The following proposed projects are estimated to be completed over the next five to seven years, if the propositions pass on May 6. Please note: Most of these projects are conceptual in nature and the City of Round Rock anticipates continuing to gather feedback throughout the proposed bond program to inform final design decisions if the propositions are approved.
Proposition A - Parks, Recreation and Sports Projects | $230 million
Citywide Trails — Citywide trail expansions would include the completion of Heritage Trail, which is planned to be built along the greater Brushy Creek trail system. Funds are also anticipated to be available for other priority segment(s).
Play for All Upgrades — Play for All Park opened in 2012 with 51,000 square feet, and almost tripled in size with an expansion in 2017. The park has welcomed over 3 million visitors of all abilities from across the state since it opened, according to the Play for All Foundation. The City’s Parks and Recreation Department estimates that the park draws approximately 1,000 visitors per day. This project would include the replacing of equipment, resurfacing of the park and a minor expansion.
The Lawn at Brushy Creek — This project would include a park along Brushy Creek on the north side of Downtown Round Rock. In addition to development of the park, the funding could be used for additional land acquisition and a bridge to connect users of the Brushy Creek Trail to Downtown.
Systemwide Infrastructure for Parks — This would include funding for shades for playgrounds and courts, LED lighting conversions and irrigation improvements in parks throughout Round Rock.
Clay Madsen Recreation Center Remodel — Constructed in 2000, the Clay Madsen Recreation Center is a 55,000-square-foot recreation facility. This remodel would include large-scale maintenance of the building’s infrastructure, including a locker room remodel, and expansions of the weight room, multipurpose rooms and gymnasium.
Sports Center Expansion — The Round Rock Sports Center opened in January 2014, and has since been the host of numerous sporting events including basketball, volleyball, table tennis, wrestling and many others. This project would add two full basketball courts, or four volleyball courts, with additional championship court seating, a secondary facility entrance and surface parking extension, with the intention of providing more court space for local club practices and drawing more events and sports tourism to Round Rock.
Old Settlers Park Active Amenities
Old Settlers Park is the City’s largest park and hosts several youth and amateur sports leagues. The park’s 640 acres provides space for several recreational options such as disc golf, cricket, 20-field baseball complex, five-field softball complex, soccer facilities and more. It is also where Rock’N River and the Multipurpose Complex are located, and several of the City’s large special events are held. The bond package includes several proposed projects that could be completed by one contractor within the park:
Recreation Center — Following a Recreation Center Needs Assessment in 2021, the City is proposing to build a recreation center that would include an indoor gym, outdoor track and four multipurpose fields. The building would also provide additional parking in Old Settlers Park and accommodate administrative functions for the Parks and Recreation Department, which are currently housed in Downtown Round Rock.
Rock’N River Expansion — This project would include construction of additional water features and more parking. It would also tie the Rock’N River water park into the proposed recreational center for improved logistics.
Lakeview Pavilion — This project would build a permanent stage for special events such as Juneteenth, Fourth of July and Light up the Lake, and replace the existing Lakeview Pavilion with a larger structure. It would also build include a new, larger restroom facility, replacement playground and extensive civil and electrical upgrades to provide built-in infrastructure for special events.
Multipurpose Complex Expansion — The 60-acre outdoor Multipurpose Complex opened in 2017 and draws thousands of spectators from across the country each year. Of the events and practices held at the Multipurpose Complex over the past year, approximately 75% were local teams and 25% were out-of-town/sports tourism-focused. This project would construct six additional fields and collegiate level press boxes to provide more space for local team practices and draw additional tournaments for sports tourism. The project would also include relocation of the existing tennis complex to 10 acres located just off Old Settlers Blvd. and Kenney Fort Blvd. The plans currently include additional parking for the tennis courts, and construction would occur while the current tennis complex was still in use to mitigate any downtime for the tennis community.
Proposition B - Public Safety | $44 million
Public Safety Training Center — The Public Safety Training Center (PSTC) was completed in 2018 as part of the 2013 GO Bond program. This project would build out the facility to include a new high-speed driving track and expand classrooms, which were discussed as part of the original design and cut from the first phase of the project.
Central Fire Station Relocation and Two New Fire Stations — Round Rock City Council approved architectural and engineering contracts May 12, 2022 to move forward with the design of a new Fire Station 1 located at 1730 E. Old Settlers Blvd. The new location would move operational personnel from the Central Fire Station located at 203 Commerce Blvd.
Two new fire stations are proposed for the north side of Round Rock. One is proposed for City-owned land located near the Vizcaya subdivision to serve Northeast Round Rock; the other’s location has not yet been finalized and will be selected based on land availability and response times.