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Amistad Park- 1708 Avenue C

Amistad Park is located on 10th and Avenue C.

Amenities include:

  • BBQ Pits
  • Field for Practice
  • Basketball Court
  • Pavilion
  • Playground
  • Public Restroom

Amistad Park

Updated on 08/01/2018 9:10 AM

Bay Ridge Park- 1221 Bay Ridge Blvd

Bay Ridge Park is a "hard to find" gem located off of Bay Ridge Boulevard with a playground and a large amount of space to run around and play in.

City Field- 3212 Avenue E

Located off of Whitson and Avenue E.

Amenities include:

  • Small Adult Soccer Field
  • Public Restroom

City Field

Updated on 08/01/2018 8:54 AM

Duncan Park- 612 Duncan Avenue

Located past Le Tulle Avenue at the end of Duncan Avenue.

Amenities include:

  • Pavilion
  • Covered BBQ Pit
  • Covered Swings
  • Playground
  • Basketball Court
  • Public Restroom
  • Picnic Areas
  • Horseshoe Pits
  • Volleyball

Gusman Park

The park is the esplanade down Avenue G from 5th Street to the Train Depot and is dedicated to Mayor Emeritus Gusman. An obelisk and monument honor Mayor Gusman in the esplanade between 4th and 5th streets.

Richard C. Gusman was mayor of Bay City from 1947 to 1979. Thereby serving as mayor longer than any person in the history of the United State of America the title of Mayor Emeritus was bestowed in 1981. Again, a first in the history of the United States.

In 1940, prior to his term as mayor, Gusman personally obtained a grant from Washington to fund the construction of a modern utility system for the city. His tenure as mayor was highlighted by his foresight and leadership. During his administration, the City acquired all the existing public recreational areas and his tireless efforts and cooperation with the Texas Highway Department resulted in a city of modern streets and traffic control systems. While such civic improvements as these and many more kept pace with the City's rapid growth, Gusman was able, through careful planning to keep the City tax rate the lowest of any comparable sized city in the United States.

Gusman benefited his fellow man by serving as delegate to the National Rivers & Harbors Congress, director of South Texas Chamber of Commerce, Texas Safety Council, Battleship Texas Commission, Director of the Bay City USO and the Texas Water Conservation Association, by which organization he was honored in 1975 for "Distinguished Service to the Citizens of the State of Texas for Exemplary Leadership."

source: TxGen Web

Hardeman Park- 600 12th Street

Established 2005 

Located on 12th Street and houses the Teen Center where Matagorda Young Life currently operates out of.   The parkland was donated by the Hardeman family in 2005.

 Amenities include:

  • Football Field
  • Skate Park 
  • Trail
  • Public Restroom

In 2017 the football field was dedicated to Andy Hawkins.  Mr. Hawkins was a Bay City Council member and instrumental in developing Hardeman Park and the youth football field.

He was a former American football player in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 10th round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He played college football at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Liberty Park - 2004 6th Street

Located on 6th street under the water tower.

Amenities include:

  • 1907 Bandstand/Gazebo
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills

A "pocket" park situated along the bank of Cottonwood Creek. The park features a 1907 gazebo that has a long- standing history behind it with a Historical Monument details the significance behind the gazebo. The Gazebo was moved from the Courthouse Square to Liberty Park in 1963.  There are also plenty of picnic tables to sit and enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast weather. 

Donated to the City by BSNF Railroad. 

Liberty Park

Updated on 08/01/2018 8:46 AM

Mary Withers Park- 2611 6th Street

Mary Withers Park is located off of 4th Street next to the Historic USO Building. The courts are lighted and the lights stay on until 11p.m. every night. 

Sports Complex- 2414 FM 3156

Located at the corner of FM 3156 and Skelly Road.

Amenities include:

  • Three lighted adult softball fields
  • Press box
  • Concession Stand
  • Basketball Pavilion
  • Small Playground
  • Open Hayfield

Community Park- 2900 Rugeley

Located on Rugeley off of Nichols Avenue.

Amenities include:

  • Joe Davis Field
  • Restroom

Highland Park- 1302 Highland

Located at the corner of Highland and Skelly Road.

Amenities include:

  • Playground
  • Picnic Area

Highland Park

Updated on 08/01/2018 8:52 AM

Henderson Park- 1205 Moore

Henderson Park was officially named in 1995 in honor of Frank Henderson – a City Council Member that served from 1976 – 1990. This park has a long history of service to the community which started as a school site for African American children. The first school was in the 1100 block of what is now Avenue A and Second Street. This school was a small one-room frame building donated by the railroad company.

In 1904, the student enrollment had outgrown the first school. Another building was moved to where the Enterprise Baptist Church is located at 2420 Avenue B. The second school for African Americans in Bay City was also donated by the railroad company. Teachers there were: A. G. Hilliard, Phoeba Allen and Beulah Holland. This was the beginning of the Booker T. Washington School at the end of Moore and Adell Streets where the Frank Henderson Memorial Park is located today. The faculty was A. G. Hilliard I, Grace Hayes, Ophelia Green, Barbara Ward and Livernia Smith.

The school was renamed – Hilliard High School – in honor of A.G. Hilliard (1863 – 1936), a teacher at the school. The site has two markers – one in honor of Frank Henderson and the other “Presented with love to commemorate the life of Asa Grant Hilliard II. (1910 – 1983).” Mr. Hilliard served as principal of Hilliard High School from 1931 – 1948.

Source Hilliard High School Alumni Association.

Amenities include:

  • Covered Picnic Area
  • BBQ Pit
  • Swings
  • Basketball Court

Henderson Park

Updated on 08/01/2018 8:51 AM

Barkway Dog Park- 1701 Avenue H

Our newest edition to the Parks and Recreation inventory!  This is Bay City's first and only off-leash large and small dog park. Water fountain for both humans and dogs!

Amenities include:

  • Water fountain – Dogs and humans
  • Picnic tables
  • Agility equipment

Parks Crew

Eric Cortinas, Grounds and Maintenance Tech II

Amelia Castaneda, Park Specialist

Jason Kaspar, Park Specialist

Martina Pamagua, Park Specialist

ShaDai’sa Wilcox, Park Specialist

Sherry Moores, Park Specialist