Thomas Memorial Park is a 12-acre park located two blocks off McDade Road. The park, built in the 1970’s, consists of a baseball field, playground, restrooms, pavilion, picnic tables and concession area. A youth softball field used for additional little league play is also located in the park.
In the Spring of 2005, the city broke ground on a redevelopment project for Thomas Memorial Park. Elgin received a $195,000 grant from the LCRA, a $50,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife and equivalent matching funds from the City of Elgin, which enabled Thomas Memorial Park to receive additional and updated amenities.
Two additional city lots were purchased near the park with the intent of being used as additional parking and entry points for the park.
City Council has allocated money to replace the Thomas Memorial Playground to update it to be ADA compliant and include shade! While playground replacements take time, we are well into the process!
Public Input for the Thomas Memorial Park Playground Replacement closed Summer 2023. The Parks Advisory Board reviewed the public input and advised that City Staff to work with playground companies to design a modern playground with tower and hill play. Parks & Recreation staff worked with playground companies to review options for blending these playground styles.
City Council will review the design September 2023. Playground deliveries can take months to be built, shipped and installed. Installation is estimated to take place in Spring 2024.
Thomas Memorial Park Public Input
To determine the most engaging playground style for that location, Parks & Recreation Staff are bringing input boards to different locations to ask kids and families what they find inspiring!
Public Input Opportunities:
6.30.2023 Peterson Brother's Concert at Veterans Park
7.3 - 7.13.2023 Vacation Bible Schools - Various
7.7.2023 Family Free Swim Summer Party at Morris Pool
7.11.2023 St. Peters VBS
7.13.2023 Sip, Shop and Stroll Downtown Elgin
7.13.2023 Walk the Block - Thomas Park
7.14.2023 Game Night at the Recreation Center
7.16.2023 Elgin Youth Football Association Meeting
Public input opportunities will close in the middle of July at which point staff will work with playground companies to design a fun and unique playground based on public input. Grand opening of the playground is scheduled for Spring/Summer 2024.