City of Cedar Park officially opens Fire Station Number 5
Voter-approved bond project serves fast-growing parts of town
The City of Cedar Park and Williamson County hosted the Grand Opening Ceremony for Fire Station Number 5 on Friday, May 3, 2019. The new station is located at 1501 Cottonwood Creek Trail. It houses the Cedar Park Fire Department as well as the Williamson County EMS. At the ceremony, City and County leaders and staff were joined by chiefs, directors, firefighters and paramedics from the Cedar Park Fire Department and Williamson County EMS. It began with a blessing of the new station, the fire hose un-coupling and the station tones from emergency dispatchers and the ceremonial push of Quint 5 into the bay, to officially open the station.Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale said, “One of the best things about Cedar Park is how safe it is. This new fire station will make our residents even safer, and that’s one of the most important things we can do as a city.”
Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell said, “Williamson County is a great place to live and a safe place to live because of how well our cities, county and businesses partner together on projects like this for the benefit of our residents. Williamson County and Cedar Park have worked together on numerous projects from fire stations to trails and roads and will continue to do so to make this not only a great place to live today, but for our future generations.”
Fire Station Number 5 is a 2016 Capital Improvements Project (CIP) funded primarily by 2015 Bond Election funds, and includes additional funding from short-term tax notes and Williamson County. Construction began in September 2017. The Fire Station is approximately 13,250 square feet, includes space for one fire quint, one brush truck, one EMS crew, an EMS Commander and future space for a second EMS crew, and will house the city’s Emergency Command Post. The new station is located near the intersection of Cottonwood Creek Trail and La Jaita Drive on land donated by Cedar Park Regional Medical Center in 2014. It will service the fast-growing northeast and north-central parts of town.
Cedar Park Fire Chief James Mallinger said, “The Cedar Park Fire Department is proud to open Station 5, which will primarily cover North Central and North Eastern Cedar Park and the ETJ. The location was strategically chosen for its ability to provide effective and efficient service to the business and residents in these areas and allows for quick backup to other areas within Cedar Park. I would like to thank the voters and the City Council for approving this project in 2015. Finally I would like to thank Cedar Park Regional Medical Center and their past CEO Brad Holland for donating the property for Fire Station Number 5.”
Williamson County EMS Director Mike Knipstein added, “Williamson County EMS is excited to be a part of the station. It is in a strategic location in this fast growing area. The location allows us to maintain excellent response times to the medical needs of our citizens, and lets us continue to provide pre-eminent clinical care.”
Teal Construction was the General Contractor for the project. The construction contract totaled just under $4.43 million, which is more than $570,000 below the construction budget for the project. Teal Construction, Inc. has been in business for 70 years providing general contracting services for commercial construction projects and has constructed many fire stations across the state of similar size, scope and complexity.
The design architect for the project was BRW Architects (Ray Holliday and Justin Dryer). The City’s Third Party Project Representative was AGCM, Inc. (Stephen Karp). The City’s design team was led by Fire Chief James Mallinger, Assistant Chief Adam Story, and Project Manager Randy Lueders.
About Cedar Park
Cedar Park is a vibrant community situated on the northern border of Austin just 17 miles from downtown. We are named for an actual park that was a rail stop in the late 1800s and were incorporated as a City in 1973. True to our namesake Cedar Park now features 47 City parks and 22 miles of trails. Today’s population is about 79,104 and Cedar Park is consistently ranked by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of the Fastest-Growing Cities in the Country. We’re a bustling high-tech employer hub, too, with a median age of 34.4 years1, 46.43 percent with a Bachelor’s Degree or higher2 and an average household income of $99,0253.
Cedar Park is also home to two professional sports teams: the 2014 Calder Cup-winning AHL Champion Texas Stars professional hockey team, affiliates of the NHL Dallas Stars, and the 2018 and 2012 NBA G-League Champion Austin Spurs professional basketball team, affiliates of the five-time NBA World Champion San Antonio Spurs. The Stars and Spurs play at H-E-B Center at Cedar Park, a City-owned facility is a multi-purpose venue that holds up to 8,700 guests and hosts more than 130 events per year.
Cedar Park is also home to National Oilwell Varco, a Fortune 500 company, and boasts several high tech employers and industrial manufacturers, including Firefly Space Systems, Corvalent, ClearCube Technology, Innovative Funding Services, Fifteen Five Corporation, VUV Analytics, Voltabox, Swagelok, Visual Lighting Technologies, BMC West Materials and BMC Millworks.
Safehome.org ranks Cedar Park one of the Safest Cities in Texas and Apartmentlist.com recognizes Cedar Park as one of the Best Cities for Families in the Country. National online real estate brokerage firm Movato has named Cedar Park the Fifth Most Desirable Suburb in the Country in terms of amenities, cost of living, education, unemployment, household income, and safety. Movoto has also named Cedar Park the Third Best City to Move to in the Nation, and the Fourth Best Small City for Education in America. We are one of Family Circle Magazine Ten Best Towns for Families and Forbes Magazine has identified Cedar Park as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Suburbs. Security corporation SafeWise has ranked Cedar Park near the top of its 50 Safest Cities in Texas list, and for several years Cedar Park has had one of the lowest crime rates for cities of its size in Texas according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s annual Crime in Texas Report. NerdWallet.com has also named Cedar Park the Best City (in the U.S.) to Open a Restaurant. All of these rankings are independent and unsolicited.
Cedar Park is a city that truly espouses its core values of community, service, innovation, professionalism, integrity, leadership, and fiscal responsibility. These standards are at the heart of daily life for Cedar Park residents, City leaders, City staff, and business leaders. Visit www.cedarparktexas.gov today to learn more about the City of Cedar Park.
1. Sources: ESRI; U.S. Census Bureau
2. Sources: ESRI; U.S. Census Bureau, Applied Geographic Solutions
3. Applied Geographic Solutions, 2018