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Rancho Sienna News

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30 September . 2015

Sky's the limit for new Overlook Park in Rancho Sienna

Now open, Overlook Park is the perfect place to look up at the stars glowing in the Hill Country sky over Rancho Sienna. This new park won’t be hard to find: just look for the glowing sidewalk along Via de Sienna Boulevard.

The park’s location – right across the street from a future Liberty Hill ISD elementary school – inspired Newland to create a new amenity that would encourage residents of all ages to learn more about the stars and planets that twinkle in the night sky.

In the daytime, Overlook Park is designed to provide an outdoor classroom for teachers and students at the new elementary school, which could open as soon as 2017, pending voter approval of a future Liberty Hill ISD bond issue.

The overlook platform rises approximately eight feet above the street level, offering a commanding view and plenty of space to gather and learn. Benches built into the platform’s circular wall will provide seating, and tables at street level will offer places for students to pursue their studies.

The winding sidewalk leading up to the platform will offer plenty of fascinating planetary facts to spark questions and discussions. The sidewalk creates a scale model of our solar system, with a medallion representing the sun in the middle of the overlook platform. Other medallions represent the planets, with their relative size and distance from the sun approximating the solar system.

Each medallion will have at least one interesting fact, such as this one: 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water, but 99 percent of that water is either frozen or too salty to drink.

Landscaped with native plants and mature preserved oak trees, the park will also provide a convenient drop-off and pick-up location for students when the school opens.

With its glow-in-the-dark sidewalk, Overlook Park is destined to become Rancho Sienna’s most popular nighttime attraction. The special sunlight-absorbing surface will guide after-dark visitors back up to the overlook platform, which offers plenty of places to set up telescopes.

This new park is part of more than 100 acres of parks and trails planned for Rancho Sienna, and it’s the community’s fourth park! Residents can also enjoy the trail in Sienna Trail Park; nature, horseshoes and volleyball in Greenleaf Park; and al fresco dining and bocce ball in the new Outdoor Dining Room.