Cameron Park features three large playgrounds — Pecan Bottoms, Anniversary Park and the Northern Gateway — that have swings, slides, bridges and climbing obstacles.Pecan Bottoms features a splash pad while the Northern Gateway has water misters to help contend with the summer heat. 2 in the list do seem like they deserve those spots. Estimates of 20,000 visitors a week — from everywhere, it seems — are coming to check out the place thanks to the popularity of Chip and Joanna Gaines’ “Fixer Upper” show on the HGTV Network.
ADDRESS: 6220 Steinbeck Bend Drive PHONE: 750-7946ONLINE: waco-texas.comnps.gov/waco (National Parks Service)Facebook page This has been a rare summer that boaters, fishermen and swimmers have not been on Lake Waco.
Springtime flooding overwhelmed the parks, swimming beaches and Lake Waco Marina. Fishing for catfish and largemouth bass is excellent on the lake, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife. Fish & Wildlife Service after the Waco City Council in 1998 voted to increase the lake’s pool by 7 feet to provide additional drinking water for Central Texas.
Opened in 1870, it was the first major suspension bridge in Texas and enabled stagecoaches and cattle to cross the often treacherous Brazos without incident. By 1971, the bridge had seen more than 100 years of traffic, from cattle and stagecoaches initially to cars and trucks.
The state historical committee decided that it was time to be retired and it now is limited to foot traffic, but it is often the finish line for marathons and other races in Waco.
Chamber officials expect Balcones to be another downtown draw for the visitors already coming to Waco to experience Magnolia Market at the Silos. PHONE: 755-6003ONLINE: The revitalization of downtown Waco certainly has benefited from the emergence of Magnolia Market at the Silos and the steady stream of “Fixer Upper” fans coming to visit and then explore parts of Waco.