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City of Waco Parks and Recreation


An Outdoor Adventure Awaits At

Waco’s Source for

The Outdoors Community Centers Downtown Events Athletic Leagues Park Information

Brazos Park East

Spring / Summer 2012

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.



Welcome to the City of Waco Parks and Recreation Department’s 2012 Spring and Summer issue of the Good Times Guide.




Camps & classes

Inside you’ll find information for recreation programs, athletic leagues, park activities and community events.


Events & Activities


Outdoor & Nature


Sports & Fitness


Event Calendar



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 254750-5980. For an electronic version of the guide and for more parks and recreation info, please visit or follow us on Facebook for the news and information.

City of Waco Parks & Recreation

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

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Ready, Wet, WACO!!! The City of Waco and Hawaiian Falls Waterparks are proud to announce a partnership that will bring a first-class water adventure park to Waco. The new park, located at the site of the Waco Water Park, will feature $6.2 million in improvements such as a winding lazy river, towering water slides, a football-sized wave pool and more!!!

Spray Parks

Swimming Programs

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

This summer the City of Waco will partner with the YMCA, American Red Cross and Hawaiian Falls to ensure swim lessons are available for the Waco community.

The free-admission parks will be open until cold weather arrives, then they will re-open next spring. The spray pads are located at Cameron Park (Univ. Parks/Herring), Kendrick Park (4011 Bagby), Chapel Park (9420 Chapel Rd.), Dewey Park (925 N. 9th), Mountainview Park (2325 Mountainview) and Heritage Square (300 Austin).

The WACO WAVE swim team is open to all ages and is a great way for youth to stay active in the summer. The team practices on weekdays and competes in summer swim meets. Give us a call at 254-750-5980 to sign up for swim lessons or the swim team.

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Hawaiian Falls in Waco will be open from May 26 through September 3. General hours are 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily and open late until 8 p.m. on Fridays. Dates and times may vary, so please check the calendar often for daily hours and special events coming your way! Season Passes are now on sale at!


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summertime at the community centers South Waco, Dewey and Bledsoe-Miller Community Centers offer programs throughout the summer for all ages. Enjoy a day at the fitness facilities, join a sports league or be part of a community project.

After School Camps After School Camp

The City of Waco provides after school care at three community centers. Students participate in indoor and outdoor activities, tutoring, arts, crafts and recreational programs. Transportation is provided from selected schools. Call the centers for registration information and availability. Dates: Monday – Friday Time: 3 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: Community Centers Cost: $65/monthly Ages: 5 to 13 Contact: Bledsoe-Miller 254-750-8684 Dewey 254-750-8677 South Waco 254-750-8650

Spring Break Camp Children participate in various activities including recreational games, crafts and more. Campers must provide their own lunch. Date: March 12 – 16 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: Community Centers Cost: $65 Age: 5 to 13 Contact: Bledsoe-Miller 254-750-8684 Dewey 254-750-8677 South Waco 254-750-8650

cA M P S & c L A S S E S Summer Camp Campers participate in a variety of recreational and educational activities. The summer will be filled with arts and crafts, tennis, golf, kayaking, biking, archery, fishing, nature walks, library programs, field trips, dance and fitness programs, swimming and more! Breakfast and lunch are provided. Dates: Session 1: June 4 – June 29 Session 2: July 2 - July 27 Session 3 July 30 – August 17 Time: 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Mon. – Fri. Cost: $225 per child per session 1 2 $180 per child for session 3 $60 per child registration fee Age: 5 to 13 Contact: Bledsoe Miller 254-750-8684 Dewey 254-750-8677 South Waco 254-750-8650

Camp Cameron Adventure Camp An outdoor adventure camp that includes a mix of environmental and recreational activities such as hiking, archery, kayaking, swimming and field trips. Dates: June 4 – July 27; Mon. - Fri. Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: Camp Park Clubhouse Cost: $150 per two week session $60 registration fee Age: 5 to 13 Contact: 254-750-5980


Community Classes

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 Cost: Free; Lunch $5 Contact: 254-750-8684

GED/ESL Classes Program offered for area adults in GED preparation, TAKS review, literacy, writing, math, TASP review, and ESL. Collaborative program with MCC Adult Education. Date: Mon. & Wed; 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.; 9 a.m. - noon Where: South Waco Cost: Free Age: 17 & older Contact: 254-299-8777

Math and Reading is Fun Class will help students with math and reading skills to help with classroom work. Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: Free Age: 5 to 13 Contact: 254-750-8684

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Free Tax Help Presented with the AARP, this free service can answer most of the tax issues faced by low to moderate income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. IRScertified volunteers provide free tax return preparation and electronic filing. Date: Wed. and Thurs. through April 13 Time: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Where: South Waco Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-8650

“Getting Paid to Talk� Voice Over Classes Participants learn the ins and outs of Voice Acting (voice overs) from a professional producer, and have the opportunity to record a real script during the class.

Dance Classes

Swing Dance Lessons Class allows for partners to improvise steps dancing together while incorporating fun and exciting ways to stay healthy. Date: Tuesdays starting April 2 Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Where: Cameron Park Clubhouse Cost: $4 per class/$40 ten classes Age: 16 & up Contact: 254 -750-8684

El Folklorico Dance Program Celebrate the Hispanic Culture through dance. This group performs throughout the community and events.

Dates: March 26; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. July 24; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Where: Cameron Park Clubhouse Cost: $25 per person Age: Adults (16 and Older) Contact: 254-750-5980

Date: Mondays ages 7 to 10 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday ages 15 and up 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays ages: 11 to 14 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Cost: Free Contact: 254-855-1759

Resume Builder Workshop

El Folklorico Dance Clinic

Young adults will learn how to create a professional resume to help them prepare for the job market.

Celebrate the Hispanic Culture through dance and perform on May 4 and 5.

Date: May 5 Time: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: Free Age: 15 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8684

Date: Mon. in March; Wed. in April Time: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Ages: 5 to 13 Where: South Waco Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-8650

Community Centers are the perfect place to meet new friends, stay active & enjoy great playgrounds!

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Enjoy a brazos nights concert Each year, the Parks and Recreation Department produces the Brazos Nights concerts series in downtown Waco. The concerts are free and offer family fun and great music. Visit for all the concert info.

Community EVENTS

Easter Carnival

The Brazos Nights concert series kicks off with the Los Lonely Boys and Curtis Grimes.

Join the Easter fun with face painting, pictures with the Easter Bunny, inflatables, hot dogs, drinks and lots of fun!

Date: April 6 Time: 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Date: April 7 Time: 12 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-8684

South Waco Flea Market

Community Yard Sale

Empty out the closets and come participate in the Spring Community Flea Market at South Waco Park.

Empty those drawers and closets, box up that stuff in the garage, and bring them to the Community Yard Sale.

Date: April 7 Time: 8 a.m. - Noon Where: South Waco Park Cost: $10 per table Contact: 254-750-8650

Date: April 14 Time: 8 a.m. – noon Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $10 per table Contact: 254-750-8684

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Brazos Nights

Spring Garage Sale

The Brazos Nights concerts series continues on May 4 with a Cinco de May concert.

Clean out your closets and bring your items to sell at a community garage sale.

Date: May 4 Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Date: June 2 Time: 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $10 per table Age: All Ages Contact: 254- 750-8677

Cinco De Mayo Celebration Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with music, dancing, vendors, games and inflatables.

Brazos Nights The Brazos Nights concerts series continues on June 1 with Asleep at the Wheel.

Date: May 5 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: South Waco Park Cost: Free $3 game/inflatable fee Age: All ages Contact: 254-750-8650

Date: June 1 Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Contact: 254-750-5627

Fishing at Buena Vista

Juneteenth Carnival

Come experience a morning of fun at Buena Vista Park. Poles and bait will be provided.

Join us for fun, food, and games as we celebrate Juneteenth.

Date: May 12 Registration begins April 26 Time: 9 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $5 per child Ages: 8 & up Contact: 254-750-8684

Date: June 15 Time: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $3 per child Age: All Ages Contact: 254-750-8677

Fun Filled Family Night

The Fourth on the Brazos celebration features the H-E-B Fireworks Extravaganza.

Families can share a night of fun activities, including table games and basketball. Date: May 25 Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $10/family of four, $1 additional Contact: 254-750-8684

Fourth on the Brazos

Date: July 4 Time: 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. Where: Indian Spring Park Cost: Free Age: All Contact: 254-750-5627

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Fishing at Buena Vista Come experience a morning of fun at Buena Vista Park. Poles and bait provided. Date: July 7; Registration Apr. 26 Time: 9 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $5 per child Ages: 8 & up Contact: 254-750-8684

Carnival and Step Show An array of fun activities, including a Step Show, inflatables, and pony rides. Date: July 27 Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $3 per child Ages: 5 & up Contact: 254-750-8684

Youth Programs

Mother and Daughter Night Out Enjoy an evening of fun activities for Mothers, Grandmothers and Daughters. Date May 11; Registration begins Apr. 2 Time: 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $10 per family Ages: 4 & up Contact: 254-750-8684


Boys 2 Men Conference Young men will have the opportunity to learn about life lessons and words of wisdom from local business men and community leaders. Date: March 31 Time: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: Free- Breakfast & lunch provided Age: 10 to 17 Contact: 254-750-8684

Teen Program

Enjoy pizza, games and a trip to the movies.

Teens build friendships while learning about diversity and being a community citizen. The program provides homework assistance and tutoring, plus Fitness and Nutrition programs instructed by Baylor students.

Date: July 13 Time: 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Meet at Dewey Cost: $10 per child Age: 5 to 13 Contact: 254-750-8677

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Cost: Free- Costs for Field Trips Age: 14 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8650

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Teen Party – Blast from the Past

Counselor in Training

Teens build positive friendships while learning about diversity and being a community citizen.

Teens will have the opportunity to work with youth during the Summer Camp program. While in training, they will also learn how to network and work in a business environment.

Dates: March 23 Time: 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Community Center Cost: Free with School ID Age: 14 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8650

Dates: June 4 – Aug.17; Reg. begins Apr.1 Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $60 Age: 14 to 17 Contact: 254-750-8684

Teen Scene: It’s Not About You

Spring Job Fair for teens

Conference will provide information and essential life tools. Topics discussed include peer pressure, bullying, and self esteem with area Ministers, and professional counselors.

Job fair with local businesses that may be able to provide summer employment. Teens will fill out job applications and learn how to conduct themselves in an interview.

Date: March 31 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: Free; Lunch provided Age: 13 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8677

Dates: May 12 Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: Free Age: 15 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8684

e v e n t s & act i v i t ies Teen Counselor-In-Training Teens participate in mentoring programs and assist camp counselors with activities and special events. Teens must apply and be accepted to the training program. Registration begins May 1. Dates: June 4 – August 24 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Cost: $60 Age: 14 to 18 Contact: 254-750-8650

Senior activities

South Waco Senior Program Senior citizens to come together and enjoy a variety of activities from bingo to billiards, arts & crafts, and walking. The program is in collaboration with the Central Texas Senior Ministries. Date: Mondays through Fridays Time: 9 am to noon Where: South Waco Cost: Free to minimum activity fee Age: 55 & up Contact: 254-750-8650

Senior Day Cinco De Mayo Come and celebrate Cinco De Mayo at the South Waco Community Center. Activities include music, cards, dominoes and bingo. This is in collaboration with the Adult Activity Directors. Date: May 4 Time: 10 am. – 1 p.m. Where: South Waco Gym Cost: Free Age: 55 & Older Contact: 254-750-8650



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Spend the day at 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 information kiosks in the park, which provide maps, historical information and more.

Intro to Kayaking Class

Neighborhood Fishing

Dates: Every Wednesday through Oct. 2nd Saturday 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 throughout the summer. Fishing license and Texas State laws apply.

Noon Time Hike Enjoy a lunchtime hike in Cameron Park. Date: Tues. & Thurs. through May 31 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. Where: Bottom of Jacob’s Ladder Cost: Free Ages: 8 and Up Info: Hikes are 45 minutes. Bring water and wear closed toe shoes. Contact: 254-750-8057

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. (road) Sundays at 2 p.m. (trail) Where: Cameron 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 tournaments on the weekends.

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Fundamentals of Volleyball Camp


Learn self defense and while helping to stay in shape at South Waco Community Center. Each session is five weeks long and you are not required to sign up for all five. Dates: Every Tuesday and Wednesday Session 1 - February 7 - March 15 Session 2 - March 27 - May 3 Session 3 - May 15 - June 20 Session 4 - July 3 - August 8 Session 5 - August 21 - Sept. 12 Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Where: South Waco Cost $60 per session Age: 5 & older Contact: 254-750-8650

Sports Clinics

Fundamentals of Football Youth will learn the fundamentals of football through drills and conditioning. Date: April 21 Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $10 (includes camp T-shirt) Age: 5 to 12 Contact: 254-750-8684

Learn the fundamentals of volleyball including setting, spiking and serving. Each child will be placed on a team for league play. Date: June 9 Time: 10 a.m. - noon Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $10 includes camp T-shirt Age: 11 to 13 Contact: 254-750-8684

Cheerleading Workshop Learn basic cheer chants and moves from local high school cheerleaders. Date: June 23; Reg. begins May 1 Time: 9 a.m. - noon Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $25 (includes T-shirt) Age: 5 to 13 Contact: 254-750-8684


Summer Youth Basketball Dates: Register by May 18 Information Meeting: May 3 Where: Community Centers Cost: $50 Per Child Age: 12&U, 14&U, 16&U, 18&U Contact: 254-750-5875

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Youth Volleyball League

Youth Flag Football

Date: Register by May 4 Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $50 Per Person Age: 7th, 8th (JV and Varsity) Games: 8 Games + Playoffs Contact: 254-750-5875

Dates: August 25; Register by July 20 Draft Day: July 28 Where: Lake Air Football Fields Cost: $50 Per Child Age: 8&U, 10&U, 12&U, 14&U Games: 8 Games + Playoff Contact: 254-750-5875

Team Waco Summer Track Dates: June – July Registration: April and May Parent’s meeting May 15 State Meet: July 26 - 29 Where: Hart-Patterson Track Cost: $50 Per Child Age: 5 to 18 Contact: 254-750-5875


Men & Women’s Soccer League Date: Mon. and Wed.; Beginning Apr. 2 Time: 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Where: Lake Air Fields Cost: TBA Age: 18 & up Contact: 254-750-8650

TEAM WACO is the city’s annual summer track program for youth ages 5 to 18. Team members train with local and college athletes and compete for a trip to the Games of Texas.

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Date: Thursdays beginning April 19 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $250 per team Age: 15 & up Contact: 254-750-8677

Wellness Centers

Summer Softball Season Date: May 7; Register by April 13 Where: Riverbend Park Cost: $380 Per Team ($405 - Late Fee) Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

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

Adult Woman’s Volleyball

Early Bird Workout

Date: May 15; Register by May 6 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $40 Per Person Age: 18 and older Contact: 254-7505875

Rise and shine with an early bird workout to help stay fit and live an active lifestyle.

Fall Softball Season Date: August 6; Register by July 15 Where: Riverbend Park Cost: $380 Per Team ($405 - Late Fee) Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

Adult Co-Ed Volleyball

Make time for a workout at a Community Wellness Center. Each center offers cardio equipment, along with free weights, locker rooms and programs.

Date: Mondays – Thursdays Time: 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $20 (purchase punch card) Contact: 254-750-8684

Zumba Hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program for all ages that will blow you away.

Date: August 20; Register by Aug. 10 Coaches meeting August 16 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $40 Per Person Age: 18 and Up Contact: 254-750-5875

Date: Ongoing Time: Tues. and Thurs: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Where: Bledsoe-Miller Cost: $40/ten classes or $5 per class Contact: 254-750-8684

Men’s Church Basketball

Date: Every Tuesday and Thursday Time: 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Where: South Waco Gym Cost: Free Age: 18 and up Contact: 254-750-8650

Date: Every Friday beginning April 27 Where: Dewey Community Center Cost: $350 per team Age: 18 & up Contact: 254-750-8677

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Waco Regional tennis & 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: Family Membership: Individual Membership: Youth Membership (18 and under):

$45 $180 $120 $60

Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday: 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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):

$10 $15 $95

Fitness Membership Monthly pricing for individuals, couples, and families.

Adult Leagues USTA: WRTC:

March – May June – July June – July (mixed doubles) 254-753-7675

$5 $5/hr

Ball Machine 1/2 Hour Rental 1 Hour Rental Annual Rental (unlimited use)

Sunday 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Future Stars Time: Cost: Age:

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. $40 all week Mon., Wed, Fri. $24 Tues. and Thurs. $16 7– 8

Super Stars Time: Cost: Age:

10 a.m. – noon $120 all week Mon., Wed, Fri. $72 Tues. and Thurs. $48 9 – 11

Little Tennis

Tournament Stars

Time: Cost: Age:

Time: Cost: Age:

9 a.m. – 10 a.m. $40 all week Mon., Wed, Fri. $24 Tues. and Thurs. $16 5-6

10 a.m. – noon $40 all week Mon., Wed, Fri. $24 Tues. and Thurs. $16 10 and older

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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.

golf Rates & Fees Weekday Green Fees 18 - hole Non-Member 9 hole, Twilight, Tuesday Special Super Twilight (after 6) Junior Senior (55 +) Weekend Green Fees 18-hole Non Member 9 hole, Twilight Super Twilight (after 6)

$23 $20 $13 $15 $17

$31 $25 $16


Cart Fees 18-hole per person 9-hole per person Senior Twilight Super Twilight

$16 $10 $11 $10 $7

Range Fees Small Basket Regular Basket Large Basket

$5 $8 $9

Tournaments Junior Course Adults Children (12 and under)

$5 $2

School Districts/Colleges Call 254-745-6009 for special rates.

Cottonwood Creek is an ideal place for a business or charity to host a tournament. Cottonwood includes a tournament pavilion, a driving range, catering, and a pro shop. For questions and availability, call 254745-6009.


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CELEBRATE AT Fourth on the brazos The City of Waco hosts more than 100 events each year, including Central Texas’ largest Fourth of July celebration. Whether it is an adventure run, a concert in the park or a bike race, Waco has an event for everyone. Visit for an up-to-date listing of events in Waco’s parks.

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Baylor Bearathon

Downtown Waco/Cameron Park

Indian Spring Park

Bledsoe-Miller Community Center

April 6 April 7

April 21

Brazos Nights

Easter Carnival Beasts & Blooms and Earth Day

Cameron Park Zoo

Heritage Square

Indian Spring Park

April 28 May 4 May 4 - 6 May 5

Stiletto Stampede for a Cure Brazos Nights SDBA Boat Races Brazos Park East

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

South Waco Park

Cameron Park

May 5 May 6

Police Memorial Run Wade Bowen Benefit Concert

Indian Spring Park

May 9

Veterans Memorial Service

Veterans Memorial

Indian Spring Park

Indian Spring Park

Indian Spring Park

May 12 May 19 June 1 June 1 - 3


Paws in the Park Cystic Fibrosis Walk Brazos Nights

Waco Charity Open Disc Golf Cameron Park

June 15

Juneteenth Carnival

Dewey Community Center

Indian Spring Park/Elm Street

Cameron Park Zoo

Indian Spring Park

Downtown Waco, Cameron Park

Cameron Park

June 15 - 17 Juneteenth Celebration June 29 - 30 Zoobilee and Kids Zoobilee July 4 July 22

Fourth on the Brazos Tri-Waco Triathlon

August 18-19 XTERRA Adventure Race


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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 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. The park will reopen in the coming months.

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 or call 750-7946. Waco Skate Park 1301 Bernard Waco Skate Park is a concrete, lighted skate facility filled with ramps, rails and other equipment. The park is open to the public daily at no charge.

Waco Water Park 900 Lakeshore Drive Waco Water Park features two twisting water slides, two pools, loads of interactive water toys and shade pavilions that are perfect for parties.

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.

2 6 at t ract ion s 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. Bledsoe-Miller Park and Community Center 300 Martin Luther King Blvd. Bledsoe-Miller Park is a riverfront area next to the Suspension Bridge. The park features a pavilion, a new playground, soccer field and fishing dock. Bledsoe-Miller Community Center, which has a wellness room, gym, game room and meeting room, is also in the park. Available for rental.

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 or call (254) 750-5980

ci t y con tact s CITY LEADERSHIP City Leaders

Parks & Recreation Advisory Board

Mayor: Jim Bush City Council District 1: Wilbert Austin, Sr. City Council District 2 : Alice Rodriguez City Council District 3: Randy Riggs City Council District 4: Toni Herbert City Council District 5: Malcolm Duncan City Manager: Larry Groth


Derrel Luce Penny Forrest Allan “Trey” Miller Paul Leon Willie “Bubba” Williamson Wesley Lloyd Delisa Burnell-Smith Steve May Sammy Smith Towne Adams Frank Proctor

Cottonwood Creek Advisory Board Bobby Ray Robinson John Derrick Belinda Jennings G. Robert Claypool Nathan Embry Gordon Neal

Michael Reaves Robert Cline. Jr. Laura Kocek Joe Sullins Bobby Jacobs

Parks & Recreation Department Main Office: 201 W. Waco Drive Phone: (254) 750-5980 Administration Rusty Black Municipal Services Director Peggy McCart Program Administrator Nelson Washington Senior Financial Analyst 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 Reggie Jackson Athletics Manager 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 254.750.5984 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 254.750.8092 254.750.5781 254.750.5627 254.750.8684 254.750.8677 254.750.8650 254.750.5845

Waco Mammoth Site Don Esker

Mammoth Site Coordinator


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


Summer Youth Basketball

Registration: Deadline is April 13

Registration: Deadline is May 18

Cheerleading Workshop

Team Waco Summer Track

Registration: Deadline is May 1

Registration: Deadline is May 25

Summer Youth Volleyball Registration: Deadline is May 4

Youth Flag Football Registration: Deadline is July 20

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


View the rivers like never before. The Brazos Brigdes and Bosque Bluffs paddling trails are now open! Visit for trail info!

Nothing Compares to a Sunset in the Park

Enjoy the natural wonders of Cameron Park, the place where Waco celebrates life. Relax along the river, explore the hidden trails and discover the most breathtaking views in Central Texas.

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Good Times Guide - Spring/Summer 2012  

Waco's guide for recreation and outdoor fun