Cedar Park, Texas
|Cedar Park, Texas|
|Incorporated||February 24, 1973|
|• City Council||Mayor Robert S. Lemon
|• City Manager||Brenda Eivens|
|• Total||22.5 sq mi (58 km2)|
|• Land||22.3 sq mi (57.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.2 sq mi (1 km2)|
|Elevation||906 ft (276 m)|
|Population (United States Census, 2013)|
|• Density||2,631/sq mi (1,016/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|ZIP codes||78613, 78630|
|Area code(s)||512 & 737|
|GNIS feature ID||1354140|
Cedar Park is a city in Williamson county in the U.S. state of Texas. A small portion of the city extends into neighboring Travis County. According to the 2013 U.S Census estimate, the population is 59,207. The city is a major suburb of Austin, the center of which is approximately 16 miles (26 km) to the southeast, although Austin directly borders Cedar Park at the latter's southern extent.
Before the arrival of European settlers in the 19th century, the Cedar Park area was inhabited by various Native American tribes including the Tonkawa, the Lipan Apache, and the Comanche. A paleo-American archaeological site (named the Wilson-Leonard site) was discovered in Cedar Park in 1983 that showed evidence of continual habitation of the area since circa 5000 BC.
In the mid-19th century the community was known as Running Brushy, named after a spring that formed the headwaters of a creek of the same name. In 1873 George and Harriet Cluck, after having run cattle up the Chisholm Trail for many years, bought 329 acres (1.33 km2) of land that included the Running Brushy spring. Their ranch formed the core of the community that would one day become Cedar Park.
Ten years later, the railroad came through. The Austin & Northwest Railroad, which connected the state capitol with the cities of Burnet and Lampasas to the north, was finished in 1882 and passed through Running Brushy and the Cluck ranch. The community was at this point renamed Bruggerhoff, after a railroad company official. However, the name was generally disliked by locals, being both hard to spell and pronounce. In 1887, Emmett Cluck (son of George and Harriet) changed the community name to Cedar Park. In 1892, a "strolling park" of 0.5 acres (2,000 m2) was built near the train depot. Austinites would ride the train to Cedar Park for day trips to the park.
Cedar Park changed little until the 1950s and 1960s when housing subdivisions began to be built, spurred by the growth of nearby Austin. On February 24, 1973, the citizens of Cedar Park voted to incorporate. In 1978 they created the Cedar Park library. In 1994 They created the H-E-B helping with Albertson's.
On May 27, 1997, a strong and destructive killer F3 tornado struck the town. The tornado was one of 20 confirmed tornadoes that occurred during the 1997 Central Texas Tornado outbreak. It devastated the downtown area of the city, nearly destroying the Albertson's grocery store and killing 1 and injuring others.
In 1999 they created a new neighborhood called Gann Ranch. In 2002 Walmart along with Smokey Mo's BBQ, Little Caesars and Hollywood Videos, opened their doors.
In December 2007, Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened becoming the first major medical center in Cedar Park.
In 2012, Cedar Park was the fastest growing city in Texas, having a population grow from 48,937 to 57,957, an 18.43% increase.
Cedar Park is located at . It lies mostly in Williamson County, although a small amount extends into Travis County.(30.506620, -97.830317)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 25.6 sq mi (66 km2), of which, 25.3 sq mi (66 km2) of it is land and .3 sq mi (0.78 km2) of it (0.88%) is water.
Cedar Park is generally bisected north to south by U.S. Route 183. A bypass route, the 183A toll road, also runs through Cedar Park and opened to traffic on March 15, 2007. This extended into northern Cedar Park and Leander in 2012 where there are extending W. New Hope Dr. into a four lane road expected to be done in fall of 2012.
|Est. 2012 ||59,207||23.0%|
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As of the census of 2010, there were 48,937 people, 8,621 households, and 7,155 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,141.9 people per square mile (592.7/km²). There were 8,914 housing units at an average density of 525.3 per square mile (202.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 81.4% White, 4.3% African American, 0.5% Native American, 5.1% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.10% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19% of the population.
There were 8,621 households out of which 52.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.3% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.0% were non-families. 12.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 2.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.00 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the city the population was spread out with 33.5% under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 40.3% from 25 to 44, 15.9% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.7 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $67,527, and the median income for a family was $70,587. Males had a median income of $49,657 versus $32,039 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,767. About 3.0% of families and 4.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.2% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.
- Mayor: Matt Powell
- Place 1: Stephen Thomas
- Place 2: Mitch Fuller
- Place 3: Lyle Grimes
- Place 4: Lowell Moore
- Place 5: Jon Lux
- Place 6: Don Tracy (Mayor Pro Tem)
The seven members serve two year terms. The mayor and council members place two, place four and place six are elected on even years. Council members place one, place three and place five are elected on odd years.
Cedar Park is represented in Texas House of Representatives by former Cedar Park Councilmember and former Mayor Pro Tem, State Representative Tony Dale. In the State Senate Cedar Park is represented by Dr. Charles Schwertner.
Cedar Park is home to two top-level minor league professional teams. The Texas Stars began American Hockey League play in October 2009 at the Cedar Park Center. The arena is also home to the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League.
A major public skate park facility opened in Cedar Park in July 2010. The 15,000-square-foot (1,400 m2) facility features a large bowl, mini bowl and modern street course.
Institutions and schools
Cedar Park is served primarily by the Leander Independent School District, and is home to the Cedar Park High School Timberwolves and the Vista Ridge High School Rangers. Cedar Park won its first football state championship on Friday, December 21, 2012. The Timberwolves defeated Lancaster 17-7 at Cowboys Stadium. The victory left Cedar Park (14-2) as the Class 4A, Division II state champ.
Riviera Springs and parts of Avery Ranch, feed into the Round Rock Independent School District. Also, The Ranch at Brushy Creek is served by both Leander ISD and Round Rock ISD and the most eastern Cedar Park subdivision is served by Round Rock ISD.
Cedar Park Center
The Cedar Park Center was completed in 2009, and hosts a wide array of live entertainment events. George Strait opened the Cedar Park Center as the first event at the Center on September 25, 2009. The Cedar Park Center is also home of the Texas Stars, the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars, and the Austin Toros, the D-league affiliate of the San Antonio Spurs. The Center is located at the corner of New Hope Dr. and 183A Toll Road.
The city has been designated for the fifth installment of the Schlitterbahn water parks. The 95-acre (380,000 m2) Schlitterbahn Cedar Park is set to be completed by the Summer of 2014, and will include not only a waterpark, but also a boutique hotel, conference center, retail space and restaurants. This new site will utilize the latest in water recycling technology, and is expected to create up to 1,000 new jobs in the area. This project has been delayed due to investor withdrawal and the project has been downsized from its original plan. Schlitterbahn is going to be at the left intersection of Parmer Ln. and R. M 1431.
Cedar Park is served by a number of Christian churches, including The Sanctuary, Highpoint Fellowship, Christ Episcopal Church, Cedar Park United Methodist Church, Saint Margaret Mary Catholic Church, Lakehills Free Will Baptist Church, Cedar Park Church of Christ, Trinity Tabernacle, Rockbridge Church, Cypress Creek Community Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Fellowship Bible Church, Church of the Savior, Whitestone Assembly of God, Shenandoah Baptist Church and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, among many others.
Cedar Park is also home to the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of the Hindu faith to cater to the growing Hindu community in Cedar Park and in the Greater Austin area.
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