Cedar Park is located 16 miles (26km) northwest of Austin, Texas. It is both a city in Texas and a suburb. The U.S. Census estimates that the city had a population of 79,462 as of July 2019.
Cedar Park can be found at 30°30’24”N 97°49’49”W (30.506620; -97.830317). Although it is mainly located in Williamson County and a small portion extends into Travis County, it is largely found there.
The United States Census Bureau estimates that the city covers 25.6 square miles (66km2) in total. 25.3 sq mi island and 0.78 km2 is water.
Cedar Park is usually divided north to south along U.S. Route 183. Major east-west routes include RM-1431/Whitestone Boulevard, Cypress Creek/Brushy Creek Road. The 183A bypass road also serves Cedar Park. It was opened to traffic on March 15, 2007, and it runs through Cedar Park.
The Cedar Park area was home to Native American tribes such as the Tonkawa, Lipan Apache, and Comanche before European settlers arrived in the 19th century. In Cedar Park, a paleo-American archaeological site (the Wilson-Leonard Site) was discovered in 1983. It showed evidence that the area had been inhabited continuously since around 5000 BC.
The community became known as Running Brushy in the middle of the 19th century. This was named after the Running Brushy spring, which formed the headwaters for a creek with the same name. After raising cattle along the Chisholm Trail for many decades, George and Harriet Cluck purchased 329 acres (1.33km2) of land, including the Running Brushy spring in 1873. Their ranch was the heart of Cedar Park.
The railroad was completed ten years later. The Austin and Northwestern Railroad, connecting the state capital with Burnet and Lampasas in the north, was completed in 1882. It passed through Running Brushy and the Cluck ranch. The railroad company official who renamed the community Bruggerhoff gave it its current name. Locals didn’t like the name because it was difficult to spell and pronounce. Emmett Cluck, the son of George and Harriet, changed Cedar Park’s name in 1887. A “strolling park” was created on the site of the train depot in 1892. It covered 0.5 acres (22,000 m2). Austinites rode the train to Cedar Park on day trips.
Cedar Park was little changed until the 1950s, 1960s when housing subdivisions were built. The rapid growth in Austin prompted this. Cedar Park citizens voted to incorporate on February 24, 1973. It was estimated that there were 1,765. In 1978, a library was established.
A strong, destructive F3 tornado ripped through the town on May 27, 1997. The tornado almost destroyed Albertson’s grocery shop and killed one person in the downtown area. This tornado was one among 20 tornadoes that were confirmed during the 1997 Central Texas Tornadoes.
In 2002, Walmart opened in the city, and major retailers started to move into the area. Super Target, HEB grocery stores, Academy Sports and Outdoors, and Whole Foods are just a few large retailers that have moved to the city. The Cypress Creek Shopping Center, Cedar Park Town Center, and The Parke are the major shopping centers. Cedar Park Regional Medical Center was established in December 2007 and became the first major Cedar Park medical center.
Cedar Park was ranked 4th in America’s fastest-growing cities by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2013, with a population totaling 57,957.
The city announced that it was accepting submissions for a design for a city flag on April 4, 2016. Residents were allowed to submit their designs until April 30, 2016. Cedar Park presented the winning flag design on December 9, 2016. The City Council approved the revocation of that design on August 8. The city no longer has a formal flag as of September 2021.
Each December, the 400-year-old Heritage Oak Tree is decorated with more than 30,000 lights. It stands at 57 feet tall and has a spread of 80. It is located at the median of Quest Blvd in Cedar Park.
Cedar Park’s H-E-B Center is Central Texas’ premier entertainment venue. It hosts more than 150 events each year, including music acts like Toby Keith and Alice Cooper. There are also family-friendly events such as the Cedar Park Rodeo and Kidz Bop. There are also sporting events like the Austin Spurs Basketball and Texas Stars Hockey.
With The Austin Steam Train Association, you can hop on a vintage train to take you through the beautiful Hill Country. Many fun rides are available, including Super Hero Flyer and Princess Flyer for children and brunch trains for adults.
Lake Travis Zipline Adventures is located just 20 minutes from Cedar Park. This outdoor adventure offers an active outdoor adventure for all ages. Lake Travis Zipline Adventures offer five zip lines. The longest and fastest ziplines in Texas are on the last three lines. Access to our Private Beach is included in your zip line ticket. Here you can relax, play games, or picnic on one of our hammocks.
For year-round fun in the sun, splash into the Splash Shack. Splash Shack, an indoor micro-waterpark, is for young and old alike. It allows you to play, slide, and spray all day. This interactive water play structure is 8,000 square feet and 30 feet tall. It is the first of its kind. It feels like summer, even though it’s winter, thanks to the 82° temperature. You can enjoy the summer vibes indoors without the need to apply sunscreen.
The Brushy Creek Trail, a 6.75-mile trail that offers scenic views and extensive landscaping, is 6.75 miles long. Six parks are located along the trail, offering many amenities for walkers, runners, and cyclists. The parks combine swimming, climbing rocks, fishing docks, and canoeing/kayaking. There is also disc golf and restrooms.
Cedar Park Sculpture Garden is home to a unique collection of sculptures by Texas-based artists. It is located near the Cedar Park Recreation Center. Each year, the artwork rotates and changes in the medium. There is always something new to enjoy. These sculptures are surrounded by beautiful landscaping and walking trails to create a backdrop.
Cedar Park is a beautiful city with plenty to offer visitors and residents alike. Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy nature, take in some history, or catch a movie, Cedar Park has something for everyone. We hope you’ll visit us soon!