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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 Orders Residents to Stay Home, Stay Safe

  • 24 March 2020
  • Author: Lauren Gammon
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Williamson County Orders Residents to Stay Home, Stay Safe

In a proactive effort to reduce the number of new COVID-19 cases in Williamson County and in Central Texas, County Judge Bill Gravell has issued a Stay Home Stay Safe Order for all individuals in Williamson County. This Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on March 24, 2020 and will continue through 11:59 p.m. on April 13, 2020, subject to the limited exceptions. The Stay Home Stay Safe order was amended to match Governor Abbott's orders and was extended through April 30, 2020. The directives are intended to help control the spread of the coronavirus by keeping people isolated at home.

For details on the extended Stay Home Stay Safe order, click here. For details on included essential businesses and essential activities, please see the March 24 Stay Home Stay Safe Order here.

Click on the title to read more.

Williamson County Closing Offices to the Public Starting Thursday, March 19

  • 18 March 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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Williamson County Closing Offices to the Public Starting Thursday, March 19

Williamson County is taking extra preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 with the goal of continuing essential county operations. Starting at noon on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Williamson County will close non-essential county offices to the public through Monday, May 11, 2020. Please note, these offices will serve the public and continue county operations by using technology, phones, email, mail, and drop-boxes as needed. Beginning Friday, March 20, 2020, through Monday, May 11, 2020, the Williamson County Justice Center, 405 MLK, Georgetown, will remain open only for required judicial activities. Please go to each office or department's web page for specific information on how to conduct business under the new restrictions. Williamson County’s priority is to provide continuity of operations of essential county services while maintaining social distancing practices. We appreciate the public’s support and patience as we modify procedures and reallocate resources in order to better adjust to this fluid situation.   

To view individual office or department's specific information please visit our Current Office Closures Information page

Williamson County Tax Office Lobbies to Close to the Public Starting March 17

  • 17 March 2020
  • Author: Lauren Gammon
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Williamson County Tax Office Lobbies to Close to the Public Starting March 17

In an effort to maintain social distancing standards for our residents and staff, all Williamson County Tax Office lobbies will be closed to the public beginning at 1 p.m. today, March 17, 2020, until further notice. Residents can still conduct business via mail, drop box, or online. Drive-through lanes will remain open for business at the Round Rock and Cedar Park locations. Drive-throughs are limited to property tax payments, registration renewals, and disabled parking placards.

For further information please visit our website at www.wilco.org/taxoffice or call us at 512-943-1601. To aid the State’s efforts to combat COVID-19, Governor Abbott has also waived certain rules for vehicle registration, title transfers, and disabled parking placards. This is effective for 60 days beginning March 16th, 2020. Details are provided in this link: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-waives-certain-vehicle-registration-titling-and-parking-placard-regulations-in-texas.

COVID-19 Prevention in WilCo

  • 17 March 2020
  • Author: bawassink
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COVID-19 Prevention in WilCo

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Williamson County has taken several steps. On Saturday, March 14, County Judge Bill Gravell made a local disaster declaration. On March 19, 2020, this disaster declaration was extended by the Commissioners Court until terminated. This was followed by an Second Order limiting mass gatherings to 10 people or fewer. The local disaster declaration will allow the County to allocate resources, utilize personnel and enact procedures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Williamson County. It also allows for state assistance to be requested if local resources and mutual aid are insufficient. Several Williamson County events have been canceled or postponed. For all of the latest news please check our dedicated COVID-19 page.

U.S. Census Coming in 2020

  • 14 February 2020
  • Author: Connie Odom
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U.S. Census Coming in 2020

In March, U.S. Census postcards will be mailed to most homes over the course of a few days. Self-response will begin mid-March and ends July 31. The U.S. Census goes to great lengths to protect the information it receives. Some people have reported receiving mail, emails or phone calls that appear to be from the census, but are phishing schemes. You may be the victim of a scam if someone claiming to be from the Census Bureau asks you for certain information. The Census Bureau never asks for:
•    Your full social security number
•    Money or donations
•    Anything on behalf of a political party
•    Your full bank or credit card account numbers
•    Your mother’s maiden name. 

Should you suspect fraudulent activity, the Census Bureau has several suggestions on how to handle the situation on their website. If you have any questions about the 2020 Census, please visit 2020census.gov

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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)