Nature-loving families can take advantage of Rockdales close proximity to area lakes, parks, and hunting grounds. There are five lakes within an hours drive from the city, which offer the states best camping, boating, hunting, and fishing facilities.
Those who like to stay closer to home have a multitude of activities from which to choose. Rockdale City Park, dotted with Post Oak trees for shade, has tables near the playground for family picnics, four lighted tennis courts, and a city pool. Fair Park offers a rodeo arena, show barns for livestock, concession stands, and a clubhouse. In addition to the parks there are baseball, softball, and soccer fields throughout the city, and the Rockdale Country Club boasts a golf course, pool, clubhouse and tennis courts.
The Rockdale Independent School Districts Community Education Program offers residents a wide array of sporting and educational activities. Weekend warriors can compete in basketball and volleyball leagues, take swimming and water aerobics lessons or weight train at their leisure in the schools public weight training facility. Children can compete in baseball, basketball, volleyball, football, and tennis camps. There are also computer and academic programs offered through Community Education.
The entire family can enjoy the year-round sporting activities for children and adults. There are annual and seasonal sports tournaments in tennis, golf, baseball, softball, soccer, basketball, football, dominoes, and rodeo, and local chapters of 4-H and Future Farmers of America keep youth involved in healthy constructive activities.
The Post Oak Savannah region draws a large number of flying creatures to the area including monarch butterflies, birds, and an occasional Mexican free-tailed bat traveling at night from its summer home under the Congress Avenue Bridge in nearby Austin. The Texas Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with Alcoa schedules random bird watching tours where many native birds like the Mocking Bird, Bluejay, and Cardinal can be spotted as well as Pelicans near Alcoa Lake. Nature lovers can also enjoy the areas Post Oaks from the comfort of their own car while traveling down Highway 79, as well as the lush wild flowers, bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, and evening primrose that grow in the sandy Prairie. A favorite spot for local painters and sketchers are the Worley and Sheckles bridges, just a five-minute drive away.
Geared toward family living with its pet-friendly atmosphere, the city not only offers parks and recreational activities but a superior library system as well. The Lucy Hill Patterson Memorial Library is a member of the Central Texas Library System. The two-story building houses a collection of more than 25,000 volumes in print, video, audio, and large print format materials to over 8,000 patrons throughout Milam County. The second story is reserved for its extensive childrens collection. Children can cuddle with a good book in the many nooks and crannies furnished with pillows and chairs. The library also offers summer reading programs, story times for pre-schoolers, and computer workstations. It is currently in the process of expanding to meet the needs of the ever-growing community and will house the Milam County Genealogical Society and a larger computer work station.
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