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Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Redwood Shelter

Gateway to the Great Outdoors

Redwood Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
1. Redwood Shelter Marker
Inscription.  Redwood Shelter is Cameron Park's main hub for outdoor sports, family gatherings and community events. Located in the middle of Pecan Bottoms, the area is the ideal spot to begin your outdoor adventure.

Attractions like Jacob's Ladder, Anniversary Park, the Cameron Park Club house and Miss Nellie's Pretty Place are within walking distance from the shelter, while a playground and splash pad are accessible from the pedestrian bridge that crosses Wilson Creek. The first hole of the 23-hole championship disc golf course is steps away from the parking lot, and one of the main entrances to the Cameron Park trails sits north from the shelter. Fishermen and kayakers also convene at Redwood Shelter due to the riverfront access.

The original shelter was constructed in 1966 to meet the demand of a growing number of park visitors. Since that time, the shelter has remained one of the busiest locations in the park.

As part of the park's Centennial Celebration in 2010, voters approved a bond election for park improvements, which included a complete renovation of the Redwood Shelter area. The old wooden shelter and restrooms
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were replaced with larger facilities, and the area is available for rental throughout the year.

Scrap lumber was used to build the original Redwood Shelter. As a finishing touch, the lumber was stained red - hence the name. The shelter, which included restrooms, a firepit and seating for large groups, was an instant success with people lining up at the parks office to reserve the area. As an ode to the old "red" wood, the columns of the new shelter include red posts and the wood ceiling is stained red.
Erected by Cameron Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1966.
Location. 31° 34.534′ N, 97° 8.852′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on Cameron Park Drive, 0.1 miles north of North University Parks Drive, on the left when traveling north. The marker is located east of the Redwood Shelter. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2300 Cameron Park Drive, Waco TX 76708, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lindsey Hollow (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Proctor Springs (about 800 feet away); Jacob's Ladder (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Proctor Springs (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Redwood Shelter Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
2. Redwood Shelter Marker
The Clubhouse, Miss Nellie's & Anniversary Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); William Cameron Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Methodist Home (approx. 0.6 miles away); Mount Zion United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
The Redwood Shelter image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
3. The Redwood Shelter
The Brazos River near the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 5, 2022
4. The Brazos River near the marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 11, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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