I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
People living in Houston have the generous philanthropist Leon Levy to thank for this park. He donated land to the City of Houston for what is now the fantastic Levy Park named in his honor. This park is slightly less than six acres in size. The address is 3801 Eastside St., Houston, Texas 77098.
Upper Kirby District Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Houston. They funded the 15-million-dollar budget for the significant renovations and improvements which have taken place.
Wonderful Playground and Dog Park
Locals who live in the area remember when it was a baseball field. It was also a dog park and at one time had a swimming pool. A small dog park remains, but the rest of the recreational area is unrecognizable from earlier days!
Small and large dogs have separate areas in the dog park in which to play and roam. Astroturf is used over human-made mounds and makes for easy cleanup. A few benches are available for people watching their dogs play off-leash.
Abundant Seating and So Many Trees
Chairs and tables abound throughout Levy Park. But available seating does not end there. Curved benches surround many of the trees within the park providing shaded areas on sunny days.
Many trees were saved when creating this park, and some were even relocated here.
Art in the Park
Local graffiti artist Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr., who signs his work GONZO247, has a colorful mural in the center of a wall defining one edge of the park. He is well known locally as well as internationally.
I wonder if more murals by other artists will eventually enhance this wall? I guess time will tell!
Community Garden and Landscaping
Native landscaping is used throughout Levy Park and will become more lush and abundant as time passes. A large community garden is on one end of the park. In the children’s play area, raised beds of fresh herbs are there to enhance that area.
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Ample Lawn Space for Multiple Purposes
A large lawn area provides space for kids and adults to have some fun or plain relaxation. People can spread out blankets and have picnics. Kids can assemble large lego-like pieces and make creative shapes using them. Regular classes such as Tai Chi and Yoga, among others, occur here. It is a beautiful event lawn space. I took these photos on a weekday. On weekends this recreational gathering place is packed with people.
Fantastic Children’s Play Area
A fenced area bordering the children’s play area makes it a bit easier for parents to keep an eye on their kids as they run about and play.
Most of the children’s play area within the fenced area has soft and colorful cushioned padding. This cushioned padding would buffer the effects of any mishaps or falls.
There are so many different things to enjoy within the children’s play area of Levy Park.
Boardwalk and Observation Deck
An elevated boardwalk and observation deck gives one fun and different perspective of what there is to do within the park. Even handicapped individuals can enjoy this birds-eye view of Levy Park. Nice!
It is fun watching kids climb up that giant sphere, playing on the merry go rounds and cooling off under the water feature. Looking down from the elevated boardwalk outside of the gated children’s area, the views of merrymaking opportunities continue.
There are foosball, ping pong tables, and a small putting green available for use. Other amenities are also there. People can help themselves to books or magazines to peruse while enjoying the outdoor ambiance.
In this same area of the park are carts filled with art equipment and also games. People get to use what is available. From crayons to board games, there is much to enjoy! We saw several mothers with children doing some coloring projects on paper. There are even child-sized tables and chairs.
No one was using the putting green or tossing bean bags when I took these photographs. The first time we saw Levy Park was on a Saturday. My hubby and I had just done some shopping at the Eastside Farmer’s Market, which is only one block distant. Both venues were filled to the brim with people!
Amphitheater and Restaurants
A performance amphitheater, along with year-round programming, will have people returning to this Houston city park over and over again. Clean restrooms are on site. In 2018, Chef Tim Love will start operating three different restaurants in this park, which will entice even more people to come and enjoy it.
My husband and I were impressed with this fantastic mixed-use environment within the city limits of Houston.
The lighting at night is reported to be very beautiful. Many ornament-like round balls strung with lights hang from trees. Those plus other types of illumination would create a lovely evening atmosphere.
From what we have seen, the Upper Kirby Management District is doing a lovely job of maintaining Levy Park for the City of Houston. Some of the wooden walkways were still being replaced with concrete pavers on the day of our visit.
This fantastic playground should please all age groups of people long into the future.
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