On Tuesday, November 5, 2013, Williamson County voters voiced their approval for the passage of a proposition supporting $40 million in bonds for parks and recreation development projects located around the county. One of the approved projects slated for development using the bond funds is the Williamson County Exposition Center. Park Bond Map found here
Williamson County Expo Center
January 13, 2015, the Williamson County Commissioners Court awarded the professional services agreement for design and construction administration of the Williamson County Exposition Center to Populous, Inc. Headquartered out of Knoxville, Tennessee, Populous, Inc. specializes in expositions and rodeo arenas and is uniquely qualified for this project having designed more than 117 expo halls, event and convention centers, and rodeo facilities around the world. The basic fee for Populous, Inc. is $817,750, and they will partner with a variety of professional, local firms to meet project needs. The facility will include an enclosed a covered main arena with seating for 2,500 to 3,000, a covered warm-up arena, and an air conditioned 25,000 square foot multi-purpose building with exhibit space and breakout rooms, and 25,000 square feet of open exhibit space. The project, which is located on more than 50 acres off of Carlos G. Parker Boulevard in Taylor, is anticipated to be complete in late spring or early summer 2016.
The Master Plan for the Expo was approved in June, 2014, and was developed through a planning process that gathered information and ideas from a variety of stakeholders throughout the county. Stakeholders include, but were not limited to, members of the Commissioners Court, Williamson County staff, staff from local municipal parks and recreation departments, staff from Texas A&M Agrilife Extension and 4H members, City of Taylor, Williamson County Sherriff’s Posse, Williamson County Livestock Association, Taylor Rodeo Association, along with numerous equestrian and related special interest groups. The Master Plan identifies development opportunities associated with existing facilities, and is an important planning tool that defines future opportunities for the county to facilitate further development of a County Expo Center that meets citizen needs.
Expo Center Master Plan here.
River Ranch County Park
River Ranch County Park is approximately 1,000 acres located between Leander and Liberty Hill. It was purchased with voter approved Park Bond money in 2006. The initial master plan was completed in 2010. With the 2013 Park Bond money, Williamson County hired landscape architects DESIGNWORKSHOP to help guide the County through Phase One of the park's development. To view the update on Phase One presentation from January 13, 2016, click here.