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Cameron Park, Waco

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Cameron Park is a 416acre urban park located in Waco, Texas. The park was dedicated on May 27, 1910, and named in memory of Waco philanthropist and lumber baron William Cameron. The park also contains Waco's 52acre zoo, the Cameron Park Zoo.HistoryIn the early 20th century, as Waco continued to develop as the urban heart of McLennan County and the progressive movement was rising throughout America, Waco citizens began to clamor for more parks and green spaces to be preserved for public use. Many wanted to make Proctor Springs, a popular gathering site near the Brazos River that had become subject to commercialization around the turn of the century, the site of a new city park. Before the city could act, the land was purchased for $25,000 by a businessman, W.C. Lawson. Despite this apparent setback, the hopes of Wacoans to preserve Proctor Springs were not lost; on May 24, 1910, Flora B. Cameron, wife of the late William Cameron, announced that she was donating all 125acre of the land to the city of Waco. Mrs. Cameron revealed that she had purchased the land with Lawson as a liaison with the intention of donating it as a park in memory of her late husband. The gift came attached with a $5,000 gift for park development, as well as stipulations to preserve the name and funding for the park, and to prohibit commercial enterprise within its borders. The park was officially dedicated on May 27, 1910, with a large ceremony attended by nearly 15,000 people. Baylor University President Samuel Palmer Brooks served as the master of ceremonies for the dedication.
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  • Amazing park with lots of hiking and biking trails of all levels. Beautiful scenery and view of the rivers  more »
  • Take an afternoon to explore the trails of Cameron Park through its many woods, or along the water, or stop at the base level to let the kids play it the sprawling playground at this attraction adjace...  more »
  • Beautiful park/drive and beautiful views. So clean and pleasant. Enjoyed the tour. Take a tour with the service offered and get the scoop  more »
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  • Strap in, this is a long one. I grew up obsessed with Cameron Park, repeating the rumor (I can't find substantiation online, but I haven't looked hard at all either) that it's the second largest city-owned park (coming in after only Central Park). Regardless of the truth of that rumor, it's one of the best parks in Texas, and it offers something for people of all ages. My 9 month old twins nap best in the car, and on days when I need a nap more than I need a car that will last longer than five years, we drive through Cameron Park for the 60-90 minutes that they sleep. It's beautiful, with winding roads, gorgeous old trees, and water views. When my children are awake, they love to play in the thick, soft grass at Pecan Bottom, or to look at the flowers as we take the stroller through Miss Nellie's Pretty Place trails. When just the adults get out of the house, we love hiking the trails around the park and climbing Jacob's Ladder. I'm excited for the days when our children are old enough to climb-- I think that by the time we reach the top and play a bit at the playground at Anniversary Park, the reluctant napping will be a non-issue... In short, check a map before you go to scout a spot that matches your expectations (playground? picnic tables? biking or hiking trails? public bathroom? wedding venue?). If you plan well, Cameron Park has it all.
  • I've been coming to this park since I was a kid and it just keeps getting better! There are miles of amazing running/hiking/mountain biking trails and beautiful Brazos river views. The City of Waco is constantly updating the park and keeps it very clean. Great playgrounds too.
  • Very cool place to go to be outside. More signs and directions along the roads and trails would have been appreciated. But we enjoyed pur walk and time at the playground (which has a splash pad!).
  • An absolutely beautiful natural Wonderland. Multiple Lookouts from The Cliffs over the Brazos & Bosque Rivers. Extensive Trails for mountain biking and hiking. Very clean Public restrooms with maps at each stop. Beautiful modern play areas for children. A true Photographers Paradise. Whether you want to tear up the trails with the mountain bike or just sit back and relax and take in The View, this park has something for everybody. And if your legs are in good shape check out Jacob's Ladder and climb one of the cliffs. Beautiful canopy tree covered access roads, and active and visible security. If you visit the Waco area and do not stop here you missed out on something very special. The park is directly next to the Cameron Park Zoo which is another beautiful stop. Nature lovers this is a park you do not want to miss.
  • Total fun on a hot or cool Texas day! Bike trails and kayaking are a plus! I believe it is in the Top 3 largest and/or busiest parks in the nation. Total fun for everyone, this park's rejuvenation began with its addition of disc golf. It has 2 Top A Tier disc golf courses, walkways and parks that are sure to satisfy any enthusiast. There are 11 parks and a zoo residing inside of William Cameron Park.
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