Pflugerville /ˈfluːɡərvɪl/ is a city in Travis and Williamson counties in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 46,936 at the 2010 census. Pflugerville is a suburb of Austin and part of the Austin–Round Rock–San Marcos Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Pflugerville City Hall
Location of Pflugerville, Texas
|Coordinates: 30°26′46″N 97°37′26″W|
Pflugerville is located at (30.446122, -97.623989), 14 miles (23 km) northeast of downtown Austin along FM 1825 (Pecan Street) in northern Travis County. Pflugerville is situated 15 miles (24 km) northeast of the Colorado River.
According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the city has a total land area of 22.32 square miles. And Pflugerville has 40.39 square miles in the extraterritorial jurisdiction. The city has one body of water - Lake Pflugerville - created in 2005 to serve as a water reservoir and recreation area, and two creeks, Gilleland Creek and Wilbarger Creek. A local school group Wilbarger Water Watchers in association with the LCRA monitor the waters of Wilbarger Creek to ensure it meets the United States Environmental Protection Agency's national standard.
Public education in the city of Pflugerville is provided by the Pflugerville Independent School District (PISD). The district encompasses all or part of six municipalities including Pflugerville, Austin, Coupland, Hutto, Manor and Round Rock.
As of the 2013-2014 school year, PISD had a total enrollment of 23,543 students and operated three high schools (Pflugerville, Connally, and Hendrickson), six middle schools, nineteen elementary schools, and two alternative campuses.
The City of Pflugerville remains one of the county's jurisdictions with a high property tax rate. In response to a recent influx of higher sales tax revenue, the City Council has lowered the property tax rate annually since 2003.
The city's past isolation from any major roadways may have led to fewer businesses choosing to locate in town. (While a mile stretch of Interstate 35 is often referred by local media and residents as "in Pflugerville", the city ofAustin actually controls this land, either as part of the city or through its extraterritorial jurisdiction.) However, in November 2006, the first parts of a central Texas tollway system opened, including State Highway 130 and State Highway 45 increasing accessibility to Pflugerville. Approximately three miles of 130 run through Pflugerville, including the intersection of 45 and 130. The city is using this land to attract major commercial development, thereby improving its tax base and providing an opportunity to lower property tax rates. One such development, Stone Hill Town Center opened and includes The Home Depot, Best Buy, SuperTarget, At Home, Bealls, Dick's Sporting Goods, PETCO, Ross Dress for Less, Office Depot, 24 Hour Fitness, Cinemark Theatres and a St. David's HealthCare 24-hour emergency care facility.
On August 6, 2013, the city agreed on a development deal with Harvest Family Entertainment to build the sixth and largest Hawaiian Falls water park just south of the intersection of State Highway 130 and State Highway 45 across from Stone Hill Town Center. The proposed twenty-one million water park will consist of a fifteen-acre water park along with a 5-acre adventure park that would become Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville the largest water park in the company. Hawaiian Falls Pflugerville plans to be complete by May 2014.
Before the Stone Hill development and the nearby Pfluger Crossing (a development that includes a Wal-Mart Supercenter) opened their first stores in 2007, the city's two largest retailers were an Albertsons grocery store (which operated from 1996 to 2006) near Pflugerville High School and an H-E-B grocery store (operating since 2000) east of downtown.
In 2010, RRE Austin Solar broke ground on what will be one of the nation's largest solar farms, the 60 MW Pflugerville Solar Farm, but as of July 2013 no significant construction has begun.
The NBC television drama Friday Night Lights was filmed in Pflugerville and Austin, Texas. They used Pflugerville High School's stadium, Kuempel Stadium, to film the football games.
The City of Pflugerville has more than 15 parks, 30.5 miles of trail, 16 playscapes, 500 acres of parks and 528 acres of open space all within Pflugerville's city limits. Many of the parks offer a full range of amenities from pavilions, gazebos and playgrounds to pools and picnic areas.
Pfluger Park is along Gilleland Creek and is the site of the city's annual German festival, the Deutschen Pfest, held the third weekend in May. The park includes the Fallen Warrior Memorial, trails, a grove, playground, volleyball courts, basketball court, picnic areas and large shade trees. Pfluger Park is also used for music in the park events and festivals.
Lake Pflugerville is a 180-acre reservoir built to provide the citizens of Pflugerville with drinking water. The lake is open for fishing, swimming, jogging, canoes, kayaks and wind surfing. Lake Pflugerville Park includes a 3-mile walking/jogging trail, playground, boat launch, pavilion and beach area.
The Northeast Metro Skate/BMX Park opened Tuesday, September 18, 2012. The 349-acre Northeast Metropolitan Park is a multiple-use recreational area with soccer fields, multi-use fields, baseball fields, a cricket field, basketball court, tennis court, and a skate park. Amenities include restrooms, playgrounds, group shelters, picnic tables with grills, concession building for rent, and a water play area. While not located in the city limits but at the north end of Austin, the park does provide additional amenities to the community.
Hawaiian Falls opened a water park and adventure park in Pflugerville on Memorial Day Weekend 2014.