Playgrounds and Parks

Groesbeck is at the heart of a vast array of exciting outdoor adventures, historical sites, and family fun.

Playgrounds and parks play a large role in the Groesbeck community.  Parks include Groesbeck City Park located off Hwy 164-Mart Hwy..  Playground equipment, swimming pool, tennis courts, softball fields, picnic tables, covered pavilion, volleyball courts, basketball court, frisbee golf course, walking trails, restrooms and more.
​Also, near downtown at the corner of Brazos & Waco Streets is the Jack & Euleta Hawkins Park which offers a walking track around the park, picnic tables, a large gazebo, bbq pits, and benches.

Lake Fort Parker

Lake Fort Parker is a 750 acre lake situated within Fort Parker State Park.  The park features large, well equipped barricks for group overnight events, a covered Pavilion, camp sites, screened shelters, and a recreation hall.  It is the perfect place for hiking, boating, swimming and fishing.  Accessable from Hwy 14 N. towards Mexia.

Confederate Reunion Grounds State Historic Site

​ On the edge of the Navasota River, memories linger of camaraderie, laughter and a kinship across a peaceful setting.  This site commemorates a place where Civil War veterans reunited from 1889 to 1946.  Families camped under the giant bur oaks, enjoying speeches, concerts, dances, fellowship and food while remembering their fallen comrades.  Today, it remains a gathering place for living history events, family reunions and group activities.  The site features an 1893 dance pavilion, a Civil War-era cannon and the Navasota River is nearby for fishing and paddling.

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Old Fort Parker Historic Site

The Old Fort Parker site is a reconstructed fort which pays tribute to the Parker Family and other pioneers who paid a high price to settle in Texas.  In May, 1836, the Comanche Indians attacked th fort and took Cynthia Ann Parker, age 9, as a captive.  She was raised with the Comanche and became the mother of Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche Chief.  Step back in time and try to recapture the atmosphere of that fateful spring morning in 1836 as you explore the cabins and climb the blockhouses of Old Fort Parker.  The fort is typical of forts built in the eastern US in the 18th & 19th centuries.  The fort has been rebuilt twice: in 1936 and in 1967.

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To view an excellent short video by TPWD on Fort Parker Lake, Fort Parker Fort and the Confederate Reunion Grounds