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Abundant Natural Beauty in Meyer Park of Spring, Texas

Posted: October 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Meyer Park is a gorgeous playground plus scenic park for nature lovers as well as exercise buffs.  It is located in Precinct 4 of Harris County.

Meyer Park

The park consists of 180 acres and is bisected by Cypresswood Drive in Spring, Texas. The address is 7700 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, Texas 77379.

Many local people probably identify with this park because of its 26 soccer fields.  Soccer players of all ages in addition to their parents, grandparents, and others have spent much time in this recreational locale.

In addition to the numerous soccer fields, there are two softball areas and a basketball court. Each side of the park has restroom facilities as well as concession stands.

Walking, jogging and bike riding through the park can be done on several trails both paved and natural.

My husband and I have only walked some of the trails.  Some people enjoy biking on some of the more primitive areas within Meyer Park.

There are playgrounds for the kids.  Some exercise stations are scattered along walking trails for adults.

As in most public parks, there are many benches, picnic tables, barbecue grills, and even a pavilion and gazebo to be found.

When checking a map location for this Elizabeth Kaiser Meyer Park, it identifies it as having a dog park.  We have twice visited this park and have yet to discover it.  I did find a YouTube video showing it, however.  I am guessing that it is on the north side of the park.

One day a Klein Fire Department truck pulled in and was parked.  The sides and cab of the truck were opened for viewing.   Firefighters were there to talk to interested people who gathered around the vehicle.  It was fascinating to see what is carried on those modern fire trucks.

Fire truck in Meyer Park

Fire truck in Meyer Park

Quite a few of the kids took turns sitting in the truck and parents of those children were happily snapping photos.  I believe that truck was only a year or so old from what I heard. Perhaps a future firefighter was among one or more of those kids that day.

On the south side of Meyer Park behind the concession stand is a large caged area containing doves.  The distinctive cooing sounds were readily heard when near that structure.

Viewed from the aviary is the first of two ponds within the park.  The day we were there the ducks, nutria and geese were nowhere to be found.  Only the turtles were present.  This duck pond is one acre in size.

Duck Pond in Meyer Park

Duck Pond in Meyer Park

A rustic nature trail leads one to and around the perimeter of a 3-acre fishing lake.  It is stocked each year and fishers can take home up to 3 catfish and trout if the sizes meet the minimum requirement.

It is easy to view nature up close and personal in this part of the park.

In 2005 a discovery was made.  6.8 acres of an archeological site size is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  Signs posted tell the story of nomadic prehistoric people hunting and fishing in this location some 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.  Native peoples continued using the site up until European settlement drove them elsewhere.

Four fire pits have been discovered as well as stone tools, pottery fragments, and other evidence.  To date, some 2,457 artifacts have been recovered and are being studied.

The scenery was so pretty while walking around the lake.  It is easy to escape the feeling of living in the 4th largest city in the United States when finding natural areas such as this at least for a time.

Some of the nature trails are heavily wooded and areas of the south side of Meyer Park back up to Cypress Creek.  Be careful to watch for roots of trees and other impediments when hiking through those natural areas.

A trail loop goes underneath the street called Stuebner Airline connecting Meyer Park to nearby Collins Park.

There is so much to do and see in Meyer Park.  My husband and I have truly enjoyed exploring areas of this vast and beautiful park.  People will undoubtedly be creating memories there long into the future.





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