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Prax Orive (Sunrise) Park

Features

  1. Benches
  2. Bike Rack
  3. Bike Trail
  4. Bike-Share
  5. Boardwalk
  6. Pavilion
  7. Picnic Tables
  8. Playground
  9. Resaca
ATTENTION:   In response to the spread of COVID-19, playgrounds and facilities are temporarily closed.

If you decide to visit a park/trail, please be mindful of social distancing. Protect yourself and others. Make sure you're wearing a face mask (face covering). Maintain distance--Stay 6 feet away from other people. Avoid mass gathering. No crowds, no groups. 

COB PARD staff will be working to help maintain the standard upkeep, maintenance, stewardship of site facilities.  

Stay safe. 


About this Park

Situated in Central Brownsville on Palm Boulevard near the Historic City Cemetery, the former Sunrise Rotary Park provides an escape from the inner city. The park contains part of Town Resaca that is a haven for various birds not normally seen in an urban setting. Great Western Cattle Trail in December 2009, the Rotary Club of Brownsville dedicated a Great Western Cattle Trail maker at Prax Orive Jr. Park. 

This historic cattle trail played an important part of our nation's history and heritage. It was a major factor in the recovery of the economy in Texas and the establishment of ranching and the livestock industry in Texas after the Civil War. The 620 trail stretched from the Red River to the Rio Grande River, and some 7 million head of cattle were driven down the trail.

Starting from as far away as Matamoros, Mexico, the drovers headed through Texas to destinations along the trail in eight other states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Saskatchewan, Canada. By 1879 the Western Trail was the principal thoroughfare fro Texas cattle bound fro northern markets. Feeder routes such as the Matamoros Trail from Brownsville, ran northward to San Antonio, Comfort, and the Old Trail from Castroville, and converged in Kerrville to form the Western Trail.