The 30 acres, known as Bend of the River, (7915 South General Bruce Drive) was donated to the City of Temple in 2011 by Bernice Talasek and her family in memory of Reuben Talasek.
This piece of historic Temple is known for hosting many civic and family events in the past. Many state and national celebrities visited with Rueben Talasek at the ranch. It is located on the Leon River and is the only City of Temple park land with river access.
Since the Talasek family donation of Bend o' the River to the City, a determined group of citizens has worked with Temple Parks and Recreation to begin planning the transformation of the property into what one day will be a botanic garden.
A botanic garden would be a unique source of recreation, education, research, and help bring tourists to the area. Through research we have found that botanic gardens have strong appeal to all ages. When constructed, this would be the only major public botanic garden from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to San Antonio.