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Temple Parks and Leisure Services strives to provide Temple residents and visitors creative programs, quality parks and facilities, and exceptional services. This guide provides an overview of all we have to offer. Current and upcoming programs and events can be found online at www.templeparks.com and in our seasonal activity guide, Play by Play. If you have any questions, please call us at 254-298-5690 or email us at templeparks@templetx.gov.

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Table of Contents Recreation Centers

Summit Fitness Center Sammons Community Center Wilson Park Recreation Center Sammons Golf Links Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum

Aquatics

Sammons Park Indoor pool Outdoor Swimming Pools and Splash Pads Lions Junction Family Water Park

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Trails 13 Map 14 Amenities 15 Community Parks 16-17 Leagues and Races 18 Rentals 19 Special Events Recreational Programs Camps & After School Support Your Parks

Special Facilities

Gober Party House/Clarence Martin Gym Skate Park/Disc Golf/ Bark Park Bend of the River Ranch /Community Gardens/ Farmer’s Market Whistle Stop Playground/ All Access Playground/ Amphitheater

Temple Parks & Leisure Services Administrative Office: 2 N Main St., Suite 201 Temple, TX 76501 254-298-5690 www.templeparks.com

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Parks and Trails

Programs and Events

The mission of the Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department is to provide our residents and visitors with creative programs, quality parks/facilities, and exceptional services to improve their quality of life.

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City Council

Mayor Danny Dunn Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales, District 2 Tim Davis, District 1 Perry Cloud, District 3 Russell Schneider, District 4

Temple Parks & Leisure Services Advisory Board Doug Smith, Chair David Rapp, Vice Chair Scott Allen John Bailey Justice Bigbie Fabian Gomez Mary McGlory Mike Pilkington

Temple Parks & Leisure Services Director Ken Cicora

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Summit Fitness Center 620 Fryer’s Creek Circle 254.298.5348 www.templesummit.com

The Summit is one of Temple’s premier fitness centers! This unique facility offers everything from cardio and weight training equipment to a youth fitness room, swimming pool, tennis courts, racquetball courts, and an indoor rock climbing room. The Summit also offers a variety of fitness classes with professional instructors and personal trainers.

Hours:

Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

5am-10pm 5am-8pm 8am-6pm 12pm-6pm

Amenities:

• 20-Foot Indoor Rock Climbing Room • Outdoor Seasonal Swimming Pool • 8 Tennis Courts, USTA Professional Instruction, Youth and Adult Classes and Leagues • 2 Racquetball Courts • Variety of Cardio Equipment • Weight Training Equipment • Free Weights • Youth Interactive Fitness Zone • Personal Training • Spin Studio • Group Exercise Classes • Childcare • Locker Rooms with Saunas and Hot Tubs • Snack Bar

Low cost memberships are available!

Stop by for a tour.

Temple Golf & Fitness Club offers great value for membership privileges at both the Summit and at Sammons Golf Course. Call us for details on this special deal.

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Sammons Community Center 2220 West Avenue D 254.298.5403

Boasting a gorgeous view of Lake Jim Thornton, the Sammons Community Center is a welcome retreat where Temple adults and seniors can find daily opportunities for socializing, fitness, education, and fun! A membership at Sammons Community Center provides access to free daily activities, educational programs and amenities such as a computer lab, billiards tables, a fitness room and a small reading area. Free daily social activities such as fitness classes, card games, crochet groups, and weekly bingo are also included. Programs and activities are offered day and night. Stop by for a tour and more information during regular office hours Monday though Friday 8am - 5pm.

Amenities:

• Billiards Room • Exercise Room • Library Nook • Lounge with Coffee Bar • Computer Lab • Entertainment Center with Cable TV • Horseshoes/ Washers

• Dances and Socials • Daily Card and Other Games • Exercise Classes • Daytrips Across Central Texas • Arts & Crafts • Informational and Wellness Events

Programs:

Senior Free Lunch Program

A free lunch program is offered Monday through Friday for seniors. Qualifying seniors can contact the center for more information on how to register to receive a nutritionally balanced meal during the week.

Special Events

At the Sammons Community Center, we are always looking for a reason to celebrate. Whether we are honoring mothers and fathers, celebrating our nation’s independence, or dressing up in spooky costumes, you can count on us to organize a fun social gathering.

The Community Center is also a great facility available to rent for a variety of events including weddings, receptions, meetings, and more.

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Wilson Park Recreation Center

2205 Curtis B. Elliott Drive 254-298-5740

The Wilson Recreation Center offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities for all ages. The center has an indoor gym, two workout rooms and multiple meeting rooms. These rooms, along with a small kitchen, are available to rent for meetings, parties, and get-togethers. Members of the Wilson Park Recreation Center enjoy wonderful benefits such as access to a strength training and cardio fitness room. Members also enjoy the opportunity to participate in open gym sports such as basketball and table tennis.

Hours:

Monday – Friday 8am-9pm Saturday 9am-2pm Sunday 1pm-8pm

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Amenities:

• Weight Room • Cardio Fitness Room • Indoor Basketball Court • 2 Indoor Volleyball Courts • Locker Rooms • Classroom/ Meeting Rooms • Ping Pong Tables • Youth Climbing Wall


Sammons Golf Links 2727 West Adams Avenue 254-771-2030 www.golfsammons.com Open Daily: 7am-Dusk

Sammons Golf Links is an 18-hole c hampionship course conveniently located off I-35 in Temple, Texas. First opened in 1922, the golf course has seen many changes and improvements over the years yet has always been a centerpiece of the community. Recently renovated, Sammons has new Emerald Bermuda grass greens and a re-routed golf course that returns both nines to the clubhouse. Also as part of the renovation, you will find one of the most demanding par 5’s and a collection of some of the best par 3’s in Central Texas. The golf course plays around Lake Polk and along Bird Creek which feeds into and out of the lake. With 16 holes having water in play, each hole requires that you pay attention to strategy and shot execution. The golf course is a par 70 which ranges from a very manageable 4727 yards from the forward tees to a challenging 6562 yards from the championship tees. With four sets of tee boxes, golfers of all skill levels will find a challenging and fun golf course in a truly memorable setting.

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18-Hole Championship Layout Fully Stocked Pro Shop Lighted Driving Range Putting Green & Chipping Practice Full Service Grill Private or Group Lessons Banquet Facilities Tournaments Available PGA Professional on Staff Book Tee Time Online

Several membership options are available – stop by and ask for details or visit our website. Visit www.golfsammons.com to book a tee time and to sign up for our Birthday Club to receive a free round of golf on your birthday!

Temple Golf & Fitness Club offers great value for membership privileges at both the Summit and at Sammons Golf Links.

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Frank W. Mayborn Civic & Convention Center 3303 North 3rd Street 254-298-5720 www.mayborncenter.com

Located conveniently in the heart of Central Texas, the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center is the perfect place for your next event. We strive to be your banquet and meeting facility of choice by excelling in customer service. Our on-site event coordinator will ensure that every detail is taken into consideration, and our trained event staff will make sure that your event is a success. The Mayborn Culinary Services team welcomes you. Whether you are planning a three course meal or need a simple break service, our team looks forward to making your event a success. You may choose from our existing menu or create a custom menu for your event. Our professionally trained Culinary Services Team is committed to providing the highest quality food and beverage for your dining experience. Whether you are planning a business meeting or a wedding reception, our experienced staff looks forward to serving you.

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Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum at the Santa Fe Depot

315 West Avenue B 254-298-5172 www.rrhm.org Completed in 1911, the historic Santa Fe Depot houses the Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum and a working Amtrak Station. The museum explores the history of the railroad and topics relating to local and regional history. The museum also regularly hosts changing temporary exhibits and educational programming. The Santa Fe Depot is located next to an active railroad yard, where rail fans can observe daily operations and traffic of the BNSF and Amtrak. The museum’s collection of railroad equipment is displayed on the grounds, including three locomotives, railroad passenger cars, and cabooses on static display. Restoration work on this rolling stock collection is ongoing. The depot is also a very popular rental venue for meetings, banquets, wedding receptions, and other special events.

Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday • 10am-4pm

Admission

Adults: $4.00 Seniors: $3.00 (ages 60+) Children: $2.00 (ages 5-12) Children under 5 are free

Memberships are also available. Members receive free admission and special access to events!

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Sammons Park Indoor Pool 2220 West Avenue D 254-298-5930

Hours:

Monday – Thursday Friday Saturday

5:30am-8pm 5:30am-3pm 12-3pm

The Sammons Park Indoor Pool is a great destination for year-round aquatic fun! This heated pool features lap swim times, swimming lessons, aerobic, fitness, and therapeutic classes. The pool is also available to rent for parties and other functions.

Amenities:

• Heated Pool • 4 Lanes / 25 Yards Long • Handicap Accessible Ramp Entrance • Locker Rooms • Group Exercise Classes • Group, Semi-Private, and Private Swimming Lessons

Individuals can enjoy open swim or a fitness class by purchasing a day pass or a punch card. Punch cards allow participants to swim or take a class at a reduced rate.

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Water Fun!

Looking for a fun way to cool off from the Texas heat? Swimming pools and splash pads offer hours of fun! Swimming lessons are offered at all pool locations. The pools are also available for party and event rentals.

Walker Pool

2615 N 3rd Street

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Diving Board Aquaclimb Wall Waterslide Baby Pool

Clark Pool

1806 Curtis B. Elliott Drive

• Diving Board • Waterslide • Zero Depth Entry

L ow - c o s t member ships ar e a va i l a b le wa t e r f f o r un summer all long!

Summit Fitness Center Pool 620 Fryer’s Creek Circle

• Waterslides • Baby Pool • Family Changing Area

Splash Pads

Children of all ages enjoy splashing around and cooling off at the splash pads! Each splash pad is open 8am – 8pm during the late spring to early fall season.

Ferguson Park Splash Pad 1203 East Adams Avenue

Miller Park Splash Pad 1919 North 1st Street

West Temple Park Splash Pad 121 South Montpark Road

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Lions Junction Family Water Park 5000 South 5th Street 254-298-5920 www.lionsjunction.com

Lions Junction Water Park is the perfect summer getaway for the whole family! Whether you want to race down the slides or relax and float the lazy river, you are sure to enjoy a day at the water park. Come out to Lions Junction and you will find: • 3-Story Waterslides • Lazy River • Aquatic Playground • Beach Entry • Splash Pad • Splash Radio • Snack Shack • Lockers for Rent Daily Hours during Summer Season: Monday – Friday 11am-7pm Tuesday Late Swim 7pm-9pm Saturday 11am-6:30pm Sunday 12pm-6:30pm Season pass holders get exclusive access to deals and members-only events throughout the summer. Discount coupons, members only nights, and free locker rentals are only a few of the great benefits! Season pass holders also get unlimited access to both Walker and Clark Swimming Pools all summer long! A pavilion or even the full water park can be rented for parties and special events! Available rental dates book up fast! We start booking a few months before we open for the summer so please call and reserve your space early.

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Trails Whether you are walking a dog, jogging, biking, or taking a leisurely stroll, Temple’s 18 miles of hike and bike trails are designed to help you achieve a healthy lifestyle and experience the great outdoors. Temple’s trails are located around town and feature various lengths and special amenities. The City of Temple is continuously working to expand the trails system even further throughout Temple connecting the different regions and attractions in the city.

Conner Park Trail 408 Old Waco Rd Echo Village Park Trail 5030 Stonehaven Dr FM 2305 Hike & Bike Trail W Hwy 2305 Friar’s Creek Hike & Bike Trail 1 5000 S 5th St Friar’s Creek Hike & Bike Trail 2 2264 S 5th St Jackson Park Trail 925 N 4th St Jones Park Trail 1102 W Avenue H Lions Park Trail 4320 Lions Park Rd Miller Park Trail 1919 N 1st St Pepper Creek Hike & Bike Trail W HWY 2305 Silverstone Park Trail 404 Waters Dairy Rd South Temple Park Trail 5000 S 5th St Terrace Gardens Park Trail 2015 Linwood Rd West Temple Park Trail 121 S Montpark Rd Wilson Park Trail 2205 Curtis B. Elliott Woodbridge Park Trail 3620 Whispering Oaks

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www.templetrails.org

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Parks & Facilities Map

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AMPHITHEATER

MUSEUM

WASHERS / HORSESHOES

FM 2305 HIKE & BIKE

W. HWY 2305

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FRIARS CREEK HIKE & BIKE 1 & 2

5000 S. 5TH ST.

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GOBER PARTY HOUSE

1516 W. AVENUE H

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LIONS JUNCTION FAMILY WATER PARK

5000 S. 5TH ST.

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MARVIN FENN RECREATION AREA

702 S. 57TH ST.

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MAYBORN CONVENTION CENTER

3303 N. 3RD ST.

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PEPPER CREEK HIKE & BIKE TRAIL

W. HWY 2305

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SAMMONS COMMUNITY CENTER

2220 W. AVENUE D

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SAMMONS GOLF LINKS

2727 W. ADAMS AVE.

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SAMMONS PARK INDOOR POOL

2220 B WEST AVE. D

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SAULSBURY COMMUNITY GARDENS

2200 SAULSBURY DR.

SUMMIT FITNESS CENTER

620 FRYERS CREEK CIR.

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TEMPLE SKATE PARK

104 S. 7TH ST

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WHISTLESTOP PLAYGROUND

20 SOUTH 11TH ST.

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SANTA FE DEPOT

315 W. AVENUE B

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WILSON PARK REC CENTER

2205 CURTIS B. ELLIOTT

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BENTWOOD PARK

5867 HIGH MEADOW DR. M 1

CARVER PARK

1412 S. 4TH ST.

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COLQUITT PARK

3501 HICKORY RD.

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CONNER PARK

408 OLD WACO RD.

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DOCTORS PARK

213 S. 32ND ST.

DRAUGHON PARK

701 S. 34TH ST.

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ECHO VILLAGE PARK

5030 STONEHAVEN DR.

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FERGUSON PARK

1203 E. ADAMS AVE.

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FRED SPRINGER PARK

315 W. AVENUE B

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FREEDOM PARK

8456 TARVER DR.

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FREEDOM VILLAGE PARK

7007 FREEDOM DR.

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HODGE PARK

1602 S. 61ST ST.

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JACKSON PARK

925 N. 4TH ST.

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JAYCEE PARK

2302 W. AVENUE Z

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JEFFERSON PARK

2310 MONTICELLO RD.

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JEFF HAMILTON PARK

501 S. 14TH ST.

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JONES PARK

1102 W. AVENUE H

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KIWANIS PARK

3102 ANACHO DR.

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LIONS PARK

4320 LIONS PARK RD.

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LITTLE BLUESTEM PARK

601 TROY ST.

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MILLER PARK

1919 N. 1ST ST.

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NETTLES PARK

1615 N 11TH ST.

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NORTHWEST HILLS PARK

813 BRANDYWINE DR.

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OAK CREEK PARK

2304 FOREST TRL.

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OAKS AT WESTWOOD PARK

8423 SKYVIEW

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OPTIMIST PARK

820 W. MUNROE AVE.

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SCOTT & WHITE PARK

1601 S. 19TH ST.

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SILVERSTONE PARK

404 WATERS DAIRY RD.

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SOUTH TEMPLE PARK

5000 S. 5TH ST.

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SPANISH SOUTHWEST PARK

1414 PASEO DEL PLATA

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TANGLEWOOD PARK

206½ LAKEVIEW LANE

TEMPLE SOUTH ROTARY PARK

4306 LONESTAR TRL.

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TERRACE GARDENS PARK

2015 LINWOOD RD.

.25MI M M

VALLEY RANCH PARK

7211 DUBOSE RD.

VON ROSENBERG PARK

7918 TARVER DR.

WALKER PARK

2615 N. 3RD. ST.

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WATERFORD PARK

5001 WARWICKE DR.

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WEST TEMPLE PARK

121 S. MONTPARK RD.

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WESTERN HILLS PARK

4420 GAZELLE TRL.

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WESTRIDGE PARK

309 EAST RIDGE BLVD.

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WILSON PARK

2205 CURTIS B. ELLIOTT DR. 1.75MI M

WOODBRIDGE PARK

3620 WHISPERING OAKS

PARKS ADDRESSES

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DOG PARK

RESTROOMS

VOLLEYBALL

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LAKE/POND

120 W. CENTRAL AVE.

MEETING ROOMS

VISITOR CENTER

DISC GOLF

PICNIC TABLES

PAVILION

1 1 M

FB/SOCCER FIELDS

102 W. ELM AVE.

SOFTBALL FIELDS

CLARENCE MARTIN GYM

BASEBALL FIELDS

TENNIS COURTS

PLAYGROUND

7915 S. GENERAL BRUCE DR. M M M

SWIMMING POOL

M 1 M

BEND OF THE RIVER

ADDRESSES

SPLASH PAD

420 E. BARTON AVENUE

TRAILS

BAKER FIELD

SPECIAL FACILITIES

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BASKETBALL COURTS

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Temple is home to 58 developed parks and special use facilities. Smaller neighborhood parks each offer a small oasis, with playgrounds, barbecue grills, picnic tables, and more. While larger community parks provide athletic fields, picnic pavilions, horseshoe and washer pits, splash pads, trails, and much more.

Community Parks: Lions Park

4320 Lions Park Road

• 100 Acres • 3 Playgrounds • 4 Softball Fields • 2 Soccer Fields • 2 BBQ Grills • Pond • 2 Picnic Pavilions • 2 Mile Trail – National Recreation Trail • 18-Hole Disc Golf Course • Restrooms • Rotary South All Access Playground • Central Texas Bark Park • Horseshoe/ Washer Pits • Lions Amphitheater Wilson

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Park

2205 Curtis B. Elliott Drive

• 110 Acres • Playground • 1.75 Mile Trail • Wilson Park Recreation Center • Clark Swimming Pool • 2 Tennis Courts • 4 Baseball Fields • 6 Soccer Fields • 2 Basketball Courts • 4 Softball Fields • 1 Sand Volleyball Court • 2 BBQ Grills • 2 Picnic Pavilions


South Temple Park 5000 South 5th Street

• 49 Acres • 18-Hole Disc Golf Course • Playground • .75 Mile Trail • Lions Junction Family Water Park

Miller Park

1919 North 1st Street

• 30 Acres • Playground • Splash Pad • .75 Mile Trail with 10 Fitness Stations • 1 Backstop • Pond • 3 BBQ Grills • 3 Picnic Pavilions • Basketball Court • Soccer Field • Restrooms • Cricket Pitch

West Temple Park 121 Montpark Road

• 30 Acres • Playground • Splash Pad • Sand Volleyball Court • 1 Mile Trail • Basketball Court • 2 Backstops • 8 BBQ Grills • 2 Picnic Pavilions • 2 Soccer/Football Fields • Restrooms

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Athletic Leagues & Races Play Ball! Adult Leagues: Playing league sports is a blast! Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, we have different divisions for skill levels as well as men’s and co-ed for most leagues.

Dodgeball Volleyball Flag Football Kickball Softball Tennis Basketball

Youth Leagues: Participating in sports gives kids the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of team work, healthy competition, commitment, and more. It’s also a great way for your kids to stay fit! Temple Parks & Leisure Youth Leagues are organized by age division and are coached by volunteers.

Swim Flag Football Basketball

On Your Mark! Temple Parks & Leisure Services hosts several popular races throughout the year bringing all ages and athletic abilities out to enjoy! Visit www.racetemple.com for specific event dates and more information.

Spring Chicken 10K Hot 2 Trot 5K For the Run of It 10K Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5K Jingle Bun Run and Half Marathon

Visit www.templeparks.com or call 254.298.5582 for more information on leagues and races. Temple Parks and Leisure Services partners with several local sports associations to provide other youth league sports. Centex Youth Soccer • 254.791.4625 •www.centexstorm.com Temple Youth Baseball Association 254.541.6353 • www.templeyouthbaseball.com Central Texas Youth Softball Association • 254.771.0285 • www.leaguelineup.com/ctysa All American Youth Sports Group (Youth Football) • 254.654.0985 • www.leaguelineup.com/aaysg

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Rentals Looking for a place for your next party, special event, meeting, get together? We have several great options for you! Bend of the River Ranch Gober Party House Picnic Pavilions in the Parks Lions Junction Family Water Park Swimming Pools Santa Fe Depot Sammons Golf Links Clarence Martin Gym Summit Fitness Center Mayborn Convention Center Sammons Community Center And more! Call us at 254-298-5690 to see which options might work best for you!

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Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department is dedicated to hosting fun, family-friendly events throughout the year for our community to come together and enjoy! Hot Summer Sounds Heat up the Central Texas summer nights with live music and family entertainment every Friday night during the summer. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets for these awesome outdoor concerts.

Fourth of July Family Fun Fest

Celebrate our nation’s independence with a day of arts and crafts, great food, family entertainment, live music, and a grand fireworks show.

Santa at the Depot

Greet Santa as he arrives by train to Temple and enjoy fun, family activities at this event.

Movies in the Park

Enjoy big-screen movies, outdoors, under the stars during the summer. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to enjoy these free movies.

Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Held in downtown Temple gathers the community for the evening parade with thousands of Christmas lights and fun parade floats!

Father Daughter Dance

Fathers get to spend quality time with their daughters with an evening of dancing, carriage rides, and memories to last a lifetime.

Mom Prom

A night of dancing and fun for mothers and sons to be silly and enjoy quality time together.

The Haunted Hayride

A family-friendly and fun spooky Halloween trail ride through Wilson Park.

The Battle of Temple Junction

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This Civil War Reenactment brings history to life with full scale battles, surgeon demonstrations, cavalry competitions, and much more.


Recreation Programs We offer a wide variety of arts and crafts, fitness, learning, and adventure classes and programs throughout the year for all ages. The Play by Play, our seasonal activity guide, lists upcoming programs, classes, and events. This free guide is available at our recreation centers and online at www.templeparks.com. Looking for something to keep your kids active and entertained? We offer after-school programs, activity classes, day camps, summer camps, sports, and more. Many adult classes are also offered for those wanting to learn a new skill, join a fitness class, or participate in social activities and events.

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Camps and After School Programs We know how important great affordable after school care and summer camps are to parents. We offer great on-site afterschool care, spring break camps, and summer camps that are affordable, fun, and keep kids active, engaged, and learning in a safe environment.

Camp Heatwave

An adventure-based summer camp features a broad range of activities: archery, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, rock wall climbing and other sports and games sure to make a memorable summer.

Camp Horizon and 2.0 are discovery camps where campers will

learn about art and science while participating in general recreation programs during the day.

Sammons Junior Golf Academy

Engages children in the game of golf. Different sections for age groups and skill level allow for a great learning experience for everyone.

Several other mini and day camps are offered throughout the year featuring specific interests for kids to learn, experience, and enjoy!

The Zone On-Site After School Program Offers quality recreational activities, scheduled homework time, and a daily snack. Offered at Cater, Kennedy Powell, Thornton, Western Hills, High Point, Lakewood, Pirtle, Tarver, and St. Mary’s Elementary Schools.

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Support Your Parks Get Involved

Volunteers are vital to the Temple Parks and Leisure Services Department. Volunteers help promote citizen participation in the expansion, enhancement, and delivery of quality facilities and services to our community. Volunteer opportunities are available in everything from assisting with special events, daily activities and programs at the Temple Railroad & Heritage Museum, recreation centers and athletic programs.

Adopt A Park

With 58 developed parks and special use facilities to maintain and limited staff, we are very thankful for our Adopt-A-Park groups. These groups help clean up, maintain, report issues, and help assure their designated park is in top condition for the community to enjoy. If you or your group is interested in adopting a park, please call 254-298-5774.

Temple Parks Foundation

The Temple Parks Foundation is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization created in 2001 to help fill needs in the parks system that cannot be provided by the City due to funding and time constraints. The Foundation has provided many things for our community! Everything from the Annual Movies in the Park events, Whistle Stop Playground, Rotary South All Access Playground, Art in the Park, and much more. If you are interesting in learning more about the Temple Parks Foundation, please call 254-298-5690.

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Special Facilities Gober Party House 1516 West Avenue H 254-298-5690

A variety of classes, programs, and activities for all ages are also available at this facility throughout the year. A current schedule of upcoming activities can be found at www.templeparks.com. The Gober Party House features a large multi-purpose room with a small kitchen that is available to rent for a variety of events: weddings, receptions, training seminars, parties, etc.

Clarence Martin Gym 102 West Elm Avenue 254-298-5582

Clarence Martin Gymnasium was once used by Temple High School. Today, it serves as a recreation center for the City of Temple. It features an indoor basketball court and two volleyball courts. The gym is used for City Athletic Leagues and is available for the public to rent for events, practices, and other uses.

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Temple Skate Park

7th Street and Avenue B

Bring your skateboards, rollerblades, or bike and enjoy Temple’s own skate park! Hours: Daylight Free

Disc Golf

Temple is home to two 18-hole disc golf courses. South Temple Park is home to a course designed by John Houck, the two-time Freestyle World Champion. Houck is considered to be the number one disc golf course designer in the world! This course sits along a natural section of Friar’s Creek and consists of throw ranges in length of 200 – 600 feet. Lions Park boasts another 18-hole championship course through the beautiful, wooded park.

Central Texas Bark Park

4320 Lions Park Road

Let your dog run free and socialize in this fenced-in dog park complete with agility equipment and separate areas for large and small dogs.

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Bend of the River Ranch

7915 South General Bruce Drive 254-298-5690

This beautiful 30-acre, historic ranch was donated to the City of Temple in 2011 by Bernice Talasek and her family in memory of Reuben Talasek. This piece of historic Temple is known for hosting many civic and family events. Many state and national celebrities visited with Rueben Talasek at the ranch. Temple Parks and Leisure Services along with a determined group of citizens are now in the planning stages to transform this property into a beautiful and unique botanic garden that would provide a source of recreation, education, research, and would help bring tourists to the area. The botanic garden is a long term project, but for now the ranch is available to rent for weddings, special events, meetings, or photography sessions.

Saulsbury Community Gardens 2200 Saulsbury Drive 254-298-5690

The community gardens were formed 25 years ago to provide an opportunity for gardening to those who, for space, equipment, or other reasons do not have a garden of their own. Gardeners of any skill level can rent a plot at the community gardens to put their green thumb to the test.

Temple Farmer’s Market

Corner of 1st Street and Avenue C

Area growers gather every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from May – October to sell their finest bounty of fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, and specialty products harvested directly from their garden to you.

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Whistle Stop Playground 22 South 11th Street

Designed by our children and built for our children, the Whistle Stop Playground dream became a reality as 3,000 volunteers came together over six days to build the 14,000-square-foot playground in 2003. This playground has become a symbol of pride for the community and a true Temple icon.

Temple Rotary South All Access Playground 4320 Lions Park Road

Temple’s fully-accessible playground located in Lions Park designed for children of all ages who have mental or physical disabilities. This playground was made possible by generous donations of several local groups and service organizations.

Lions Amphitheater 4320 Lions Park Road

The Lions Amphitheater is located at the site of the old Lions Swimming Pool. The Temple Parks Foundation raised community support and donations to construct this outdoor amphitheater to provide a unique space for community concerts, recitals, plays, and performances.

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2 N. Main St., Suite 201 Temple, Texas 76501

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