Bagby Park: Midtown District of Houston

Updated on February 17, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Water feature in Bagby Park
Water feature in Bagby Park | Source

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.

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Midtown letters in Bagby ParkWooden seating around trees
Midtown letters in Bagby Park
Midtown letters in Bagby Park | Source
Wooden seating around trees
Wooden seating around trees | Source

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.

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Midtown street scenery near Bagby ParkMidtown street scenery near Bagby ParkMidtown street scenery near Bagby Park
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park | Source
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park | Source
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park
Midtown street scenery near Bagby Park | Source

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.

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Midtown lettering in Bagby Park View of stage
Midtown lettering in Bagby Park
Midtown lettering in Bagby Park | Source
View of stage
View of stage | Source

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.

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Dog Park within Bagby Park Closeup of Dog Park
Dog Park within Bagby Park
Dog Park within Bagby Park | Source
Closeup of Dog Park
Closeup of Dog Park | Source

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!

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.

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Rico’s Morning+Noon+Night Picnic tables in Bagby Park
Rico’s Morning+Noon+Night
Rico’s Morning+Noon+Night | Source
Picnic tables in Bagby Park
Picnic tables in Bagby Park | Source

Activities

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 | Source

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.

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Art column in Bagby ParkWater feature view in Bagby Park View of Art Column and Dog Park in Bagby Park
Art column in Bagby Park
Art column in Bagby Park | Source
Water feature view in Bagby Park
Water feature view in Bagby Park | Source
View of Art Column and Dog Park in Bagby Park
View of Art Column and Dog Park in Bagby Park | Source

Does this look like a park that you would like to visit?

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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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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      I am pleased that you enjoyed learning about Bagby Park in Houston.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      It makes for interesting reading.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Robert,

      It is particularly nice that Bagby Park exists for the locals who live in that area. Happy to be able to share this information with you and others.

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      4 months ago

      This seems a charming area to visit. Thank you for posting.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      Considering that this small park is in a developed urban setting, it offers much to the local residents. I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing the art pieces, particularly the interactive one.

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      manatita44 

      4 months ago from london

      I rather like the idea of giving the best advice as this can be a solace to the community. Some reflective pieces here. The verdant hue and foliage seem serene and the Midtown art - set against an elegant background - is extremely pleasing or aesthetic to the senses.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      Too bad you did not get to do more touring while you spent time working here. That is often the case, however. I'll be showing you much more of our area in future posts.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Linda,

      This area is an upscale part of our city where people who live in the nearby townhouses can walk to restaurants and other shops without having to use their cars. Bagby Park gives them a place to congregate. Glad you liked learning about it.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bagby Park looks and sounds like a place I would enjoy visiting. The history concerning the park is interesting. Even though I spent 5 years working in Houston, I saw only a few places. Thanks Peggy.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I would certainly like to explore Bagby Park and its surroundings, though perhaps not at the height of summer when it's hot. I like the look of the landscaping in the area. Flowers and other elements of landscaping always make an area look attractive.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Bagby Park is a fun place, and I am sure you would like it. I appreciate your comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      If you visited your son and daughter-in-law in the summertime of Houston, you know well the heat and humidity. It is a season that we tolerate to enjoy the rest of the year when the temperatures are more enjoyable.

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      Peggy Woods 

      4 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      Bagby Park is a great public space in the Midtown district of Houston. If we lived nearby (which we do not), I am sure we would use it often.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      What a fun place to visit. I’d love to visit if I get a chance.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      4 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      My daughter and son-in-law lived in Houston for a short time. I visited about 2003. Nice town! Hot in summer. (like Atlanta's not, lol). Love the dog park and interactive art.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      Bagby Park sounds like a great public space. You have reviewed it well.

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