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City of Waco Parks and Recreation

GOOD TIMES GUIDE

Spring / Summer 2014

Waco’s Source for

The Outdoors Community Centers Downtown Events Athletic Leagues Park Information

In 1978, two men stumbled across a large bone in a ravine near the Bosque River.

A lost world was discovered. After 30 years of excavation, visitors can now journey into the lives of the Waco Mammoths.

254-750-7946

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www.WacoMammoth.org

Welcome to the City of Waco Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014 Spring and Summer issue of the Good Times Guide. Inside you’ll find information for recreation programs, athletic leagues, park activities and community events. We invite you to explore Waco’s great outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the Brazos and Bosque River Corridor. To register for programs, or if you have questions, we’ll be happy to help at 254-750-5980. For an electronic version of the guide, visit www.waco-texas.com.

City of Waco Parks & Recreation

Location: 201 West Waco Drive, Waco TX Mailing Address: P.O. Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702 (254) 750-5980 www.waco-texas.com

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4 Camps & classes 7 Events & Activities 12 Outdoor & Nature 14 Sports & Fitness 22 Event Calendar 24 Attractions 27 City Contacts

GOOD TIMES GUIDE

Sports Registration Calendar

Adult Softball Registration Deadline is April 25

Summer Youth Volleyball Registration Deadline is May 2

Summer Youth Basketball Registration Deadline is May 16

Youth Flag Football Registration Deadline is August 8

Adult Women’s Volleyball Registration Deadline is May 2

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Registration Deadline is August 8

Summer Track Registration Deadline is Nov. 8

Men’s Industrial Basketball Registration Deadline is April 18

For registration information, call the Athletics Office at 254-750-5875

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Spray Parks

Swimming Programs

The City of Waco Parks and Recreation Department offers six spray parks that shoot streams of water in every direction.

Swimming is a great skill to learn and an ideal way to exercise during the summer.

The parks are free admission and are open until cold weather. Spray pads are located at Cameron Park (Univ. Parks/Herring), Kendrick Park (4011 Bagby), Chapel Park (9420 Chapel), Dewey Park (925 N. 9th), Mountainview Park (2325 Mountainview) and Oscar DuConge Park (1661 J J Flewellen Rd).

The City of Waco partners with the YMCA, American Red Cross and Hawaiian Falls to ensure swim lessons are available for the Waco community. Hawaiian Falls also offers swim camps during the summer and a variety of classes for all ages. Call at (254) 892-0222 to sign up for swim lessons or the swim team.

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Community Centers

South Waco, Dewey and Bledsoe-Miller community centers offer programs throughout the spring and summer for all ages. Enjoy a day at one of the fitness facilities, join a sports league or participate in a community class.

After School Camps Summer Camp

Campers participate in various recreational activities such as game room, arts and crafts, gym activities, nature walks, kayaking, archery, tennis, fishing, bike riding, and fun field trips. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by Waco I.S.D. Dates: Session I June 9 – July 4 Session II July 7 – August 1 Session III August 4 – August 22 Time: 7:30am -5:30pm Where: Community Centers Cost: Registration fee: $60; $225 Session I & II; $180 III Age: 5 - 13 Contact: 254-750-8684

Camp Cameron Adventure Camp An outdoor adventure camp that includes environmental and recreational activities such as hiking, archery, kayaking, swimming, field trips, nature study and much more. Dates: June 9 – August 1 Weekdays 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Where: Camp Park Clubhouse Cost: $60 registration fee; $150 per two week session Age: Ages 5-13 Contact: 254-750-5980

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After-School Camp

GED/ESL Classes

Children will participate in arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor activities and tutoring. Snacks will be provided. Transportation provided from selected schools.

GED preparation, TAKS review, literacy, writing, math, TASP review, and ESL. In conjuction with MCC Adult Education. Date: Mon. & Wed; 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.; 9 a.m. - noon Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: Free Age: 17 & older Contact: 254-299-8777

Date: Monday – Friday Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $65 a month Age: 5 - 13 Contact: 254-750-8677

Math and Reading is Fun

Community Classes

Students can receive help with math and reading

Fred D. Batts, Jr. Luncheon This luncheon offers an opportunity for civicminded people in the community to come together to talk about public issues. Date: Mondays Time: Noon Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: Free; Lunch $5 Contact: 254-750-8684

El Folklorico Dance Program Youth can perform and celebrate culture. Date: Mondays Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: Call for cost Contact: 254-855-1759

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: Free Ages: 5-13 Contact: 254-750-8684

After-School Tutoring Program Get tutoring from experienced teachers. Bilingual instruction available, space limited. Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays Time: 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: Free Age: 6-18 Contact: 254-750-8685

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Healthy Living & Food Budgeting

P.I.C. (Parents in Charge)

In collaboration with Prairie View A&M University-Cooperative Extension Program, this four-part series will focus on healthy food, cooking and meal options along with managing a meal budget. Incentives will be given to all participants.

This program is geared towards putting parents back in control of their children’s education. Retired teacher Linda Farley will provide strategies and tips on how you can enhance your child’s school work, behavior and testing tactics.

Dates: Every Tuesday through April 15 Time: 6 p.m.- 7p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: Free Age: All Parents Contact: 254-750-8684

Date: August 6 Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Ages: All Parents Contact: 254- 750-8684

Caring for Caregivers

An event co - hosted by Waco Summer Bash that includes Martial Arts Self Defense Class, Question & Answer Video Panel, Goodwill Fashion Show, Basketball Tournament, Zumba and Outdoor Activities for the kids.

This workshop’s purpose is to improve the caregiver’s quality of life by providing support and educational resources in an informal setting. This workshop is sponsored by Cooperative Extension Program and The Area Agency on Aging-Stress Buster Program. Light refreshments will be provided. Date: March 31 Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Age: Adults and Seniors Contact: 254-750-8684

End Bullying

Date: TBD Time: 5 p.m.- 9 p.m. Age: 5 and up Cost: FREE Contact: 254- 498-9448

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Discover The Waco Mammoth Site

Visit the Waco Mammoth Site this spring and summer for an educational journey in to the lives of Columbian Mammoths. The mammoth site includes tours, a gift shop and a variety of educational activities.

Community Events

Mammoths on the March

Easter Carnival

Join the Waco Mammoth Site for a springtime festival of fossils, flowers and family fun!

Join the fun with egg hunts and activities.

Dates: March 29 Time: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Where: Waco Mammoth Site Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-7946

Brazos Nights The annual Brazos Nights concert series kicks off with Buckwheat Zydeco and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Dates: April 11 Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Date: April 12 Time: 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-8684

South Waco Easter Egg Hunt Join the fun at the annual South Waco Easter egg hunt. Easter baskets will be given away for prize eggs. Date: April 12 Time: 11 a.m. Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: FREE Age: 13 and under Contact: 254-750-8650

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Brazos Nights Art on Elm Free family event in historic East Waco, featuring activies, music, arts, crafts and food trucks with unique treats. Date: April 12 Time: 11 a.m. Where: Elm Ave. Cost: FREE Age: All ages Contact: 254-750-5627

MOM’S Makeover Nominate the mom of your choice. Five mothers will be nominated and one deserving MOM will be crowned as the winner. Dates: Registration March 31 - April 19 Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: Free Age: All Moms Contact: 254-750-8650

Presented by La Ley 104.1 and MetroPCS, this year’s Cinco de Mayo fiesta will feature country artist Rick Trevino along with plenty of food, interactive sponsor booths and activities for the whole family. Dates: May 9 Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Fishing On The Brazos Does your child like to fish? Come experience a morning of fun at Buena Vista Park. Fishing poles, bait and a snack provided. Dates: May 24 Registration begins April 22 Time: 9 a.m. – 11a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $2 per child Ages: 8 & up Contact: 254-750-8684

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Brazos Nights

Fourth on the Brazos

Concerts continue as the Toadies hit the stage as part of the 20th Anniversary Rubberneck tour. Whiskey Myers will kick the night off with a set of country rock.

Join us for the annual Fourth on the Brazos celebration featuring family fun, tasty food, live music from Blaze of Glory: The Bon Jovi Experience, and H-E-B’s Fireworks.

Dates: June 13 Time: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Dates: July 4 Time: 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Annual Juneteenth Carnival

Annual Carnival and Step Show

Join us for fun, food, and games at Dewey Community Center as we celebrate Juneteenth.

Youth can experience an array of fun activities, including a Step Show, inflatable bounce houses, pony rides, and concessions.

Date: June 19 Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $3 per child Age: All Ages Contact: 254-750-8677

Date: August 1 Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $3.00 per child Ages: 5 & up Contact: 254-750-8684

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Brook Oaks National Nite Out National Nite Out promotes communities coming together and learning about public safety. Event will feature food, drinks, music and vendors. Date: August 5 Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: Free Age: All ages Contact: 254-750-8677

Back 2 School Giveaway Program hosted by JESSE Foundation to encourage and develop academic achievement of youth by exposing them to educational pursuits, resources, and alternatives to achieve a higher education. Date: August 9 Time: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: Free Age: All Ages Contact: 254-750-8677

The Dream Center Outreach Back To School Crusade

Youth Programs Chefs in Training

Children will learn how to prepare healthy foods and desserts. Kitchen safety procedures will be taught to all youth participating in this program. Dates Tuesdays April 2 – May 28th Time: 5:30 to 6:30 Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $3 per class or $20 for 9 weeks Age: 9-12 Contact: 254-750-8684

4-H Youth Spin Club Join the Bledsoe-Miller 4-H Youth Development Organization SPIN Club. Texas 4-H Organization is the largest youth organization in the country. Join today to make new friends and participate in fun activities. Date: 1st Tuesday each month; beginning April 1 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Age: 5-18 boys and girls Contact: 254-750-8684

Come out for a fun-filled day of food, music, school supplies, haircuts, school uniforms and much more. If you would like to volunteer pleased contact Minister Timothy and Lisa Drake 254-495-6465.

Kid’s Night Out

Date: August 23 Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: Free Age: All Ages Contact: 254-750-8677

Date: April 5 Time: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: $15 Age: 5- 13 Contact: 254-750-8650

Parents let your kids come and have fun with our staff here at South Waco, a meal will be provided, while kids take part in all kinds of fun activities.

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Boys 2 Men Conference Young men will learn about life through fun activities and words of wisdom from local business men and community leaders. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Date: April 19 Time: 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: Free Age: 10 - 17 Contact: 254-750-8684

Teen Counselor in Training (TCIT) Teens wll assist summer camp counselors with camp activities and events.

A Safe Lock In Parents who are in need a Friday Night without the kids can bring them to the Dewey Community Center. Kids will enjoy a fun-filled night with a movie, games food, snacks, and more. Date: May 2 - 3 Time: 6 p.m.- 9 a.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $20 Age: 5 -13 Contact: 254-750-8677

Teen Programs

“Your Facebook is Your Resume” What you put out for others to see may prevent you from getting a job. Presenter Mary Evans WISD Teacher. Collaboration with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Zeta Amicae. Date: March 22 Time: 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: Free Age: 15 & up Contact: 254-750-8677

Date: May 1 (interviews) Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: $75 Age: 14-17 Contact: 254-750-8650

Counselor in Training Teens assist camp counselors with youth activities and special programs. Date: June 9 – August 22 Time: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $75 Age: 14 - 17 Contact: 254-750-8677

Senior Activities

South Waco Senior Program Senior citizens come together for activities. The program is in collaboration with the Central Texas Seniors’ Ministries. Date: Monday-Friday Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cost: Free to minimum activity fee Age: 55 & up Contact: 254-750-8650

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Spend the Day in Cameron Park

With playgrounds, trails and the perfect picnic spots, Cameron Park is a great afternoon getaway for families and friends. Be sure to visit one of the information kiosks in the park, which provide maps, historical information and more.

Intro to Kayaking Class

Neighborhood Fishing

Dates: Every Wednesday and the second Saturday of each month Cost: Pre-registration is required $10/ person (incudes equipment) Age: 8 & Up Contact: 254-750-8080

The City of Waco and Texas Parks and Wildlife stock Buena Vista Park with catfish and rainbow trout through the year.

Noon Time Hike Enjoy a lunchtime hike in Cameron Park. Date: Tues. & Thurs. Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: Bottom of Jacob’s Ladder Ages: 8 and Up Info: Hikes are 45 minutes. Bring water and wear closed toe shoes. Contact: 254-750-8057

Fishing license and Texas State laws apply. Dates: Daily Park Hours Where: Buena Vista Park Cost: Free Contact: Fishing License: 254-666-5190 Pond & Park Info: 750-8057

Waco Striders Running Club Date: Wednesdays at 6 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-717-8905

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Dubl-R Fields at Riverbend Park With eight fields along the Bosque River, Dubl-R Fields at Riverbend Park is the best place for softball and baseball action in Central Texas. The facility plays host to softball leagues on weeknights and softball and baseball tournaments on the weekends.

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Fundamentals of Volleyball Learn to set, bump, spike and serve. This training will help you attain a basic understanding of the game of volleyball. Date: Mondays from April 7 to May 12 Time: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $2 per class Age: 12 to 17 Contact: 254-750-8684

Purpose Basketball for Boys Program that encompasses fundamental basketball principles and leadership development for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Passing, ball handling, shooting, foot work and much more. Date: Tuesdays, April 1 – June 24 Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: FREE Age: 5th – 8th 6 p.m. -7 p.m. 9th - 12th 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Contact: 254-750-8677

Purpose Basketball - GIRLS Program that encompasses fundamental basketball principles and leadership development for beginner, intermediate, and advanced skill levels. Passing, ball handling, shooting, foot work and much more. Date: Thursdays, April 3 – June 26 Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: FREE Age: 5th – 8th 6 p.m. -7 p.m. 9th - 12th 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. Contact: 254-750-8677

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Tae-Kwon-Do Learn self defense while helping to stay in shape at South Waco Community Center. Dates: April 16 – May 22 Time: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Cost: $60 per session Age: 5 & older Contact: 254.750-8650

Cheerleading Workshop

Aspiring cheerleaders can participate in a one day clinic, learning cheers and moves. Date: July 12 Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Registration begins May 1 Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $10 Age: 5 - 13 Contact: 254-750-8684

YOUTH LEAGUES

Summer Youth Basketball Registration: Fee: Info Meeting: League Begins: Age: Games: Contact:

March 31 – May 9 $50 Per Child April 30 June 2 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, 18&U Min. 8 games 254-750-5875

Summer Youth Vollyball League Registration: March 31 – May 2 Registration Fee: $50 Per Person League Begins: May 13 Location: Bledsoe Miller Age: 7th Grade and Up Games: 8 games + Playoffs Team: Min 8 players/team Contact: 254-750-8684

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Team Waco Summer Track

Summer Softball Season

Registration: April 7 – May 23 Registration Fee: $50 Per Child Parent’s Meeting: May 20 Location: Hart-Patterson Track and Field Complex Begins: June Age: 5-18 Contact: 254-750-5875

Date: Begins May 19 Register by April 25 League Nights: Mon - Thurs Where: Riverbend Park Cost: $380 Per Team ($405 - Late Fee) Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

Youth Flag Football

Date: May 15; Register by May 2 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $40 Per Person Age: 18 and up Contact: 254-750-5875

Registration: Begins June 2 Draft: August 9 Where: Lake Air Cost: $50 Per Child Age: 8&U, 10&U, 12&U, 14&U Games: 8 Games + Playoffs Contact: 254-750-5875

ADULT LEAGUES

Adult Dodge Ball League Registration: March 3 – April 18 Ages 16 and up Cost: $100 Per team Begins: April 22 Games: Minimum of 8 games Contact: 254-750-5875

Adult Woman’s Volleyball

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball Date: August 18; Register by Aug. 8 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $40 Per Person Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

Men’s Industrial Basketball Date: May 4; Register by April 25 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $40 Per Person Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

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Looking for a fun way to get in shape? Come join our Zumba classes. Date: Every Monday & Wednesday Time: 9:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Community Center Cost: $3 per class Ages: 16 and up Contact: 254-750-8684

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Wellness Centers Make time for a workout at a Community Wellness Center. Each center offers cardio equipment, along with free weights, locker rooms and programs. Date: Mon-Thurs. (9 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.) Fri. (9 a.m. – 5 p.m.) Sat. (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.) Where: Community Centers Cost: $30 for 30 punches or $2 per day Contact: 254-750-8684

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Waco Tennis and Fitness Center

With 18 outdoor lighted courts, a center court stadium, a first-class fitness facility and quality customer service from tennis and fitness professionals, the Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center is one of finest sports venues in Central Texas.

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Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center This award-winning venue hosts many tournaments and social events, as well as providing excellent youth and adult tennis programs throughout the year. The fitness center is one of best in Waco with a excellent variety of workout equipment.

Tennis Annual Facility Pass Includes: unlimited usage of courts, fitness center and clubhouse, discounts on lessons, leagues and tournaments and events. Application and Sign-up Fee:

$45

Family Membership:

$180

Individual Membership:

$120

Youth Membership (18 and under):

$60

Public Court Rentals Court rentals may be made in person or by phone no more than 48 hours in advance. All court times are based on a walk-in basis. Court Rental (by person): Tournament Rental (per court):

$5 $5/hr

Hours of Operation:

Ball Machine 1/2 Hour Rental

$10

1 Hour Rental

$15

Annual Rental (unlimited use)

$95

Fitness Membership Monthly pricing for individuals, couples, and

Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

families.

www.wacotennis.com Adult and Youth Leagues Call for registration info

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Take a Swing at Cottonwood Creek

Cottonwood Creek Golf Course focuses on providing a high quality golf destination at an affordable cost. Cottonwood Creek features an 18-hole course, a 9-hole junior course, a driving range and putting green, a tournament pavilion, and a bar-and-grill.

Rates & Fees

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$24 $21 $21 $14

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$41 $32 $32 $22

Weekend Green Fee 18 Holes Weekend Green Fees 9 Hole Weekend Twilight Fee Weekend Super Twilight Fee

$32 $26 $26 $17

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$49 $37 $37 $25

Senior Rates (Mon-Fri.) 55 yrs. Green Fees Junior Green Fees Junior Course Cart Rentals (Per Person) Memberships & Rates Memberships: Member’s Weekday Green Fee Member’s Weekend Green Fee Senior Member’s Weekday Senior Member’s Weekend Range Fees Large Bucket Medium Bucket Small Bucket

$18 w/cart $31 $16 $5 (adults) $2 (juniors) $16(18) $10(9) Individual Senior Family

$600 $500 $900

$13 $14 $10 $14

$25 $26 $17 $26

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Regular $9 $8 $5

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Take the Family to a Community Event The City of Waco hosts more than 100 events each year. Whether it is an adventure run, a concert in the park or a bike race, Waco has an event for everyone. Visit www.wacotexas.com for an up-to-date listing of events in Waco’s parks.

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Mammoths on the March Waco Mammoth Site Brazos Nights

Indian Spring Park

April 12

Easter Carnival

Bledsoe-Miller Community Center

April 12

Art on Elm Avenue

Elm Avenue

April 19

Fuzzy Friends 5k & 1-mile

Heritage Square

April 26

Party for the Planet Earth Day

Cameron Park Zoo

April 26

Human Race

Indian Spring Park/Cameron Park

May 3

Cystic Fibrosis Walk

Indian Spring Park

May 3 May 9

Kids Zoobilee

Indian Spring Park

May 17

Police Memorial Run

Redwood Shelter

May 17

Paws in the Park

Indian Spring Park

May 23-24 June 13 June 19

SDBA Boat Races

Dewey Community Center

June 22

Juneteenth Celebration

Indian Spring Park/Elm Street

July 4

Fourth on the Brazos

Indian Spring Park

July 27

Tri-Waco

Downtown Waco, Cameron Park

Aug. 16-17

XTERRA Adventure Race

Cameron Park

Cameron Park Zoo

Brazos Nights Cinco de Mayo

Brazos Park East

Brazos Nights Indian Spring Park

Juneteenth Carnival

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The City of Waco Parks and Recreation Department offers more than 50 community parks, facilities and open spaces. Listed below are some of Waco’s featured attractions. For a complete listing of Waco’s parks, visit www.waco-texas.com or call (254) 750-5980.

Cameron Park University Parks Drive and Herring Avenue One of the largest municipal parks in Texas, Cameron Park is a Waco treasure. More than 20 miles of hike and bike trails weave through natural vegetation and limestone cliffs to provide stunning views of the Waco area. A variety of recreation spots, environmental areas and scenic overlooks are located throughout the park, which recently received more than $7 million in renovations.

Brazos Park East 2000 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Overlooking the convergence of the Bosque and Brazos rivers, Brazos Park East features breathtaking cliff-front scenery. The park is a mix of trees and open fields and includes horseshoe pits, a disc golf course, boat docks and fishing spots.

Cameron Park Disc Golf Course Cameron Park/Brazos Park East With towering trees, open fields and a waterfront view, Waco is home to two of Texas’ best disc golf courses. Played with a Frisbee-like disc, disc golf is a fun and free activity for all ages.

Cameron Park Zoo 1701 N. 4th Street Escape into the wild and explore the new Asian Forest exhibit at Cameron Park Zoo. The zoo is adjacent to the Brazos River and encompasses 52 acres of lush native vegetation. Party and meeting packages available.

Cottonwood Creek Golf Course 5200 Bagby With an 18-hole championship course, a junior course, driving range and a fully stocked shop, Cottonwood Creek Golf Course is Waco’s home for golf. The course is open daily and offers a variety of memberships, leagues and tournaments.

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Indian Spring Park and Suspension Bridge 100 University Parks Dr. Indian Spring Park and the Suspension Bridge exemplify the spirit of Waco. The park features the historic bridge, which was built in 1870, and the new Chisholm Trail statues. The park also features an amphitheater that overlooks the Brazos River. Located in the heart of downtown, the park is ideal for a picnic or a stroll along the river. Available for rental. Heritage Square 3rd Street and Austin Avenue Heritage Square links downtown and the Brazos River with walkways, fountains and landscaping. The square serves as a community gathering place that hosts a variety of special events and beautifies the downtown area. Available for rental. Martin Luther King Jr. Park 100 Martin Luther King Blvd. On the east banks of the Brazos, Martin Luther King Jr. Park features picnic areas, a riverwalk and an overlook tower of downtown Waco. The park also features a lighted mural of Martin Luther King Jr. painted by local artist Ira Watkins.

Waco Riverwalk and Cameron Park Trails Along the Brazos River Stretching along both sides of the river, from Baylor University to Cameron Park, the Waco Riverwalk and trails are ideal for a scenic stroll, a refreshing jog or a cruise on a bike. The riverwalk includes concrete paths along both sides of the river. More than 20 miles of soft-surface hike and bike trails wind through the Cameron Park trail system, which is designated as a National Recreation Trail. Waco Mammoth Site 6220 Steinbeck Bend The Waco Mammoth Site sits in more than 100 acres of wooded parkland. The site features a climate-controlled dig shelter and a suspended walkway that provides visitors with an overhead view of several specimens, including a large bull mammoth and a camel that lived in Central Texas approximately 68,000 years ago. For hours of operation, visit www.wacomammoth.org or call 750-7946. Oscar Duconge Park 1504 JJ Flewellen Drive This newley renovated park includes a playground, pavilion and splash pad.

Dubl-R Fields at River Bend Park 1001 Lakeshore Drive Dubl-R Fields at River Bend Park is a state-of-the-art baseball/softball complex with eight lighted fields and top-notch facilities. The park offers league play and attracts statewide and regional teams for weekend tournaments. Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center 900 Lakeshore Drive Waco Regional Tennis and Fitness Center is a premiere tennis venue featuring 18 lighted courts, including a 1,500-seat championship court, and a pro shop. The fitness center is complete with equipment, programs and a sports bar.

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South Waco Community Center 2815 Speight The newly renovated South Waco Community Center is now open to the public. With more than 30,000 sq. ft. of room, South Waco Community Center provides an abundance of opportunities and activities for youth and the surrounding community. The center features new meeting rooms, workout equipment and more.

Dewey Community Center 925 N. 9th Street Located in Dewey Park, Dewey Community Center offers educational and entertainment opportunities for the surrounding community. Available for rental.

For a complete list of parks and rental facilities, visit www.waco-texas.com or call (254) 750-5980

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Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Mayor: Malcolm Duncan City Council District 1: Wilbert Austin, Sr. City Council District 2 : Alice Rodriguez City Council District 3: John Kinnaird City Council District 4: Toni Herbert City Council District 5: Kyle Deaver City Manager: Dale Fisseler

Derrel Luce Diane Deaver Claire Kultgen Delisa Burnell-Smith Sammy Smith Frank Proctor

Penny Forrest Paul Leos Wesley Lloyd Bob Province Towne Adams Kathy Wise

Cottonwood Creek Advisory Board Bobby Ray Robinson John Derrick Jerry Dyer Jay Goble Nathan Embry Kenneth Green

Andrew Telep Sam Arausa Doug Mowder Josh Lens Bobby Jacobs James Gleason

Parks & Recreation Department Main Office: 201 W. Waco Drive Phone: (254) 750-5980 Administration Rusty Black Municipal Services Director Peggy McCart Program Administrator Melissa Renobato Customer Service Callie Mendoza Customer Service Renee Hill Customer Service - Athletics Burck Tollett Parks Superintendent Sharon Fuller Senior Park Planner Tom Balk Park Planner Graeme Seibel Operations Supervisor Steve Miller Operations Supervisor Joe Contreras Operations Supervisor Larry Simms Park Ranger Supervisor Kim Jennings Park Ranger Jeff Goodman Recreation Superintendent Earl Stinnett Recreation Coordinator Cynthia Simms Athletics Coordinator Jonathan Cook Marketing and Special Events Megan Davis Community Relations Specialist Juliett Jones Bledsoe-Miller Coordinator Donnell McLennan Dewey Coordinator Rebeccah Vicinais South Waco Coordinator Rainout Number

254.750.8080 254.750.8096 254.750.5986 254.750.5996 254.750.5875 254.750.8052 254.750.8091 254.750.8471 254.750.8097 254.750.8090 254.750.8054 254.750.8086 254.750.8057 254.750.8056 254.750.8018 254.750.8071 254.750.5781 254.750.5627 254.750.8684 254.750.8677 254.750.8650 254.750.5845

Waco Mammoth Site Raegan King

Mammoth Site Coordinator

254.750.7946

Cottonwood Creek Golf Course Kenny Duron Golf Professional J.D. Franz Course Superintendent Josh Dameron Program Coordinator

254.745.6009 254.745.6012 254.745.6011 254.745.6013

DISCOVER COTTON BELT TRAIL

Head to the new Cotton Belt Trail for an amazing hike, bike or run! The 2.5 mile trail is located atop an old rail line along Highway 84 and crosses the South Bosque River. Trail access points are located off of Harris Creek Road and Hannah Hill Road.

DOWNLOAD THE CAMERON PARK APP The Official Cameron Park App is here! Now the park is at your fingertips, with Adult Summer Softball resources like workout guides, rental Registration: Deadline is April 12 facilities, points of interest, and maps for the trail system, disc golf course Cheerleading Workshop Registration begins: March 18 and paddling trails. Summer Youth Volleyball Registration: Deadline is May 3

For registration registration information, information, call call the the Athletics Athletics Office Office at at 254-750-5875 254-750-5875 For

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Good Times Guide - Spring/Summer 2014