DS Parks sec­ond to none

Guide to Dripping Springs - - DS Parks Second to None -

The city has 94 acres of park space, in­clud­ing the 40- acre Drip­ping Springs Sports & Re­cre­ation Park, the 25acre Founders Me­mo­rial Park, and the 14- acre Karhan Park.

Parts of the park sys­tem are al­ways free. Fields and other ameni­ties can be re­served by private groups for sin­gle or sea­sonal use.

Sports & Re­cre­ation Park

The Sports & Re­cre­ation Park is the busiest, with a UIL base­ball field, UIL soc­cer field, UIL soft­ball field, Ju­nior Var­sity base­ball field, sand vol­ley­ball court, multi- use con­crete court, wild­scape gar­den, U-14 soc­cer field, U-12 soc­cer field, two U-10 soc­cer fields, two U8 soc­cer fields, four U-6 soc­cer fields, a walk­ing trail, four washer toss pits, four horse­shoe pits, a playscape, pic­nic ta­bles, bar­be­cue pits and benches.

Founders Me­mo­rial Park

Founders Me­mo­rial Park in­cludes a U-14 soc­cer field, one U-10 soc­cer field, one U-8 soc­cer field, two foot­ball prac­tice fields, a swim­ming pool, pavil­ion, walk­ing trail, wild­scape gar­den, playscapes, swings, and pic­nic ta­bles.

Karhan Park in­cludes two soft­ball fields, and is used reg­u­larly by the Drip­ping Springs Adult Soft­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (DSASA).

The Sports & Re­cre­ation Park was built on land do­nated by the Drip­ping Springs In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict (DSISD) with a grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife De­part­ment (TPWD). DSISD still uses and main­tains the UIL sports fa­cil­i­ties there.

Fees are de­ter­mined ac­cord­ing to res­i­dency as well as whether or not an or­ga­ni­za­tion is profit or non-profit.

The city makes ac­tive use of its fa­cil­i­ties, es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer. The an­nual Movie Nights, held at the swim­ming pool at Founders Park, have been ex­tremely pop­u­lar with young peo­ple so far.

The pool is used for swim­ming lessons through­out the sum­mer. Drip­ping Springs also has a swim team, which com­petes with other Cen­tral Texas teams dur­ing the sum­mer.

City of­fi­cials hope to ex­pand fu­ture ac­cess to pub­lic lands through open space ded­i­ca­tion by de­vel­op­ers.

The city is also work­ing to en­hance cur­rent fa­cil­i­ties through grants. A walk­ing/run­ning trail should be in place at Founders Me­mo­rial Park by sum­mer of 2005.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the city of Drip­ping Springs park sys­tem, visit www.city­of­drip­pingsprings. com, e-mail dsc­i­ty­hall@zeecon.com, or call (512) 858-4725.

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