Development: What’s Coming Next - Round Rock
Development: What’s Coming Next
The Austin area has seen so much growth in the last 10 years and we are still seeing that growth spread throughout the surrounding areas. So we decided to create a series of blogs detailing some of the areas' projects. This week we’re bringing you updates on Round Rock, TX.
Round Rock Development:
Back in 2013, the city of Round Rock residents approved 4 bonds worth $123.6 million to go into improvement projects including public safety, parks and recreation, and the library. Here is an update on the progress of these improvements.
The Fire department has gained two new fire stations, land for a purposed third fire station as well as ongoing remodeling and updating for two other fire stations in the area. This is great for the community as it will provide faster response times across the city, as well as make sure our firefighters have the right equipment to do the job and stay safe.
Parks and Recreation have also received funding to make improvements to multiple area parks including Beach Park, Chisholm Tail Crossing Park, and Memorial Park. These updates also include the pedestrian overpass at Chisholm Trail Road and the pedestrian underpass at I-35. Round Rock is adding things like sculptural elements, pedestrian overlooks, interpretive signage as well as thematic elements along the trail following Round Rock’s historical timeline. The following are more park projects and where they currently stand.
Heritage Trail East, located from Mays St to Georgetown St along Brush Creek
This is a new addition with plans to include a playground, a pedestrian bridge over the creek, and more. The start of construction is TBD.
Brushy Creek Trail from Veterans Park to Rabb Park
This project will continue to connect Brushy Creek Trail with a 10ft wide concrete path, located at Mays St to A.W. Grimes following Brushy Creek, this project was estimated to be completed as of Fall 2019
Lake Creek Trail from Round Rock West Park to Centennial Plaza
This trail will connect you from western Round Rock to Downtown Round Rock, it will include a 10ft wide concrete path as well as a pedestrian underpass at I-35 and the frontage road as well as a pedestrian bridge over Lake Creek. Estimated construction start date Spring of 2020.
Multipurpose Field Complex & Soccer Complex
Construction of 5 multipurpose fields using a combination of natural grass & turf in Old Settlers park including parking, sports lighting, restroom/concession building, seating, and shade, as well as making improvements to the existing fields has been completed.
Rock ‘N River Family Aquatic Center in Old Settlers Park
The upgrades included a large interactive play feature with slides and a tipping bucket, a rock climbing wall, and a dive platform in a deep water lagoon, as well as an adult lagoon with a swim-up refreshment area, seating areas, shade structures, and a food truck vending area. The construction of this project is complete.
Round Rock is also working on a repair and replacement program to allow for updates to the local neighborhood parks, this will include ADA upgrades, replacing playground equipment, adding/updating site amenities, pavilions, etc.
The Library is also on Round Rock’s list for improvements, although it’s getting a bit more than a facelift. The new library has been planned out with construction slotted for 2019, moving it from the original location on Main street to a new area in Downtown Round Rock near CD Fulkes Middle on West Anderson Ave.
Lastly, Round Rock is working diligently in providing more public safety training with the addition of a new training facility for our Fire and Police departments. They broke ground Nov. 2016 and have completed construction, the facility is now up and running.
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