Lakes Park. The County works with the YMCA to operate the facility.
County Operates Twin Lakes Park with YMCA (1996)
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Williamson County Purchases First Park Land (2000)

County voters approve park bonds to purchase land for Williamson County parks! This land would begin the development of Southwest Williamson Regional Park, Berry Springs Park and Preserve, and Champion Park.
Williamson County Purchases First Park Land (2000)
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Williamson County First Park Director (December 2002)

Jim Rodgers becomes Williamson County's first Parks director. His vision was to focus on larger regional parks that model state parks with open space and natural settings.
Williamson County First Park Director (December 2002)
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Southwest Williamson County Regional Park Grand Opening (January 2003)

The Southwest Williamson County Regional Park is a high energy park that offers 11 soccer fields, 2 softball fields, a football field circled by a 400-meter track, 8 tennis courts, 6 basketball courts and a playscape. There also is a crushed granite hike & bike trail along the perimeter, the Quarry Splash Pad and a miniature train!
Southwest Williamson County Regional Park Grand Opening (January 2003)
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Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 1 Opens (March 2003)

The Brushy Creek Regional Trail winds along Brushy Creek and is approximately 3 miles long from the Creekside Trail Head to Cedar Park Brushy Creek Lake Park. Several parks lie along the route with amenities such as playgrounds, restrooms, and picnic areas.
Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 1 Opens (March 2003)
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Eastern Williamson County Regional Park Opens (February 2004)

Williamson County purchased 135 acres and built a covered arena with seating, concessions and restroom in northeast Taylor. The facility would host the Taylor Rodeo among other events.
Eastern Williamson County Regional Park Opens (February 2004)
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Berry Springs Park and Preserve Grand Opening (October 2005)

An old pecan grove became Berry Springs Park & Preserve, a 300 acre passive park the includes camping, hiking and fishing! The park has a fishing dock, 2.5 mile hike/bike trail, playscape and pavillions.
Berry Springs Park and Preserve Grand Opening (October 2005)
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Voters Approve Second Park Bond to Purchase Land (November 2011)

Williamson County purchases Williams Tract, 1,101 acres of land which will be developed into River Ranch County Park, and Byers Tract, 398 acres of land which will be developed into Blackland Heritage County Park.
Voters Approve Second Park Bond to Purchase Land (November 2011)
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Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 2 Opens (June 2006)

Phase 2 extended the trail east from the Creekside Trail Head at Great Oaks Drive and Hairy Man Road 4,000 feet through Fern Bluff MUD property.
Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 2 Opens (June 2006)
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Champion Park Grand Opening (October 2007)

Champion Park is a children's paradise with a covered children's sand play area, blue whale spray pad, dinosaur bones and boulders to climb, swings, pavilions and more!
Champion Park Grand Opening (October 2007)
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Lake Creek Trail Grand Opening (December 2007)

Lake Creek Trail is just over 1 mile which extends along Lake Creek connecting Parmer Lane to Broadmeade Avenue crossing through the Town and Country Optimist Fields.
Lake Creek Trail Grand Opening (December 2007)
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Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 3 Opens (February 2009)

Brushy Creek Regional Trail Phase 3 Opens (February 2009)
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Quarry Splash Pad Opens (August 2011)

The Quarry Splash Pad opens in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park. This unique splash pad offers a variety of water features and sand area with pavillions.
Quarry Splash Pad Opens (August 2011)
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New Parks Office Opens (October 2011)

The Parks Department locates in its new office in the Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.
New Parks Office Opens (October 2011)
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Williamson County Hires Second Parks Director (December 2011)

Randy Bell becomes Williamson County Park's director. His background operating state parks is a perfect fit for WilCo! "Parks are islands in the sea of development."
Williamson County Hires Second Parks Director (December 2011)
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Voters Approve Third Parks Bond (November 2013)

Voters approve $40 million for the development of River Ranch County Park, renovations to the Expo Center, trails and more!
Voters Approve Third Parks Bond (November 2013)
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Expo Center Celebrates Grand Opening (November 2016)

The Williamson County Exposition Center opens to the public! The renovated center includes an arena for livestock events, outdoor covered Expo Hall, indoor Expo Hall, meeting rooms, catering kitchen, concessions building and more!
Expo Center Celebrates Grand Opening (November 2016)
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Groundbreaking for River Ranch County Park (2018)

In 2018, Williamson County will break ground on River Ranch County Park continuing its tradition of providing passive recreational spaces to enjoy nature!
Groundbreaking for River Ranch County Park (2018)