Memorial Park is the largest urban park in Houston Texas. The park is composed of 1,503 acres inside Loop-610, making it one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It is located at the Northwest edge of Loop-610 which forms its western border, with Interstate-10 on the north, and Buffalo Bayou forming its southern border. The neighborhood of Houston known as Memorial begins at the park’s western border. Memorial Park is known for its wild unimproved expanses with miles of hiking and mountain bike trails along Buffalo Bayou. Buffalo Bayou is the boundary between the park and Houston’s most expensive inner loop neighborhood River Oaks. Hikes along Buffalo Bayou have a view of some of the more exclusive homes in River Oaks. Memorial Park is owned by the City of Houston and managed by the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department in cooperation with the Memorial Park Conservancy. Memorial Park Features The park features a public golf course, indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, croquet courts, sports fields, volleyball courts, smooth running paths, playgrounds, picnic areas, and hiking and bike trails. The picnic areas offer tables and spaces for grilling with their streets being used primarily by street cyclists. The Memorial Park Picnic Loop runs through the picnic area south of Memorial Dr. and reserved exclusively for road bikers, in-line skaters, traditional roller skaters and hikers during regular park hours. Automobiles are allowed on it from 11:00 AM to 01:00 PM weekdays and on weekends and holidays allowing families to reach the picnic areas. The wooded trails are used by both hikers and mountain bikers. The Seymour Lieberman Exer-Trail is a 2.93-mile crushed granite trail located north of Memorial Dr. Leashed dogs are welcome in the picnic, hiking, and running areas of the park. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is located at 4501 Woodway Dr on the far western grounds of Memorial Park. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center features a visitor and education center and improved walking trails throughout its grounds. Photo Gallery of Memorial Park We have put together a complete Photo Gallery of Memorial Park in Houston Texas with descriptions of where the photos were taken and what the photos depict. This article was authored by and all photos were taken by the staff of Houston Prime Realty. Houston Prime Realty serves the Greater Houston Texas area and can help real estate buyers and sellers to purchase and sell properties near Memorial Park in Houston Texas. Please Contact Us if you need an experienced Houston real estate agent. You can find more interesting places to visit in the greater Houston area in our Places To Visit in Houston Texas Directory.
Discovery Green is a 12 acre urban park located in the heart of downtown Houston Texas across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Discovery Green hosts over 600 events and community gatherings a year. Discovery Green features many different attractions. Some of the best seasonal attractions include kayaking and paddle boarding on Kinder Lake, ice skating in the winter ice rink, and summer concerts on Thursday nights. Check out the Discovery Green calendar for a list of upcoming events. Discovery Green Features The park features jogging and walking trails, butterfly gardens, a dog park, playgrounds, putting green, Kinder Lake, a splash pad, fountains, restaurants, sculptures and displays of Art in the Park. The many faceted park is also improved with tree covered sidewalks with benches for people watching, multiple landscaped gardens, picnic lawns, and large grassy lawns perfect for laying in the sun. The grassy lawns have been known as gathering places for flash mobs. Park visitors looking for a more sedate visit, should check out the Houston Public Library’s HPL Express location and the Morgan Reading Room and Powell Foundation Outdoor Reading Rooms adjacent to the Lake House restaurant. HPL Express offers free WiFi and other library services. Typical library rules apply to these areas. Dining in Discovery Green If you don’t plan on bringing a picnic lunch, you can dine at one of the two restaurants located in Discovery Green. The two restaurants located in the park are The Lake House and The Grove. The Lake House serves fast casual Texas cuisine such as burgers, tacos, hot dogs, and salads along with beer and wine. The Grove is more a upscale restaurant serving what they call “modern Texas cuisine”. The Grove’s menu includes appetizers, steaks, seafood, rotisserie meats, salads, and deserts along with beer, wine, and cocktails. Parking and Access to Discovery Green If you know how to find the George R. Brown Convention Center, you can’t missing Discovery Green as it runs the length of the convention center across the Avenida de las Americas street. If you are coming from Interstate -45 South take the McKinney St Exit and follow McKinney St until you run in to the park. The park is built on top of an underground parking garage with entry from Avenida de las Americas. There is metered street level parking and numerous private parking lots. Unfortunately, there is no free parking in the area. Behind the Scenes of Discovery Green Discovery Green opened in 2008. The park is a public – private venture of the City of Houston, the Houston First Corporation, and the Discovery Green Conservancy. The Houston First Corporation is a City of Houston exclusively owned corporation that owns and runs the George R. Brown Convention Center and other public venues and theaters in the City of Houston. The Discovery Green Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to finance and run the operation of the park and events it hosts. The Discovery Green Conservancy is funded by the donations of visitors and friends of the park. Find out here on how to give a gift to the Discovery Green Conservancy. Photo Gallery of Discovery Green We have put together a complete Photo Gallery of Discovery Green in Houston Texas with descriptions of where the photos were taken and what the photos depict. This article was authored by and all photos were taken by the staff of Houston Prime Realty. Houston Prime Realty serves the Greater Houston Texas area and can help real estate buyers and sellers to purchase and sell properties near Downtown Houston Texas. Please Contact Us if you need an experienced Houston real estate agent. You can find more interesting places to visit in the greater Houston area in our Places To Visit in Houston Texas Directory.