Sandy Creek Park, “Jewel of the Forest”

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In 1985, the City of Jasper embarked upon a community enrichment project to utilize and enhance the historic Sandy Creek, creating an enchanting environmental public space that would allow citizens and visitors a safe and natural outdoor space to meet and congregate, enhancing the quality of life for all.

Located between Main Street and Marvin Hancock Drive, the natural creek winds its way through the historic downtown area of Jasper.

A Land and Water Conservation Fund Project was created, with funding assistance from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, National Parks Service / US Department of the Interior, Houston Endowment, Inc., Temple-Inland Foundation, the Meadows Foundation, and special donations by the citizens of Jasper. Completed in September of 1987, the park offers a multitude of scenic views while offering the public a 1- mile surfaced exercise walking path along the banks of the creek. The Eastside of the park nearest Main Street offers lighted parking, covered picnic and event areas, basketball courts, playground, nature trails and restroom facilities. The Westside nearest Marvin Hancock Drive offers a fishing pond, lighted parking, a walkway gazebo overlooking the pond, and restroom facilities. The entire park walkway is adorned with historic globe lighting. Sandy Creek Park remains an endearment to the citizens of Jasper, and a welcome invitation to visitors to relax and stay awhile. Major events held at the park facility each year include the annual Juneteenth Celebration, Jasper’s 4th of July Celebration, and Christmas in the Park. The park also hosts an annual Parks and Wildlife Fishing Day held in April. You can always see a birthday celebration or a family reunion taking place at the covered park facilities, as well as walkers and joggers both day and night taking advantage of the track on the creek banks and lighted environment.

In 1997, the city purchased additional property along the creek from Main Street to Highway 96, which is currently being developed as the Jasper Arboretum, extending the walkways, establishing an additional pond feature, gardens featuring natural flora and a beautiful Butterfly Garden Learning Center. Those traveling north or south on highway 96, can now see and enjoy the entire view of Sandy Creek Park.