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Park Pass 2020


The Williamson County Parks Pass offers special benefits for users of County Parks. Passholders will receive a variety of discounts towards day use fees, overnight camping, pavilion rentals and more. Check out the full list of benefits here. Purchase your parks pass in one of three ways:

On-line

* In person at the Expo Center or Southwest Williamson County Regional Park

* By calling 512-943-1920

 
Burn Ban

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Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has issued an Order Declaring a Local State of Disaster for Williamson County. The Order prohibits outdoor burning in all of the unincorporated areas of Williamson County and smoking in and/or on Williamson County parks, preserves and trails due to dry vegetation, wind and imminent threat of severe damage. The order is in effect for a period not to exceed seven days and can be lifted by the County Judge if conditions improve.

A person violates this order if they burn any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others. The order prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.  It also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, other natural vegetation and other types of debris. In accordance with Sections 418.173 of the Texas Government Code, a person who violates this Declaration and Order commits a criminal offense, which is punishable by a fine that does not exceed $1,000 or confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days. 

For additional restrictions, requirements and details relating to the Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning, the Order may be viewed here.

 
SW Regional Park Facilities Status

August 17, 2022

Trails: Open

Soccer FieldsOpen

Stadium: Open

Softball Fields: Open

Disc-Golf: Open

Basketball: Open

Call the rain out phone 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).

 
Quarry Splash Pad - 2022 Season Guidelines

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Welcome to the Quarry Splash Pad at Southwest Williamson County Regional Park.

We look forward to hosting you and your family and friends this 2022 Summer Season. Our goal is to provide visitors with a fun experience in a safe environment. We made some changes this season to help enhance the overall experience and more clearly define expectations for groups.  You can check out those details by clicking 2022 Season Guidelines.

Days/Hours of Operation May 28, 2022 through September 5, 2022 

OPEN: Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-6pm 

CLOSED: Monday & Tuesday (except Memorial Day & Labor Day)

Daily Admission Fee: $2 per person (CREDIT CARDS ONLY), purchased at time of entry.

 
Cancellation/Refund Policy

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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.
 
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!

 
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!

 
News and Announcements

Williamson County Commissioners Terminate Local Disaster Declaration and Approve Public Reopening Plan

Williamson County Commissioners Terminate Local Disaster Declaration and Approve Public Reopening Plan

On Tuesday, May 19, the Williamson County Commissioners Court terminated the County’s local disaster declaration which went into effect March 14, 2020.  “It is time for Williamson County to stand again and to grow in a way that leads our nation,” said County Judge Bill Gravell. The Commissioners Court also approved the plan for ramping up in-person access to Williamson County offices beginning June 1. For specifics on county offices and their hours and procedures, click here.

Williamson County Seeks Volunteers for Mask Brigade

  • 7 April 2020
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Williamson County Seeks Volunteers for Mask Brigade

Do you have an embroidering machine, or own a sewing machine that you are ready to use during social distancing? How about scissors?  We are looking for you!  In an effort to support first responders, medical professionals, and other essential personnel who may be dealing with the ongoing supply shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), the Williamson County Commissioners Court has established a Mask Brigade under the leadership of the 26th District Court Judge Donna King. Working in partnership with COVID Rangers and Reid’s Cleaners, the volunteer task force will make fabric masks intended to provide a layer of protection from transmission of airborne contaminants that will later be distributed in compliance with Local Government Code and all applicable state law to those at the frontlines of the battle against COVID-19. For details, go to www.wilco.org/howcanIhelp

Williamson County Extends Stay Home Stay Safe Order to April 30

  • 7 April 2020
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Williamson County Extends Stay Home Stay Safe Order to April 30

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell is extending the Stay Home Stay Safe order until 11:59 p.m. April 30, 2020. The decision to extend the Stay Home Stay Safe order was made following President Donald Trump and Governor Gregg Abbott’s move to extend their executive orders. The Stay Home Stay Safe directives are intended to help control the spread of COVID-19 by keeping people isolated at home. 

Williamson County Recommends Residents Use Face Coverings In Public

  • 6 April 2020
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Williamson County Recommends Residents Use Face Coverings In Public

Williamson County is encouraging all county residents to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to wear face coverings when they are out in public. The CDC emphasized that social distancing remains the best practice to help reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, they are advising people to take the extra safety measure by using cloth face coverings in places where social distancing may be difficult to enforce to help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. To learn ways to create your own mask, go to the CDC website https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.  To help make masks for others, click here.

Organizations Stepping Up to Assist Others in Need

  • 30 March 2020
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Organizations Stepping Up to Assist Others in Need

Community non-profits and faith-based organizations in Williamson County are stepping in to fill an identified gap in services. The Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) have set up drop-off donation sites for non-medical items to be delivered to vulnerable populations and elderly residents. They are primarily in need of new goods in original packaging that are in short supply such as hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and cleaning supplies. A new Mask Brigade is making cloth face coverings for first responders and medical personnel to wear over N-95 masks. To learn more about joining the Mask Brigade, click here.

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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)