Construction at Garey Park is underway. The park is expected to open this spring.
The City of Georgetown broke ground Nov. 28 to start the renovation of two City buildings that will be part of a civic campus for City government offices.
Known as Downtown West, the new civic campus will include a City Hall and Council Chamber and Municipal Court Building as well as the existing Georgetown Public Library that opened in 2007, the Historic Light and Water Works office building, and a public parking lot on Eighth Street.
The $13 million project is funded by proceeds from the sale of City buildings, municipal bonds, and fee revenues. Construction should be complete in 12 months. The architect for the project is Lawrence Group and the contractor is Balfour Beatty.
The current Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., and City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St., and Council Chambers and Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St., will be sold for retail or commercial use. A request for proposals to purchase each building will be released in early 2018.
The new civic complex on Eighth and MLK streets will centralize several offices that are currently in buildings scattered throughout the city. In addition to providing needed facility space, the new civic campus enables easier collaboration for City employees and convenience for residents using City services.
The City celebrated the reopening of Founder’s Park at 814 S. Church St. on Dec. 13 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Renovations at Founders Park were completed in early December and included expanded public seating, a new water fountain and trash cans, and a seat wall. All historical items in the park were repurposed, and a full irrigation system was installed. The $62,000 project was completed in 10 weeks by Smith Contracting.
The park is the site where Williamson County’s first commissioners met under an oak tree in 1848 to choose a location for the county seat.
The City broke ground on Garey Park with a ceremony on March 31.
San Gabriel Park is currently undergoing Phase 1 of improvements. The project, which broke ground March 24, includes a new playground with a sensory walk, improved entry and directional signage, and the restoration of the spring habitat to its natural state through the re-establishment of the spring channel and native vegetation.
Other improvements will include parking, roadway, utility and drainage improvements; realignment of the Morrow Street and Chamber Way intersection; additional restrooms and pavilions; upgraded park furnishings throughout; and trail and accessibility improvements throughout the park.
The approximately $2.5 million project will be completed by Georgetown-based Weststar Construction and should be completed in January 2018. Austin-based RVi Planning and Landscape Architecture completed the master plan and design.
City Council approved the construction contract at its regularly scheduled Jan. 24 meeting. Funding for the project was approved by voters in a 2008 bond package.
Access to the park will not be affected; however, short-term road closures and detours are expected to happen throughout construction in the Phase 1 area. The San Gabriel Park Master Plan, which was completed in June 2015, identified improvements to be completed in phases to limit park disruptions.
For more information about the park, please visit parks.georgetown.org/san-gabriel-park.
San Gabriel Park Master Plan
A master plan for San Gabriel Park was completed in June 2015. This master plan was a culmination of public input and existing conditions to define the vision for future park development and programming. However, plans such as this are typically conceptual but do assist in providing a framework for future planning and development activities. The master plan for San Gabriel Park proposes four phases for renovation. This phased approach allows areas of the park to remain open and usable. Funding for the improvements to San Gabriel Park were part of the voter approved 2008 Park Bond.
The Founder’s Park design was created in house by Parks staff, and construction documents were completed by Steger Bizzell. The project will bid in February 2017 with construction scheduled to begin after the 2017 Red Poppy Festival. The Founder’s Park project is being completed in cooperation with Public Works and is part of a larger CIP Downtown Sidewalk project.
An initial Public Open House was held May 4, 2016, and input from that meeting was used to develop a design for the park. As a result of that meeting, an online survey was also developed for additional public input. The revised design was presented at a second public meeting July 28, 2016, requesting input and approval of the final design. Improvements to the park include improved accessibility, picnic tables, water fountain and public art.