Williamson County Commissioners approved the purchase of an additional 350 acres of parkland adjacent to the county's existing River Ranch County Park last week.
The park consists of 1,011 acres located between Liberty Hill and Leander along the South Fork of the San Gabriel River. The additional land is being purchased with approximately $4.375 million from available voter approved park bonds.
“Through this once in a lifetime land purchase, Williamson County’s River Ranch County Park is now expanded to include 1,360 acres of rolling hill country,” said Commissioner Cynthia Long, whose precinct encompasses the park. “I want to thank the voters of Williamson County for approving parks bonds to purchase the land and thank the McCray family for working with the County to make the purchase a reality. It will be enjoyed for generations to come.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for park improvements was held on December 10, 2018. The first phase of improvements is anticipated to be completed in summer 2020. The master plan for the park includes areas for picnics, camping, hiking, horse paths, and RV camping.
“It’s not often that we get the chance to add to an already outstanding park setting, which not only increases acreage, but expands opportunities for outdoor recreation and environmental education. This additional acreage will also provide a buffer from development to help park visitors feel more like they have gone off the grid, leaving civilization behind to surround themselves in a natural environment in this sea of development that is Williamson County,” said senior park director Randy Bell.