Morris Memorial Park is a neighborhood park completed in 1996 using a $450,000 Texas Parks and Wildlife grant and community fundraising efforts. Morris Memorial Park covers 10 acres and includes the former Fleming Hospital (1938), now Fleming Community Center.
In 1990, the City of Elgin received funds for a reimbursement grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife to develop a park complete with swimming pool, fish pond, basketball court, playground, hike and bike trail. A grant from the Meadows foundation was instrumental in the success of this project. Complete with picnic tables and benches, this park is a great place to bring the family and picnic.
In a typical year Morris Memorial Pool conducts swimming lessons for adults and children, water aerobics, lap swimming, day care swim days and pool parties. To learn more about Morris Memorial Pool click here.
Final Playground Design for Morris Memorial Park Playground Replacement
The final design for the playground resembles a green and brown tower tree house with many ingress and egress points, a 10ft tall slide, a mini-obstacle course, 4 person see-saw, shaded swings and a spinner! This playground is for ages 3 - 12, ADA compliant and includes some "quiet spaces".
City Council reviewed and approved the design that was then ordered Summer 2023. Playground deliveries can take months to be built, shipped and installed. Installation is estimated to take place in Winter 2023/Spring 2024.
We are so proud of this design and cannot wait for it to be installed in Winter 2023/Spring 2024.
Community Input for Playground Replacement Project 2023
In 2022, Morris Memorial Park's playground sustained damage due to high winds, closing part of the playground. The Parks & Recreation Department worked in conjunction with City Council and City Staff to allocate funds to replace the playground in 2023 - 2024.
To determine the most engaging playground style for that location, Parks & Recreation Staff are bringing input boards to different locations to ask kids and families what they find inspiring!
Community input opportunities are:
February's Sip, Shop and Stroll - Downtown Elgin
Elgin ISD Feria Comunitaria - Elgin Middle School
Neidig Elementary: 2nd, 3rd and 4th Grade ACE
Booker T. Washington Elementary: 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Grade ACE
Public input opportunities closed on March 3rd, 2023 at which point the Parks Advisory Board will review the input and staff will begin to work on the design.
Community Input Results:
The results are in; interestingly, parents and adults are most interested in seeing a Nature Playground replace the broken playground in Morris Memorial Park, while children were most interested in a Tower Playground. Given the close results and the strong preferences between the two main demographics, the Parks & Recreation staff worked with playground companies to review options for blending both playground styles.