Carleen Bright Arboretum
The Carleen Bright Arboretum extends over 16 acres, with almost half of it developed as botanical gardens. Included is the Pavilion Event Center, a private event rental space with floor to ceiling accordion windows that sits overlooking our beautiful grounds. The original white chapel located at the entrance, is our Whitehall Tourist & Community Center. It welcomes and entertains local residence and guests as they discover all that Woodway offers. The Arboretum, known as the “Hidden Jewel of Woodway” boasts a certified Monarch Way-station, a koi pond, fountains, rose garden, meditation garden, the Todd Willis Nature Trail that winds through native woodlands suitable for all explorers, two McLennan County Master Gardener demonstration gardens and much more. The Carleen Bright Arboretum is the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, and adventure. Come join us for one of the many city hosted events here at the property!
NEW! The Massey Meditation Grove
The Carleen Bright Arboretum is pleased to announce its newest addition, The Massey Meditation Grove.
Todd Willis Nature Trail
To the northwest, the Todd Willis Nature Trail winds through native woodlands,
Event Lawn & Gazebo
An amphitheater with a covered gazebo add to the beautiful majestic grounds and is the perfect setting for weddings, picnics, and the annual Midsummer Nights concert series.
Pavilion Event Center
Built in 2012, the Pavilion Event Center is the newest addition to the Carleen Bright Arboretum grounds. A state-of-the-art 10,000 square foot venue designed for all occasions, The Pavilion Event Center offers you an opportunity to bring the outdoors inside. Our large, floor to ceiling windows take you out of the hustle and bustle and wrap you in nature. Surrounded by beautiful grounds and seating up to 360, it is the perfect space for weddings, corporate events, and large parties.
White Hall Community & Visitor Center
The Whitehall Community & Visitor Center offers a smaller, more traditional and intimate setting for community events. The hall seats up to 130 guests while still accommodating a small dance floor and features gorgeous stained glass windows at either end of the room. A replica of the first church that serviced the Woodway Area, the Whitehall Center is nestled between lovely, maintained gardens and accented by a pond of lilies and koi. Stop by and pick up a map of the beautiful Carleen Bright Arboretum or some great Woodway merchandise!
Grandy Gazebo & Lawn
The beautiful Grandy Gazebo & Lawn located on the arboretum grounds host many festivals, live entertainment, and special events. It is perfect for pictures or relaxing outdoors.