Park Spotlight: West 11th Street Park

Photo courtesy of West 11th Street Park

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. This week we’ll be spotlighting West 11th Street Park. Join us as we take a trip through Houston, park by park.

Located in the heart of the largely residential Lazybrook/Timbergrove area near T.C. Jester, the tranquil West 11th Street Park serves as the community’s bonafide pocket of wilderness.

Acquired in 2007, this natural gem is the largest tract of native Texas forest inside the 610 Loop to be added to the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department’s inventory in recent years.

With more than 20 acres of serene wooded trails and a rapidly growing and diverse understory, the park boasts over 1,800 mature trees, over 100 species of birds, 33 species of butterflies, and represents a haven both for wildlife and for those of seeking respite from the stresses of urban living.

Since the acquisition of this preserved and protected park, the Houston Parks Board has worked with the surrounding community to only make sensitive improvements including a decomposed granite trail for stable-footed bird watching, walking/running trails, picnic areas, and the occasional event from local nonprofit, Friends of West 11th Street Park.

Photo courtesy of West 11th Street Park

Before You Visit

Though the park is open from dawn to dusk 7-days-a-week and is generally lax, there are a few rules worth noting. All animals must be on a leash and under the direct control of its owner and owners must clean up after their dogs.

Glass bottles/containers and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Visitors should also note that walking, sitting or standing on any border or flower bed is prohibited.

To reach the park by the freeway, head west on I-10 from Downtown, exit T.C. Jester Blvd, and take T.C. Jester north to W. 11th Street. At W. 11th Street turn left (or west), crossing White Oak Bayou, and then drive two blocks straight ahead on W. 11th Street. The park will be on your right.

West 11th Street Park 

Photo courtesy of West 11th Street Park
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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.