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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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  • This is definitely worth doing. This park has a winding road thru it with many places to pull into small areas. Stop and get out of the car for a short walk to some wonderful views over the river at m...  more »
  • Large "park" with cliff views of the Brazos river. Lots of walking trails. Nice to see . A good romantic trip.  more »
  • This is an extensive park located along the river with lots of places to stop along the way. Make your way up to Lover's Leap. Have a picnic lunch at one of the many tables along the river. Enjoy the ...  more »
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  • One of the largest parks inside of a city in the country. This is the crown jewel of Waco and most visitors do not know it exists. It has bike paths that attract mountain bikers from all over the country. Walking trails that are as easy or hard as you want to try. The Zoo is located in the park and it is a must see.
  • I've come here since I was just a bump in my mom's belly. Now I bring my own kids here and it's still my favorite Zoo! I wish they had a little bit bigger enclosures for some of the big cats but still one of my favorite places to go! I love how it has developed and grown over the years.
  • Mrs. Nellie's pretty place is just gorgeous in the spring with all the wild flowers. Fun trails, and parks for the kids. It's fun for history buffs too. Just nice beautiful nature out here.
  • Fun park to come to. Have been coming here since I was a little girl and now bring my own two children to play. During the summer, they have this mini water park that is operating. Great place to bring the kiddos to play and cool off for free lol. Lots of others additions to the park that you can enjoy with the family too. Now if you like to exercise or just walk, there are also trails available to do so.
  • I hike here almost every weekend. Very well mapped, trails well maintained. Nice views, and beautiful wildflowers at Miss Nellie's Pretty Place when the season is right. Very dog friendly. Plenty of spots to grill. Sometimes I see more trash than I'd like, so keep the park clean, please! They have plenty of trash cans.