Round Rock celebrates the official opening of Yonders Point

On Friday night, the town of Round Rock unveiled Yonders Point in Old Settlers Park.

City officials saidYonders Point, just southwest of the baseball diamonds, will serve as a relaxing retreat in the park which features pergolas with swings, patio seating, a hammock, and lounges.

“It’s an exciting day for Round Rock,” said Mayor Craig Morgan. “When the pandemic hit, we were one of the only cities that kept our parks open, which allowed people to get out, use our trails, have picnics, and it’s a place privileged to continue doing this in the future.

The plaza was first proposed by Parks and Recreation Director Rick Atkins at a city council meeting on October 20 to make the area a place for families to have fun in the middle of the pandemic.

“It’s great to see projects come true, it’s the best part of my job,” said Atkins.

“We would come here and see people bringing chairs, blankets and wherever they can find a place, they were here, so we knew we had to do something more with this place,” he said. “We were able to identify a need in the park during the pandemic and we were able to meet it within the year.”

City officials said the name was a play on the term “over there.”

Round Rock resident Jennifer White, who was among dozens to attend the opening, said she looked forward to opening day at Yonders Point.

“I had watched them build this when I took my son for a walk,” White said. “I thought it would be a paved patio seating area facing the lake for the concerts, but I’m happy to see how it turned out in the end.”

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Atkins said the project took nine months and the money spent on Yonders Point came from funding from the Lower Colorado River Authority that was received as reimbursement for utility transmission lines at Round Rock Parks.

“Our city leaders were 100% behind the project and that made it easy,” said Atkins. “It was an exciting project for us and it will shape the old settlers a bit more.”

From left to right, Round Rock Parks and Recreation Director Rick Atkins, Council Members Kristin Stevens and Michelle Ly, Mayor Craig Morgan, Council Member Matt Baker and Deputy City Director Brooks Bennett take goes to the dedication ceremony, with Morgan scissors.

Atkins also said he liked to see the number of people who came to take advantage of the new place at Old Settlers.

“It’s the kind of thing we love about Round Rock,” said Atkins. “We have so many people looking after the parks so it’s easy to organize events like this.”

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