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Spotts Park: With One of a Few Hills in Houston Near Downtown

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

View of the basketball court and distant view of downtown Houston from the path in Spotts Park

View of the basketball court and distant view of downtown Houston from the path in Spotts Park

Known Initially as Vick's Park

The slightly over 16 acres of Spotts Park was first known as Vick's Park back in the early 1900s. During those early days of the twentieth century, some forward-thinking people saw the need to create park spaces along Buffalo Bayou.

In 1906 the Vick's Park was purchased along with other nearby properties. 1980 was the date that the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department took over the park operation.

A Hill in Houston!

Houston's topography is very flat, and there are few hills. Spotts Park is one of the few exceptions! Much of the park lies in a natural bowl shape, having about a 100-foot drop from top to bottom.

The hill offers people visiting this park a venue to build up their cross-fit exercise endurance. People can also attend boot camp classes there.

Interlinking Trails

The biking and running/walking trails interlink with others along Buffalo Bayou. They lead into downtown or to paths leading for many miles further west. There are some great views of this metropolis downtown area from Spotts Park looking east.

Numerous bike rental kiosks exist within Houston, and this is just one of the many locations.

Parking

My husband and I had tried finding a parking space on weekends with no luck. Parking is somewhat limited in the lot above the park, so get there early. If you do not luck out, be prepared to walk some distance if parking on the streets surrounding the park.

The parking is free. Do not leave anything valuable in your vehicle. Many of the website reviews of this park warn that some break-ins have happened. On the weekday, we chose to walk and explore the park we readily found available parking spaces.

Of course, most of the locals who live nearby either walk, jog or bike to this park.

Going home after a fun day playing ball in Spotts Park

Going home after a fun day playing ball in Spotts Park

Amenities in Spotts Park

Youngsters can enjoy some playground equipment at street level and also some down in the bowl. Tennis courts exist in the park at street level. Adults can find some stationary workout equipment in several places in the park.

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People were having some fun in the open grassy areas on the day of our visit. There are two sand volleyball courts which are probably very busy on more crowded days. The lighted covered basketball court had only one person shooting some hoops on the day of our visit. That also is undoubtedly utilized more on weekends or for particular basketball meets.

We spotted some people playing with their dogs. A few people were skateboarding. One person kept using that hill, going up and down repeatedly for exercise. Another couple was picnicking on top of the hill under the shade of some trees. They had an excellent overview of the park from that perspective.

There are picnic tables in Spotts Park, along with benches, drinking fountains, and trash cans. There is even a fire pit. One thing lacking is restroom facilities.

A 40-foot diameter labyrinth exists at the top of the park in December of 2014. Enough people were not using it because we saw no hint of it as such. It was merely grass inside of a concrete circle.

The branches on the deciduous trees were bare during our visit when I took these photos. When fully leafed out, the shade would be much appreciated, particularly during summertime heat.

My hubby and I walked all of the trails throughout the park from above and below. It was fun getting to see this park after several attempts at doing so on the busy weekends. I am sure that the people living nearby genuinely enjoy this area.

Bubble Soccer

Many different gatherings happen in Spotts Park. I had never heard of Bubble Soccer. Are you familiar with this fun-looking sport? There have been monthly Bubble Soccer matches, with few exceptions, since the first one began in May of 2015.

While not filmed in this park, I found a video showing some bubble soccer for your enjoyment shown below.

Location

Spotts Park's address is 401 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007.

In the video below, you can see an aerial look at this park, the surrounding residences, and the proximity to our beautiful downtown Houston.

"My perfect weekend is going for a walk with my family in the park. I don't think there's anything better."

— Anne Wojcicki

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