In our Park Spotlight series, we take a closer look at Houston’s vast array of public recreational areas to shine a light on hidden and not so hidden gems. Whether you’re looking for a new running trail or a family-friendly pocket of Houston to explore, take a trip through Houston with us, park by park.
Go Jurassic climbing on the bones of the “Travisaurus” dinosaur bones, along with other playground attractions, at the popular Travis Spark Park in Woodland Heights.
The playground at the Travis Spark Park is not your usual play space. It does have your more typical play structures, but in addition to the usual suspects you’ll also find a rock wall, sandbox, fitness center, spinning center and of course, dinosaur bones.
Travis Spark Park gates open after school activities end, on weekends, holidays and summer months.
Visitors may already know that the famed triceratops play structure is huge, meant for climbing and a favorite of the kiddos, but did you know that “Travisaurus” was also designed by the students at Travis Elementary School?
Known for developing school parks into neighborhood parks, the Spark Park Program has been working to increase green space in Houston over the past 30 years. One of their more notable projects came about when they asked children of Travis Elementary to draw with crayons what they wanted to see at their new playground.
After sorting through all the drawings the board members over at Spark Park noticed that boys and girls of every age had drawn dinosaurs. It wasn’t long after that artists Paul Kittelson and Carter Ernst were commissioned to create the triceratops centerpiece we find so appreciated by children and adults alike.
Travis Spark Park
- Location: 3311 Beauchamp Street, Houston, TX 77009
- Hours: After school hours to dusk on school days; dusk to dawn on weekends, holidays and summer
- Parking: Free street parking is available in the surrounding area
- Admission: Free