“It’s difficult to define the scope,” said Holmes. “A neighborhood park would serve this neighborhood. It’s a bit of a city park historically, with people from all over the city coming with their kids, and it’s also kind of a regional and national attraction when visitors come to Kiddieland. So we’re trying to revive that.
Holmes said the signature carousel, donated by the Waco Junior League in 2011, stands out as something people want to preserve. He said stakeholders had also discussed introducing a new tall slide to replace the Super Slide, a distinctive metal slide known for its height and ability to conduct heat. The slide entertained kids willing to risk accidentally touching metal on a summer day from 1972 to 2018.
Holmes said many 2019 survey respondents named the toboggan as one of their favorite attractions.
In general, a lot of what made the park a favorite is what might keep it that way after updates.
“Just bring it into the 21st century while making it a bit easier to move around, more attractive, safe and well lit and retaining some of the elements the Lions Club put in place 50 to 70 years ago. Said Holmes.
After the Lions Club auction, demolition will begin. After the demolition, the community committee will begin to meet and advise on the project, and the city will hire a design company. Updates will be posted on lionsparkwaco.com, where users can subscribe to newsletters on the progress of the project.