The city of Cedar Park is one of Texas’ fastest-growing communities. An unincorporated Cedar Park grew from 2,000 residents in 1970 to an estimated 68,000+ today and the city is now attracting large retailers and restaurateurs alike. The HEB Center in Cedar Park multi-events center opened in 2009 at a cost of $32M and is host to Dallas Stars’ farm team, the Texas Stars. About the same time, the new $125M 151-bed Cedar Park Regional Medical Center opened to serve area residents. The City is actively pursuing status as a destination tourism city and deploying tax money to lure employers, attractions, restaurants, shopping, etc. Other tourism projects contemplated include a planetarium and science center and festival & ice rink. The new MOST (Texas Museum of Science and Technology) opened early 2015 and is located near FM 1431 and Toro Grande.
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Cedar Park Real Estate and Demographics
Real estate is more affordable in Cedar Park and runs from apartments to condos and homes. There are older, established neighborhoods and brand new ones in which homebuilding is just getting underway. Some are on relatively flat ground and some are up high with miles of Hill Country views. Cedar Park is friendly to business and levies a 1-cent tax per dollar spent within the city limits for attracting new business and employers. With 48% of residents holding four-year college degrees, the workforce is well-educated and ready to meet most employer needs, including within the fields of biotech, software and hardware, manufacturing and services. Average household income is about $97,000.
Cedar Park Parks and Recreation
Cedar Park is proud of its parks and recreational areas, devoting many acres, financial and manpower resources to the maintenance and establishment of basketball courts, swimming pools, tennis courts, soccer fields, kayaking and canoeing, cave exploration, lakes, fishing, hiking/biking/walking/running trails and more in 30 city parks within the city limits. The Sandy Creek Arm, one of Lake Travis’ public boat ramps and parks, is in Cedar Park. A senior activity center, community center and YMCA are also available and 12 golf courses are here or within 20 miles, and ten state parks are within 50 miles. In The Railyard on FM 1431 is the Hill Country Flyer steam engine and train, offering dinner rides through the Hill Country.
Cedar Park Schools
In addition to an Austin Community College campus, there are 23 elementary, seven middle and six high schools in Cedar Park or the Leander Independent School District (aka LISD) — a fast-growing district, adding 1,200 to 1,500 additional students each of the past six years. To keep up with growth, the district is building new schools while expanding and updating existing schools — none of which are very old anyway. LISD students perform above average in state testing and are just 20 miles from the Univ. of Texas, perhaps the largest public university in the United States with 60,000 students. LISD’s only downside might be high debt and lower credit rating.
Cedar Park Shopping
Shopping is good in Cedar Park and getting better. Originally in Cedar Park and now in Austin after a city-city land swap, Lakeline Mall is one of the bigger shopping destinations. It is located at RM 620 and Hwy. 183. Much newer and growing like a weed is 1890 Ranch, a shopping area on FM 1431 between Hwy. 183A Toll and Parmer Lane | Ronald Reagan Blvd. | FM 734. The Railyard is an area for shoppes and restaurants between Hwy. 183 and Hwy. 183A Toll. There is also some shopping and dining at Parmer Lane and FM 1431 and all along Hwy. 183. The newest shopping center called Lakeline Market is along the north side of Lakeline Mall at Lakeline Blvd. and Hwy. 183. A couple of its anchors: HEB Plus! with fuel station, state-of-the-art 10-screen Alamo Drafthouse, and Stein Mart. This is a 265,000 square foot (6.5 acres) regional shopping center with a mix of national and regional retailers, service, entertainment and restaurant offerings. The Parke is now under construction; shops will be opening throughout 2017. It is located between FM 1431 and New Hope Road along Hwy. 183-A.
Information reliable as of 01/18/2017.