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Bagby Park: Midtown District of Houston

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Water feature in Bagby Park

Water feature in Bagby Park

Bagby Park

The Midtown district of Houston is fortunate to have this small but multi-use jewel of a park within its midst. Nearby residents are surely happy to be able to utilize the various amenities offered there.

Midtown is just southwest of downtown Houston. Over the years, the area has significantly changed; most people who settled there in the 1950s have retreated to quieter suburbs.

Changes in Residency of This Area

In the 1970s, there was a large contingent of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans who lived, had businesses, and worked in this area (which is still reflected in some of the area's street signs). Many of them have since relocated to Chinatown in another section of the Houston metro area.

Many of the one-time single-resident homes have been transformed into pricey multi-storied townhouses and apartment complexes.

The Appearance of Midtown Today

New restaurants and bars, along with other businesses, are drawn to operating in this area. Many of the millennial generation like living in this mixed-use section of our city.

While those pricey abodes may have less living space than neighborhoods further out, the ability to walk out of one's home and be within walking distance of shops and restaurants is a plus.

Many of the bricked sidewalks are pleasingly aesthetic, with potted plants and trees offering shade as well as beauty in this part of town.

Midtown Letter Sculpture

Within Bagby Park are huge 10-foot-tall letters spelling out the word "midtown." It anchors the back part of the park and defines not only this recreation area but this section of Houston as well.

In front of the "midtown" lettering is a stage. That stage is often used at different times of the month for varying events. Experiences range from brass-band performances to musical theater and more. An events calendar for free events at Bagby Park can be accessed online.

Dog Park and On-Site Restaurant

Furry friends also enjoy these park grounds, which contains a 5,000 square foot dog park where "Fido" or "Fluffy" are allowed off the leash to run and play. Every 4th Friday, there is a "Yappy Hour" where Fido and his pals may even go home with treats and prizes!

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An official monthly Happy Hour occurs where attendees can sip on discounted libations from Rico's Morning+Noon+Night located on-site. Rico's offers patrons food and drinks—everything from burgers and tacos to soft drinks and milkshakes—daily, as their sign indicates.


There is accessible seating within the park. From picnic tables to barstools, wooden platforms built around several of the trees, or spreading a blanket upon the vast expanse of the lawn, the choice is up to the individual. For full concerts, patrons may wish to bring folding chairs from home.

There is a Bocce court at Bagby Park. If a visitor does not have his own bocce balls, Rico's rents them. Bocce rules are posted for those who may not know how to play the game. Below is a video also explaining the laws of the game.

Interactive Art

To the back of Rico's and on the left-hand side of the Midtown lettering is a large interactive art piece. Permanently inscribed at the top, it says, "Best advice I would give..." People can write whatever they wish upon it using chalk.

Some of the things written upon it the day of our visit included the following:

  • Always trust God's plan
  • When life gives you lemons, mix w/vodka!
  • Your parents are usually right
  • Be happy!
  • Never go to bed mad
  • Respect your Mother
An interactive art piece in Bagby Park

An interactive art piece in Bagby Park

Midtown Area of Houston

There is a bus stop right at the corner of Bagby and Gray Street, so undoubtedly many people have seen Bagby Park even if passing by. The water features are pretty and add ambient sounds to this space.

Another colorful art piece on a column near the dog park designates this spot as something special.

A sampling of other places in the Midtown district include the following:

  • Elizabeth Baldwin Park (the 100-year-old trees are what make it so amazing!)
  • Houston Fire Museum
  • Buffalo Soldiers Museum History is definitely on display in both of these excellent museums, and space can be rented in both for special events.
  • The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar is one block from Bagby Park. My husband and I like the food and the excellent service that we have received when dining there.

The address of Bagby Park is 415 Gray St., Houston, Texas 77002.


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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