Park News

 

Did you know the Harper Community Park Association does not receive outside funding? The Park exists solely by your generous donations, event sponsors, rental income and volunteers. We are so incredibly fortunate to have the support of our amazing community and without you all the Harper Community Park would not be able to continue. We love being able to provide a place for all to enjoy with their family and friends, host weddings, reunions, rodeos, dances and more. We are always happy to welcome new members, volunteers, sponsors & donors. The annual membership meeting will be held first quarter 2024, we will be electing 2024-2025 directors and all members and those looking to become members are welcome. Please make plans to join us, the date will be posted soon or you can email us or check out the calendar on our website to confirm date. If you would like to support the Harper Community Park please check out our website at 

www.harpercommunitypark.com and visit our About Page. 

The most recent project the Harper Community Park Association is working towards is bettering our facilities so we can host even more events in the Park. Currently the board is seeking funds to complete the construction of a cover over the arena in order to create a more versatile EXPO center. Our hopes are to build a facility that can be utilized by our community members, including the school, 4H/FFA and other local organizations. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Cowboy Gala on February 17th, benefitting the construction of the arena cover. If you would like to volunteer your time to assist with this project or any other events hosted by the Harper Community Park Association please reach out to us at harpercommunitypark@gmail.com. 

We are looking forward to hosting some fun events this year, make sure you don’t miss any by checking out our website https://www.harpercommunitypark.com/events




 

The 59th Annual Harper Frontier Days Rodeo & Dance  is just around the corner. We hope you will be able to join us for all the fun on September 22nd-23rd at the Harper Community Park.  Friday night team roping at 6 pm will kick off the weekends festivities. Saturday’s activities will begin with registration for Corn-Hole at 11am, Washer Pitching registration at 12 pm and 42 Tournament registration starts at 1pm. We are bringing back the highly requested Kid Fish this year, so make sure to have your little anglers in the park by 1 pm to join all the fun. We will also have some of the BEST Pickers in the Hill Country set up for a Pickers Circle starting at 1pm. Do you have a little one that wants to be the next Little Mister or Little Miss Harper and ride on a float in the parade? Bring them down to compete for the crown and make sure to check out our website to get them registered. Who’s ready for a parade? The floats will hit the road at 5pm, so make sure to find you a nice shady spot on Hwy 290. Following the parade there will be a Barbecue meal with all the fixins’ at 6 pm.  Now, for the best part of the weekend the Harper Open Pro Rodeo, produced by Lester Meier Rodeo Company, begins at 7:30 pm and will be followed by a boot scootin’ dance at 9 pm.  Additional details can be found at www.harpercommunitypark.com.  Volunteers are always welcome; please contact us at harpercommunitypark@gmail.com to join the fun.  Headwaters for Heroes will be hosting their annual fundraiser the same weekend. The H4H fun includes a Sporting Clay Shooting Tournament, Open Car Show and a BBQ Cook-Off. Event details can be found at www.headwatersforheroes.com.  There really will be something for everyone this weekend so please mark your calendars and come join us in Harper to support 2 great organizations! 

We have had a great turnout at the Youth Rodeo Series with Open 4D Jackpot Barrel Race this summer and are looking to do more in the future. The last one of the series will be held Friday July 21st, books open at 5pm. 

Looking to volunteer your time? The fall Park clean-up is scheduled for Saturday September 9th, 2023 at 8:00 AM.  Everyone is welcome to join and help us get the park ready for our Frontier Days Celebration!  

        Would you like to be a Sponsor of the 59th Annual Harper Frontier Days Rodeo & Dance? We still have sponsorships available and would love to have you join us as a sponsor. Please contact us at harpercommunitypark@gmail.com or reach out to one of the park board members for additional information. 

Please make sure to follow us on Facebook & Instagram and check out our website, www.harpercommunitypark.com, to stay up to date with all of our events.  




On May 19th 2023, the Gillespie County Wildgame Dinner generously donated $25,000 towards the construction of Harper Community Parks  Arena & Expo Center. 


Greetings from the Harper Community Park Association. We finished out 2022 with a bang and had a great turnout for our New Year’s Eve dance featuring Billy Mata and The Texas Tradition. If you haven’t had the opportunity to make it out to one of our dances yet, make sure to put April 22, 2023 on the calendar for Jake Hooker and The Outsiders. We are also excited to bring a Youth Rodeo Series and Open 4D Barrel Race to the community, with the help of the Hill Country Horse Club. The dates for the events are April 21, May 19, June 16 & July 21. The fundraising efforts continue for the new arena project and a Committee has been established to focus on this task. 


The Park Board would like to welcome and thank the new members that joined the park. The Community Park is owned by its members and welcomes any and all new ideas in order to improve the park for the community. For more information and to stay up-to-date check out the website at www.harpercommunitypark.com and follow us on facebook

 





We would like to extend one more HUGE thank you to everyone that came out to support the 58th Annual Harper

Frontier Days Celebration. The event was a great success and with the proceeds the Harper Community Park was able to

pay-off the note on our Beautiful Hall! We are so excited to have it paid off and are looking forward to being able to focus

on working together with the Hill Country Horse Club to finish the Arena project now.


The annual Harper Community Park Association membership meeting will be held February 26, 2023 at 1:00 pm in the Harper Community Hall. You will be able to pay your membership fee of $35.00 at the door if you haven’t done so prior to the meeting.


We have had several weddings and events in the Hall this year and are looking forward to hosting many more. If you or someone you know has a wedding or event coming up, make sure to reserve your dates before our calendar fills up. The HCPA Board is currently setting dates for fundraising events this year so please make sure to check out our website at www.harpercommunitypark.com, and follow us on Facebook for upcoming events.


We would like to thank all of the generous SPONSORS and

AMAZING community and park members that contributed to

the 58th Annual Harper Frontier Day’s celebration - held on

September 23rd & 24th. We were so excited to bring back

the parade this year, as well as Little Mr. & Miss Harper and

the Harper Rodeo Queen! We hope everyone enjoyed the

weekend and had the chance to make it out and check out

the progress that has been made on the new arena! Make

sure to look for park & arena updates, as well as upcoming

events and information on our recently renovated website–

www.harpercommunitypark.org and Facebook.


We would also like to extend a huge thank you to the volun-

teers from the American Legion, Harper FFA and commu-

nity members for cleaning up the park in preparation for the


58th Annual Frontier Day’s celebration. With the energized

groups, we were able to mow & weed eat the entire park,

clean the pavilion, the BBQ shack, paint and so much more!

Thanks again to all of you for your hard work, the park looks

wonderful.

Don’t forget the holiday season is just around the corner, so

if you are in need of a venue for your large family gathering,

company retreat or more, please consider the facilities at

the Harper Community Park. Make sure to check out the

Harper Community Hall virtual tour: https://my.matterport.

com/show/?m=8iyJK7c7KMM


On September 10th & 17th, 2022, the HCPA had park clean-up days in preparation for Frontier Days Events. We cannot thank the awesome group of Harper FFA kids and their dedicated FFA sponsors enough for all of the hard work they put in! A huge thank you is also due to the American Legion and community members who came out to help too. Together these 2 organizations and the community members have the park looking pretty dang good! If you haven’t driven through lately make sure to check out their work and take a look at the arena progress. There have been countless volunteer hours put into the arena the past couple months and it’s looking great! 


On June 7, 2022, the LCRA announced the 36 recipients of more than $815,000 in community grants, which included A $19,000 grant from LCRA to the Harper Community Park Association for construction of an events office and announcer stand as part of its planned new multipurpose arena in Gillespie County. 


On April 18, 2022, Mr. Jim Bradley with Capital Excavation Co. kindly donated a water truck to the park.