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Last Modified: September 12, 2008Parks and Gardens

See also: American Rose Center, Azalea Gardens of RW Norton Art Gallery , Barnwell Gardens and Arts Center , Cross Lake

The City of Shreveport’s Public Assembly & Recreation Department (SPAR) is responsible maintaining approximately 5,000 acres of public land in more than 50 parks throughout the city. The largest of these is C. Bickham Dickson Park with 585 acres of verdantly forested parkland adjacent to Old River Lake at 2283 Bert Kouns in southeast Shreveport. C. Bickham Dickson Park has trails for walking and horseback riding, a boat launch, a fishing dock and a beautiful picnic area. One of Shreveport’s most popular parks is Ford Park located at 5784 S. Lakeshore Drive near the Municipal Pier and Boat Launch on Cross Lake. Ford Park has two baseball fields, two children’s playgrounds and a fishing pier.  

Some other notable parks in Shreveport:

  • A.C. Steere Park features universal playground modules that were designed to accommodate mentally and physically challenged children. Located at 4009 Youree Drive, the park also contains two lighted baseball fields, two tennis courts, a children’s playground and a picnic area.
  • Cargill Park at 7700 Lotus Lane has 10 baseball fields, 13 soccer fields, a Bicycle Motocross track, a children’s playground area, a picnic area and a covered area for public gatherings. As one of Shreveport’s largest sports complexes, Cargill Park often hosts sports tournaments featuring various leagues from all over America.
  • Municipal Plaza Park at Milam Street and Douglas Streets adjacent to Shreveport’s historic Municipal Auditorium features a multicultural showcase garden with displays reflecting the cultures of India, Africa, China, Japan, and other countries in the Far East.

Shreveport also contains some remarkably beautiful flower gardens

Rose lovers cannot find a larger or more beautiful display of roses in the South than the display of 20,000 rose bushes in the American Rose Center located at 8877 Jefferson Paige Road in Shreveport. Situated on a beautifully landscaped 118-acre park, the American Rose Center contains 60 different rose gardens featuring about 400 varieties of roses. One of the most complete displays of azaleas can be found at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, 4747 Creswell Avenue, where more than 15,000 azalea plants bloom into a rainbow of colors each year on the Gallery’s 40 acres of parkland. Another remarkable garden is inside the 7,850 sq. ft. domed botanical conservatory at the Barnwell Garden and Arts Center at 601 Clyde Fant Parkway in Shreveport. This garden features tropical plants, palm trees and flowering shrubs, a Fragrance Garden with plants that can be identified by smell and touch, and Riverside Park Waterfall with panoramic views of the Red River and downtown Shreveport.