Chapman Parks, new MetroRail schedule: 8 things to know in Cedar Park and Leander this week, March 19-23

These pictures were provided as examples of what Chapman Parks could have looked like at a Leander zoning commission meeting Feb. 22.

These pictures were provided as examples of what Chapman Parks could have looked like at a Leander zoning commission meeting Feb. 22.

Here are eight of the most recent news stories from Leander and Cedar Park.

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1. Sunday’s southwest Austin blast may have been triggered by trip wire
It is the fourth explosion in the city since March 2. Overall, two people have been killed and several injured as a result of the explosions.

2. Amid MetroRail construction delays, Capital Metro launches updated schedule
Capital Metro halted work March 8-9 for South by Southwest Conference & Festivals and announced a new schedule would begin March 19 that could alleviate heavy construction delays.

3. Leander City Council denies zoning request for Chapman Parks development in west Leander
Leander City Council unanimously turned down a rezoning request for a development in west Leander that was proposed to hold up to 1,200 homes during its Thursday night meeting.

4. Cedar Park chamber, city to collaborate on green business initiative
The Cedar Park Chamber of Commerce and the city have been exploring developing a green business initiative to encourage local businesses to develop environmentally-friendly practices.

5. Here are 6 proposed Leander ISD superintendent performance goals for the 2018-19 school year
Next year’s proposed superintendent performance goals were presented to the Leander ISD board of trustees 

6. Robin Bledsoe Park in Leander to gain bodyweight fitness court
Leander Parks and Recreation Director Mark Tummons told City Council during a Thursday night meeting that the city was selected to receive a $10,000 grant from the National Fitness Council and a $5,000 credit from Sports Floor Material to build an outdoor bodyweight fitness court.

7. GALLERY: Cedar Park rocket company Firefly Aerospace offers peek into its operations
Firefly Aerospace, a Cedar Park-based company that produces small satellite launch vehicles, gave tours of its facilities Tuesday to industry professionals, members of the media and attendees of the South by Southwest Conference & Festivals.

8. Austin Regional Spelling Bee announces EISD, LTISD, LISD final participants
The West Austin Chamber of Commerce and Scripps National Spelling Bee announced the final participants for the Austin Regional Spelling Bee, which will be held Sunday, March 25, at the ZACH Topfer Theatre.

By Abby Bora
Abby Bora started at Community Impact Newspaper in May 2017. After working as a reporter, she became editor of the Cedar Park-Leander edition in October 2018. She covers Leander ISD and city government. Bora graduated from Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I. with a bachelor’s degree in media and communications studies.


The deaths bring Travis County's total fatalities during the pandemic to 88. (Community Impact staff)
Three new coronavirus deaths reported in Travis County May 26

The deaths bring Travis County's total fatalities during the pandemic to 88.

Austin-Travis County Health Authority Mark Escott gives a virtual coronavirus update to the Travis County Commissioners Court, led by interim Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe. (Courtesy Travis County)
Travis County sees renewed upward trend in recent coronavirus cases, indicating a possible second surge

Weeks after Texas loosened public health restrictions, local authorities are seeing increased COVID-19 cases in Travis County.

About 50 hospitals and more than 800 patient care sites fall under the Baylor Scott & White umbrella, including this hospital in Frisco. (Courtesy Baylor Scott & White)
Baylor Scott & White Health to lay off 1,200 after reporting 'drastic drop' in visits

The layoffs represent 3% of the health system’s workforce.

Starting May 19, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of their normal operating capacity.

Cedar Park reopens recreation center with required reservations

The center reopened its cardio and weight room, track, basketball courts and pickleball courts.

Project Connect, Capital Metro's public transportation expansion plan, would include three light-rail lines running through the city and underground train stations downtown. (Amy Denney/Community Impact Newspaper)
Is now the right time to rethink transit in Austin? Local leaders respond to community questions about Project Connect

Austin City Council and the Capital Metro board of directors will decide June 10 on whether to adopt Project Connect—the plan to revamp public transportation in the area.

The flute section of the Rouse High School marching band from Leander performs in this 2017 file photo. (Courtesy Leander ISD)
Texas schools may begin hosting sports workouts, band practices June 8

The University Interscholastic League released guidelines for allowing sports workouts and marching bands to practice.

Williamson County Commissioners Court approved two grant programs for specialty courts during a special meeting May 26. (Screenshot courtesy Williamson County)
Williamson County Court at Law 2 seeks grant funding for veterans and DWI/drug treatment specialty courts

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved the grant applications during a special meeting May 26.

The Goodwater Trail around Lake Georgetown is one of two Texas trails with an International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic designation. This distinction means a trail is considered technically demanding, physically challenging and set within a landscape that is beautiful to behold. (Courtesy Paul Littlefield/Georgetown Cyclewerx)
Slaying ‘The Dragon': Goodwater Trail at Lake Georgetown draws adventure-seeking cyclists

The trail is one of only two in Texas with an International Mountain Bicycling Association Epic designation.

May 25 specifically saw 86 new coronavirus cases, the single largest one-day jump in the county during the pandemic. (Graphic by Community Impact Newspaper)
172 new COVID-19 cases in Travis County, two new deaths over Memorial Day weekend

May 25 specifically saw 86 new coronavirus cases, the single largest one-day jump in the county during the pandemic.

Renderings show plans for a transit station as part of Capital Metro's Project Connect. (Rendering courtesy Capital Metro)
Changes to Project Connect plan add $60 million to local cost estimate

Capital Metro Board Chair Wade Cooper called the upcoming June 10 meeting to finalize the technical aspects of the plan "one of the most consequential votes this board has taken in its history."