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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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  • The purpose to be there not good as was a memorial but the setting was lovely, peaceful and where the couple married, so aside from honoring the death of nephew was really lovely. 
  • Nicely laid out, with plenty of explanations of history, etc. Well maintained signage, toilets, views. Jacob's ladder and Lover's Leap well worth visiting. Free parking all along the way. All free ent...  more »
  • Hiking Jacob's Ladder was a small challenge. The steps are deep, so I had to hold onto the ladder in a few places. It is a nice little hike. I noticed that some people would go up and down in order to...  more »
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  • This park is very nice. There are nice places to play at and even a splash park for the summer heat. The river is beautiful and there is decent parking unless there is an event. This park takes you from the city to a beautiful place with trees and even a mountain like area. Nice bike trails too.
  • Incredible place to relax, play ultimate frisbee, take your dog for a walk, or just hammock and read for a few hours. I've been here many a time, and I have many great memories here with friends and family. I wouldn't recommend hanging out in the park after dark, but it's a great place to go during the day. Especially great for group events, although I would recommend an early arrival on holidays, as it can sometimes generate quite a crowd.
  • Its a great place to fish when you and wife are not getting along and you just need to fish and get in tuned with God
  • Nice size park along the river. You really can a full day here. Great place to do some site seeing. A good place to take the family for a picnic or just a walk to enjoy the scenery.
  • Beautiful riverfront Park with lots of paved and unpaved trails, good for everything from a casual stroll to mountain biking. There's some stunning views of the Bosque and Brazos rivers, and trails are well marked. Plenty of picnic areas spread throughout.