Williamson County broke ground on a new visitors center and park headquarters in Berry Springs Park and Preserve on March 8, promising plans for a ribbon-cutting within a year to commemorate the completion of improvements to the park.

In a nutshell

“The [Williamson County Commissioners] Court has realized that our parks are an integral part of life here in Williamson County,” Precinct 3 County Commissioner Valerie Covey said.

Park improvements will last between 10-12 months and may see minor closures to areas of the park throughout construction. The campgrounds, though, will remain closed until the construction is complete.

Alongside the new visitors center and headquarters buildings, the park will receive new restrooms, additional paved parking, a new open air pavilion, and a new maintenance and storage facility, as well as an extension to the Meadow Loop Trail system.

While the dilapidated farmhouse on the property will be replaced by the new visitor center, the donkeys residing on the property—known as Lil' Bob and Pedro—will remain a warm welcome to visitors, housed in their fenced barnyard adjacent to the new building site.

The $5.9 million in funding for the improvements comes from 2023 voter-approved bonds. Construction costs are funded from the county’s construction fund.

The Berry Springs park land is home to a century-old pecan grove, with the vast green space offering visitors large shaded areas, trails, play equipment and creekside views.

“It’s really hard to improve much on such a beautiful park,” Covey said. “We know how sensitive this park is with the creek and all the native plants. We want to take care of this area and keep it beautiful for all Williamson County residents to enjoy.”