Elgin Memorial Park was created in the 1930s as a place for soldiers stationed at Camp Swift to reunite with their families under the canopy of cedar elms. Elgin Memorial Park is a community park consisting of 24 forested acres with natural pathways, a ball field, a small concession stand, restrooms, two sand volleyball courts, one basketball court, one tennis court, horseshoe and washer pits, playground, covered and uncovered picnic tables, grills, and scattered park benches. There are also two covered pavilions popular for private rentals and events.
The upgraded playground was made possible by the St. David's Foundation "Parks with a Purpose" grant. Other recreational features were provided by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
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 In conjunction with this project the City of Elgin agreed to replace the aging and outdated restroom facilities in 2021 and improved the parking along N. Main Street and within the park (completed 2020).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.
The City of Elgin worked with the VFW Post 6115 to rededicate a flagpole marker honoring Elgin Veterans. The marker was originally placed in 1971 with a flagpole for the Elgin Baseball field, which is now the site of the Elgin Recreation Center. The Elgin Recreation Center was funded in part by a grant from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration, to provide an emergency shelter in Elgin.
PLEASE NOTE - When using this park, please ensure that your group is following the CDC recommendations including:
Stay home if you or a member of your family are experiencing signs or symptoms of illness
Do not meet in large groups
Maintain a distance of 6ft between people
Wash hands frequently
Wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible