Georgetown Parks & Recreation

Park Features

Come discover why Garey Park is unlike any other park in Central Texas! Bring the family for a picnic, a hike on the trails or just enjoy some fresh air and sunshine in this Hill Country slice of paradise. With 525 acres to explore, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Garey Park.

Play Ranch

The Play Ranch is two acres full of fun! Two nature-inspired playgrounds offer age-appropriate activities for children ages 2-5 and 5-12.

The Play Ranch includes a sensory station, merry-go-round, monkey bars, spring riders and zip lines. The large swing sets include full bucket swing seats, basic belt swing seats, as well as 4 adaptive swings. There are plenty of open green spaces for running, picnicking and kite flying too!

Rentable pavilions, restrooms and parking are within walking distance of the Play Ranch.

Play Ranch Rules

  1. Adult supervision required.
  2. Smoking is prohibited.
  3. Use or possession of any glass bottles is prohibited.
  4. No outside grills.
  5. No pets allowed on the Splash Pad.
  6. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
  7. Splash Pad closes 30 minutes prior to park closing.
  8. Pets must remain on leash and under the control of owner.
  9. Exhibit appropriate language and behavior.
  10. Please do not remove or damage Play Ranch features or vegetation.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of other park guests.
  12. The pavilion and picnic tables are available for general use unless reserved.
  13. No commercial or business activities allowed in the park, unless authorized by the City of Georgetown.
  14. Place litter in receptacles.
Splash Pad

Keep cool on hot summer days at Garey Park’s splash pad. The nearly 7,000 square ft. amenity offers 28 water features controlled by motion sensors, including 5 water cannons, 2 water tunnels, a spider spray and a water mill.

The splash pad is open daily during park hours from April 1 through October 31. The splash pad closes 30 minutes prior to park closing.

Play Ranch Rules

  1. Adult supervision required.
  2. Smoking is prohibited.
  3. Use or possession of any glass bottles is prohibited.
  4. No outside grills.
  5. No pets allowed on the Splash Pad.
  6. Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
  7. Splash Pad closes 30 minutes prior to park closing.
  8. Pets must remain on leash and under the control of owner.
  9. Exhibit appropriate language and behavior.
  10. Please do not remove or damage Play Ranch features or vegetation.
  11. Be aware of your surroundings and respectful of other park guests.
  12. The pavilion and picnic tables are available for general use unless reserved.
  13. No commercial or business activities allowed in the park, unless authorized by the City of Georgetown.
  14. Place litter in receptacles.
Dog Ranch

The off-leash Dog Ranch features 4.5 acres of fenced natural area for your furry friend to enjoy! This space offers separate fenced areas for small and large dogs to play catch, run and make new friends. The Dog Ranch also includes 5 shaded picnic shelters and water stations with dog drinking fountains.

Much of the space has been cleared, providing a wonderful spot for you and your dog to explore nature. The Dog Ranch is maintained frequently, but please be aware that this is a natural ranch setting and may include plants or critters that can poke or sting your furry friend.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation strives to provide a fun, safe environment for you and your dog(s). Use of the Dog Ranch is at your own risk. Dog owners/handlers are responsible for the actions and behaviors of their dogs at all times. Any harm to humans or canines is your responsibility.

Dog Ranch Rules

  1. Adult supervision required.
  2. Smoking is prohibited.
  3. Dogs showing any signs of aggression are banned from the park.
  4. All dogs must be leashed when entering and leaving the Dog Ranch.
  5. All dogs must have current rabies and all other vaccinations and wear current tags.
  6. Spiked collars are not permitted.
  7. The small dog enclosure is for dogs under 30 pounds.
  8. Dogs must be supervised and remain within sight and under voice control at all times.
  9. Please clean up after your pet.
  10. Dogs in heat are prohibited.
  11. No dogs under 4 months of age.
  12. Limit 2 dogs per adult at any time.
  13. With the exception of water, no food or drink is allowed in the Dog Ranch.
  14. No commercial or business activities allowed in the park, unless authorized by the City of Georgetown.
  15. Use or possession of any glass bottles in City parks is prohibited.
Equestrian Amenities

At this time, the equestrian arena is still under construction. Open amenities include: shared-use trails, truck and trailer parking, one 60-ft. pen and 2 water troughs.

Whether you want take your horse on the trails or practice in a pen, Garey Park offers amenities designed specifically for horse owners.

A current negative Coggins test must be presented at the Garey Park Gate House before entering the park. In compliance with the Texas Animal Health Commission, no person may enter Garey Park with an equine or equines unless that person has in their immediate possession, a completed VS Form 10-11 (Texas Animal Health Commission) showing that the equine has tested negative to an official Equine Infectious Anemia test within the previous 12 months. The documentation required by this subsection shall be made available for inspection at the request of any Garey Park employee or volunteer acting within the scope of official duties.

Equestrian Rules

  1. Adult supervision required.
  2. Smoking is prohibited.
  3. For safety of horses and riders, no running or yelling in equestrian area.
  4. All horses must be under control of owner at all times.
  5. Please do not leave your horse unattended in any area including riding arena.
  6. Horses will be ridden at a safe speed around pedestrians and in shared spaces.
  7. Please be courteous of other riders, guests, and their animals.
  8. Keep horses on equestrian trails only.
  9. Horse owners are responsible for properly disposing of manure in the parking area.
  10. Restore all areas to natural appearance after use.
  11. Horses are not to consume any natural vegetation within the park.
  12. No commercial or business activities allowed in the park, unless authorized by the City of Georgetown.
  13. In cases of an emergency, call 911 immediately and notify park staff at 512-930-6800.
  14. All equestrian users are required to show proof of negative Coggins test.
Trails

Garey Park has more than 7 miles of trails spanning the entire park, giving hikers and horseback riders an opportunity to explore the park’s beautiful natural areas.

The shared-use trail is 4.68 miles. The trail is made of crushed white limestone and is 10′ wide and can accommodate both hikers and horseback riders alike.

In addition, there are there are 2.6 miles of pedestrian-only trails, which are made up of red crushed granite.

Bikes are not allowed on the trails, but are welcome on paved roadways. 

All trail users are encouraged to practice proper trail etiquette.

Trail Rules

  1. Respect other users, expect other users.
  2. Smoking is prohibited.
  3. Be friendly and courteous.
  4. No bicycles on trails.
  5. No carriages on trails.
  6. On shared equestrian/hiking trails, ride, walk, or run on the right, pass on the left.
  7. Stay on the trail. Creating your own trail or cutting switchbacks creates erosion, damages habitat and causes new trails which cannot be maintained.
  8. Downhill traffic should yield to uphill traffic. When in doubt, give the other user the right of way.
  9. Warn people when you are planning to pass.
  10. Anticipate other trail users around corners and blind spots.
  11. Ride within your ability at all times.
  12. Respect wildlife.
  13. Use caution when using headphones. You may not be able to hear people trying to warn you.
  14. Leave no trace. Pack out your litter.

Trail map coming soon!

Fishing

Anglers may fish from the banks of the park’s ponds. Wade fishing and swimming are not allowed in the ponds. The 2-acre lower pond is stocked with bass, perch, catfish and feeder fish. The 1.5-acre upper pond, located next to Garey House, is stocked with bass, perch and feeder fish. Fishing in the upper pond is not allowed during private events at Garey House. 

All fishing is catch-and-release. A fishing license is required to fish in the ponds.

Canoes, kayaks and other watercraft are not allowed in the ponds.

Fishing is also allowed along the San Gabriel River. Please note that the land across the river is private property. No trespassing is allowed. You must possess a fishing license in order to fish in the San Gabriel River.

San Gabriel River

Garey Park borders the beautiful San Gabriel River. The San Gabriel River watershed is a natural watercourse. Recreational contact and use is at your own risk.

The land across the river is private property. No trespassing is allowed. You must possess a fishing license in order to fish in the San Gabriel River.

Wildlife Viewing
Sample of proposed Wildlife Blind at Garey Park.

The Good Water Master Naturalists have been working to construct a 1.5-mile nature trail along the South San Gabriel River. The lower section is primarily grassland and will provide excellent viewing of sparrows in the winter. The upper portion of the trail weaves through a heavily wooded area which will be an active trail in migration. They are raising $12,000 for the construction of a Wildlife Viewing Blind, which will include a water feature, fencing and landscaping.

Garey House

Garey House can be utilized for indoor and outdoor events, including weddings, social events, fundraisers, corporate events and more! Garey House has approximately 2,000 square feet of combined indoor event space, best suited for intimate events of 50-80 guests. The property also includes nearly 7,500 square feet of combined outdoor event space, which can accommodate larger events with up to 150 guests.

For more information, visit gareyhouse.georgetown.org.

 



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