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Dino Day at Champion Park

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The very fun, free, family event, Dino Day, will be held this Saturday at beautiful Champion Park, located between the Brushy Creek and Fern Bluff areas along the creek and Brushy Creek Regional Trail. A few volunteers are needed to still, so if you can help, please contact Mary Clark, mclark@wilco.org or 512/244-8610. Here are the details on the event from the county's public information office:

"Enjoy a fun filled day of exploration at the 4th Annual Dinosaur Day at Champion Park! The event will be held on Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and includes free hot dogs and chips, live music, an inflatable playhouse and other activities for the children. All the activities will be free and open to the public. Commemorative t-shirts will be sold for a reasonable price.

Champion Park is a unique playground for children of all ages to have fun and make new discoveries. The park, which opened in the fall of 2007, features a covered children’s sand play area with stone casts of dinosaur bones, a blue whale splash and spray, and specially designed boulders for climbing. Last year, a large play area with life size replicas of dinosaur bones was added. It also has a large picnic pavilion with built-in grills, a fishing area, and a scenic bridge across Brushy Creek.

Funds for the parks came from bonds approved by Williamson County voters in 2000. Champion Park is named after the Champion family, whose cemetery is located near the park. John Champion, a former Williamson County sheriff, is buried on the site along with several relatives. The 33-acre park sits along the award winning Brushy Creek Regional Trail, approximately half way between the trailhead at Brushy Creek Road and Great Oaks Drive and the City of Cedar Park’s Brushy Creek Lake Park. Champion Park is open from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily."

Champion Park holds a special place in my heart. I helped shape its future with several others from the area, two of which have passed away since then from cancer, including former Fern Bluff MUD board member Julie Bassett, and former Stone Canyon resident Paul Brown. I know they would be proud of how the park turned out! I miss them but think of them each time I visit the park. Hope to see a lot of folks enjoying it on Saturday!

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