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image by Rob Raeside, 12 December 2016
New flag created for the City of Cedar Park, Texas:
Cedar Park Unveils First Official City Flag During Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonysubmitted by Dave Fowler, 12 December 2016
Design by resident Catherine Van Arnam with elements representing city's landscape and history is chosen from 250 submissions.
By Tony Cantu (Patch Staff) - December 10, 2016
City officials unveiled the new Cedar Park flag during the city's annual holiday tree lighting on Friday evening. The new flag was unfurled from atop a 100-foot fire engine ladder amid a flurry of sparklers before a gathering of about 2,000 residents. The flag design was the culmination of a community-wide call for entries to design a flag for the city launched in April.
The unveiling came during the city's 18th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Santa's Workshop, a focal community point for Cedar Park residents. Members of the community answered the call for entries of flag designs. More than 250 submissions were received from the gamut of citizenry, from professional graphic designers to elementary students. In the end, it was a design by Cedar Park resident Catherine Van Arnam which was adopted as the basis for the city's first official flag. Van Arnam's design incorporates recurring elements, colors and symbols with which Cedar Park identifies.
As for the actual design, it consists of a blue rectangle, another green rectangle and a white line with four Xs running across it. The blue rectangular the bucolic creeks running through the city, welcoming early settlers who found a land in which they were able to thrive, city officials said. The green rectangle is a reference to the city's abundant natural park lands and growth in general: "Growth in the ability to enjoy life in Cedar Park, as well as growth in Cedar Park's children and schools, and growth of Cedar Park's economic prosperity," city officials explained. The four Xs represent the four names the area has held in its history: Running Brushy, Buttercup, Brueggerhoff, and now, Cedar Park. The white line represents transportation, including the railroad that runs through Cedar Park as well as Bell Boulevard and Whitestone Boulevard, officials said. Together, the white line with four Xs also reference the once-ubiquitous barbed wire which drove one of Cedar Park’s very first industries: cedar fence posts.
That latter element is a nod to Texas independence and and its pioneering spirit still represented in Cedar Park, safeguarding both the tangible and the intangible: Property, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, city officials said.
image by Eugene Ipavec, 29 September 2009
The previous flag of the City of Cedar Park, Texas, is white with the city logo on it. The logo consists of a cedar branch over two-greens circle and name "CEDAR PARK" in two rows below with green line between. Information and logo courtesy by Mr. Jolen Johnson, Multi-Media Specialist, Communications Department, City of Cedar Park, Texas.
About the city:
Cedar Park is a city in Williamson County and in Travis County in the U.S. state of Texas. It had population of 26,049 as of the 2000 census.
Official city website: www.cedarparktx.us/cp/default.aspx.
Valentin Poposki, 29 August 2009
The flag was a LOB, a logo on a bedsheet, thus it was official in that it used the official logo (seems to be current from a visit today to the community's website), but was not an officially designated flag. Since, the point of a logo is to have a symbol that acts in most cases as the official symbol. Wanting a flag over city hall or a park, slap an official logo on a contrasting color background. I suggest that these flags be deemed semi-official.
Steve Shumaker, 12 December 2016