City officials, volunteers celebrate an improved City Park

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Liberty Hill Parks & Recreation Board Chair Mary Lynn Jones and Mayor Connie Fuller (center) cut the ceremonial ribbon on the improved City Park on CR 200 Saturday. City Council members were present along with Parks Board volunteers and representatives from the youth recreational leagues and Chamber of Commerce members. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Liberty Hill Parks & Recreation Board Chair Mary Lynn Jones and Mayor Connie Fuller (center) cut the ceremonial ribbon on the improved City Park on CR 200 Saturday. City Council members were present along with Parks Board volunteers and representatives from the youth recreational leagues and Chamber of Commerce members. (Shelly Wilkison Photo)

Liberty Hill city officials, volunteers and dozens of families celebrated the official opening of City Park Saturday with a ribbon cutting and picnic.

The 22-acre park on CR 200 has belonged to the City for more than a decade and has been mostly used by Liberty Hill Youth Soccer Association and Liberty Hill Youth Football & Cheer for recreational sports. However, grant funding through Williamson County in recent years and contributions from the City’s Economic Development Corp. have made it possible to add a shaded playscape, a pavilion and restrooms, a basketball court, fencing and other improvements. Future plans include a walking trail and frisbee golf course.

Saturday’s ribbon cutting ceremony marked the official completion of those projects.

City Manager Greg Boatright and Mayor Connie Fuller recognized current and past members of the Parks & Recreation Board for their efforts through the years.

“This is the culmination of years of hard work, preparation and sacrifice,” said Mayor Fuller. “We have provided something for the entire community to be proud of.”

Parks Board Chairman Mary Lynn Jones recognized current and previous members of the board who have volunteered through the years to assist with park development.

The land was originally set aside for a park by Sundance Ranch developer Bill Hinkley. Used primarily as soccer fields, the organization overseeing the park could no longer pay property taxes and upkeep, so it reached out to the City of Liberty Hill to take the property. The City negotiated a deal to pay the back taxes on the land and use it as a park.

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