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Matzke Park: Family-Friendly Environs in Houston

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

Matzke Park in Houston, Texas

Matzke Park in Houston, Texas

History of Matzke Park

Adjacent to Matzke Park are the campuses of two Cypress-Fairbanks schools, Matzke Elementary and Bleyl Middle School. The elementary school honors a long-time first-grade teacher by the name of Ernestine Matzke. She taught school for a total of 48 years! Forty-four of them were in Cy-Fair schools. This park also honors her service to her students and community by bearing her name.

Fencing separates the park from the school campuses. This park provides delightful picnic and playing areas, sports fields, exercise stations, a short trail, a free speech area, and seasonal events in NW Houston.

The address of this almost 20-acre park (19.4 to be exact) is 13110 Jones Road, Houston, Texas 77070. Bordering Matzke Park is Jones Road on the west, Grant Road to the north, Copeland Drive on the east, and the school campuses to the south. There are parking lots on Jones Road and Copeland Drive that accommodate a good number of vehicles.

Picnicking and Playgrounds

As you can see from the photos above, picnicking and playing in Matzke Park is easy to do. There are two covered pavilions with picnic tables, plus many picnic tables scattered in various places throughout the park. Benches also provide seating areas in many areas. It is first-come, first-served regarding the pavilion use.

Conveniently, the children's playground is near the restrooms on the west side of the park. According to a posted sign, "The Be An Angel Playground is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness since 1986." Many individuals, as well as organizations and foundations, played a part in funding this playground.

Matzke Park Butterfly Garden

Butterfly lovers owe a debt of gratitude to the Association for Better Community Schools (a.k.a. ABCS) for the development of the butterfly and sensory garden. The local Norchester Garden Club maintains this lovely garden. For migrating Monarch Butterflies, this is an official way station. Host plants are on-site for caterpillars, and nectar from the flowers attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

People are encouraged to stay on the paths and not to touch the plants or any insects. This garden is a lovely place to relax and learn about what to plant in one's home garden to attract butterflies.

The Trail in Matzke Park

A paved asphalt trail encircles the park near the edge of the property. A vast grassy area takes up much of the central portions of the park, where teams play soccer and cricket. Local clubs play there and maintain the fields. Granting of permission must first take place for the private use of these playing fields.

There is the spacing of some exercise stations along the trail. Also of interest is a designated free speech area in a tree-shaded part of the park.

Events

Many of the Precinct 4 parks host public events. My husband and I noticed a sign for an upcoming free Baseball Movie Night with free drinks and popcorn when we first visited Matzke Park. Many different types of family-friendly movies are shown in the summertime as well as other types of events.

It is incredible what can be done with a piece of land when partnerships happen between government agencies plus private individuals and organizations. Such is the case with Matzke Park.

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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.

© 2021 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2021:

Hi Heidi,

I am so glad that you enjoy learning what is available to enjoy in our area. That Cullen Sculpture Garden is an amazing space! Thanks for leaving a comment about that and Matzke Park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

It is wonderful that so many people can take advantage of enjoying free movies, etc., in this park. I am glad you liked this article enough to leave a comment. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 24, 2021:

Hi Audrey,

That butterfly garden in Matzke Park is a beauty. I can envision spending time there sitting in that gazebo. It is a pretty part of the park. Thanks for letting me know you are enjoying the virtual visits to Houston.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am so happy to know that you enjoyed learning about Matzke Park and seeing my photos of it. Thanks for your comment.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 23, 2021:

That butterfly garden would be lovely to see!

BTW, I wanted to comment on your Cullen Sculpture Garden post. I would love to see that. It's like an art museum outside.

Thanks for sharing all the wonderful things around you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am happy to share these details and photos with you. Enjoy the balance of your weekend, and stay safe!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 23, 2021:

Peggy

I love watching butterflies. I'm glad they have included this area in the park.

Our park actually shows movies too. So does our church...it's alot of fun.

I even see they have a certain spot for free speech at this park.

Nice article

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 23, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Thanks for your visit and comment. Matzke Park has much to offer its visitors.

I think that in this past year, parks have become even more popular places to gather outdoors because of the pandemic. It is a bit easier to social distance in an outdoor setting than indoors. Even post-pandemic, they will retain their popularity.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2021:

Hi Linda,

The butterfly garden is a wonderful part of this park, as is the "Be An Angel" playground. These are two of the amenities making this park special. Thanks for your comment.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on May 22, 2021:

The Butterfly Garden would be a dream-come-true for me. Butterflies hold a special place in my heart, as I'm sure they do for many. I thoroughly enjoy your excursions found in Houston. Marvelous!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2021:

Hi Sp Greaney,

I am pleased that you enjoyed learning about Matzke Park. I have seen other parks with butterfly gardens, sports fields, etc., but never one with a free speech designated area.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Many of our city-run parks do things like offering free movies, etc. It does vary from precinct to precinct, and it also depends upon the park size. I am sure you would enjoy it if you lived here. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

She must have loved teaching kids! The park that bears her name does have many amenities and is a great place for those who live nearby to spend time. Thanks for your virtual visit and your comment.

Rosina S Khan on May 22, 2021:

Matzke Park seems like a nice place to visit with all its facilities and amenities to enjoy. Loved all the beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing, Peggy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 22, 2021:

Hi Sandra,

Yes, there are many ways to enjoy this park named after an honored teacher's lifetime of service to her community.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 22, 2021:

This sounds like another interesting and wonderful family park in Houston. I enjoyed reading the details and the beautiful pictures. The park has some unique and interesting features, which I haven’t heard before.

Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 22, 2021:

Peggy This park sounds great and so much you have explained in detail. Your photos are beautiful and parks are peaceful and a good environment to explore.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

That free speech area is the first that we have ever seen in a park. I have no idea how often it is used or what topics might be discussed. Thanks for your visit and comment. I agree that the butterfly garden is an asset.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 21, 2021:

This sounds like another interesting park to explore in your part of the world. I love the idea of putting a butterfly garden in the park. The “Be An Angel” playground sounds like a lovely idea, too.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on May 21, 2021:

This seems to be a park that offers a lot to the community. A butterfly sensory garden, a cricket area and a free speech area are not something that you would expect to see in any parks. You are lucky to have something like that around your area.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 21, 2021:

Peggy, Matzke Park seems to be a great park for fun activities. Beautiful photos. As you mentioned free Baseball Movie Night with free drinks and popcorn. What a wonderful idea and family friendly movies in summer time as well. If I would be in Houston. I would love to visit this park.

Thanks for sharing. Stay safe and healthy.

Blessings and Lots of Love

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 21, 2021:

Hi Amara,

I am so glad that you enjoyed learning about this park that bears the name of a revered teacher.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 21, 2021:

Can you imagine teaching children for 48 years? That sees amazing. The park is lovely, Peggy. I love all of your pictures and the great information. I love to see butterflies too. This park offers so much that I think anyone would enjoy being there.

Sandra on May 21, 2021:

Appears to be an extremely well planned park with many diverse options. So nice they are honoring a teacher's lifetime of service to the school district and her students.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 21, 2021:

I like that butterfly garden and free speech area. Not sure how they decide what is allowed. What a nice little place to visit!

Amara from Pakistan on May 21, 2021:

This park looks peaceful, and I liked the photos of park..

Thanks for sharing Peggy..

Stay blessed and happy..

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