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Levy Park Photos and Descriptions: Fantastic Houston Playground

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Levy Park in Houston

Levy Park in Houston

Levy Park

People living in Houston have the generous philanthropist Leon Levy to thank for his generosity. He donated land to the City of Houston for what is now the fantastic Levy Park named in his honor. This park is slightly less than six acres in size. The address is 3801 Eastside St., Houston, Texas 77098.

Upper Kirby District Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people. They funded the 15 million dollar budget for the significant renovations and improvements which have taken place.

Locals who live in the area remember when it was a baseball field. It was also a dog park and at one time had a swimming pool. A small dog park remains, but the rest of the recreational area is unrecognizable from earlier days!

Small and large dogs have separate areas in the dog park in which to play and roam. Astroturf is used over human-made mounds and makes for easy cleanup. A few benches are available for people watching their dogs play off-leash.

Abundant Seating and So Many Trees

Chairs and tables abound throughout Levy Park. But available seating does not end there. Curved benches surround many of the trees within the park providing shaded areas on sunny days.

Many trees were saved when creating this park, and some were even relocated here.

Art In The Park

Local graffiti artist Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr., who signs his work GONZO247, has a colorful mural in the center of a wall defining one edge of the park. He is well known locally as well as internationally.

I wonder if more murals by other artists will eventually enhance this wall? I guess time will tell!

Community Garden and Landscaping

Native landscaping is used throughout Levy Park and will become more lush and abundant as time passes. A large community garden is on one end of the park. In the children’s play area, raised beds of fresh herbs are there to enhance that area.

Community Garden in the park

Community Garden in the park

Ample Lawn Space for Multiple Purposes

A large lawn area provides space for kids and adults to have some fun or plain relaxation. People can spread out blankets and have picnics. Kids can assemble large lego-like pieces and make creative shapes using them. Regular classes such as Tai Chi and Yoga, among others, occur here. It is a beautiful event lawn space. I took these photos on a weekday. On weekends this recreational gathering place is packed with people.

Fantastic Children’s Play Area

A fenced area bordering the children’s play area makes it a bit easier for parents to keep an eye on their kids as they run about and play.

Most of the children’s play area within the fenced area has soft and colorful cushioned padding. This cushioned padding would buffer the effects of any mishaps or falls.

There are so many different things to enjoy within the children’s play area of Levy Park.

Boardwalk and Observation Deck

An elevated boardwalk and observation deck gives one fun and different perspective of what there is to do within the park. Even handicapped individuals can enjoy this birds-eye view of Levy Park. Nice!

It is fun watching kids climb up that giant sphere, playing on the merry go rounds and cooling off under the water feature. Looking down from the elevated boardwalk outside of the gated children’s area, the views of merrymaking opportunities continue.

Other Amenities

There are foosball, ping pong tables, and a small putting green available for use. Other amenities are also there. People can help themselves to books or magazines to peruse while enjoying the outdoor ambiance.

In this same area of the park are carts filled with art equipment and also games. People get to use what is available. From crayons to board games, there is much to enjoy! We saw several mothers with children doing some coloring projects on paper. There are even child-sized tables and chairs.

No one was using the putting green or tossing bean bags when I took these photographs. The first time we saw Levy Park was on a Saturday. My hubby and I had just done some shopping at the Eastside Farmer’s Market, which is only one block distant. Both venues were filled to the brim with people!

Amphitheater and Restaurants

A performance amphitheater, along with year-round programming, will have people returning to this Houston city park over and over again. Clean restrooms are on site. In 2018, Chef Tim Love will start operating three different restaurants in this park, which will entice even more people to come and enjoy it.

Our Impressions

My husband and I were impressed with this fantastic mixed-use environment within the city limits of Houston.

The lighting at night is reported to be very beautiful. Many ornament-like round balls strung with lights hang from trees. Those plus other types of illumination would create a lovely evening atmosphere.

From what we have seen, the Upper Kirby Management District is doing a lovely job of maintaining Levy Park for the City of Houston. Some of the wooden walkways were still being replaced with concrete pavers on the day of our visit.

This fantastic playground should please all age groups of people long into the future.

Balls strung with electric lights hung from trees

Balls strung with electric lights hung from trees

References:

Levy Park

Leon Levy

GONZO247

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

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 02, 2020:

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your comment about my serving as a great travel guide for the Houston area. We have much to enjoy in this part of the State of Texas, and I am pleased to be able to show it to you and others.

Robert Sacchi on November 01, 2020:

Another place to see in Houston. You're a great travel guide.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on August 20, 2020:

Hi Devika,

Levy Park, given the size, offers so much for people to enjoy. Thanks for taking a virtual look at it and leaving a comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 19, 2020:

Hi Peggy interesting and Levy Park sounds a great place for the community. Your well-informed hub on Levy Park gives a reminder to the community to enjoy what it is.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 08, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Levy Park is a fantastic place to visit. The shade of trees helps to keep one cool when we have warmer temperatures outside. I love all the different amenities offered in this park.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 06, 2020:

AstroTurf for the dogs and man made mounds underneath! What more could they ask for? The ample seating and outdoor reading are good ideas and I like the balls of lights strung from trees. I’d like to visit a fun park like this on a not so hot day.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 25, 2020:

Hi Liz,

Some of our community centers that are in parks have indoor pools, which are probably easier to maintain. Of course, right now, with all of the shelter in place rules, they are not being used. The splash pads in parks let people cool off in fun ways. We are seeing many more splash pads these days. As to Levy Park, it does offer the locals who frequent it many things to do.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 25, 2020:

At this time especially I really appreciate reading your extremely well-illustrated articles. It's a shame that so many swimming pools are no longer in parks. But I can understand that health and safety issues and maintenance would now be a nightmare, not to mention the cost. This park is a great resource for the local community.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2020:

Hi Chuck,

I will bet that you have a lot of company in your new role of watching over your grandchildren during this COVID-19 pandemic. It would be hard to keep them entertained, all the while dealing with safety issues of keeping a distance from others. Wishing you good luck. Stay safe!

Chuck Nugent from Tucson, Arizona on March 24, 2020:

Peggy - these are beautiful parks and your pictures are great. I am currently looking for parks near us with playground facilities for children as my 8 year old grand daughter's school, along with the rest of the schools in Arizona, is closed due to the COVID-19 virus. I have been watching her and her 7 year old brother some days and the two of them are overflowing with unspent energy from being cooped up in their parent's 2 bedroom apartment so I have been trying to take her out to a park to play for an hour or so before one of her parent's has to leave for work. I can't take my grandson with us because he is autistic and a fast runner and I am afraid of him running away on me. My wife and I frequent the many national and state parks near us but my granddaughter is not into spending a whole day with my wife and I hiking and taking pictures. Great Hub I enjoyed it

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 24, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

Not only is it fun exploring places like Levy Park for us, but it is also a pleasure to be able to share the information with you and others who may come across this post. Thanks for your comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 24, 2020:

Too beautiful, the park as well as the photos. The elevated boardwalk & observation deck would be a treat to walk. Thank you for sharing details & pictures of Levy Park which otherwise people like me would never get to see.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

Many of our newer parks appear to have those padded areas in the children's playground to avoid injury. If we lived closer to Levy Park, we would also frequent it to take advantage of all it has to offer.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Manatita,

So glad you liked the appearance of Levy Park. Yes, that is the interpretation easily made regarding the mural by GONZO247.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Diane,

I am pleased to know that you would enjoy this park if you lived closer.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 23, 2020:

This would be a great place to take the family. The padded area for smaller children is unique indeed. If I lived close I would visit there often, esp. the theater.

manatita44 from london on March 23, 2020:

This Hub is extremely beautiful! You left the sublime ones for last. 21 - 22nd century, stuff. The looped art is amazing! The decor and creativity astounding! Does the mural spell 'Love.?'

Leon Levi has done an awesome thing and the transformation is amazing!

Diane Denison from Cincinnati Ohio on March 23, 2020:

I enjoyed the article it was very well written. And now I want to walk and spend time in the park with nature.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Kathy,

I agree that the use of space in Levy Park was well executed. It has so much to offer! Nice to know that after this pandemic is over, you might be able to visit it. Stay safe!

Kathy Henderson from Pa on March 23, 2020:

Peggy,

While I live in PA now, my family lives in Houston and we visit often. I look forward to visiting this beautiful space. This is truly a gorgeous use of green space. They did a superb job in this space; I love the garden aspect and multiple activity spots. Thanks for sharing a wonderful description in this Hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 23, 2020:

Hi Bushra,

Levy park offers so many amenities to those living in the city. I have never seen a park quite like it.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 23, 2020:

Looks very pretty!