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Garey Park Marks Second Year
By Charlotte Kovalchuk, Hello Georgetown Contributor
Need an escape from everything going on today? Head to Garey Park – a relaxing, scenic getaway from the outside world.
The Georgetown gem celebrated its second anniversary June 9.
“It’s certainly different this year with everything going on with the coronavirus,” said Madison Haynie, the park’s recreation program coordinator. “We are thankful to be open and a nice outdoor space that people can enjoy right now.”
Garey Park, located at 6450 RM 2243, features a playground, splash pad, dog park, six miles of equestrian trails, a lighted riding arena and three miles of hiking trails. The playground and splash pad are currently closed to the public, but as Madison said, that just means park-goers have the chance to explore the more natural areas of the park like the San Gabriel River or shady trees for a picnic.
An ever-growing nature attraction, Garey Park saw an average of 36 percent more visitors and 59 percent more annual passholders in its second year.
It’s certainly the well-loved park Jack and Cammy Garey dreamed of when they donated their 525-acre land to the City of Georgetown in 2004 – the largest land gift in the town’s history. The Gareys provided $5 million for park construction and voters passed a $10 million bond in 2008.
Since it began welcoming visitors in 2018, Garey Park has served as a nature escape as well as an event venue. Visitors have enjoyed stargazing, hikes, yoga classes, youth nature programs, bioblitz, a fishing derby and Eggstravaganza. A statewide balloon festival and polo match attracted almost 5,000 people in 2019. The Goodwater Master Naturalist organization also launched a Wildlife Viewing and Photography Blind. Garey House, which used to be the Gareys’ home before transitioning to an event venue, was named as one of the Best of Georgetown award’s Best Wedding Venues last year. Garey Park was also named one of the Best Places to Take Kids.
Park hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Fees are $2 per resident, $4 per non-resident and free for children ages 3 and under. To learn more, visit parks.georgetown.org/gareypark.