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City Information

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Matt Powell, Cedar Park Mayor

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

The city of Cedar Park is meeting the challenge of bringing exciting new amenities to our city while maintaining our small-town hospitality and sense of community. Despite all-time record growth in retail and office development, we haven’t forgotten our top priority—being a safe, fun place for families.

In the last few years we have welcomed businesses such as Costco, Firefly Space Systems and Voltabox to our city. Soon LiveOps will join our growing list of industry-leading companies calling Cedar Park home, and we will cheer the opening of the region’s first 365 by Whole Foods Market location.

But don’t just take my word for it. The best way to learn about our beautiful city is to explore a bit on your own. Visit a local business, chat with the owner and learn why he or she chose Cedar Park. Play in one of our dozens of parks. Check out the growing Texas Museum of Science & 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.

Whether you are a longtime resident, someone new to town or just visiting, I personally invite you to discover why Cedar Park is such a success story. We’re glad you’re here!

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 2015-16): $0.4795 per $100 of property valuation

City Council
Cedar Park City Council usually meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at City Hall, 450 Cypress Creek Road, Bldg. 4, Cedar Park. 512-401-5000.
www.cedarparktexas.gov

Terms and compensation
Council members serve two-year terms without term limits and receive reimbursement for cell phone use, meals, travel and other expenses directly related to their role on City Council.

Video coverage
Meetings are broadcast on government cable station CPTV-10 and a live feed on the city’s website, www.cedarparktexas.gov. Meeting agendas, minutes and recordings are also posted and archived on the city’s website. www.cedarparktexas.gov

Council members and term expiration dates
Matt Powell (2016)—mayor
Stephen Thomas (2017)—Place 1
Corbin Van Arsdale (2016)—Place 2, mayor pro tem
Lyle Grimes (2017)—Place 3
Lowell Moore (2016)—Place 4
Jon Lux (2017)—Place 5
Kristyne Bollier (2016)—Place 6

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City Information

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Chris Fielder, Leander Mayor

Leander: A note from Chris Fielder, Leander Mayor

There is a change in the air in Leander in 2016. We can all feel it. With 2015 continuing to be a record growth year in housing permits and sales taxes, it is easy to see why. Leander proves that is has something for everyone, from executive housing in Crystal Falls and Travisso to an award-winning school district, along with rolling hills and trees.

Leander continues to feel like a small town with its many activities, such as our annual Devine Lake Kite Festival, monthly downtown car shows, the Leander Liberty Fest, our Christmas parade and the Bluegrass Festival. This year will also bring our second annual Old Town Street Festival, which last year attracted over 3,000 people to the downtown area.

Leander boasts some of the best parks in the area with fishing, ball fields, disc golf and open spaces. If you have not explored Leander, now is the time. Watch for more exciting announcements in 2016 about new retailers, employers and city amenities coming soon, including the ground breaking of Austin Community College this April.

When you drive through Leander, don’t blink because you might miss something new!

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 2015-16): $0.63292 per $100 of property valuation

City Council
Leander City Council usually meets at 7 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays each month at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 2014 N. Brushy St., Leander. 512-528-2700. www.leandertx.gov

Terms and compensation
Council members serve three-year terms without term limits and can receive reimbursement for conferences, meals, travel and other expenses directly related to their role on City Council.

Coverage
Meeting agendas and minutes are posted on the city’s website, www.leandertx.gov.

Council members and term expiration dates
Chris Fielder (2018)—mayor
Andrea Navarrette (2016)—Place 1, mayor pro tem
Michelle Stephenson (2018)—Place 2
Shanan Shepherd (2016)—Place 3
Ron Abruzzese (2018)—Place 4
Jeff Seiler (2016)—Place 5
Troy Hill (2018)—Place 6

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County Information

Travis County: A note from Sarah Eckhardt, judge

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Sarah Eckhardt, Travis County judge

Welcome to Travis County! We have a remarkable park system, home to the world-renowned natural spring at Hamilton Pool Preserve and to rock-climbing cliffs above the Pedernales River at Reimers Ranch Park.

We have eight parks on Lake Travis that people from throughout Central Texas visit to swim, picnic, boat, camp, hike, mountain bike and enjoy the Hill Country surroundings. We have more than 60 sports fields and 30 sports courts, plus playgrounds, picnic pavilions, trails, a swimming pool, a spray park, a disc golf course and a cricket field. Our park system boasts one of Texas’ largest skate parks and a nationally top-ranked BMX track.

Our 9,300-acre park system continues to grow as the county pursues its initiative to build a comprehensive greenway system along major rivers and creeks.

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Travis County Commissioners Court, from left: Margaret Gómez, Precinct 4; Gerald Daugherty, Precinct 3; Judge Sarah Eckhardt; Brigid Shea, Precinct 2; Ron Davis, Precinct 1

County statistics
2014 population: 1,092,810
Median age (2014): 32.7
Median annual household income (2014): $59,620
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2015-16): $0.4169 per $100 of property valuation
County limits: 1,034.4 square miles

Commissioners Court
Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m. Travis County Administration Building, 700 Lavaca St., Austin.
512-854-9555
www.traviscountytx.gov

Terms and compensation
The county judge and county commissioners serve four-year terms. The judge’s base pay is $118,373. Commissioner base pay is $98,463.

Recordings
Live broadcasts and recordings of meetings can be found at
www.traviscountytx.gov.

Court members and term expiration dates
Sarah Eckhardt—county judge, 2014-18
Ron Davis—Precinct 1, 2012-16
Brigid Shea—Precinct 2, 2014-18
Gerald Daugherty—Precinct 3, 2012-16
Margaret Gómez—Precinct 4, 2014-18

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County Information

Williamson County: A note from Dan Gattis, judge 

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Dan Gattis, Williamson County judge

Williamson County continues to be one of the fastest-growing counties in Texas as well as in the nation. It encompasses more than 1,134 square miles right here in the heart of Central Texas and in recent years has grown into a vibrant community where its citizens can live and work.

One of the biggest focuses for the county each year is to balance fiscal responsibility while still meeting the present and future needs of a growing population.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court prides itself on listening to the needs and wants of its constituents by protecting more green open spaces through our parks programs, providing award-winning emergency services and excellent customer service.

Planning for the future involves voter-approved road bond and parks projects, including a new events center currently under construction in eastern Williamson County. It also includes initiating and promoting water discussions throughout Central Texas to ensure we have enough of this natural resource for the estimated future growth of Williamson County.

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Williamson County Commissioners Court, from left: Lisa Birkman, Precent 1; Cynthia Long, Precinct 2; County Judge Dan Gattis; Valerie Covey, Precinct 3; Ron Morrison, Precinct 4

County statistics
2014 population: 457,218
Median age (2014): 35.0
Median annual household income (2014): $72,118
Property tax rate (fiscal year 2015-16): $0.481529 per $100 of property valuation
County limits: 1,135 square miles

Commissioners Court
Meets Tuesdays at 9 a.m.
Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St., Georgetown
512-943-1100
www.wilco.org

Terms and compensation
The county judge and county commissioners serve four-year terms. As of Oct. 1, commissioners receive an annual salary of $94,037.10. The county judge receives an annual salary of $115,485.

Recordings
Recordings of meetings are  available at www.wilco.org.

Court members and term expiration dates
Dan Gattis—county judge, 2014-18
Lisa Birkman—Precinct 1, 2012-16
Cynthia Long—Precinct 2, 2014-18
Valerie Covey—Precinct 3, 2012-16

Ron Morrison—Precinct 4, 2014-18

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Chamber Information

Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce: Tony Moline, Chamber president and CEO

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Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Tony Moline

Number of members in 2015: 725

How to join the chamber
Joining the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce is easy. A business or individual may join online via our website or call the office to set up an appointment. Information regarding the membership levels and benefits, upcoming events and programs offered by the chamber can also be found on the chamber’s website.

About the chamber
The chamber is a voluntary, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic environment of the community. As an active, problem-solving organization, the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce focuses on business development, community development, workforce development, legislative advocacy and membership services.

Through a variety of programs and initiatives, the chamber works to positively impact the quality of life in the region while supporting the growth and prosperity of our members. The chamber’s primary objective is to improve the economic vitality of the Cedar Park business community.

1460 E. Whitestone Blvd., Ste. 180, Cedar Park
512-260-7800
www.cedarparkchamber.org
tony@cedarparkchamber.org

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Chamber Information

Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center: Bridget Brandt, Chamber president

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Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center president Bridget Brandt

Number of members in 2015: 420

How to join the chamber
The Leander Chamber of Commerce is the pulse of the city. Through member support we are able to provide a sustainable business community as well as foster growth and positive change. To join one of our many programs, visit our website or stop by to learn more.

About the chamber
The mission of the Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center is to promote member businesses, encourage economic growth, attract tourism and cultivate community leaders. For nearly 70 years we have been doing just that, and Leander’s future has never looked brighter and more promising than today. At the heart and soul of the chamber are our more than 400 members devoted to the success of business in the area and each other. The chamber strives to provide opportunities and beneficial information to business members and residents. The chamber is responsible for programs like the Old Town Street Festival, the Living Leander Community Expo, Leadership Leander and Junior Leadership Leander.

100 N. Brushy St., Leander
512-259-1907
www.leandercc.org
president@leandercc.org

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Cedar Park

1. Anderson Mill Road improvements
The city of Cedar Park is designing improvements to Anderson Mill Road to be done in the next few years to handle an estimated 66 percent traffic increase by 2035. In October the city completed a temporary repaving project on Anderson Mill between Whitestone Boulevard and Lime Creek Road. A future project would start with a first phase rebuilding the same segment. A second phase would widen the road from two to four lanes from Whitestone to Cypress Creek Road.

2. Cypress Creek Road/Lakeline Boulevard intersection project
The city of Cedar Park and Williamson County are funding a $2.2 million project to improve the intersection of Cypress Creek Road and Lakeline Boulevard. Crews are extending dual left-turn lanes on north- and southbound Lakeline. Construction also includes widening existing left- and right-turn lanes and adding medians and two new right-turn lanes each on east- and westbound Cypress Creek. Work is expected to be complete by summer.

3. East Whitestone Boulevard and Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard rebuilt intersection
By fall, the city of Cedar Park and the Texas Department of Transportation plan to finish a $22 million project at the intersection of East Whitestone Boulevard and Parmer Lane/Ronald Reagan Boulevard. The project is widening Whitestone from four to six lanes between Market Street and Sam Bass Road and adding or lengthening East Whitestone right-turn lanes at Toro Grande Drive as well as Raley and Sam Bass roads. Work includes rebuilding the intersection of East Whitestone and Parmer/Ronald Reagan into a partial continuous-flow intersection, which will require Whitestone drivers to cross into separate signaled turn lanes before making left turns.

4. Little Elm Trail completion
In December the city of Cedar Park began work on a $7.06 million project to fill in two gaps of Little Elm Trail. The project will finish Little Elm as a four-lane road that connects Bell and Lakeline boulevards. Crews will also add sidewalks and utility lines. The four lanes should be open by December. Then the city will add final paving and finish the project by spring 2017. Cedar Park is funding $2.98 million of the project. The Cedar Park Community Development Corp., or 4B Board, is funding $550,000. Williamson County is funding $3.53 million.

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5. North Bagdad Road widening
By summer the city of Leander could begin work on an estimated $13 million project to widen Bagdad Road from two to five lanes between Old FM 2243 and CR 280. Construction could last about 18 months and finish by winter 2018. Williamson County would fund 50 percent or up to $4.9 million of the project’s final cost.

6. West Old FM 2243 widening
Work began Jan. 4 on a $24 million project to widen Old FM 2243 from two to five lanes, including a center turn lane, between US 183 and a location just east of North Lakeline Boulevard. Crews will keep at least one lane open in each direction throughout most of the project and will announce any brief road closures, which are expected to occur at night or during low-traffic periods. The project includes relocations of utility lines and conversion of drainage ditches to storm sewers under new lanes. Crews will add turn lanes for cross streets. Williamson County is funding 50 percent or up to $9.15 million of the project’s final cost. Work is estimated to be complete by fall 2017.

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Education

Leander ISD
204 W. South St., Leander
512-570-0000
www.leanderisd.org
Superintendent: Bret Champion
Total students: 37,079
Assessment test scores available in the Leander ISD Education Focus Guide

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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 Guide

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New Communities

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Bryson (via Stephen Burnett)

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Leander is home to many new and growing housing communities, and neighboring areas in Cedar Park and Northwest Austin continue to expand. This list is not comprehensive.

Austin

1. Northwoods at Avery Ranch
550 lots
Builders: CalAtlantic Homes, David Weekley Homes
www.northwoodsat
averyranch.com

Cedar Park

2. The Reserve at Brushy Creek
106 lots
Builder: MileStone Community Builders
www.mymilestone.com

Leander

3. Bryson
1,430 lots
Builders: David Weekley Homes, Grand Haven Homes, Scott Felder Homes
www.liveatbryson.com

4. Deerbrooke
750 lots
Builders: Scott Felder Homes, Sitterle Homes
www.deerbrooketexas.com

5. The Highlands at Crystal Falls
571 lots
Builders: Drees Custom Homes, Highland Homes, Saratoga Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes
www.mycrystalfalls.com/
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6. Mason Hills
779 lots
Builders: Ashton Woods, KB Home
www.kbhome.com

7. Palmera Bluff
501 lots
Builders: CalAtlantic Homes, Highland Homes, MI Homes, Wilshire Homes
www.palmeraridge.com

8. Palmera Ridge
600 lots
Builders: CalAtlantic Homes, Highland Homes, MI Homes, Wilshire Homes
www.palmeraridge.com

9. Rancho Sienna
604 lots
Builders: D.R. Horton, Newland Communities
www.ranchosienna.com

10. Travisso
2,747 lots
Builders: Drees Custom Homes, Grand Haven Homes, Highland Homes, Taylor Morrison Homes, Toll Brothers
www.travisso.com

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Parks & Trails

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Benbrook Ranch Park (via Lyndsey Taylor)

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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.

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 from Lakeline Boulevard to US 183.

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 long trail is located at Elizabeth Milburn Park.

8. New Hope sidewalk
This 0.54-mile sidewalk runs from Gann Ranch Park to the Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and 1890 Ranch Shopping Center.

9. Quest Village Park Trail
This 1-mile trail of crushed granite surrounds Quest Park at 614 Stallion Drive.

10. Town Center Park Trail
The 1-mile concrete trail surrounds the lake between the Cedar Park Town Center shopping plaza and the Cedar Park Recreation Center.

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

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

14. Lakeline sidewalk–Leander
The sidewalks follows Lakeline Boulevard for 2 miles and runs in Leander through Cedar Park.

15. Mason Creek Trail
The trail is located in the Mason Creek North subdivision.

16. Sarita Valley Greenbelt
A 21-acre greenbelt is located in the Sarita Valley subdivision and includes a 0.4-mile trail.

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History


Cedar Park

1850s
Quarrying begins in the area.

1850s-70s
Stagecoaches run from Austin to Lampasas Springs. The 65-mile line runs through Jollyville, Buttercup, Running Brushy, Bagdad, Liberty Hill and Burnet.

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Cedar Park Post Office (via Community Impact Newspaper archives)

1873
Benjamin Thomas “Doc” Crumley founds a settlement south of Running Brushy and names it Buttercup. The town becomes a stagecoach stop and includes a store and post office.

1873
The George and Harriet Cluck family purchases about 329 acres of land on Running Brushy Creek. By 1874 the Clucks buy more acres to set up their homestead.

1883
The Austin and Northwestern Railroad Co. renames Running Brushy after a railroad official, Brueggerhoff.

1887
The Clucks deed property to the railroad but stipulate the land must include a park. Their son Emmett is the first to name the area Cedar Park.

1965
Organizers form the Cedar Park Water Supply Corp.

1973
In February residents vote to incorporate. Later that year Kenneth Bell is elected as the city’s first mayor, and US 183 is named after Bell.

1987
The Texas Department of Transportation completes FM 1431.

2007
Toll 183A opens in March. The city’s first major shopping center, 1890 Ranch, opens in October.

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Cedar Park Center (via Stephen Burnett)

2009
The city-owned Cedar Park Center opens in September.

2015
On Nov. 4, Cedar Park voters pass a bond election totaling $96.7 million in city projects, including public safety projects, a new library, and parks and recreation improvements.

Leander

1854
The city of Bagdad is founded and grows for about 25 years.

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Leander 1910 (via Courtesy The Williamson Museum)

1882
The Austin and Northwestern Railroad Co. finishes a new rail line. On July 17 the company starts a new city, named Leander, after railroad official and former Austin Mayor Leander Brown. The railroad bypasses Bagdad by 1 mile to the east. In about 20 years the new town, with its lucrative railroad access, motivates residents to move from Bagdad.

1893
Residents organize the first public schools in Bagdad and Leander.

1928-38
Leander’s school district obtains other consolidated districts, including districts located in Pleasant Hill, Round Mountain and Volente.

1938
Leander’s two-story school building burns to the ground and is replaced.

1978
Leander incorporates on Jan. 21. Joe Bates is elected the city’s first mayor.

1982
On Dec. 29, during work on RM 1431, Texas Department of Transportation archaeologists discover the “Leanderthal Lady,” a prehistoric human skeleton.

1987
The Leander Public Library is founded.

2006
The Leander Public Library opens its new building on South Bagdad Road.

2009
Capital MetroRail returns an active rail service to Leander on March 30. Commuters can take a 32-mile trip from the city to downtown Austin.

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Camacho Elementary School (via David Weaver)

2015
Leander ISD’s newest school, Camacho Elementary School, opens Aug. 26. The school is located at 501 Municipal Drive.

2016
On Feb. 27 the city of Leander opens the city’s first baseball fields at Benbrook Ranch Park.

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Events
April

Cedar Park spring movies in the park
April 1, 15 and 29 • 8 and 8:15 p.m. • Free
Guests can bring lawn chairs, blankets and food to watch outdoor films, including “Minions” on April 1, “Pan” on April 15 and “Inside Out” on April 29.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Leander spring movies in the park
April 1, 15 and 29 • 7:30 p.m. • Free
The city presents a series of outdoor film showings, including “Inside Out” on April 1, “Pan” on April 15 and “Minions” on April 29.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Heritage Festival
April 2 • 1-5 p.m. • Free
The city’s third annual festival includes bounce houses, games, music, and a petting zoo as well as pony and train rides. Guests can bring their own food. The event also features the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce Cedar Fest BBQ Cook-Off.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov • www.cedarparkchamber.org

Ellie Goulding concert
April 19 • 7 p.m. • $35-$59.50 plus $15 parking fee
British pop artist Ellie Goulding is joined by electronic trio Years & Years for the Cedar Park stop of her “Delirium World Tour.”
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-600-5000 • www.cedarparkcenter.com

Spring concert in the park
April 22 • 7-10 p.m. • Free
Austin cover band Suede performs at the event. Guests can bring blankets or lawn chairs and are invited to bring a picnic dinner or purchase concessions.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Devine Lake Park Kite Festival
April 23 • Noon-4 p.m. • Free
Guests can watch kite-flyers compete for awards and sample from local vendors.
Devine Lake Park, 1807 Waterfall Drive, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

May

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‘Disney on Ice presents let’s celebrate’ (via Courtesy Cedar Park Center)

‘Disney On Ice presents Let’s Celebrate’
May 5-8 • 11:30 a.m. (Sat.), 1:30 p.m. (Sun.),  3:30 p.m. (Sat.), 5:30 p.m. (Sun.), 7:30 p.m. (Thu.-Sat.) • $20.75-$45.75 plus $10 parking
Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, host an ice-skating performance 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

Leander spring movies in the park
May 6 and 20 • 7:30 p.m. • Free
The city’s outdoor film series resumes with “Field of Dreams” on May 6 and “The Good Dinosaur” on May 20.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Spring craft fair
May 7 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission)
Visitors can shop for gifts from gift and food vendors.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

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Old Town Street Festival (via Courtesy Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center)

Old Town Street Festival
May 21 • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free (admission)
Craftspersons, food vendors and musicians fill the streets of downtown Leander for the second annual event. The festival includes a beer and wine tent as well as performances by bands, such as Stetson Walker and the Performance Enhancers, One Ton Country and Trick Shot. There is no entry fee. Some children’s activities, food, and beverages will require tickets, which can be purchased at the festival or at the chamber’s office. Each ticket has a $1 value and tickets are purchased in groups of 20.
Leander Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center, Old Town Leander, 100 N. Brushy  St., Leander
512-259-1907 • www.oldtownstreetfestival.com

June

Summer Concert  in the Park
June 15 • 7-8 p.m.  Cost TBD
The city hosts the first event in a series of three outdoor concerts, which continues July 20 and Aug. 17. Performers and locations have not been announced.
Location and address TBD
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Youth scholarship golf tournament
June 20 • Noon-1 p.m. (lunch), 1 p.m. (shotgun start) • $100 (individuals)
Funds from the tournament go toward youth scholarships for local recreational life-enhancement programs. Cart fees, contests, golf, lunch and refreshments are included.
Twin Creeks Country Club, 3201 Twin Creeks Club Drive, Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

July

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Leander Liberty Fest (via Courtesy Dana Curr Photography)

Leander Liberty Fest
July 3 • 5 p.m. (gates open), 6:15 p.m. (music begins) • Free (admission)
The annual celebration features music performances, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and the city’s grand finale of fireworks.
Austin Community College property, corner of US 183 and Hero Way, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Cedar Park Fourth of July Parade
July 4 • 10 a.m. • Free
The city parade travels down Discovery Boulevard to the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Guests can park at the Cedar Park Center or recreation center.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
Cedar Park Center, 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Cedar Park Fourth of July Celebration
July 4 • 4-10 p.m. • Free (admission)
The festival features bounce houses, concessions, face painting, games, rides and a washer tournament. Festivities end with the city’s fireworks show, which begins at dusk.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

August

Leander summer movies in the park
Aug. 12 and 26 • 7:30 p.m. Free
Outdoor films for the city’s summer series include “Planes: Fire and Rescue” on Aug. 12 and “Cinderella” on Aug. 26.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Senior Sock Hop
Aug. 26 • 6-8:30 p.m. • $15 (individual), $30 (couple)
Residents age 60 and older are invited to an evening that includes dancing and dinner.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

September

Splash Jam
Sept. 4 • 4-9 p.m. • Free
The annual end-of-summer festival is preceded by a washer tournament at 4 p.m. At
5 p.m. the festival begins, offering bounce houses, face painting, games, music and rides. Fees apply for some activities and pool admission.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Cedar Park fall movies in the park
Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 7 Time TBD • Free
The city of Cedar Park resumes its outdoor film series. Titles have not been announced.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Leander Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 23-24 • 7 p.m. (Sept. 23), 6 p.m. (Sept. 24) • Free
The 11th annual festival features performances by local bluegrass bands. Guests can browse vendors, participate in children’s activities and sample snacks.
Robin Bledsoe Park, 601 S. Bagdad Road, Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.gov/parksrec

Fall concert in the park
Sept. 30 • 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. Performers have not been announced.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

October

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Taste of Cedar Park
Oct. 18 • 5:30-8 p.m. • $30
Guests age 21 and older are invited to listen to live music while sampling food, beer and wine from local businesses. The event is hosted by the Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and the city of Cedar Park.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-260-7800 • www.cedarparkchamber.org

Cedar Bark Festival
Oct. 22 • Time TBD • Free (admission)
Friends of Cedar Bark Park invite guests to bring their dogs and browse vendors. Concessions are available, and donations are encouraged for the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
512-567-2407 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Fable Fest
Oct. 29 • Time TBD • Free (admission)
The eighth annual festival celebrates fantasy and reading, and includes vendors, carnival games and a costume contest. Proceeds benefit the Cedar Park Public Library.
Elizabeth Milburn Park, 1901 Sun Chase Blvd., Cedar Park
512-401-5500 • www.fablefest.com

Fall Craft Fair
Oct. 29 • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free (admission)
The city of Cedar Park’s annual craft fair features local vendors and children’s activities.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

November

Veterans Memorial Parade and Ceremony
Nov. 5 • 9:30 a.m. (parade), 11 a.m. (ceremony) • Free
The annual city parade showcases decorated floats and vintage cars. The ceremony includes a guest speaker who honors the lives and sacrifices of veterans.
Veterans Memorial Park, 2525 W. New Hope Drive, Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

December

Cedar Park Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa’s Workshop
Dec. 2 • 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free (admission)
The event starts with the lighting ceremony at Heritage Oak Tree and continues with Santa’s Workshop, which includes carriage rides, crafts, games and musical performances. Guests can bring their cameras to take photos with Santa.
Heritage Oak Park, 875 Quest Parkway, Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cedarparktexas.gov

Leander Christmas parade and tree lighting
Dec. 3 • 5 p.m. • Free
The holiday parade in Old Town Leander features a yule fire, chorale performances, hayrides, photos with Santa and vendor shopping. At dusk the city turns on downtown Christmas lights.
Old Town Leander, 200 W. Willis St., Leander
512-528-9909 • www.leandertx.org/parksrec

January 2017

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
Date 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

February 2017

Daddy Daughter Dance and Mother Son Dance
Dates TBD • Times TBD $20 (parent and child), $7 (additional child)
At the city’s annual dances, parents and children can participate in themed dances and snacks.
Cedar Park Recreation Center, 1435 Main St., Cedar Park
512-401-5528 • www.cpparks.net

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After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Lyndsey began working as a reporter for the Northwest Austin edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2012. During her time as a reporter, she has covered Round Rock ISD, health care in the Austin metro area and Austin Community College. She was promoted to editor of the Cedar Park| Leander edition in 2015 and covers city and education news, including Leander ISD.
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