Parks & Rec Projects
2008 Parks and Recreation Bond: Proposition 2
Bond funds approved for constructing, acquiring, improving, renovating, and/or developing land, buildings, and facilities for parks and recreational purposes. Park projects that would be funded by the bond include but are not limited to Garey Park, San Gabriel Park, hike and bike trail improvements, and acquisition of parkland and open space. Initial funding only recommended in 2009 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan.
This item would provide $10 million in set-aside funding for the future development of a master-planned park. In 2004, Jack and Cammy Garey announced that they were donating their 525-acre ranch, including their estate home, to the City of Georgetown to become a future City park. Their gift also includes a $5 million donation for park development costs, to be matched with $5 million in other funding.
Located west of Interstate 35 on RR 2243, Garey Park would be four times larger than San Gabriel Park. In 2006, the City worked with the Gareys and held public meetings to develop a master plan for the development of Garey Park. The master plan proposes a 525-acre park with camping areas, an equestrian arena, an outdoor amphitheater, hiking trails, day-use areas, and the Garey House as an event center.
View the Garey Park Master Plan online.
Below are conceptual drawings from the Garey Park Master Plan.
Hike and Bike Trails
This item would provide funding for new hike and bike trails.
Parkland for Preserves
This item would fund the purchase of land for parks or preserves. Possible areas include land that would serve as a buffer around existing or future parkland, sensitive areas such as natural springs or habitat for endangered species, or land that connects other parcels of parkland.
San Gabriel Park Improvements and Amphitheater
This item would fund improvements to San Gabriel Park, including an outdoor amphitheater that could be used for performances, festivals, or other special events.
Westside Park and Sports Complex
This item would provide funds for the purchase of parkland on the west side of Interstate 35 for active recreation, including elements such as soccer fields, baseball fields, softball fields, and football fields.