Max Starcke Park receives Lone Star Legacy designation

IRVING, TX Six Texas parks including historic Max Starcke Park in Seguin were honored with designation as a Lone Star Legacy Park by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society (TRAPS). A Lone Star Legacy Park is classified as a park that holds special prominence in the local community and the state of Texas. 

"Max Starcke Park is Seguin's flagship park and is well deserving of this designation due to its rich and diverse history.  The park has impacted the lives of generations of residents and tourists in some way.  Almost every Seguin citizen has a fond memory of the park whether it was playing golf, swimming in the old pool and dances on top of the bathhouse, viewing the Guadalupe River at the Bowl, playing Little League baseball/softball, surfing the waves at the Wave Pool, picnicking in the park for Easter, etc.  This designation signifies to the State of Texas what we already know is that Max Starcke Park is indeed a Lone Star Legacy Park," said Jack Jones, Parks and Recreation Director.

To qualify for consideration, the park must have endured the test of time and become iconic to those who have visited, played and rested on its grounds. Nominated parks must be a minimum of 50 years old and had to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • The property represents distinctive design and/or construction.
  • The park is associated with historic events or sites.
  • The park is associated with events specific to the local community/state.
  • The park is home to unique natural features.

Max Starcke Park was financed through the Works Progress Administration created in 1933 under Franklin D. Roosevelt under a bill to stimulate the economy during the ongoing depression. The park was designed by Robert Harold Hugman who became famous for his work on the River Walk in San Antonio. The original site selected for the park was a 43-acre area along the north side of the Guadalupe River that was originally a large pecan grove.

The park officially opened in May of 1838 with the original amenities including volleyball and tennis courts, swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, riverside pavilion and picnic tables, canoe launching dock, and a scenic drive along the Guadalupe River.  Today, Max Starcke Park encompasses 227 acres and includes an 18-hole golf course, disc golf, restrooms, baseball and softball fields, Wave Pool, playgrounds, pavilions, picnic shelters, basketball, amphitheater, hike/bike and paddling trails, a dog park, etc.

“Incredibly, this may be the first time Max Starcke Park has received any kind of award or recognition. It’s obvious to anyone who has played a round of golf next to the Guadalupe River, strolled under the aging pecan trees on the Pecan Bottoms Trail, or even taken their kids to play on the new ADA playscape that this park exemplifies why we’re proud to live and play in Seguin,” said Morgan Ash, Public Information Officer.

Six parks received the honor in the sixth year of the statewide program. Parks recognized include Max Starcke Park, Seguin; Everman Park, Abilene; Lewis Park, Conroe; Woodland Park, Houston; Prairie Creek, Richardson and Woodlawn, San Antonio.  The parks were recognized during a ceremony at the association’s annual institute in Waco on February 28,2018.

Parks have played an important role in the development of our communities throughout history. Local parks help promote community, natural respite and social interaction as communities were founded, developed and prospered and all parks so designated will be included in a state-wide initiative promoting Heritage Tourism. ###