Ennis Attracts Visitors To New Downtown Park


Ennis, a Texas Main Street city, is enjoying many improvements that are making life better for those who live, work, and play there. The downtown area is fast becoming an experiential destination where locals and guests shop, dine, and enjoy entertainment.

Just a few months ago, the new Minnie McDowal Park had its grand opening in the heart of downtown where neighbors and guests gather. Besides plenty of seating, it includes a stunning art wall, water features, a performance gazebo, climbing rocks, shade trees, and public restrooms.

This location was formerly home to Ennis’ only indoor movie house that was torn down 24 years ago after severe storm damage. The park is named for the theater’s longest-standing employee, Minnie McDowal, at the request of the theater’s last owner — Lee Roy Mitchell — before selling the land to the city.

Mitchell purchased the old theater in 1960. It was his first indoor theater and he went on to form Cinemark, now a leader in the motion picture industry with more than 500 theatres and almost 6,000 screens in the United States and Latin America.

Besides Minnie McDowal Park, year-round things to do in Ennis include shopping on the brick streets of the historic district, farmers market April through October, Bardwell Lake, the Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum, Texas Motorplex, and the seven-screen Galaxy Drive-In Theatre.

Dining opportunities include choices of traditional American food, barbecue, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, and traditional Czech, and there are numerous bakeries and coffee shops.

Upcoming events in Ennis include the Bluebonnet Trails and Festival and the National Polka Festival.

Learn more about what makes Ennis a great destination at www.visitennis.org.

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