Park Spotlight: Helen’s Park in Braeswood Place

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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 Helen’s Park. Join us as we take a trip through Houston, park by park.

Located in Southside Place north of Braeswood Boulevard, the quiet gardens, paths, and brooks at Helen’s Park are so secret that Google Maps doesn’t even know about it.

Considered Houston’s hidden garden, the hard-to-find park is situated right between the Stella Lin YMCA and McGovern Library, and right behind Sheltering Arms Senior Services, you’ll find an amazing secret garden.

Featuring a meandering brook, winding sidewalks, flowers, palm trees, a mosaic fountain, and huge trellis-covered walkways, this contemplative park is great for family photos, quiet reflection, and even the littlest visitors can appreciate the serene beauty of this hidden gem.

Before You Visit

Visitors should note, this park does not have a playground and is not meant for bikes, sports, or even picnics (according to the posted rules).

Per the posted signage, the park is meant for “thoughtful contemplation” and visitors are encouraged to “listen to the birds, enjoy the color, follow the brook, walk the pathway, delight in the fountain, rest on the benches, admire the flowers, relax, think, enjoy…”

Helen’s 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.