EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — Memorial Park in El Paso received the Lone Star Legacy Park Award from the Texas Recreation and Parks Society during the association’s annual state conference hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department.
Memorial Park is one of six Texas parks to receive the honor this year. The park, located in central El Paso, is managed and maintained by the Parks and Recreation Department. Originally called Veterans Memorial Park, it became an official city park in 1920. It is named in honor of the soldiers and sailors who served in the “Great War," World War I.
Memorial Park has an indoor pool, a seniors and garden center, a playground, tennis courts and a softball field. Across the street is the Municipal Rose Garden with more than 1,500 rose bushes.
“It’s always so meaningful when we are able to recognize one of our precious historical resources,” said Parks and Recreation Director Tracy Novak. “To be recognized by the TRAPS for statewide attention is of great importance to our community.”
Memorial Park is the second city park to receive the Lone Star Legacy Park Award. In 2015, TRAPS recognized San Jacinto Plaza with the same award.
A Lone Star Legacy Park is classified as a park that holds special prominence in the community and the state of Texas. To qualify, a park must be at least 50 years old and meet the following criteria.
The property represents distinctive design and or construction.
The park is associated with historic events or sites.
The park is associated with events specific to the local community/state.
The park is home to unique natural features.
Other cities in Texas to have parks that received the Lone Star Legacy award this year include, Rosewood Park in Austin, Trinity Park in Fort Worth, McGregor Park in Houston, Jackson Park in Temple and Holland Lake Park in Weatherford.
TRAPS is an organization founded 82 years ago with a membership of over 2,000 professionals. It is committed to advancing the field of parks, recreation and leisure services in Texas.