The City of Garland’s Central Park was designated as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Park Society at their 2013 state conference. A Lone Star Legacy Park is a park that holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas. These parks have endured the test of time and have become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on their grounds. A designation as a Lone Star Legacy is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed on a park.
The Central Park area has been used as a recreation area and community gathering place for over 100 years. Central Park was officially purchased in 1948 as the first municipal park and was the beginning of the city’s park and recreation system. As the first municipal park, Central Park was the location of the City’s initial municipal recreation facilities including the City of Garland’s first community center, first municipal swimming pool and first municipal tennis courts.
Today, Central Park has served Garland in many facets and is currently home to the Granger Recreation Center, South Garland Little League, and Garland Pee Wee Football. The Garland Jaycees, whose work helped found Central Park, Optimist Club and Exchange Club continue to support Central Park activities and improvements.