In Autumn 2004, the City of Georgetown received the largest gift in its history when Jack and Cammy Garey announced that they will be donating their ranch to the City. At some time in the future, this ranch will be developed into a City park.
The Gareys bequested their 525-acre ranch to the City of Georgetown as a life estate gift with the agreement that it will be developed as a public City park. The ranch on RM 2243 west of the City features scenic hill country terrain and borders the San Gabriel River. In addition to their ranch, the Gareys’ gift includes their estate home and a $5 million cash donation, which must be matched by the City, for development of the park.
To see .pdf drawings of the proposed future of Garey Park:
- Layout of Grounds
- Equestrian Center – A day use equestrian arena and equestrian trails will serve as a tribute to Heritage of Gold, a champion race horse owned by the Gareys that won 16 races. Linking all the areas of the park will be several hiking and equestrian trails which also will connect with the County regional park and the City’s trail system.
- Public Forum/Ampitheatre – An event area centers around a 3,000-seat outdoor amphitheater built into the slope of a hillside. The amphitheater will be available for concerts, plays, or other performances. An eight-acre lawn area adjacent to the amphitheater can be used for festivals and other events.
- Playscape – An active recreation area of the park includes a playscape, play fields, a dog park, and the equestrian arena. For questions about the Garey Park master plan, or the future Garey Park, contact the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department at (512) 930-3595.