The Clifton area has many recreational opportunities including public parks within the city limits and a number of state/regional parks within an hour drive.
Clifton maintains more than 200 acres of land in public parks. The parks feature tennis courts, swimming pool, and three kiddie areas with slides, swings and other recreational equipment. The largest, City Park, runs along the Bosque River and hosts picnic area, a gazebo, a softball field, an area for soccer, a kiddie play area, and walking/nature trails.
Clifton’s City Park borders the Bosque River and extends north and south from FM 219. This park retains portions of the original native stone structure built in 1933-1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps. A historical marker featuring the Old Mill is located near the new dam.
Facilities: City Park features an open-air gazebo and a large building originally built by the National Guard as an armory. The gazebo can be used free for parties and other special events from the City of Clifton, on a first come basis.
Activities: Within the park is a children’s playground, sand volleyball courts, basketball goals, picnic tables and river access for fishing.
Address: 1103 N. Key Street (FM 3220)
Activities: Olsen Park features a playground, a 1/3-mile walking trail, swimming pool, and kiddie pool. The pool is open regular hours in the summer, and several pool activities are offered including swimming lessons and water aerobics. The pool is run by the City of Clifton and may be rented in the evenings for private parties. The City Pool also offers a variety of classes including Water Aerobics and Senior Swim.
The swimming pool hours:
For more information, please call (254) 675-6648.
Dahl Park is located off 3rd Street, and is equipped with a playground, a basketball court, and several picnic tables.
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.