Winston Patrick McGregor Park
Winston Patrick McGregor Park is a very special addition to Cleburne. The 10-acre park is located on the corner of West Henderson and Colonial Drive. The land, financial gift and house were bequeathed to the City of Cleburne by M. Frank Scott, a longtime resident of the city.
The park features native plants and plants that are suitable for the Cleburne area. It has walking paths, a pavilion/gazebo, a pond, a children’s area, and a variety of educational and recreational activities.
The park's gazebo and grounds can accommodate concerts, weddings and other events. Interested parties can call 817-556-8858 for more information or to reserve the McGregor Park gazebo and grounds.
The McGregor House was donated with the park land but is currently closed.
Changes to the Park
In 2019, the roses at the park had to be removed due to rose rosette, a condition that causes roses to grow strangely deformed stems, leaves and flowers. The condition was officially confirmed by Justin Hale from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. View the video in which Hale explains more about rose rosette and the need to extract the rose bushes here.
The City of Cleburne has continuously improved upon the park and ensured that the environment maintains a pleasing aesthetic with plants that can thrive in Texas' weather changes. Wildflower seeds were planted on the northwest section of the park, and new flowering trees have been planted.
Along with enhancing the archway, replacing perimeter fencing, installing new fluted signs, modifying park signage for greater visibility, adding benches, renovating the red barn, repairing irrigation, installing multiple plots of greenery and planting new trees, the City will continue to work with its community partners to enhance the park. Local organizations, such as Friends of McGregor, Rio Brazos Chapter Texas Naturalists, Hope Church, StoneWater Church Cleburne, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Plaza Theatre Company, have partnered with the City for planting and cleanup days. The days consist of removing debris and planting new greenery as volunteers have historically utilized the park to showcase local gardening skills and knowledge. If your organization would like to volunteer at the park, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department.
The maintenance of McGregor Park, just like all City parks, will be ongoing. Some of the future considerations will include:
- Planting more flowering trees and shrubs
- Planting more wildflowers
- Replanting garden areas
- Adding solar-powered lighting for the walking trail
- Installing landscaping elements, such as boulders
- Installing turf south of the McGregor House
- Improvements to the area where the dry pond is currently located
- Partner with public safety administrators for the development of the Honors Memorial Monument