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Maxwell Park in Cypress, TX: A Hidden Gem!

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

Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas

Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas

A Tucked-Away Treasure!

I would venture a guess that Maxwell Park in Cypress, Texas, is a hidden secret to most people. But those who live nearby or who set out to find off-the-beaten-path treasures can enjoy it. The park is only 13.9 acres, with a trail length of 0.37 miles. The address is 12622 Maxwell Road, Cypress, Texas 77429.

A tree farm is across the street from it. The majority of the built-up residential houses on Maxwell Road are high to keep from potential flooding by the adjacent and nearby Cypress Creek. That creek also runs alongside this charming little park.

“You can neither lie to a neighbourhood park, nor reason with it. 'Artist's conceptions' and persuasive renderings can put pictures of life into proposed neighbourhood parks or park malls, and verbal rationalizations can conjure up users who ought to appreciate them, but in real life only diverse surroundings have the practical power of inducing a natural, continuing flow of life and use.”

— Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Picnicking, Dog Walking, and Fishing

Parking spaces are in the central portion of the park with smooth and wide-paved paths plus picnic tables on either side of the parking lot. Water is available, but no restrooms are on-site, so keep that in mind if you decide to visit, walk, fish or picnic here.

Some people were walking their dogs, and one couple was enjoying a picnic lunch. Perhaps it was that couple's chairs set up overlooking Cypress Creek. The blue chairs made an excellent focal point for one of my photos.

There was no one fishing at the time of our visit. Sandy banks allow access to Cypress Creek, and I spotted some large dog prints in the sand. I can imagine the merry time the dog had in sniffing the fragrant air and aromas from the creek. Undoubtedly, the person or people with him were equally enjoying the scenery, if not in quite the same olfactory way.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

— Elliott Erwitt

Photography in the Park

The cutest thing was happening while we were making our way through the park, enjoying the ambiance of the brilliant sunny skies with floating cotton-like clouds amidst the Spanish moss-laden trees.

Two women with a child were attempting some photography. They had set up a small stand with "Kisses 5 Cents" inscribed upon it. They were trying to take a photo of their small child using that stand as a prop. One of the women was making hand and arm gestures, trying her best to capture the attention of the little tyke.

The photo that I captured makes me smile to this very day. Hopefully, they got that perfect photo!

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

— Andy Warhol

Trying to capture that perfect photo

Trying to capture that perfect photo

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“You've got this life and while you've got it, you'd better kiss like you only have one moment, try to hold someone's hand like you will never get another chance to, look into people's eyes like they're the last you'll ever see, watch someone sleeping like there's no time left, jump if you feel like jumping, run if you feel like running, play music in your head when there is none, and eat cake like it's the only one left in the world!”

— C. JoyBell C.

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 03, 2021:

Hi Bobbi,

Maxwell Park is definitely one that would warm your "country girl heart." At least you can get a sense of it via my photos. Take care, and thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I am glad you enjoyed reading this and getting a mental picture of what you would see in this small park. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2021:

Hi Linda,

Yes, my husband and I were there at the exact moment those women were trying to capture that child's attention for a photo. It was so cute. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I am pleased that you enjoyed viewing the cute kissing booth in this pretty park. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It is great that you have photos to remember your creativity with that Scooby Doo Mystery Box. I can well imagine it being a hit at that birthday party. I have a feeling that the prop in the park was homemade. It looked cute, and given the age of that child, it will be memorialized in photos. That child will not remember it, except for the documentation of the photos. (Smile) Thanks for your comment.

Barbara Purvis Hunter from Florida on May 01, 2021:

Hi Peggy,

I am sorry I missed that park when I was in Texas many years ago. This is my kind of park--it touches my country girl heart--especially if I could walk my doggie in the beauty of the woods.

Thanks for sharing this with us.

Take Care,

Bobbi Purvis

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I know you love natural places and nature from all the photos you take. You would love to visit this park. At least you had a virtual tour of it. Thanks for your comment. Enjoy the balance of your day and the days ahead! Stay safe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2021:

Hi Devika,

Visiting parks, especially during a time of the pandemic, offers respite from being cooped up inside. Also, being out in nature can be soothing to the soul. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 30, 2021:

Peggy this is so interesting about the park and it gives a picture of what to expect when there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2021:

Hi Lorna,

That was such a cute kissing booth with that adorable child in it. We were visiting that park on the right day! Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2021:

Hi Kyriaki,

Even luckier are the folks who live right near that charming park. Fishers can drop a line and bring home their lunch or dinner entree. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 29, 2021:

Neighbourhood parks can be very appealing. Maxwell Park sounds and looks like a great example. You took the “kisses” photo at just the right time!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I agree that "a picture can tell a thousand words." I am a bit of a shutterbug, as you can probably tell. Thanks for your comment about that cute sign regarding the 5 cent kisses. It was such a cute scene to have stumbled upon!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 29, 2021:

Hi Peggy, very well written hub. As always I enjoyed the read. The photos are lovely. The kissing booth is so cute. I loved it.

Thanks for sharing. Kisses and Love

Blessings

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

Hi Farah,

It sounds like you must have quite a volume of cute photos of your son taken with props. It must have been fun watching that wedding shoot in Bali. We once visited a park in Vancouver, Canada, that was filled with many wedding parties. Photographers were very busy that day! I am glad you enjoyed this cute story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 29, 2021:

Hi Sp Greaney,

I am pleased that you enjoyed seeing my photos of this pretty little park. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Thanks for your comment, Louise. You would have fun taking photos in this park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Hi Amara,

Enjoying nature in parks seems to be a universally enjoyable thing to do. Thanks for your comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2021:

Those ladies went beyond the call of duty with that prop. I wonder if they were from a studio or just really over the top relatives? Park is lovely. I once spent a lot of time and effort converting a refrigerator box into a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine for my daughter’s third birthday party — a prop but also something they could play in. I painted it and added the whole Scooby gang in back “window.” I cut a sun roof so the kids could pop up and added a climb though on the side. It even had soft fleece Scooby material to chill on inside. It was one of the most creative things I’ve made for my kid and was a big hit at the party. Gave me great photos. She remembers nothing, of course.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Hi Urwa,

You are correct. Surveys of livable communities often cite the availability of parks as one of the considerations. They offer good quality of life for their residents and visitors. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Hi Ann,

Thanks for the compliments. With digital cameras, it makes it so easy to snap many photos these days. I used to do that also when we had the expense of film development, but it got rather expensive. Today, one can snap away and then delete if the photos do not turn out well. It seems that we both are shutterbugs. (Smile)

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 28, 2021:

An interesting article about the Maxwell park! I enjoyed reading your detailed information and the pictures are great!

I enjoy visiting places of Natural beauty, and this one looks perfect!

The kissing booth is such a sweet idea!

Thank you for the virtual tour!

Have a wonderful day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 28, 2021:

Hi Urwa,

Yes, parks are great places for us to relax and unwind. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 28, 2021:

Hi Peggy parks have not been my best pass time areas. Since a year ago I prefer the quiet and some where in the wild. Parks are no exception to that. A place to be and free from mingling. I like the way you presented this hub. A great idea to write about it. Visiting such places is worth more now than before.

Lorna Lamon on April 28, 2021:

Another wonderful park Peggy complete with an adorable kissing booth. These green spaces are so valuable and necessary for our well-being. As usual your articles are full of interesting facts, and beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

Kyriaki Chatzi on April 27, 2021:

Peggy, you are really lucky to have such a park near you!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 27, 2021:

Peggy,

That picture is adorable! The little one wuth the sign for 5 CENT KISSES.

That must have been Mommy standing there with her arms up.

The lske by the two blue chairs reminded me of a spot nearby where I used to walk and sometimes toss a line in to fish.

Haven't been there for quite awhile.

A picture can tell a thousand words.

I'm so glad you do a great job taking them.

Take care & have a nice week.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 27, 2021:

The park sounds like a nice place to hang out. Yes, I have used props to take my son’s photos. Here we keep a photo corner at most parties and almost all use some props. I kept one at his birthday party as well. It was fun. The photos taken at the park must’ve surely come out amazing. I remember coming across an Indonesian couple doing a wedding photoshoot at a park during our visit to Bali, Indonesia, and I enjoyed it a lot as well. Thanks for sharing the cute story.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2021:

Hi Mary,

The area is quite wooded and so full of Spanish moss. I love other types of moss, as well. As you say, it is a joy to have nearby parks. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on April 27, 2021:

It's great that you have a place such as this to visit. It looks like it has something that eveyone would love. Your photos really help to give you a feel for the place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2021:

Hi Bill,

I am pleased that you enjoyed my photos. We loved stumbling upon that cute photographic set up with the child. It added to the joy of visiting that particular park. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2021:

Hi Bill,

We thought that the kissing booth was so cute, also. There are many creeks throughout the Houston area. Catching fish is a great pastime. Thanks for your comment.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 27, 2021:

I must say, that does look a beautiful park. I'd love to visit here. And I'd be like you and take photographs too.

Amara from Pakistan on April 27, 2021:

It is a very well written hub. I love going to parks, as its a place very close to nature..

Thanks for sharing Peggy..

Iqra from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on April 27, 2021:

Parks are a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. They provide identity for citizens and are a major factor in the perception of quality of life in a given community. Parks and recreation services are often cited as one of the most important factors in surveys of how livable communities are. Parks provide gathering places for families and social groups, as well as for individuals of all ages

Ann Carr from SW England on April 27, 2021:

Beautiful location. I love the quotes you've used too; they compliment the article so well. Love the photo with the two blue chairs in it.

It's so true that photography has 'little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them'. Some people don't understand why I take so many photos. I like to have a selection to see which is the best, which 'feels' right when static.

You always take such great photos, Peggy.

This looks like a peaceful place in which to wander away a lovely afternoon.

Ann

Iqra from East County & Cooking and Baking Expert on April 27, 2021:

I love this article, very interesting, of course, the park is created for us to get out of the busyness of life and fresh up. Its really amazing.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 27, 2021:

That's a beautiful park. It's almost like the woods with moss-laden trees. I enjoyed photographing moss last weekend. It is a joy to have parks close by.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2021:

Hi Liz,

Yes, people should know about not having restroom facilities in this park. Other than that, it is lovely. I am still smiling, thinking about those women trying to capture the perfect photo of that child. Thanks for your comment.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 27, 2021:

That photo with the child is hilarious. What a great little park. I would love to have something like Maxwell Park in my neighborhood. Houston continues to impress me. Love the photos, Peggy.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 27, 2021:

Lovely park, but what really made me smile was the kissing booth. How adorable! And why wasn't anyone fishing? I would have to wet a line in that creek, just because.....

Liz Westwood from UK on April 27, 2021:

This is an extremely well-illustrated and interesting article. Parks have become even more valuable to us all over the past year or so. Your article gives a great overview of what to expect here. I especially appreciated the detail about the restrooms, as it is useful to know that there are none here.

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