I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
The Houston police department used to have their mounted patrol and canine units located in what is known as Wiess Park. They relocated to a new location in 2009. That is when restoration of this small 16-acre park took place.
The land was acquired in 1941, according to the posted sign. Back then, this would have been way out in the country with a sparse settlement of people. Times have certainly changed since that time in Houston!
Unless associated with the mounted patrol, the Houston Parks Board, or perhaps those living nearby, most people would probably have no idea that this little park exists. A vast expanse of lawn with wooden bench shown below is next to the small parking lot. The park headquarters buildings are adjacent to this open area.
The Landscaping in Wiess Park
Landscaping around these park board buildings includes many plants that invite birds and butterfly visits. Reforestation efforts are evident, as well as some planted butterfly gardens as one starts walking the trail.
A wooden bench is across from this bird and butterfly garden. People with some time to rest and relax can perhaps spot some avian creatures or pretty insects visiting this inviting space. Benches are also provided in other areas within Wiess Park.
Trail Through Wiess Park
Most of the trail is heavily forested and left pretty much in the wild. Except for some traffic noise, it would be easy to escape the feeling of being in such a large cosmopolitan city such as Houston.
Many plants have sprouted up in the wild regions, including flowers and fruiting berry plants. Around every turn in this forested path are little discoveries to be made.
According to their website, these trails within Wiess Park were constructed in 2010 with the help of students from the Student Conservation Association. Modeled after the Civilian Conservation Corps, which started in the 1930s, it is wonderful that young people care enough about the environment to do hands-on projects like this in public parks.
Short But Sweet
Most of the paths on this short trail are in a natural state. There is a wooden walkway over an area that could, at times, become waterlogged. The trail is level and would be handicap accessible.
For people who wish to get lots of exercise walking miles of trails, this is not the place in which to do it. But it was a discovery my husband and I enjoyed making. The people living in condos across the street are probably pleased to be able to enjoy nature in a more natural state by merely walking across Post Oak Lane.
Houston Parks Board
The Houston Parks Board has been responsible for many projects in different parks and public spaces. A few of the places that we have visited and that I have written about include the following:
- Hermann Park
- Cullinan Park
- Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark
- Levy Park
- Cullen Park
This Wiess Park is but a small sample of where Houston Parks Board has had a hand in making improvements of one type or another in our area public spaces.
“City parks serve, day in and day out, as the primary green spaces for the majority of Americans.”
— Bruce Babbit
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:
I agree that it is wonderful when students participate in building trails, etc., in public parks. It is a shared learning experience for them.
FlourishAnyway from USA on October 10, 2020:
This is a pretty little park. I wish we had more like it around here. I like that students got involved in building the trails.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 24, 2020:
It is one of the smaller parks, but still fun to visit if in that part of Houston. It is excellent for those who live nearby.
Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 23, 2020:
This park seems to be a lovely place to visit and commune with nature. Being a huge fan of "flutterbies" I know I would enjoy my visit. Thank you for sharing. Take care. Many Angels once again headed your way. ps
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 23, 2020:
It is particulary nice to have parks and other outdoor spaces in which to safely walk right now.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 20, 2020:
I am glad you enjoyed learning about this small park space.
Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2020:
I am happy to be able to share these spaces with you via the Internet.
Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 16, 2020:
The park that you've described and shown reminds me of one within walking distance of my home. It contains sports facilities, but the part that interests me is the green area with a lawn, trees, cultivated plants, and a short trail. Other parks in my community are bigger, but I can visit the one that I've mentioned every day if I wish. I enjoyed looking at your photos, especially the beautiful one of the butterfly.
Liz Westwood from UK on April 16, 2020:
What a lovely natural green space. Your photos give a great idea, combined with your informative article, of what visitors can expect here.
Robert Sacchi on April 16, 2020:
Thank you for another slice of parkland in the Houston area.