Clifton offers more than 20 acres of public parkland. Amenities include tennis courts, swimming pools, and four children’s areas with playground equipment. The Clifton area has many recreational opportunities including public parks within the city limits and multiple state/regional parks within an hour’s drive.
- Riverside Drive / FM 219
The largest of Clifton’s parks is City Park, situated along Riverside Drive on the eastern boundary of Clifton. The heavily wooded park offers picnic areas, an open-air gazebo, two children’s play areas, a large playing field, nature trails, a disc golf course, a dog park, basketball goals, nature trails, and river access for fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
City Park borders the Bosque River and extends north from FM 219. City Park retains portions of the original native stone structures built in 1933-1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A historical marker featuring the Old Mill is located near the spillway.
The gazebo is available at no cost for parties and other special events. (Contact City Hall for scheduling.)
In 2019 the City of Clifton obtained a new park facility through an agreement with Clifton Independent School District. Cockrell-Thiele Park is located on West Eleventh Street and South Avenue J. The park served as the playground at Clifton Elementary School for many decades and includes playground equipment and a walking path. Cockrell-Thiele Park Dahl Park is easily accessed by foot or bicycle. Cockrell-Thiele Park honors two beloved educators and generous servants of the Clifton community, father John Thiele and daughter Kjersten Thiele Cockrell.
- Dahl Park is located off the 900 block of West Third Street, and is equipped with a playground, a basketball court, open play field, walking path, and several picnic tables.
Hendrick C. Dahl Memorial Park was dedicated on May 19, 1974, in central Clifton. Dahl, a native of Clifton, recognized the natural beauty of the area and the importance of easy, safe access to public spaces and bequeathed $30,000 to the city for the purpose of purchasing property for the construction of a park on the west side of town. Dahl Park is easily accessed by foot or bicycle; and it is a popular site for picnics, parties, and play.
- 1103 North Key Street / FM 3220
C.E. Olsen, Sr., donated land for park development near the Clifton ISD campus in the late 1980s. Olsen Park features a playground, a 1/3-mile walking trail, swimming pool, tennis courts, and a sand volleyball court. The pool is open regular hours in the summer, and several pool activities are offered including swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool is maintained and operated by the City of Clifton and
may be rented in the evenings for private parties.
Olsen Park Pool is the only public swimming pool in Bosque County. The pool is open to all Clifton residents and its neighboring communities from the 1st Saturday of June till mid-August, 6 days a week from 1:00 pm until 6:00 pm. Lifeguards are on duty to provide a safe, enjoyable summer day.
For more information, please call 254-675-6648.