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Recreation

Center City Park

The newest of Center's many recreational locations opened on April 1, 2005.

The park is located just off Roughrider Drive (old “Thrill Hill Road”). Look for the sign on the right immediately past the street entrance to the tennis courts and Shelby Regional Training Center. A large pavillion overlooks a small lake. A nice playground and walking trail provide recreation. The walking trail is part of a 5 mile system which meanders through woods and shopping areas and leads to the Historic Downtown Center Square.

For inquiries and information, phone (936) 598-2941

Center Mini-Park

Center Mini-Park dedicated to Frances Oates is newly renovated. The park is located off of Tenaha Street in Center behind City Hall. The park includes new equipment, pavilions, bath rooms and a water splash pad. Come and enjoy with the whole family.

 

Toledo Bend Reservoir

Toledo Bend Reservoir the largest man-made body of water in the state of Texas began with twelve years of study and planning. On October 5, 1961 groundbreaking ceremonies officially launched the Toledo Bend dam and reservoir project on the two-state boundary portion of the Sabine River. Two Southern state governors, Price Daniel of Texas and Jimmy Davis of Louisiana, stood side by side on the leading edge of a history-making epoch as they dug the first official spades of earth.

The dedication ceremony for the completion of the Toledo Bend Project was held on October 11, 1969 just eight years and six days from the time that the ground breaking ceremony was held. The groundbreaking had been on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River and the dedication ceremony was held on the Texas side.

With over 1,200 miles of shoreline, Toledo Bend offers abundant opportunities for fishing and recreational activities. Take a scenic drive through the Sabine National Forest and catch sight of the abundant wildlife and birds. Plan camping trips with the family and enjoy the sights and sounds of Shelby County.