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Acres of activity. The Taylor Park System boasts of seven parks and open spaces totaling 311 acres, with tennis courts, lighted baseball fields, miles of hike and bike trails throughout the community, fishing lakes, playgrounds and picnic areas.

Outdoor fun is taken to new heights with the opening of Taylor’s new 75-acre, $8 million Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex, opened November of 2009. Tournament-ready facilities include 10 baseball and softball fields (including two championship fields), soccer fields, basketball courts, a lighted full-size football field and playscapes. A mile-and-a-half of hike and bike trails will attract thousands of weekend warriors, athletes and anyone who loves playing in the outdoors. For those savoring a slower pace with an appreciation of learning and leisure, the passive area of Duck Island on the six-acre lake will host the Eastern Bluebird/Wildlife Conservation Project, sponsored by Ducks Unlimited and several federal/state wildlife management agencies.

Adjacent to the Taylor Regional Park and Sports Complex, is the East Willamson County Event Center, managed by the Taylor Rodeo Association. The center hosts an annual rodeo along with other national and community events throughout the year.

The modern Murphy Park complex, in the northern part of the city, offers roughly 55 acres, including a pavilion, miniature golf course, children’s playgrounds, picnic tables and lighted tennis courts, as well as the Murphy Aquatic Center with two pools––a children’s beach-entry play pool and an eight-lane competition lap pool.

Lake Granger, just 10 miles northeast, offers a beautiful 4,400-acre lake, 133 class A campsites, 99 day-use picnic sites, boat ramps, swimming beaches, group shelters, fishing docks and hiking trails. Taylor residents also have access to 6,700 acres of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department land that allows for game bird hunting and some of the best exotic-game hunting recreation.

Community gardens embellish the city in two locations. Locals adopt the plots for planting fruits, veggies and flowers while enjoying time outdoors and relishing the harvest.

The Taylor City Parks Division provides the community with a safe and pleasant leisure environment by enhancing the quality of life and improving maintenance provisions.

Minor league baseball fan? Locals and visitors can’t wait to see the first pitch at nearby Round Rock Express (Dell Diamond stadium), just minutes away.

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