The inargural Dinosaur Day in Champion Park will be from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 9 in Cedar Park. Williamson County Commissioner Lisa Birkman will host the event along with the Williamson County Parks Department.
The day's events will include a dedication ceremony for Julie Bassett, a former member of the Fern Bluff MUD board of directors, who lost her battle with cancer recently at age 41. Several years ago, Julie served on the committee that helped to design the park. She, along with her daughter, Katie, helped come up with the idea for the theme of the park, which is an exploration of the area's archeological past. The ceremony will be held at noon and will feature a color guard presentation of the flags, live music and speakers.
The day will also have light refreshments, a moonwalk/bouncy house shaped liked a dinosaur, performances by local musicians and other activities for the children. All activities will be free and open to the public.
Champion Park is a unique playground for children of all ages to have fun and make new discoveries. The park, which opened in the fall of 2007, features a covered children's play area with stone casts of dinosaur bones, a large blue whale that spurts water, and specially designed boulders for climbing. It has a large picnic pavilion with built-in grills, a fishing area, and a scenic bridge across the Brushy Creek. Funds for the parks came from bonds approved by Williamson County voters in 2000. Champion Park is named after the Champion family, whose cemetery is located near the park. John Champion, a former Williamson County sheriff, is buried on the site along with several relatives.
The 33-acre park sits along the award winning Brushy Creek Regional Trail, approximately half way between the trailhead at Brushy Creek Road and Great Oaks Drive and the City of Cedar Park's Brushy Creek Lake Park. A bridge across the creek connects the park to the Avery Ranch subdivision.
Champion Park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.