As summer approaches outdoor activities are top of mind. Taking advantage of neighborhood parks and their amenities can be an easy and fun way to beat the heat while staying outdoors and enjoying the sun. Below is a list of parks near the Bar W neighborhood and the amenities they offer.

Brushy Creek Lake Park is a 90-acre park offering active and nature-based recreational opportunities for the Cedar Park community. Just 9 miles away from the Bar W neighborhood, the park includes a playground, water playscape, hike and bike trail, nature trail, canoe launch, volleyball courts, picnic tables, wildlife observation area, and a 38-acre lake. On the lake, you can fish, use non-motorized boats, and observe wildlife. The Brushy Creek Regional Trail also passes through this park. The park opens a half-hour before sunrise and closes at 10 p.m. daily. The water playscapes for the kids operate daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and is open now through August daily, and September for weekends only.

Another park in Cedar Park is the Veterans Memorial Park, located on West New Hope Drive just 11 miles from Bar W in Leander. This family aquatic facility includes a large zero-depth beach area and water playscapes that the kids will love equipped with dump buckets. This 8,500 square foot park accommodates all ages with a mid-depth area for older kids, two-lap swim lanes, a dive platform, drop slide, dog park, tennis courts, a community garden, basketball, and tennis courts. The park is open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., with amphitheaters and group pavilions available for rent. Interested in renting or making reservations at one of the many facilities, click here.

In Leander, Robin Bledsoe Park has it all! It’s a 16-acre park with multipurpose synthetic fields, playscape, a junior Olympic sized swimming pool, splash pad, restrooms, outdoor basketball court, and a walking trail. This park is 7 miles from the Bar W Ranch community and is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. with specific athletic field hours. These fields are available for open play Mon & Wed. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tues & Thurs 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Fridays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., during these times, organized team practices and private lessons are not allowed.

Whether you’re looking for a way to cool off this summer, take the dogs for a nice long walk or grab the kids and get a game of basketball going, there are several parks open to the public and waiting for neighbors like you to take advantage. These parks are just a few listed in the area close to your community and open now through the end of summer.