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Key to the City December 13, 2019

Post Date:12/13/2019 10:00 AM

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Key to the City December 13, 2019
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Watch Pfocus for City Council highlights

View today's Pfocus to see highlights on the December 10 City Council meeting. This week the City Council approved Lake Pflugerville Phase 1 and park project funding and we learned about the many services provided by the City's finance department. Finance was recently recognized for ongoing transparency of fiscal information. The next City Council meeting is on January 14, 2020. 

Council addresses Lake Pflugerville improvements and invests in the parks system

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At the December 10 meeting, Pflugerville City Council approved a plan to reprioritize park bond funds by reducing the scope of Lake Pflugerville projects and allocating more funds to address the needs of current parks facilities. These improvements include additional parking and restrooms on the northeast side of Lake Pflugerville, renovation to restrooms and facilities at Gilleland Creek Pool, upgrades at the Green Red Barn and a maintenance facility at 1849 Park. These approved projects cost $4.1 million and make upgrades and repairs to the City’s most used parks.

In June 2019, City Council approved an initial plan for Lake Pflugerville Phase 1, which included parking improvements, additional restroom facilities in the beach area and creation of a western trailhead. The modified Phase 1 scope uses existing bond funds for the most desired improvements of parking and expanded restrooms and maximizes remaining funds to invest in needs of the current parks system. Taking into account the Lake Pflugerville Master Plan and public feedback, the parking lot will be expanded to the south of the current lot. 

Bond funds from the 2014 General Obligation (GO) and 2016 Certificate of Obligation (CO) bond programs have funded trail improvements, a soccer and football complex at 1849 Park, development of Stone Hill Park and Willbarger Creek Park, restrooms at Pfluger Park and mechanical renovations at Gilleland Creek Pool. With growing demand on the City’s parks and trails system, City Council’s approval of the modified Phase 1 scope helps to maintain the City’s existing investment in parks and recreation, an important part of quality of life in Pflugerville. 

For updates on these projects as they proceed, visit https://www.pflugervilletx.gov/city-government/capital-improvements-program-cip/parks/.

 

City closures for the holidays

Closed Christmas Holiday

City of Pflugerville facilities are closed on December 24 & 25 and January 1 for the winter holidays. Affected locations include the Pflugerville Library, Animal Welfare Services, Recycle Center, Recreation Center and City offices. Normal hours will resume on December 26 and January 2. Pflugerville Library and the Recreation Center will close at 6 p.m. on December 23 and December 31. 

If you have a water/wastewater concern when the City is closed, please contact the Police Department citizen communications hotline at 512-990-6700.

Trash and recycling pickup are affected by the holidays. Pickup for December 25 and January 1 will move forward one day for the rest of the week. Pickup on December 24 is not affected.

For more information, please contact the City at 512-990-6100 or utilitybilling@pflugervilletx.gov.

Register your kids for winter camps 

Parks and Recreation offers several different camps over PfISD winter break for your kids ages 6-12, including:

  • Monday, December 30 & Tuesday, December 31 - Adventure Camp - inflatable planetarium and climb at the Austin Bouldering Project. $30 for both days. Register online here
  • Thursday, January 2 & Friday, January 3 - Winter Break Pfun Camp - Pflugerville's pfavorite recreation camp is back with an IMAX movie, pizza party and visit to the Pflugerville Animal Shelter. $30 for both days. Register online here
  • Monday, January 6 - Winter Wonderland One Day Camp - visit Chapparal Ice and play in fake snow. $20 Pflugerville residents/$25 non-residents. Register online here

Pfind out more about all of our camps at pflugervilletx.gov/camps

 

Pflugerville’s National Night Out ranked second in Texas, 12th in the Nation by National Association of Town Watch

Pflugerville was once again recognized for its excellence in National Night Out programming, ranking 2nd among Texas cities in its population category and 13th in the nation. Neighborhoods across Pflugerville held 58 parties on Oct. 1, 2019 attended by over 5,600 people.

The National Association of Town Watch recently released the rankings based on the number of registered block parties and other information and photographs provided by community members and officers. Pflugerville competed against cities with populations between 50,000 and 100,000.

National Night Out is an annual event that allows community members to get to know their police and neighbors. Neighborhoods host block parties that are attended by police and city officials in order to strengthen relationships and make communities safer.

Next year’s event is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Pflugerville. Be sure to participate!

 

City Events

 Storytime with Jingles the Elf & Afternoon with Santa December 14

Afternoon With Santa 2019

Saturday, December 14 is full of festive fun at Pflugerville Public Library. From 1-1:30 p.m., there will be a special storytime for children up to age 8. Jingles the Elf will stop by the library to tell kids some of her North Pole stories.

After storytime, children of all ages are invited to come meet Santa Claus and create fun holiday crafts from 2-4 p.m. Parents and guardians are encouraged to bring their own camera and takes their own pictures. This event is free and open to the public. Materials available while supplies last. Funded by the Friends of Pflugerville Public Library.  For more information about these events, please email Carmen at carmenl@pflugervilletx.gov.  Visit www.pflugervilletx.gov/holidays for a list of holiday events. 

Pfestive Movie Night on December 20

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Movies at the Barn is back for another pfestive screening. On Friday, December 20 at the Green Red Barn there will be kids crafts followed by a showing of the 2000 film "Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Crafts time starts at 7 p.m. and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. West Pecan Coffee + Beer will be there selling warm drinks, so gather your cozy blankets and favorite movie snacks and join in on the holiday cheer.

What's Happening

Pfestive Pfarmers Market - The Pfestive Pfarmers Market expands on the regular market by bringing in seasonal products that are perfect for holiday shopping or getting into the holiday spirit. Join in on the pfun on December 17 from 3-7 p.m. at the Green Red Barn at Heritage Park. This is the last market of the year. Ms. Claus will be joining this final market for pictures, so bring your pets and visit the market while you can!

Unplug and Explore - Register your 6-12 year old today for this outdoor adventure series. On January 4, join a cave tour at Colorado Bend State Park. Most trips are low cost or free, but you must register ahead of time. Find out more at pflugervilletx.gov/classes and click Outdoor Programs. 

Save the Date

December 15 - Crafty Café: Book Tree Craft - Enjoy a beverage while being crafty at Pflugerville Public Library on December 15 from 2-3:30 p.m. Materials will be provided while supplies last. Anyone 12 and up is welcome to attend. This month, you can make a Holiday tree using a recycled book and folding the pages.  

December 21 - NBA 2k20 Tournament - eSports fans will have the chance to compete at the Recreation Center's first eSports tournament! The competition is open to players ages 13-17, and a maximum of eight people can enter this first tournament. Register here for $3 to secure a spot, or come to the event and watch for free. The tournament will be at the Recreation Center from 1-3 p.m., and the winner will receive a trophy.

January 1 - Pfreeze Pflop - Are you brave enough to enter the pfrigid water at Scott Mentzer Pool? Kick off the New Year with a ride down the slide at 10 a.m. The event will last until 11 a.m., but the first 50 people to slide will get a pfree towel. Admission is free with a donation of a canned food item that is given to benefit local food banks.

January 2 - Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club - The second meeting of the Pflugerville Pokémon Card Club will be from 6-8 p.m. The club of youths ages 6-14 meets every first Thursday of the month for Pokémon card battles, trading and talk. All experience levels are welcome

January 11 - Winter Pfest - Families with children up to age 10 are invited to the Pflugerville Public Library on January 11 from 2-4 p.m. for an afternoon of indoor games, crafts and activities. Hot chocolate and cookies are available while supplies last. 

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