Texas Independence Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

City/County Parks

View of water at the park
Fort Pena Park, near Marathon


Establishing city and county parks for public use has a long tradition in America, one that was perhaps a reaction to England’s “common” lands in which estate and manor properties such as pastures and forests were made available for public use but remained in private hands. Not so in the U.S. where city and county parks are owned and administrated by the public under the stewardship of elected officials. Over 96% of Texas, however, is privately owned, requiring cities and counties to depend on the largesse of private land owners (or the financial generosity of the public) to acquire land and designate it for public use. The quiet little Post Park five miles south of Marathon, for example, exists today courtesy of the generous donation by a surrounding landowner in the early 1900s. Today, the tiny park with its year-round live water source serves as a favorite birding destination, recognized nationwide for its reliable population of migrants. Elsewhere, city parks are often the only means of outdoor activity for neighboring citizens, the result of attentive elected officials who understand both the health and economic benefits of green spaces among the urban dynamic. Historically, county parks were often the site of the earliest county fairs and dances, providing a common ground for meeting, greeting and celebration, important activities in maintaining civility and social well-being.

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Upcoming Events

  • December 2, 2018 - 12:00pm to 5:00pm

    Texas Cotton Gin Museum
    307 N. Main
    Burton  Texas  77835
    United States

    This is a wonderful event which brings together locals and visitors alike for an afternoon to celebrate the upcoming Christmas season in our lovely little town. All proceeds go to the preservation work of the Burton Heritage Society historical...

  • December 6, 2018 (All day) to December 8, 2018 (All day)

    Clute Municipal Park
    100 Parkview Drive
    Clute  Texas  77531
    United States

    Lots of beautiful and unique Christmas trees, Santa, marshmallow roast, clowns, and more! 5:00 pm - 9 pm on Thursday and Friday night; 4:00 - 9:00 pm on Saturday. Arts and crafts show indoors at the Clute Municpal Park.