The Past of Houston Outdoors Via an Houston Apartment Locator

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Houstonians have neither forgotten nature nor neglected the need for recreation. The city offers its residents numerous parks, resorts and indoor and outdoor activities for adults and children. At present, Houston has 276 parks encompassing 6,133 acres of land, and 12,236 acres of water. The parks include 18 hole golf courses, three tennis centers, 52 community recreation centers, 85 neighborhood tennis courts, 38 swimming pools and 287 softball, baseball, football, soccer, and rugby fields. Many of these recreational facilities, available to the public, are utilized by the Houston Parks & Recreation Department (HPRD) for classes in everything from arts, crafts, dance and drama to sports for children and adults.

Park visitors may pursue independently such outdoor activities as jogging, camping and biking, during the winter and summer. Many parks offer riding trails, playgrounds, water sports, picnicking and nature study. Residents may enjoy gymnastics, square dancing and round dancing. Children six years and up may learn judo, karate and self-defense in Houston parks and therapeutic recreation for the blind, deaf, developmentally disabled and occupationally handicapped is also available.

Houston is particularly proud of its exercise-trails. The Memorial Trail, a $100,000 three-mile, rotted pine bark loop beginning west of the Memorial Tennis Courts, drew 879,000 exercisers in 2000. Recently completed, the Braeswood Exercise-Trail runs from Hermann Park to Bissonnet at the Southwest Tennis Center, and an additional ten miles to Mason Park is ready. Unusually enough, Houston features an Exercise-Trail for the physically challenged in Hermann Park.

The Houston Parks Department is now implementing a three year, $40 million appropriation to establish more "passive recreation space" parks. These park spaces are especially designed for children and the elderly. In addition, a group known as the Park People, has come together within the past year to promote park land acquisition, parks legislation and donation of park space. The most significant donation to date has been the Brown Foundation's gift of Hermann Brown Park in Northeast Houston, an 850-acre plot valued at over $10 million.

Most Houston parks devote themselves to nature and recreation. Neighborhood parks abound, but for a variety of activities there are two large parks, Hermann and Memorial. Perhaps the most versatile of the two is Hermann Park. South of the central business district and bordering the Texas Medical Center complex, Hermann encompasses 410 acres of well kept area. It features the most elaborate playground in the city, along with picnic areas, a recreation center, a golf course, mini train rides, fishing ponds, horse and jogging trails, ball fields and "places to visit." The last include the Hermann Park Garden Center, a meeting place for botanical groups, a site for flower shows and the home of three beautiful gardens (rose, camellia and fragrant), through which visitors may wander. From here visitors can reach the Houston Zoological Gardens by foot. The Zoological Gardens contain both a main zoo and a children's zoo. A large variety of animals reside in both garden and cages, making for a day of fun and communing with nature. Nearby centers of interest include the Museum of Natural Science, the Planetarium and Miller Theatre, the outdoor haven for many free spring and summertime cultural events.

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This article was published on 2010/05/04