It Starts In Parks

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In 2017, City Council and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board adopted the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan, with community input from more than 3,000 surveys. Plan priorities included park development and improvement, health and fitness and life enrichment. The It Starts In Parks initiative focuses on several upcoming projects for Waco’s neighborhoods, cultural and historical attractions and future city developments.

Project Updates


  • Kendrick Park Upgrades: Additional trail and sport court lighting. Installation of benches and shaded bleachers along the park's walking loop. Project completed in April 2019. 
  • Trail Blazer Park Design Improvements: Installation of new pavilion, playground and drinking fountain. Project completed in April 2021.

Cultural & Historical

  • Waco Sculpture Zoo: Riverwalk installation of 28 animal sculptures crafted by leading artists from across the United States. Artists submitted proposals to be selected and included in the project, which commemorates Cameron Park Zoo. Project completed in December 2019.
  • Suspension Bridge Renovations: Replacement of the historic bridge’s steel cables and wood decking, along with repairs to its cable houses. Project completion expected in fall 2022. 
  • Greenwood Cemetery Enhancements: Community heritage project to unify the perimeter of the cemetery for better care and protection. Improvements include formalized entrances and architectural enhancements. Project completed in summer 2020.

Inclusivity & Community Connections

  • Challenger League Fields relocation
  • Lake Air Little League Fields redesign
  • Inclusive Playground construction
  • Cotton Belt Railroad Bridge conversion