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

 
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!

 
Quarry Splash Pad- See You Next Summer 2019!

For more tips and information on the Quarry Splash Pad, watch this episode of "At the Park with Mark!" 

 
Field and Facilities Status

November 12, 2018

Trails: OPEN

Soccer Fields: CLOSED

Softball Fields: CLOSED

Disc-Golf: CLOSED

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

 

 
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.
 
News and Announcements

WilCo Parks Department Celebrates 15 Years

  • 27 March 2018
  • Author: Connie Odom
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WilCo Parks Department Celebrates 15 Years

The Williamson County Parks Department reached a milestone in March, celebrating 15 years of providing parks, trails and open spaces to the residents of Williamson County. The Parks Department invites the public to help celebrate their 15th anniversary by sharing photos from County parks and trails. Park lovers are invited to post a photo to Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #WilCoParks15. The County will select some photos to share on its @wilcogov Facebook and Twitter pages.    

The idea of County parks and trails and of setting aside quality, pristine lands for conservation, preservation, and enjoyment by present and future generations got its start in Williamson County in 1997.  Voters approved a park bond issue that allowed the County to commission a countywide inventory of park facilities to further assess recreational opportunities in the cities and in the unincorporated areas. The bond issue also allowed the County to search for possible park land acquisitions.  In 2000, another park bond issue was overwhelmingly approved by voters, which provided additional funds for more park land acquisition and development.   
 
Public support, fast growth, and the changing environment of the area brought County leadership to recognize the need for responsive, equitable, and high-quality park and recreation services for the residents of the County.  In response to this need, County leadership adopted the very first Comprehensive Park Master Plan on November 27, 2001, to address long term park, trail, and open space planning. County leadership understood that parks and recreation services are a key element in the creation of appealing, wholesome, and livable communities that enhance economic well-being and health and wellness. Williamson County updated the 2001 master plan in 2008 and currently is updating it again. Open houses are scheduled April 2, 4, 11, and 12 so the public can provide their input on the plan. For information on the open houses, go to www.wilco.org/parks. 

Park bond issues, park land acquisition, and the 2001 Comprehensive Park Master Plan all played a part in the creation of the Williamson County Parks Department.  They also helped in the County’s acquisition and development of the County’s first park, Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, which opened in March of 2003.    

Vision for the newly created Parks Department focused on parks, trails, and natural open spaces that sought to balance stewardship and development with the ecology and the natural resources of the land. This vision was carried out by the first parks director, Jim Rodgers. Rodgers wanted to distinguish the Williamson County Parks Department by focusing on larger, regional parks that provided children with an opportunity to be out in nature, even if they were just a few blocks or miles from their home.     
In 2006, voters again approved a park bond that would fund the purchase of two more large tracts of land for future county parks -- River Ranch County Park and Blackland Heritage County Park. Rodgers’ vision was for County parks to model state parks with large open spaces and natural settings. City parks already provided structured recreational parks and sports fields. The desire was to compliment and not overlap.   

In 2011, the second parks director, Randy Bell, fully embraced that vision. Bell was a perfect fit for Williamson County having spent 27 years working for the State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.   
Voters continued to agree with the Parks Department vision and approved more park bonds in 2013. These funds were allocated among renovating the Expo Center, developing parks and trails, enhancing existing parks, and acquiring additional park lands.    

Over the last 15 years, the Williamson County Parks Department has continued with the vision that was established in 2001, and manifested in 2003 with the County’s first park.  Today, in 2018, the department’s vision of building community pride, of adding quality to life for citizens to participate in recreational pursuits that create positive and lasting memories, of optimizing health and wellness through active living, and of stewardship of our natural, cultural, and historic resources for use and enjoyment of present and future generations continues.    

In response to public support and forward thinking County leadership, the Williamson County Parks Department has expanded through the years by adding new park locations, extending trails, and by providing facilities such as splash pads, playscapes, picnic pavilions, and campgrounds.    

Williamson County now has four operational County parks -- Southwest Williamson County Regional Park, Twin Lakes Park, Berry Springs Park and Preserve, and Champion Park. In addition, the County has the newly renovated Williamson County Exposition Center which hosts a multitude of indoor and outdoor events from rodeos, equestrian and livestock shows, to banquets, and arts and crafts shows. In total, the Parks Department, along with the Williamson County Conservation Foundation, cares for more than 3,500 acres of land.   

The Williamson County Parks Department also is responsible for more than 27 miles of hiking, biking and running trails, and will add approximately 12 more miles of hiking and equestrian trails after River Ranch County Park opens in summer 2019. Phase 1 of River Ranch County Park will include a new park entrance from Bagdad Road, and the department anticipates a park headquarters, restrooms, picnic areas, an outdoor education / interpretive center, hiking trails, equestrian trails, improved campsites, and primitive campsites.  A sixth County park, Blackland Heritage County Park,  awaits future development.   

To learn more about Williamson County Parks, go to www.wilco.org/parks.    
  
 
       
 

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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)