The “Keep Texas Beautiful” movement in the City of Callisburg inspired citizens to plan for a park in their own community to fulfill a basic human need for outdoor recreation. In response to this need, Callisburg community leaders have accepted the challenge to provide park and open space opportunities to help nurture the growth and development of their citizenry.
Tommy Parkhill, a former Callisburg resident, made a generous donation of $25,000 to purchase five acres of land and the City of Callisburg purchased an additional five acres making a total of 10 acres available for the park.
The park is located along a creek at the south edge of the community and is a very attractive location with numerous large pecan and other native trees. It has excellent access, being adjacent to a state-maintained roadway.
The Callisburg Park Board, with input from the public and other government agencies have planned the park area to include a covered pavilion, baseball field, playground equipment, horseshoe pit, picnic tables with grills, walking/ nature path and an outdoor classroom.
An historic iron bridge built in 1893 has been relocated to the park site to span a tributary of Timber Creek that runs through the park. The walking/nature trail surrounds the creek that is designated as a two acre natural area complete with signs identifying native trees, plants and wildlife.
In August of 2003, the City of Callisburg received two grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department totaling more than $80,000 toward construction of the park. Tommy Parkhill donated an additional $100,000 and many, many volunteers contributed their time, labor and materials to help make the dream of a park a reality for this community.
The park pavilion is available for the public's use and enjoyment and can be reserved by making an advance reservation at City Hall or by contacting the City Secretary at 940-665-9809. There is a fee for reserving the pavilion on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. All other times are free.
A signed reservation form is required as proof of registration on the date of your event. All others may use the pavilion on a first come, first served basis. We ask that you clean up and take with you all trash, cans, etc. after using the pavilion so that others may have a pleasant experience.
Have a great time and enjoy the park!