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Donovan Park: Fun Castle Playground in Houston Heights

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

Donovan Park

Donovan Park

Fantastic Playground in Houston Heights

Donovan Park is another jewel of a place located in Houston Heights. It is a stellar attraction for kids and their parents or guardians.

There are many prime real estate locations in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area. Houston Heights is one of them! We have enjoyed other scenery along Heights Boulevard, such as The Trail of Art and the Lombard Lamp, among other things.

People living in this area truly care about their environment and seemingly do all they can to preserve its exceptional nature. This fantastic kid’s playground was created because of local community interest and plenty of hard work. Residents of the Heights, as well as local businesses, teamed up with school children, teachers, and artisans, and this privately owned park was born.

Established in 1983

Obviously, it took a great deal of fundraising and planning. The sign at the entrance to the park shows that it was established in 1983. The work of actually building this playground took place in less than a week in October of 1996. Residents pitched in to do whatever was necessary. Whether wielding hammers and nails or providing food or babysitting, it must have been a frenzy of dedicated activity during that time! Children, with the help of their teachers, made countless artistic tiles to embellish borders outside of the park entrance.

Landscapers fashioned a hilly terrain where youngsters can roll down hills within the park. Anyone familiar with Houston knows that we have very few hills in these parts, so that is a special treat.

The outside of the park has a high wrought-iron gate. There are two entrances and exits with safety latches. They are up quite high so that children playing in the park cannot leave without the help of adult-sized people. As for the playground itself, it is a dream of a place for little ones!

Design Matches the Neighborhood

Many of the older homes in Houston Heights are Victorian in design. This park was built to reflect that nature. Many of the castle-like structures have turrets. Little ones can dream of playing a prince or princess, or perhaps even a king or queen!

A child-sized wooden train was added later and is an excellent addition to the park.

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The wooden playground equipment has additional items like rope bridges, fire poles, monkey bars, and balance beams. Swing sets and different sizes of wooden castles accommodate little tykes as well as older kids.

There is plenty of seating for adults as they watch their children playing hide and seek or using the slides or sandbox. Picnic tables and benches fill up quickly when the park is more crowded on weekends. I wandered through the park and took my photos on a weekday.

One parent with whom I had spoken had already taken her children to the Houston Zoo in Hermann Park. Her kids wanted to play here before returning home.

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play.

— Heraclitus

Location and Maintenance of This Park

The Houston Heights Association owns and maintains this property. It is free and open to the public. Street parking is also free. Donovan Park is the best playground that I have personally seen in Houston. Kids' imaginations can run wild while playing in this park!

One caveat of which to be aware if planning a trip to this park: there are no restroom facilities. So plan accordingly!

Location of Donovan Park: 700 Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007.

It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.

— Eric Hoffer


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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