Elgin is a city with a vision. We venture to improve the community's quality of life by providing parks and recreation activities. Through Elgin's historic charm, creative culture and special happenings, we are perfectly situated to serve our community.
Our department houses 6 parks, a recreation center, municipal pool and a community center. Each of our parks offer a wide variety of amenities for leisure, sports, gatherings and even classes. From birthday parties to business meetings, our facilities are also available for rent to the public.
To find more information on the City of Elgin Parks, Facilities and Programs, click on the links in the left hand tool bar. To reach out to a member of the Parks & Recreation Staff, please call the Elgin Recreation Center at 512-285-6434 or email email@example.com.
Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan 2021-2031.
The Veterans Park Expansion Project consists of four blocks in the heart of Elgin’s Historic District, converting undeveloped city owned vacant lots into modern, accessible, vibrant parkland. Asphalt lots will be transformed to a playground and gathering spaces surrounded by native plantings and natural shade elements. This project focuses on creating a central point for the Elgin community, bridging a historically segregated area, beginning with breaking ground on Block A in 2023. The elements throughout the four blocks were selected from the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan, written in conjunction with feedback from the community and partner organizations such as the Advocacy Outreach, VFW, and Down Home Ranch.
A new, engaging park provides a central location for the Parks & Recreation Department and community organizations to activate the park with events, programs, classes and more. The Hogeye Festival, Elgin Farmer’s Market, and Juneteenth Festival all use the existing Veterans’ Park as the backdrop of their events. By providing new amenities, more space, and high-quality parkland, these events will grow and evolve to draw in Elgin’s residents, new and old, to celebrate life in Elgin.
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.
Public input opportunities closed at the end of February 2023 at which point the Parks Advisory Board reviewed the input, staff worked on the design, council approved it and now we are waiting for delivery! Opening of the new playground is scheduled for Spring 2024.
City Council has allocated money to replace the Thomas Memorial Playground to update it to be ADA compliant and include shade!
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! Public input opportunities will close in the middle of July at which point staff will work with playground companies to design a fun and unique playground based on public input. Grand opening of the playground is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2024.
The City of Elgin is proud to announce our partnerships with local businesses and foundations who grant funds to our park projects. These grants help support the development and implementation of park projects throughout Elgin.
Elgin Wins $1,000 for Pollinators from NRPA and Scotts Miracle Grow
NRPA's Parks for Pollinators is a campaign focused on raising public awareness of the current pollinator crisis, encouraging local action and positions parks as a national leader in advancing pollinator health.
The Parks for Pollinators BioBlitz is organized by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) with support from The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation to build public awareness and support local actions to protect pollinators. The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation supports these efforts in communities across the country and through their business practices.
KABOOM Imagination Playground Grant
In May 2023, the City of Elgin was awarded two rolling carts of Big Blue Blocks from KABOOM's Imagination Playground program! The total cost of the Blue Blocks and cart granted to the City of Elgin was $13,130.
Blue Blocks are available to play with at the Elgin Recreation Center on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 3:30PM - 5:30PM and at special events.
St. Davids Foundation Grants Veterans Memorial Expansion Project $300,000
The City of Elgin is proud to announce the award of a $300,000 grant from the St. Davids Foundation for Block A of the Veterans Memorial Park Expansion Project. The funding supports the implementation of the playground, stage and picnic area.
The City of Elgin, Texas was one of these 25 recipients and the only town in Texas to receive a T-Mobile Hometown Grant! This grant will fun the creation of an outdoor classroom with ADA picnic tables and free WiFi in the Veterans' Memorial Park Expansion Phase 1.
Hometown Grants are part of the Un-carrier’s massive commitment to bring 5G to rural America. Over the next five years, T-Mobile plans to hire 7,500 new employees in small towns and rural communities and provide $25 million in grants for community development projects.
Elgin Memorial Park Receives "Parks with a Purpose" St. Davids Foundation Grant
In the Fall of 2019, the City of Elgin was the recipient of the St. David's Foundation "Parks with a Purpose" grant of $199,909. This money funded the upgrade of Elgin Memorial Park's playground to include updated equipment, shade structure, accessible surfacing and fitness equipment (completed 2020), as well as additional walking paths and new trees. In conjunction with this project the City of Elgin agreed to replace the aging and outdated restroom facilities in 2021 and improved the parking along N. Main Street and within the park (completed 2020). Supplemental funds provided by the City of Elgin.