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Spotts Park: With One of a Few Hills in Houston Near Downtown

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

View of the basketball court and distant view of downtown Houston from the path in Spotts Park

View of the basketball court and distant view of downtown Houston from the path in Spotts Park

Known Initially as Vick's Park

The slightly over 16 acres of Spotts Park was first known as Vick's Park back in the early 1900s. During those early days of the twentieth century, some forward-thinking people saw the need to create park spaces along Buffalo Bayou.

In 1906 the Vick's Park was purchased along with other nearby properties. 1980 was the date that the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department took over the park operation.

A Hill in Houston!

Houston's topography is very flat, and there are few hills. Spotts Park is one of the few exceptions! Much of the park lies in a natural bowl shape, having about a 100-foot drop from top to bottom.

The hill offers people visiting this park a venue to build up their cross-fit exercise endurance. People can also attend boot camp classes there.

Interlinking Trails

The biking and running/walking trails interlink with others along Buffalo Bayou. They lead into downtown or to paths leading for many miles further west. There are some great views of this metropolis downtown area from Spotts Park looking east.

Numerous bike rental kiosks exist within Houston, and this is just one of the many locations.

Parking

My husband and I had tried finding a parking space on weekends with no luck. Parking is somewhat limited in the lot above the park, so get there early. If you do not luck out, be prepared to walk some distance if parking on the streets surrounding the park.

The parking is free. Do not leave anything valuable in your vehicle. Many of the website reviews of this park warn that some break-ins have happened. On the weekday, we chose to walk and explore the park we readily found available parking spaces.

Of course, most of the locals who live nearby either walk, jog or bike to this park.

Going home after a fun day playing ball in Spotts Park

Going home after a fun day playing ball in Spotts Park

Amenities in Spotts Park

Youngsters can enjoy some playground equipment at street level and also some down in the bowl. Tennis courts exist in the park at street level. Adults can find some stationary workout equipment in several places in the park.

People were having some fun in the open grassy areas on the day of our visit. There are two sand volleyball courts which are probably very busy on more crowded days. The lighted covered basketball court had only one person shooting some hoops on the day of our visit. That also is undoubtedly utilized more on weekends or for particular basketball meets.

We spotted some people playing with their dogs. A few people were skateboarding. One person kept using that hill, going up and down repeatedly for exercise. Another couple was picnicking on top of the hill under the shade of some trees. They had an excellent overview of the park from that perspective.

There are picnic tables in Spotts Park, along with benches, drinking fountains, and trash cans. There is even a fire pit. One thing lacking is restroom facilities.

A 40-foot diameter labyrinth exists at the top of the park in December of 2014. Enough people were not using it because we saw no hint of it as such. It was merely grass inside of a concrete circle.

The branches on the deciduous trees were bare during our visit when I took these photos. When fully leafed out, the shade would be much appreciated, particularly during summertime heat.

My hubby and I walked all of the trails throughout the park from above and below. It was fun getting to see this park after several attempts at doing so on the busy weekends. I am sure that the people living nearby genuinely enjoy this area.

Bubble Soccer

Many different gatherings happen in Spotts Park. I had never heard of Bubble Soccer. Are you familiar with this fun-looking sport? There have been monthly Bubble Soccer matches, with few exceptions, since the first one began in May of 2015.

While not filmed in this park, I found a video showing some bubble soccer for your enjoyment shown below.

Location

Spotts Park's address is 401 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, Texas 77007.

In the video below, you can see an aerial look at this park, the surrounding residences, and the proximity to our beautiful downtown Houston.

"My perfect weekend is going for a walk with my family in the park. I don't think there's anything better."

— Anne Wojcicki

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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.

© 2021 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 14, 2021:

Hi Mary,

My feeling is the same, being likened to you, as a great compliment in the article by Manatita. Your travel articles are superb! Walking in parks can be so enjoyable and is one of the safer things to do during a pandemic. I am happy you enjoyed reading this article about Spotts Park.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2021:

Hi Peggy, I was really proud to be likened to you in Manatita's article as you are one of the persons I admire here. I'm glad you found another park to have your walks. I find walking in the park a very satisfying activity during the pandemic.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 13, 2021:

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, Houston is an extremely green city! We can enjoy outdoor activities year-round, except for rare instances. Thanks for your comment regarding Spotts Park.

Adrienne Farricelli on April 13, 2021:

The more I read your articles, the more I realize how green Houston is. It must be lovely during spring heading to all these lovely parks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2021:

Hi Devika,

What a lovely thing to say! I always love viewing your photos also. Thanks for your virtual visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 12, 2021:

Hi Devika,

I appreciate your support when you read and make comments on my HubPages articles. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Heidi,

Bubble soccer does look like a lot of fun, doesn't it! I am glad that reading this made you aware of it. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed learning about this park in Houston. Thanks for your comment. It is a lovely place in which to spend leisure time.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Ravi,

If you travel to Houston from Mumbai, I can assure you that you will enjoy numerous sites of interest in addition to Spotts Park. I hope your travel plans come to fruition someday soon.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Manatita,

I agree that bubble soccer looks like a blast. I am so glad that you enjoyed learning about Spotts Park. The labyrinth these days does not seem to get much use.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

That bubble soccer does look like a lot of fun! Thanks for your visit and comment. Enjoy the balance of your day today!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Ann,

You are fortunate to have a variety of topography where you live. In our area, we have to drive elsewhere to see rolling hills or mountains. We live about 70 miles inland from wetlands and the Gulf of Mexico. Thus we celebrate the few hills in our area, such as the one at Spotts Park. Most of the few other ones are human-made. Thanks for your comment.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 11, 2021:

I find that your hubs are well-researched and you share beautiful photos.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 11, 2021:

Only a pleasure I enjoy what I do and having such a friendly community why not do whatever we can to support each other.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 11, 2021:

Hi Devika,

That is a high compliment! I am so pleased that you enjoyed reading this article. Thanks!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on April 11, 2021:

Bubble soccer? Never heard of it. I gotta see that for real one day. In our area, it's just lots of Frisbee soccer. We're so boring. :)

Thanks for sharing this part of your world with us! Happy Sunday!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Devika,

The proximity to downtown Houston and the hill make Spotts Park special. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 10, 2021:

The Spotts Park sounds great for so many reasons-- for health conscious people, for family outings, and the beautiful serene view! Walking, biking, other sports, I would love to visit this wonderful park!

Thank you for sharing this well presented article with amazing pictures!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 10, 2021:

Very well described Peggy. You have literally whetted my travel appetite to visit Spotts park at least once. The facilities and the pictures are amazing .Thanks for the share.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Vanita,

Thanks for virtually visiting Spotts Park. I am so happy that you enjoy these looks at what Houston offers its residents and visitors. Thanks for your comment.

manatita44 from london on April 10, 2021:

Bubble soccer seems like a blast, all right. Never heard of it! Seems that the Park is being put to very good use from exercising to walking the dogs. Lovely! The Labyrinth is intriguing!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Bill,

Yes, the topography of Houston is very flat. The view of the west side of downtown Houston is pretty from the top of Spotts Park. The trails that go through the park extend into downtown as well as further west into other areas. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Rosina,

I am glad to know that you enjoyed learning about Spotts Park. Thanks for your virtual visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi John,

Once published, I did not do any further editing. It must have been the HP team evaluating it that caused that "404 error" notice. Sorry about that!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Linda,

Like you, I had never previously known about bubble soccer either. It looks like a lot of fun! Thanks for your comment regarding Spotts Park. That hill is well utilized for exercise!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

I had never seen bubble soccer before finding out that it is played in Spotts Park. That sparked my curiosity to learn more about it. The video shows how much fun it can be when played. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Farah,

Spotts Park is a fun place to visit, and the fact of it connecting with other parks and trails is also nice. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 10, 2021:

Hi Jeremiah,

Thanks for taking a look at Spotts Park in Houston, and thanks for leaving a comment. It is a long way from where you live.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 10, 2021:

The flat terrain (but not the heat) is my kind of place! And the bubble soccer? Sign me up! I really enjoyed this, Peggy. I can imagine a day of playing bubble soccer with family at this park. What a blast!

Ann Carr from SW England on April 10, 2021:

You've highlighted (sorry about the pun) another lovely place in your neck of the woods, Peggy, and your photos, as usual, are great.

We're lucky round here in that we have a variety of topography - coastal areas, below sea level flats and the Mendip Hills which run east-west. Added to that we have Glastonbury Tor, a scattered part of the Mendips, like a big lump all on its own and providing a magnificent panorama! Being brought up around the South Downs, I love rolling hills and it's comparable around here, though smaller.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

Ann

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 10, 2021:

I enjoyed reading and found this to be one of your best hubs.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 10, 2021:

Peggy W Places such these are so interesting and lots to experience with beautiful views.

Vanita Thakkar on April 10, 2021:

Your descriptions and pictures are eloquent and captivating. I enjoy virtual visits to beautiful, new places through your articles. This one also looks wonderful to visit and enjoy. Thanks for sharing, dear Peggy.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on April 10, 2021:

Houston seems to do a great job with parks and outdoor areas. Wonderful photo’s highlighting all of the activities to be enjoyed in Spotts Park. It certainly is a very flat area but I’m sure the view of the city is wonderful from the top of that hill.

Rosina S Khan on April 09, 2021:

Peggy, this is a fun read Spotts Park. I enjoyed it. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Bill,

Yes, our area is very flat, so we celebrate the few hills in our area. The fact of this one being natural is noteworthy. You made me smile about your comment about this not being a hill. Haha!

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Peggy, this looks like a lovely recreational park. Houston seems to have a lot of wonderful attractions. I tried to read this article a couple of times but it wasn't available "404 error" so you must have been editing it. Thank you for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 09, 2021:

I enjoy learning about Houston and its surroundings by reading your articles and looking at your photos. I can certainly understand why people find the hill In Spotts Park attractive. It looks like a great place to exercise.

I’ve never heard of bubble soccer before. It looks unusual and very interesting!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 09, 2021:

Interesting article on the park.

It sounds alot bigger than any of the ones around here.

I have never tried bubble soccer but it looks like alot of fun.

I've seen it on tv.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

It is lovely that you have many good parks in Barcelona. I agree that the ones with walking paths increase the utility and beauty of parks everywhere. Thanks for your comment. Have a good evening!

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 09, 2021:

Sounds like a park worth visiting. Interesting article!

JEREMIAH MWANIKI KILUNDA from Nairobi on April 09, 2021:

An amazing park.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Pamela,

We indeed have very few hills in the Houston area. The trail system in Houston is fantastic. The conduits between parks and other places go on for miles and miles. Thanks for your virtual visit to Spotts Park and your comment.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 09, 2021:

I had two thoughts while reading this; first, it just looks hot there, and two, that's not a hill! LOL I'm just teasing you about the hill but my goodness, that area is amazingly flat!!!

Misbah from The Planet Earth on April 09, 2021:

Peggy, This is very interesting and Beautiful hub just like this beautiful park. I have lived for a year in Birmingham. I visited Cannon Hill Park there. It was very lovely and very big too, covering 250 acres. We have many good parks in Barcelona too. I love to visit parks especially the ones having walking tracks in it or are good for hiking. I enjoyed reading about this park. Photos are very lovely.

It was a joy. Thanks for sharing it.

Blessings and Peace

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2021:

This looks like a wonderful park for families, socce players or anyone who just wants to take a walk.

A hill in Houston is unusual. I love all of your pictures, Peggy. This is an interesting article.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

Hi Dora,

We have lived here the majority of our lives and have yet to see everything this metro area offers residents and visitors. I am glad to show you a portion of what you missed seeing. Thanks for being the first to comment.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 09, 2021:

Thanks for the view of this beautiful venue, through both the well-written descriptions and the pictures. You make me know how much I missed after living in Houston for many years.

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