Park Spotlight: Moody Park in Near Northside

Luis A. Jimenez’s “the Vaquero” | Photo courtesy of the Houston Parks Board

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 Moody Park. Join us as we take a trip through Houston, park by park.

Located in the Near Northside neighborhood on the cusp of Little White Oak Bayou, Moody Park offers visitors a wide array of amenities to enjoy in both the comfort of the sunny outdoors and also the air-conditioned indoors.

Acquired by the City of Houston in 1925, this public greenspace features acclaimed public art exhibitions, an open-air basketball pavilion, lighted tennis courts, baseball diamonds, two playground areas, a 0.94-mile hike and bike trail, and even a community center building.

Designed by architect W. Jackson Wisdom in 1986, the community center comes complete an indoor gym/weight room, arts & crafts area, swimming pool, office space, serving areas, a classroom, restrooms, electrical/mechanical rooms, and even a courtyard and an interior courtyard that makes use of the outside area.

Photo courtesy of the Houston Parks Board

Art in the Park

Installed in 1978, Moody Park is home to one of Houston’s more recognizable pieces of civic art. Luis A. Jimenez’s fiberglass masterpiece The Vaquero rises above the park in exuberant high spirits.

In March 2007, the tile mural Our Ocean Processes was installed at the community center. Kids at the M.D. Anderson YMCA completed this unique art project through the Moody Park After School and Summer Enrichment Programs.

Moody Park in Near Northside

  • Location: 3725 Fulton St, Houston, TX 77009
  • Park & Community Center Hours:
    • Fall/Winter/Spring: Monday to Thursday 1pm to 9pm; Friday noon to 8pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm; Sunday closed.
    • Summer: Monday to Thursday 8am to 9pm; Friday 8am to 8pm; Saturday 10am to 2pm; Sunday closed.
  • Parking: Free lot parking is available in the surrounding area.