Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.
1. Garey Park’s official opening scheduled for June 9
Georgetown Parks Director Kimberly Garrett has confirmed Garey Park, a 525-acre public park and event space under construction between Georgetown and Leander, will open June 9. Garey Park’s opening will follow 15 months of construction, three years of design and more than a decade of planning. The park’s namesakes, Jack and Cammy Garey, donated their 525-acre ranch and house on FM 2243 about 6 miles west of I-35, to the city in 2004 along with a $5 million cash donation to put toward the park’s $13.5 million construction cost.
2. Early voting starts Monday for Georgetown City Council, Georgetown ISD elections
Early voting begins Monday and continues until May 1 for local elections on the Georgetown City Council and the Georgetown ISD board of trustees. Election Day is May 5. Mary Calixtro will face incumbent Anna Eby for the Georgetown City Council District 1 position. For GISD’s elections, Marcos Gonzalez and Stevie Jones are running for the school board’s Place 6 seat. Jaquita Wilson will take on incumbent Ben Stewart for Place 7. A list of early voting locations is available online at www.wilco.org/departments/elections.
3. GISD names new principal for Forbes Middle School
Justin Del Bosque will be the new principal at Forbes Middle School following a decision last week by Georgetown ISD’s board of trustees. Del Bosque has been assistant principal at the middle school since 2016. He will start his new role June 1, according to the school district.
4. Regional home sales heat up ahead of summer sales season
Central Texas saw record-setting home sales in March ahead of what is expected to be a strong summer for housing transactions, according to the March 2018 Central Texas Housing Market Report. The Austin-Round Rock metropolitan statistical area housing market saw a 10.5 percent increase in sales in March compared to last year. Compared to March 2017, the median price of single-family homes in the metro increased 3.5 percent to $305,253, while housing inventory levels decreased 0.2 months to 2.2 months of inventory, according to ABOR. Read more here.
5. The 2018 Red Poppy Festival is just days away
The 2018 Red Poppy Festival begins Friday in downtown Georgetown. The three-day annual event celebrates the blooming of red poppies each April. Activities include the “Paint Georgetown Red” parade Saturday, vender booths, food and performances on three music stages, including a Saturday night show by Joe Nichols on the Red Poppy Stage at Eighth Street and South Austin Avenue.