Connected: A Guide to Cedar Park & Leander in 2015–16

Matt Powell, Cedar Park Mayor Matt Powell, Cedar Park Mayor[/caption]

City & County Information


Cedar Park: A note from Matt Powell, Cedar Park Mayor

Cedar Park residents take great pride in the accomplishments of their city, and it is easy to understand why. 2014 was another banner year with new and exciting shopping and dining options helping us achieve record sales tax growth. Local businesses are expanding, and new additions to our community, such as Dana Holding Corp. and Firefly Space Systems, keep us on the cutting edge of technology. Our hockey team—the Texas Stars—lifted the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup in 2014.


And although it would be easy to rattle off the numerous awards and recognitions that Cedar Park has earned in the past few years, the best way to learn about our beautiful city is to explore a bit on your own. Visit a local business and chat with the owner. Play in one of our dozens of parks. Check out the brand new Texas
Museum of Science and Technology. And do it all knowing that you are safe, with our public safety personnel consistently earning top honors and keeping us one of the safest cities in Texas.


Get excited, Cedar Park, because even with all of our recent successes, our best and brightest days are still to come. We’re glad you’re here. What will you discover next?


City statistics
2010 population: 48,932
2015 population estimate: 67,537
2020 population projection: 76,039
Median age: 33.7
Median annual household income: $81,199
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2014–15): $0.493501 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected (2014): $20,263,520
City size: 25.5 square miles


City Council
Usually meets at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays of each month. Council Chambers are located at Cedar Park City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4. • council@cedarparktexas.gov


Terms and compensation
Council members and the mayor receive a monthly cell phone use reimbursement of $100 and $200, respectively, in addition to reimbursements for meals, travel, conferences and other expenses directly relating to their role on City Council. Members are elected to two-year terms, and there are no term limits.


Recordings
Agendas, minutes and meeting videos are available on the city’s website, www.cedarparktexas.gov.


Council members and term expiration dates
Matt Powell (2016)—mayor
Stephen Thomas (2015)—Place 1
Corbin Van Arsdale (2016)—Place 2
Lyle Grimes (2015)—Place 3
Lowell Moore (2016)—Place 4
Jon Lux (2015)—Place 5, mayor pro tem
Don Tracy (2016)—Place 6


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Chris Fieder, Leander Mayor Chris Fieder, Leander Mayor[/caption]

City & County Information


Leander: A note from Chris Fielder, Leander Mayor

Leander has been discovered! In 2014 it was listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as the fourth-fastest growing city in Texas. Leander has something for everyone: one of the best golf courses in Central Texas, award-winning schools and a landscape with rolling hills.


During the past three years Leander has added more than 50 acres of new park land, improved baseball fields and created more open spaces. Leander is home to the Crystal Falls and Travisso subdivisions, which have been named some of the best-selling communities in the Austin area. In 2014 Leander accounted for 10 percent of all home sales in the Austin area.


Additionally, with retail sales up almost 20 percent year over year, we are seeing more local businesses get their start in Leander.


We know we are in a unique time and a unique place and look forward to seeing what Leander will become in the future. Our chamber of commerce holds many festivals and events throughout the year along with our first Sunday of the month Leander Car Show in Old Town. So come out and see us. You won’t be disappointed.


City statistics
2010 population: 26,521
2015 population estimate: 38,206
2020 population projection: 56,083
Median age: 31.9
Median annual household income: $76,141
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2014–15):  $0.65292 per $100 of property valuation
Estimated sales tax collected (2014): $3,187,123
City size: 29.08 square miles


City Council
Usually meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Thursdays of each month at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N. Brushy St. • leandercouncil@ci.leander.tx.us


Terms and compensation
Positions are voluntary, though council members are reimbursed for travel, meals, conferences and other items directly relating to their role on City Council. Members are elected to three-year terms, and there are no term limits.


Recordings
Agendas and minutes are available on the city’s website, www.leandertx.gov.


Council members and term expiration dates
Chris Fielder (2015)—mayor
Andrea Navarrette (2016)—Place 1, mayor pro tem
Kirsten Lynch (2015)—Place 2
Place 3—vacant (2015)
Ron Abruzzese (2015)—Place 4
Jeff Seiler (2016)—Place 5
David Siebold (2015)—Place 6


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TransportationTransportation


CEDAR PARK


1. Anderson Mill Road widening
Cedar Park staffers have estimated a cost of $13.5 million to improve Anderson Mill Road in the next few years—a road they say will handle a projected traffic increase of 66 percent by 2035. Planners hope to widen the road from two to four lanes, first between Lime Creek Road and Whitestone Boulevard, then between Zeppelin Drive and Cypress Creek Road.


2. Whitestone Boulevard and Whitestone/Parmer Lane intersection
Work will continue until late 2015 on the city of Cedar Park’s $22 million project to rebuild the intersection of Whitestone Boulevard and Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The rebuilt junction will be a partial continuous-flow intersection, with new left-turn lane arrangements on eastbound and westbound Whitestone. The project will also widen Whitestone from four to six lanes between Market Street and CR 175/Sam Bass Road as well as add or extend turn lanes at Whitestone’s intersections with Toro Grande Drive, Raley Road and Sam Bass. The Texas Department of Transportation will reimburse about 80 percent of actual construction costs.


3. Whitestone Boulevard gap project
The city of Cedar Park’s updated transportation master plan includes an early estimate of $18 million to widen part of Whitestone Boulevard from four to six lanes. The widening would start at Market Street and extend to Cottonwood Creek Trail, resulting in a full six lanes for Whitestone from Sam Bass Road to Bell Boulevard. Planners expect to finish the project design in May.


4. West Whitestone Boulevard
City staffers plan to improve West Whitestone Boulevard in the next few years for an estimated cost of $13.5 million. The project would widen Whitestone to six lanes between Anderson Mill and Bagdad roads and add left-turn lanes at Whitestone’s intersection with Lakeline Boulevard.



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5. Intersection of Toll 183A and US 183 improvements
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority is rebuilding the intersection of Toll 183A and US 183 in Leander with completion scheduled in August. The $5.8 million project includes road widening, improvements to drainage and signals, and a new route for the southbound access road that connects US 183 to CR 276. The project includes a new road that will connect to the new Bryson neighborhood to the east. Crews will also add sidewalks and signals.


6. Municipal Drive extension
In July the city of Leander and Leander ISD plan to open a newly extended Municipal Drive that will connect to Bagdad Road to coincide with the completion of Leander ISD’s new Camacho Elementary School. The project will cost about $6.9 million. The city also expects to spend about $375,000 on a new signal for increased traffic at Municipal
and Bagdad.


7. West Old FM 2243 expansion
In 2015, Leander city planners hope to begin expansion of Old FM 2243, also known as Hero Way, to five lanes between US 183 and the new extension of North Lakeline Boulevard. The project is expected to cost about $20 million. Crews will also add turn lanes for businesses and cross streets, and relocate utility lines and sidewalks.



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Education


Leander ISD
204 W. South St., Leander
512-570-0000
www.leanderisd.org
Superintendent: Bret Champion
Total students: 35,193
Assessment test scores available in the Leander ISD Education Focus.

Leander ISD

Leander ISD

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Education


Round Rock ISD
1311 Round Rock Ave., Round Rock
512-464-5000
www.roundrockisd.org
Superintendent: Steve Flores
Total students: 47,058
Assessment test scores available in the Round Rock ISD Education Focus.


Round Rock ISD

Round Rock ISD

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New communities

New Communities


Many new housing communities are actively building in Leander, which includes more undeveloped land than Cedar Park or Northwest Austin, such as on the booming corridor of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. However, several neighborhoods in Cedar Park and Northwest Austin continue to expand. This list of new communities is not comprehensive.



AUSTIN


1. Northwoods at Avery Ranch




2. Pearson Place at Avery Ranch




CEDAR PARK


3. The Arbors at Lakeline




4. The Crossings at Twin Creeks




5. The Reserve at Brushy Creek




  • 103 lots

  • Builders: MileStone Community Builders

  • www.mymilestone.com


6. The Reserve at Caballo Ranch




7. Scottsdale Crossing




LEANDER


8. Cap Rock at Crystal Falls




9. Cold Springs




10. Crystal Crossing




11. Grand Mesa at Crystal Falls




12. Hawkes Landing




13. Hazlewood




14. Northside Meadow




15. Reagan’s Overlook




16. Sarita Valley




17. Savanna Ranch




18. Summerlyn




19. Travisso




  • 2,900 lots

  • Builders: Drees Custom Homes, Grand Haven Homes, Highland Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Toll Brothers

  • www.travisso.com


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Parks & Trails


Parks & Trails Brushy Creek Lake Park[/caption]

Trails

CEDAR PARK


1. Anderson Mill Trail—This 2.5-mile sidewalk follows Anderson Mill Road from Cashell Woods Road to Lime Creek Road.


2. Brushy Creek Regional Trail—This 6.75-mile cycling and hiking trail runs from Twin Lakes YMCA to Great Oaks Drive. The trail features secondary trails and can be accessed from six parks: Creekside Park and Olsen Meadows Park in Round Rock; and Champion Park, Brushy Creek Lake Park, Brushy Creek Sports Park and Twin Lakes Park in Cedar Park.


3. Buttercup Creek Cave Preserve Trail—The trail runs for about 2 miles through preserve areas located at Buttercup Creek and Lakeline boulevards.


4. Buttercup Creek sidewalk—This 1.4-mile sidewalk runs alongside Buttercup Creek Boulevard from Lakeline Boulevard to US 183. The sidewalk links Buttercup Creek Park and Janet Bartles Park.


5. East Park Street sidewalk—This 1-mile sidewalk follows East Park Street and connects the Forest Oaks and Silver Oaks neighborhoods to Vista Ridge Boulevard.


6. Lakeline sidewalk–Cedar Park—The combined 5.1-mile sidewalk follows Lakeline Boulevard from south of Cypress Creek Road to Crystal Falls Parkway.


7. Milburn Park Trail—This 1.4-mile trail is located at Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd. About 0.4 miles of the trail are a paved cycling and hiking loop, and 1 mile of the trail is compacted gravel.


8. New Hope sidewalk—This 0.54-mile sidewalk runs along the north side of New Hope Drive. The paved sidewalk runs from Gann Ranch Park to the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and 1890 Ranch Shopping Center.


Quest Village Park Trail—This 1-mile trail of crushed granite surrounds Quest Village Park at 614 Stallion Drive and also includes a connection to the Cedar Park Public Library.


9. Town Center Park Trail—The 1-mile concrete trail surrounds the lake between the Town Center shopping plaza and the Cedar Park Recreation Center at 1435 Main St. A small dirt trail connects to the Cedar Park Sculpture Garden.


10. Veterans Memorial Park Trail—The 1.2-mile trail of concrete and crushed granite is in the city park at 2525 W. New Hope Drive.



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11. Bagdad Heritage sidewalk—The path runs for about 3 miles along Bagdad Road, from Robin Bledsoe Park to Benbrook Ranch Park, and from Leander High School to Crystal Falls Parkway.


12. Crystal Falls Parkway sidewalk—The 4.2-mile sidewalk runs along Crystal Falls Parkway from Whitestone Elementary School to Bagdad Road. The trail then resumes at US 183 and runs to Ronald Reagan Boulevard.


13. sidewalk–Leander—The sidewalk follows Lakeline Boulevard for 2 miles and runs south from Mason Hills in Leander through Cedar Park.


14. Mason Creek Trail—The small trail is in Mason Creek Park, on Eagles Way in the Mason Creek North subdivision.


15. Sarita Valley Greenbelt—A 21-acre greenbelt is located in the Sarita Valley subdivision east of Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The area includes a 0.4-mile trail that follows Brushy Creek. The trail is part of the Leander Parks and Recreation Department’s planned trail system expansion, which will include a trail linked to the Brushy Creek Regional Trail in Cedar Park.


Parks

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Community Events


APRIL


Easter at Cedar Park Center
April 5 • 10:30 a.m. • Free
New Hope First Baptist Church invites the public to a free Easter-themed service, which features performances by “American Idol” contestant Danny Gokey. Parking and on-site child care are free.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-600-5000 • www.cedarparkcenter.com • www.easteratcedarparkcenter.com


Cedar Park Movies in the Park
April 10 and 24 • 8 p.m. • Free
Guests can bring blankets and lawn chairs and watch outdoor films starting at dusk, including “Planes: Fire and Rescue” on April 10 and “Big Hero 6” on April 24.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Leander Movies in the Park
April 10 and 24 • 7 p.m. • Free
The city’s outdoor film series presents “Maleficent” on April 10 and “Big Hero 6” on April 24.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec




Community Events Heritage Festival and
Cedar Fest BBQ Cookoff[/caption]

Heritage Festival and Cedar Fest BBQ Cookoff
April 11 • 1-5 p.m. • Free admission
The city presents the annual festival that includes the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce’s Cedar Fest BBQ Cookoff. The festival also includes bounce houses, carnival games, a petting zoo and train rides.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Cedar Bark Park Festival
April 25 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Free
Dog owners are invited to the dog park for the second annual event that features contests for dog grooming, talents and tricks. Vendors also showcase their wares.
Cedar Bark Park at Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
512-401-5000 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Devine Lake Park Kite Festival
April 25 • Noon-4 p.m. • Free
The annual family-friendly event offers kite flyers a chance to compete for awards and purchase from vendors.
Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Drive, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec



MAY


Leander Movies in the Park
May 1, 15 and 29 • 7:30 p.m. • Free
The city’s outdoor film series resumes with “Annie” on May 1, “When the Game Stands Tall” on May 15 and “The Boxtrolls” on May 29.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec


Spring Concert in the Park
May 1 • 7-10 p.m. • Free
Austin-based cover band Suede and other bands perform at the city’s annual event. Guests can bring blankets or lawn chairs and are invited to bring their own picnic dinners or purchase concessions.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparkparks.com


A Noble Run
May 3 • 8 a.m. (5K), 9 a.m. (Kids Fun Run) • $10 (Kids Fun Run), $30-$35 (individual 5K), $27 (member of four-person team in 5K) The fourth annual event raises funds for St. Thomas More Catholic Church’s Mobile Loaves and Fishes summer lunch program that provides lunches to students in local ISDs.
Cedar Park High School, 2150 Cypress Creek Road, Cedar Park
512-970-5928 • www.mlffamily5k.org


‘Disney On Ice: Let’s Celebrate!’
May 7-10 • 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.); 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m. (Sat.); 1:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. (Sun.) $20.75-$45.75 plus parking
Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy, host an ice-skating celebration with princesses, toys and villains from Disney and Pixar films.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-600-5000 • www.cedarparkcenter.com


Old Town Street Festival
May 16 • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free admission
The debut event from the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center offers a beer and wine tent, crafts, food samples and music.
Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy St., Leander
512-259-1907 • www.oldtownstreetfestival.com



JUNE


Cedar Park Rodeo
June 19-20 • 7:30 p.m. $12-$22 (children ages 2-12), $17-$27 (adults)
The rodeo returns over two nights that feature bareback riding, barrel racing, bull riding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding and steer wrestling.
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-600-5000 • www.cedarparkcenter.com


Benefit golf tournament
June 22 • 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • $100 (individuals), $500 (four-person group)
The tournament includes contests, golf and lunch, and raises funds for youth recreational programs.
Twin Creeks Country Club, 
3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park
512-401-5508 • www.cedarparktexas.gov



JULY


Cedar Park Fourth of July Parade
July 4 • 10 a.m. • Free
Guests can park at the Cedar Park Center or Cedar Park Recreation Center to see the parade that travels down Discovery Boulevard.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • 
www.cedarparkparks.com




Community Events Living Leander Community Expo[/caption]

Cedar Park Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 • 4-10:30 p.m. • Free
The celebration includes carnival rides, games and free watermelon. Live music begins at 5:30 p.m. The city’s fireworks finale starts at 9:15 p.m.
Elizabeth Milburn Park,1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Leander Liberty Fest
July 4 • 6 p.m. • Free
The annual celebration features live music, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and a grand finale of fireworks.
Austin Community College property, corner of US 183 and Hero Way, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec



AUGUST


Super Hero Flyer
Aug. 1 • 10 a.m.-1 p.m. • $27-$37 (children), $32-$42 (adults)
The Austin Steam Train Association hosts the 44-mile, three-hour round trip between the Cedar Park train station and Bertram Train Depot. Guests are invited to wear superhero costumes for the trip that includes themed foods and drinks.
Austin Steam Train Association, 401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-100, Cedar Park
512-477-8468 • www.austinsteamtrain.org


Leander Movies in the Park
Aug. 14 and 28 • 7 p.m. • Free
The city resumes its outdoor film series with “The Goonies” on Aug. 14 and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” on Aug. 28.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec



SEPTEMBER


Cedar Park Movies in the Park]
Sept. 4, 18 and 25 • 8 p.m. • Free
Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets and food. Film titles will be announced later in the year.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Splash Jam
Sept. 6 • 4-9 p.m. • Free admission
The city’s annual summer festival includes bounce houses, carnival rides, face painting, games and live music. Fees apply for some activities and for regular pool admission.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Suddenlink Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 25-26 • 6 p.m. • Free
Live bluegrass music is featured from six bands at the 10th annual event. Guests can also sample snacks and children’s activities as well as shop local vendors.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec



OCTOBER


Community Events Fable Fest[/caption]

Fall Concert in the Park
Oct. 2 • 7-10 p.m. • Free
Guests can bring blankets or lawn chairs to hear live music. Guests can also bring a picnic meal or purchase concessions.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Fable Fest
Oct. 31 • Noon-6 p.m. • Free
Cedar Park Public Library hosts the annual fairy tale-themed event that includes a 1K run, vendors and games. Some activities cost extra.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5600 • www.cedarparktexas.gov/library




Community Events Veterans memorial parade[/caption]

NOVEMBER


Veterans Memorial Parade and Ceremony
Nov. 7 • 9:30 a.m. (parade), 11 a.m. (ceremony) • Free
The parade features vintage cars, music and floats. At the ceremony a guest speaker honors veterans and their sacrifices.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Living Leander Community Expo
Nov. 20 • 4-8 p.m. • Free admission
The Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center’s event showcases Leander artists, businesses, organizations and restaurants. Guests can meet Santa Claus, see live entertainment, and enter contests for business gift certificates and other prizes.
Premier Athletic Complex, 8220 Toll 183A, Leander
512-259-1907 • www.leandercc.org/events


North Pole Flyer




Community Events North Pole Flyer[/caption]

Nov. 29-Dec. 20 • 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.) • $27-$37 (children), $32-$42 (adults)
The 2.5-hour tour aboard the decorated train includes visits from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, stories, hot cocoa and a Christmas cookie.
Austin Steam Train Association, 401 E Whitestone Blvd., Ste. C-100, Cedar Park
512-477-8468 • www.austinsteamtrain.org



DECEMBER


Cedar Park holiday tree lighting and Santa’s workshop
Dec. 4 • 6:30-9:30 p.m. • Free
Each year Cedar Park turns on 60,000 lights that adorn the city’s historic tree. Santa’s workshop offers carriage rides, games, music, photos with Santa and more.
Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
512-401-5000 • www.cedarparkparks.com


Leander Christmas parade and tree lighting
Dec. 5 • 5 p.m. • Free
The city’s downtown parade offers a yule log fire, chorale songs, hayrides, photos with Santa and shopping. At dusk the city lights its tree next to the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center.
Old Town Leander, 200 W. Willis St., Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.org



JANUARY 2016


Cedar Park holiday tree recycling
Date TBD • 9 a.m.-noon • Free
Residents can bring used holiday trees for the Cedar Park Parks and Recreation Department to use for mulch in city landscaping.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.cedarparktexas.gov


Leander holiday tree recycling
Dates TBD • 6 a.m.-10 p.m. • Free
The Leander Parks and Recreation Department asks residents to bring their unadorned Christmas trees to be recycled into landscaping mulch.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec


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