MUNICIPAL INFORMATION

Waco Lions Park Poised for Revitalization

With Community Support

The City of Waco, Lions Park Trust Board, and many community partners are pleased to announce the revitalization of Waco’s beloved treasure, Lions Park, at 1716 N. 42nd Street in Waco. John Tipton, immediate Past President of the Waco Founder Lion’s Club, and a member of the Lions Park Trust Board shared they are interested in a larger partnership that will allow for planning, revitalization, and most importantly, a continuation of this special park venue for the children of Waco.

“We are grateful for our patrons, volunteers, and the entire community’s support of Lions Park over the years and look forward to the next phase in partnership with the City of Waco and other community organizations. The future of Lions Park is bright,” said John Tipton.

According to City Manager Bradley Ford, while the park will temporarily close to undergo a strategic planning and rebuilding process, the City of Waco anticipates committing $2 million to ensure the brightest future for Lions Park.

Lions Park was established in 1952 by the Waco Lions as a unique and widely popular place for children. Volunteers and community organizations, such as the Junior League of Waco, have donated hundreds of hours and resources to this local institution.

“Lions Park is a unique place for families to gather, and I’m excited we have the opportunity to reimagine this park, so it continues to be the community asset it has been for nearly 70 years. Our community remains deeply grateful to the Waco Lions for building and maintaining this unique family treasure over the years. I also want to assure the children of Waco that while adults will be involved in the planning process, we will certainly include our young people for help with the design and amenity selection.  After all, this park is for the children of our community,” said Dillon Meek, Mayor of Waco.

The inspiration and guidance for a revamped Lions Park originated from a community survey conducted two years ago. In 2018, Waco Foundation convened a group of partners interested in the park, and ultimately commissioned a survey receiving over 2,000 responses from Wacoans.  Results of the survey were overwhelmingly positive when asked about the park’s value to the community. Additionally, many indicated a desire to support the park by donating time, money, and input.   

“The survey allowed us to better understand how the community feels about Lions Park.  It is crystal clear that the park is not only a valued place for entertainment but a true gathering spot for families across Waco that spans generations. I am just one of many grandfathers who brought my children and grandchildren to the park for a one-of-a-kind experience in McLennan County. Now we have the chance to revitalize this community asset to make sure Wacoans now and into the future will be able to enjoy everything it has to offer,” said McLennan County Judge Scott Felton.

Activities at the nearby BASE facility will complement the park and enhance visitor and resident experience in McLennan County. Wes Allison, President and CEO of the Heart O’ Texas Fair and Rodeo, is interested in the future of the park as well. “As our neighboring campus continues to expand with new facilities like the BASE at Extraco Events Center, it is really helpful to know how important Lions Park is to our community. The HOT Fair & Rodeo has wide-ranging experience with family entertainment and attractions, and so we will look for ways to partner and provide our expertise in future plans.”

The immediate future of Lions Park includes continued meetings of community partners, site plans, and community fundraising. All plans will be designed to preserve the Waco Lions’ intent and the final project will remain affordable and relevant for Waco families.

Community members interested in learning more, receiving updates, and potentially contributing to the future of the park should sign up for updates at lionsparkwaco.com.

Community partners that participated in initial convening: