Round Rock City Council approved an advanced funding agreement April 25 with the Texas Department of Transportation to begin work on the next portion of the Heritage Trail, stretching along Brushy Creek near downtown.

The details

Plans for the shared-use path span from North Georgetown Street to Mays Street, running parallel to Hwy. 79 and connecting to the existing trail along east of downtown Round Rock, according to city documents. A new pedestrian bridge over Brushy Creek at Mays Street will also be added.

This segment of the Heritage Trail marks a preliminary step towards the city’s plans for a 20-acre park called the Lawn at Brushy Creek.

“This is one of those good ones. One of those [agreements] that you love to bring to council,” Rick Atkins, Round Rock Parks and Recreation director said.

The Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a $6.3 million grant from TxDOT for the Heritage Trail East Project back in October, according to city documents. The city will also contribute $1.6 million to the project.

With council’s approval, the project may now go out for bid for a construction contract. Funding for the city’s portion of the project comes from the $230 million in park bonds approved by voters in 2023.

Other plans for the park include:
  • A canoe launch
  • A boardwalk
  • Extended sidewalk for possible craft fairs and farmers markets
  • 6 acres of green space along Pecan Street and Georgetown Street
“This is a great day for [the city] and the connection of our trail system. This [project] will basically finish out that east-west trail system,” Atkins told council members.