Williamson County approves construction of park residence in River Ranch County Park near Leander

River Ranch County Park will be located between Leander and Liberty Hill with an entrance off Bagdad Road.

River Ranch County Park will be located between Leander and Liberty Hill with an entrance off Bagdad Road.

Last week Williamson County commissioners approved a deal for the construction of a residence in the first phase of River Ranch County Park, which is planned to open between Leander and Liberty Hill in the fall.

According to county officials, River Ranch County Park is proposed to cover more than 1,000 acres and will include more than 12 miles of hiking trails, an equestrian center, day facilities and overnight camping spots.

Phase 1 of the park also includes a park residence. On Feb. 13, Williamson County commissioners approved an agreement with Glazier Homes, LLC, for the construction of a 2,187-square-foot house with three bedrooms and a bonus room. According to county documents, the cost of the residence is $382,171.75,

Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey said a county employee will live at the residence rent-free and work nights and weekends.

County spokesperson Connie Odom said having a park residence is a common practice with large park operations that have overnight accommodations. She said having staff onsite assists the county with the safety and security of park visitors and county assets.

Precinct 2 Commissioner Cynthia Long said the residence is being built as a custom home because of its location on the property.

“It’s a unique build and a unique location,” Long said. “It’s not anything fancy.”

Commissioners approved the construction agreement at a vote of 3-1 with Covey voting against and Precinct 1 Commissioner Terry Cook absent.


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