Johnson Park

Fri
12
Aug

Marble Falls park survey offers prize drawing

By Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

No matter where you are from, the Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Department wants your ideas for their facilities and programs.

An online survey is being conducted to collect the information that will make its way into the process going on to update the city's Park, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan. The document will help Marble Falls set priorities for parks, recreation facilities, trails and open spaces for the next 10 years.

As an incentive for the effort, those who complete the survey by Aug. 31 will be able to enter a drawing for a chance to win two VIP tickets to FiestaJAM 2016 to be held Sept. 23-24 at Lakeside Park and Pavilion or a 16GB Verizon iPhone 5s.

“Anyone who works or shops here or who just enjoys coming to Marble Falls is invited to take the survey,” said Monique Breaux, administrative assistant for Parks & Recreation. “The city takes everyone's views seriously.”

Fri
12
Aug

LakeFest honors Fry as competition begins

By Lew K. Cohn

and Glynis Crawford Smith

The Highlander

Water will be spraying hard and fast when drag boats zip across Lake Marble Falls this weekend during the 25th annual LakeFest, but it will be hard for pilots not to be reminded the tragic accident that claimed the life of veteran racer Mike Fry last year.

A tribute was held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, to remember Fry and honor his fellow drivers. The festival kicks off in earnest today, Friday, Aug. 12, with qualifying rounds starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

Competitors and fans alike especially will miss that one entry not in this year's field. Fry, pilot of the Meanstreak II, a Top Alcohol Hydro (TAH) boat, died around 10:30 a.m on Aug. 9, 2015, after his boat disintegrated at the end of a run.

Fri
06
May

MayFest promises fun for all at Johnson Park

 By Lew K. Cohn

The Highlander

Managing Editor

 

The countdown is on for the annual MayFest, to be held at historic Johnson Park in Marble Falls from May 11-14.

This year's MayFest promises to be better than ever as there are a number of fun events for children and adults alike as well as music, contests and the MayFest carnival.

Fri
22
Apr

Johnson Park honored as Lone Star Legacy Park

Mayor John Packer accepts an award naming Johnson Park in Marble Falls a Lone Star Legacy Park on Friday. The city hosted a ceremony and reception to mark the occasion.

Tue
19
Apr

Children's Day dodges April showers with success

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER
Children gathered at the Johnson Park amphitheater in Marble Falls release balloons at the opening ceremony of Children Day on Saturday, April 16. Rain threatened but held off, just as predicted by founder of the event, Ely Banuet Rodriguez, leading the count-down in Minnie Mouse, stage center.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

Johnson Park in Marble Falls became a concourse filled with the youngest of the Highland Lakes residents who came for the Children's Day celebration on Saturday, April 16.

Founder and president Ely Banuet Rodriguez had predicted April showers would hold as they always have. She welcomed children in whimsical Minnie Mouse ears to remind them of the opening prayers. Marble Falls Mayor John Packer read a proclamation of the day and members of  Foreign Wars Post 10376 and Cub Scout Pack 248 posted the colors.

"I was impressed by the crowd that stayed to the end," said Rodriguez. "We had more than 50 prizes to share, including bikes and electronic tablets."

 

 

Fri
15
Apr

Legacy Park dedication set for April 22

By Glynis Crawford Smith
The Highlander
A ceremony for the dedication of Johnson Park as a Lone Star Legacy Park will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 22, at the park's amphitheater.
“Johnson Park is almost 130 years old and it now is one of only 29 parks to receive the Lone Star Legacy Award,” said Robert Moss, City of Marble Falls Parks & Recreation Director.
The award is conferred by the Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS), a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). Johnson Park is joining the ranks of Lone Star Legacy Parks that include Austin's Zilker Municipal Park, San Gabriel Park in Georgetown, Landa Park in New Braunfels and Artesian Park in Corpus Christi.
Tue
05
Apr

Legacy Park award on Marble Falls council agenda tonight

GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH/THE HIGHLANDER

Johnson Park, now a Lone Star Legacy Park, has been central to Marble Falls since the 1800s. Today the park, with paths, boat launches, playground equipment and ducks and wildlife to enjoy, still is place for young and old to enjoy among oaks likely older than the 130-year-old park itself.

BY GLYNIS CRAWFORD SMITH

THE HIGHLANDER

The Marble Falls City Council at their meeting tonight, Tuesday, April 5, will hear an update on the centerpiece and oldest member of their cadre of parks—Johnson Park—and its designation this year as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS).

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