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Tom Bass Regional Park: Acres of Fun in Southeast Houston

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

Image of a Lesser Scaup in Tom Bass Regional Park

Image of a Lesser Scaup in Tom Bass Regional Park

About Tom Bass

I think that it is always fun learning about how park names originate. The following is what I learned about Tom Bass.

Tom Bass's career ranged from teaching high school and at the university level as a professor to serving and retiring as a Colonel from the Army, being a Texas state representative, and serving as a Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 1.

One of his achievements as a County Commissioner was the setting aside of flood-prone lands bordering Clear Creek. Over one hundred acres of that land now bears his name as the Tom Bass Regional Park.

He aided in establishing the 9-1-1 Emergency Network for Greater Harris County. Since its origin in 1983, it has undoubtedly saved many lives. That 9-1-1 headquarters building also bears his name.

This longtime Houston resident, along with his wife, reared ten children. Never one to rest on his laurels, he has also done volunteer work! You can read more about him in the link at the bottom of this page. I think he has well earned the honor of having his name memorialized.

Tom Bass Regional Park

When my husband and I headed out on a daytime adventure to explore this park, we started by walking the 1.1-mile paved trail around the 23-acre lake. The lake and the community center are in Section III of the park. The address is 15108 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77047.

We enjoyed the views of the many birds as we encircled the lake. Some of the birds we spotted included the following: Pekin duck, American coots, Muscovy ducks, Neotropic cormorants, Mallard ducks, Ring-necked ducks, Snowy egrets, Anhingas, and Lesser Scaups.

I did not know the name Lesser Scaup and found a link that showed photos of the many birds spotted in this park. I took several pictures of them and have identified them at the top of this page and below.

One person was fishing on the pier. Several YouTube videos show people having luck hooking fish in this twice-a-year stocked lake plus in the adjacent Clear Creek or other water spots within the park, as in the video below.

Golfing

There are plenty of parking spaces, and we moved our car several times to see other areas, including the Clear Creek Golf Course. The 18-hole course is in Section II at 3902 Fellows Road.

In addition to regular golf, there are 72 holes for those who enjoy playing disc golf.

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Performing Arts Pavilion

While not in use on the day of our visit, the performing arts pavilion looks like a beauty! It reminds me of the Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park. Both outdoor theaters offer comfortable seating for performances with additional space on the hillsides behind the seating for people who wish to spread blankets and relax more casually.

The performing arts pavilion is in Section I of the park at 3452 Fellows Road. Parking spaces are abundant.

Challenge Course and Playgrounds

Playgrounds are generally abundant in parks, and this one has plenty of them scattered throughout the park. The challenge course is, however, unlike others.

Navigating through the different obstacles would test a person's stamina, agility, and balance. I can envision professional sports teams using equipment similar to this. A cute video below shows some children having fun in this and the adjacent playground.

“You can’t tell a kid that it’s time to exercise; that’s a turn off…you have to say, “Let’s go to the park and have some fun! Then you get them to do some running, play on the swings, practice on the balance beam, and basically get a full workout disguised as play.”

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

Raised Boardwalk Area

Next to one of the barbecue pavilions that also contains restrooms was an intriguing raised boardwalk structure with some benches and a picnic table under a gazebo. At ground level were more picnic tables, exercise equipment, and playgrounds.

A video below shows more of this part of the park from an aerial perspective.

Numerous Amenities

In addition to the amenities already mentioned, people spending time in the Tom Bass Regional Park will find tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball, open fields for playing cricket or throwing frisbees or flying kites, restrooms in the three barbecue pavilions, and ADA accessible paved trails for walking, jogging or bicycling.

For our canine friends, they can accompany one if kept on a leash, or they can run freely in the dog park that has sections for large and small dogs.

Whether one wishes to enjoy some quiet time or join in one of the many festivals and gatherings held throughout the year, there is plenty to enjoy in this large regional park.

Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city.

— Marty Rubin

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