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Ray Miller Park: A 15-Acre Beauty in West Houston

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

Walking / Jogging Trail in Ray Miller Park

Walking / Jogging Trail in Ray Miller Park

Discovering Ray Miller Park

Ray Miller Park would be an easy one to miss seeing. The address is 1800 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77007.

My husband and I have ridden past this gem of a small park countless times and never noticed it. One day out of the corner of my eye, I happened to see it, and we made our plans to visit there. I am so happy that we did that!

Eldridge Parkway is a reasonably busy street. Many commercial buildings, as well as private residential ones, flank the road. This 15-acre park is tucked in between such edifices with the majority of the acreage away from the roadway. Had I not spotted the sign, I might have gone many more years without discovering this delightful site.

Enjoying a Bit of Nature

For the people living or working in nearby places, it provides a nice respite from the day to day activities. They can stroll over there and enjoy some nature while getting in a bit of exercise or play. For those who come from further away, there is a paved parking lot near the front, which accommodates a good number of vehicles.

The posted hours are from 7 am to 10 pm. No dogs are allowed in the park. For locals who wish to have their canine buddies accompany them on walks or runs, nearby Terry Hershey Park is available.

One of two gazebos in Ray Miller Park

One of two gazebos in Ray Miller Park

Playgrounds

There are two gated children’s playgrounds. One for younger children is titled the Tot Lot Play Area. The Intermediate Play Area can accommodate older kids with age-appropriate items such as swings, etc.

Both of the playgrounds are near a gazebo and the restrooms. Furnished in the lighted restrooms is water and hand dryers but no soap. A public telephone and water fountain is also there.

Picnic tables, as well as BBQ pits, are on the grounds. There are also benches.

Other Amenities

The lighted crushed granite trail is only 0.64 miles in length. Manicured grassy lawn areas coexist with nicely spaced shade trees with a grove of trees to the back. There is a raised boardwalk, a butterfly garden, a wildflower area, and some purple martin birdhouses put into this park.

Denise’s Playground in Ray Miller Park

There is a plaque on the ground titled Denise’s Playground that shares the following information.

“Parks are places for children to play with their parents. My mom taught me to read and the importance of learning, but she never got to play or teach me here. She said God would let her plant flowers and play in the gardens of heaven. I think she plays here every day.

Renaissance Ann Eads, 8 years old.

This play area was dedicated April 5, 1999, to the memory of Renai’s mother, Denise Edwards Eads. It was made possible by donations her friends contributed through the park people.”

Ray Elvin Miller (1919 – 2008)

Many of us who are a bit older well remember the program The Eyes of Texas. Ray Miller was not only the creator of this fabulous series but also the host from the years 1969 to 1999.

Featured on Channel 2 (KPRC) were topics about lesser-known places and attractions, fascinating people, and always the history of Texas. Ray Miller kept his viewers enthralled and informed, and we looked forward to each episode.

He authored books about Galveston as well as Houston after he retired. You can see him do an interview with Leon Jaworski in the video below. It was not from a The Eyes of Texas segment, but at least you can see Ray Miller in action.

Dedicated on April 7, 1998, this lovely and inviting park that bears his name is a fitting tribute.

Sources:

Ray Miller Park

The Eyes of Texas (TV Show)

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 September 22, 2020:

Hi C E Clark,

Now that the extreme heat of the summer is slowly fading away, I am sure more people will once again be enjoying our many parks. We are cautious with social distancing, etc. My niece's son-in-law is very ill with COVID and has been hospitalized several times, thus far. We lost a neighbor to COVID. We are very aware of the dangers and potentially long-lasting effects. Stay safe!

C E Clark from North Texas on September 21, 2020:

This park looks so relaxing and spacious with things to do for everyone's taste, including children. More great photos! I hope people take advantage so that they can get out of their houses and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. I understand lots of people are having a rough time as a result of the lockdown. This looks like a place friends could social distance and still spend some time together.

Posting this to AH & FB.

As the virus takes a thousand or more people everyday across his country, I hope you are staying safe and healthy . . .

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Liz,

The part of the park facing the street is not that significant. Therefore it was why we overlooked it for so many years. We truly enjoyed the discovery.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Bill,

The sizzling summers are not for the faint at heart! I do not enjoy them any more than I enjoyed the prolonged cold, snowy winters in Wisconsin. You are lucky to live in a more temperate climate.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi Linda,

Yes, having the purple martin birdhouses and other things you mentioned help to make this park special.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

It amazed us that we never noticed this park even though we had passed it for years. It indeed is tucked away in between other apartments, etc. The name of the park does honor a man well-known in these parts.

Liz Westwood from UK on April 09, 2020:

My grandchildren would love the play areas. I am surprised that a park of this size can be so hidden away. It sounds like you did well to find it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 09, 2020:

There are two problems with Houston for this boy, the heat and the size. Other than that I love what you have shown me of your city. I know you don't think it's too hot, but anything over 75 is too hot for this wimp. lol

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2020:

Hi Umesh,

I'm pleased that you liked getting a look at this park.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 08, 2020:

Small parks such as the one that you describe often have a lot to offer us. I like the idea of purple martin birdhouses very much. I like the sound of the butterfly garden and the wildflower area, too.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 08, 2020:

What a lovely park tucked away in the midst of the hustle and bustle of it all. It’s a nice way to honor a special someone who has passed.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 08, 2020:

Nice sketch. Illustrative.