There are 11 parks in the city that have large covered shelters that can be reserved for family or group activities. There is a $15 fee to reserve a shelter. Reservations will assure that you have a shelter the day and time of your activity. The shelters are used quite regularly so reservations are highly recommended. Reservations can be made in 4 hour increments. Reserve online or contact the Recreation Office at 940.761.7490 to check for availability and to make your reservation with Visa or MasterCard. A confirmation card with the date and times you request will be sent to you in the mail, or a permit will be sent to the e-mail provided. Park restrooms may be closed for Winter.
Many of the parks also have smaller gazebo type shelters. These are available on a first come, first served basis.
Bridwell Park Shelter
A combination shelter / band stand with 12 picnic tables can be reserved. A total of 72 people can be seated in the picnic area. There is also a .37 mile concrete walk that circles the park
Hamilton Park Shelter
This is the smallest of the reservable shelters. Its 6 tables can seat 36 people. It is located near the north starting point of the Holliday Creek trail system (at the Hamilton Tennis Center). From this point, trail goers can travel all the way to Lake Wichita Park and back (11.1 miles round trip).
Kiwanis Park Shelter
Located near the baseball fields in Kiwanis Park, this shelter has 12 picnic tables and can seat 72 people. The park system’s largest playground is next to the shelter. Any of the 4 nearby baseball fields can be used as long as league play in not under way. A prairie dog town is also located near this shelter.
Lake Wichita Park Shelter
Located at the south end of Lake Wichita Park next to the lake itself, this shelter has 10 picnic tables and can easily accommodate up to 60 people. A new playground is located near the shelter. Restrooms are available in the center of the park (about ½ mile). This is the southernmost point of the Holliday Creek trail system. From here trail goers can travel as far as Hamilton Park (11.1 miles roundtrip).
Lamar Park Shelter
This shelter is located on the southeast side of town two blocks off Windthorst Road. Beautiful trees, a nice playground, and clean restrooms are nearby. This shelter has 12 picnic tables and can easily seat 72 people.
Lucy Park Shelter
This is the second largest shelter in the parks system, and it is one of only two shelters where alcoholic beverages can be consumed (a permit must be obtained). This shelter has 20 picnic tables and will hold 120 people. Close by are a full-featured playground, restrooms, and a small basketball & volleyball court. The Lucy Park swimming pool (open from May thru September) is also nearby.
Within Lucy Park itself, there are almost 2 miles of concrete hiking/biking trails, and 1.5 miles of asphalt trails. It is only a 2 milewalk to the Falls and back. Ambitious trail goers can travel all the way to Lake Wichita Park (28.8 miles roundtrip).
Also located in Lucy Park, this shelter has 14 tables and seating capacity of 84 people. It is noted for its large assortment of playground equipment.
Scotland Park Shelter
Conveniently located just off northbound I-44, this shelter has 12 picnic tables and can hold 72 people. Nearby are a nice playground and an ornamental pond with a fountain. There are also colorful flowers and clean restrooms. This shelter is located within 5 minutes of MPEC, the Texas Tourist Bureau, and the Falls.
Spudder Park Shelter
This large shelter can accommodate 150 people with its 25 picnic tables. There is a half court basketball setup with 5 goals. There are also restrooms and a playground. The Spudder Park baseball field can be used as long as league games aren’t being played.
Weeks Park Shelter
This shelter is located on the north side of Southwest Parkway just east of the Holliday Creek Bridge. Long time residents remember this location from the days when the Funland Amusement Park was there. This is the second of two shelters where alcoholic beverages can be consumed (by permit only). It is the largest shelter in the park system with the capacity to hold 180 people. The Kid Fishing Hole is located just across the road in South Weeks Park. There are restrooms and a playground on site
Williams Park Shelter
This is the easternmost shelter in the city. It has 14 tables and can seat 84 people. There is a playground and baseball field nearby, and there are also restrooms. This shelter is located only about 100 yards from the nearest trail access point. The walk along the trail from Williams Park to O’Reilly Park (3 miles roundtrip) is one of the most beautiful in the whole city.