I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
Dual Purpose Park
My husband and I visited Arthur Storey Park for the first time last week. It is a jewel in the heart of the city! As most people familiar with Houston know, our area is very flat. When we get torrential rains, it can become a problem. Our streets and sewers can only take so much of the runoff.
Arthur L. Storey, Jr. was the executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District for a time. That is an important job! He came from a civil engineering background acquiring degrees from Lamar University in Beaumont and Rice University here in Houston. Reading a sign posted in the park, it had that information and more.
His leadership brought about some significant changes. A pay-as-you-go policy is now in effect concerning funding flood control projects. Mr. Storey also firmly believed in making these flood control areas provide multiple purposes. This park and others under his direction serve this concept well.
The Arthur L. Storey Park now bears his name as of the year 1997. He retired in 2015.
Birds in the Park
This beautiful park has areas that collect water, and it has a trail around the entire lake area plus interior walkways. While we were walking around the exterior route, we spotted many different types of birds. I am sure that there are many more that frequent this place.
There were several different types of ducks, including mallards. We also saw several great blue herons, a snowy egret, American coots, and Neotropic Cormorants. Pidgeons and other commonly seen birds were also present.
Fishing in Arthur Storey Park
As you can see from the sign below, fishing is allowed with specific stipulations. We saw a couple of fishers on the day of our visit.
There is a paved nature trail around the lake on the hill rising above it, but one can walk down closer to the water if desired. One sees lake views from most of the exterior walk except for the portion running parallel to Brays Bayou. The entire walk or run around the perimeter of the park is 1.72 miles. We did that first before walking through the interior portions of the park.
Close to the water collection areas of the lake, mowing is not allowed. A natural area with grasses, wildflowers, and trees supporting local wildlife is the result. People are warned not to leave their dogs off leashes or to wade in the water due to the possibility of alligators being present.
Interior of the Park
The portions of the park where there are several pavilions, a pond, a children's playground, exercise equipment, picnic tables, and more are delightful!
A man who had ridden his bike through the area went into one of the pavilions by a pond. He was feeding the ducks and got quite a gathering of them as one would expect. In the middle of the pond is a small island. Turtles were basking on the banks of it. Some ducks were also taking refuge there.
Multiple bridges span small waterways throughout the park. They are lovely as well as serviceable.
The children's areas of the park were busy. There is a Kid Fit portion with a small climbing wall and other equipment. Swings for adults and kids are on site. A pyramid climbing apparatus in a different area looks challenging but was not in use during our visit. Weekends are probably much busier.
Some people were playing badminton and had also strung up a hammock between two of the trees. They had coolers with them and their canine pal. They were spending a good portion of the day enjoying Arthur Storey Park.
The location of Arthur Storey Park is 7114 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Houston, Texas 77072. From the wildlife to wildflowers, bridges to banks of a bayou, playgrounds to picnic pavilions, there is plenty to do and enjoy in this Harris County Precinct Three park. I highly recommend it!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Peggy Woods
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2020:
Arthur Storey Park is a beauty, and I am happy to be able to showcase it here. You made a good point about what is best to feed ducks.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 10, 2020:
I live the ducks. I wish parks would either discourage feeding or educate people on what types of things to feed ducks. Too often people feed them white bread thinking that is okay. They are beautiful animals. The park you profile is a lovely one.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 09, 2020:
Arthur Storey Park is a fun place to visit. I am happy to be able to show you the beauty of it via this means.
Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 09, 2020:
Arthur Storey Park is a great place to enjoy a day with a lot of fun activities. Thanks for sharing the details and beautiful photos.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:
You would have plenty of parks in which to enjoy picnics in the Houston area. We have an abundance of them!
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 23, 2020:
O, Peggy. This seems to be another spot I would enjoy...I feel a picnic coming on. It is similar to one of the parks I walk in in Ocala where my daughter and her family live. Maybe one day I will get to visit your park. Take care. Once again Angels are headed your way. ps
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2020:
So sorry to hear about the flooding problems in the UK. Many of our Houston area parks are designed to serve as not only parks, but also, when needed, as flood control areas.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 22, 2020:
Flooding has become a problem in the UK. Around 3 months ago large areas were affected during winter storms. It's great to see a dual purpose solution like this park.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 22, 2020:
Hello Maren Elizabeth Morgan,
It is my pleasure to point out the many parks and other attractions we have in the Houston area. Thanks for your comment.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 21, 2020:
Thanks for taking the time to comment on this lovely (fantastic) park. It is hard for me to keep up with all the comments as I keep moving posts over here, but I will catch up at some point!
Maren Elizabeth Morgan from Pennsylvania on April 21, 2020:
Peggy, you ARE "Ms Houston!" Well done, introducing us to all the area's wonders. Be safe!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 21, 2020:
I was only going to read two of yours today, but then the title of this one said fantastic, so I was curious, and it turned out to truly be fantastic. I love that you can fish there. Houston is cool!