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Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Posted: January 19, 2018 at 4:32 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

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Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Yes, Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park is a birdwatching paradise, but it is also so much more! This 362.5-acre park located at 4025 Eldridge Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77082 has miles of paved trails which encircle large detention ponds.  In those ponds and wetland areas are islands.  Many migratory birds can be spotted there as well as resident birds who seem to like this particular area on a year-round basis.

Many birds on one of the islands at Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park...The photo was taken with a zoom lens of my camera.

Many birds on one of the islands at Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park…The photo was taken with a zoom lens of my camera.

One of Few Hills in Houston

The topography of Houston is pretty flat, so hills are few.  The dredging out of some retention ponds near Brays Bayou is undoubtedly responsible for the creation of this large hill.  At least that would be my educated guess.

We have always parked near Highway 6 entrance to the park.  The hill is one of the largest in Houston even surpassing the one in Spotts Park which is closer to downtown Houston.  A paved path circles round and round leading up to the top of the hill.

Of course, people wishing to exercise their legs even more strenuously jog up and down the hill bypassing the paved pathway.

The large hill in the park

The large hill in the park

A sign near the large hill

A sign near the large hill

View of the paved trail leading up the hill

View of the paved trail leading up the hill

People running up and down the hill

People running up and down the hill

View looking down the hill on pathway halfway up the hill at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

View looking down the hill on pathway halfway up the hill at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Another view looking down the hill on trail nearing the top at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Another view looking down the hill on trail nearing the top at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Views From The Top

There are picnic tables and a swing at the top of the hill.  The pathway continues in circular fashion going back down the hill.  The views are different from all angles.  You can tell from the color of the grass and trees that we have visited this park on several occasions.

Notice that golden dome in the photo below?  Using the zoom lens on my camera, I took this image of the Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace.  Those buildings in the distance show the Galleria.  The Williams Tower is the tallest one.  Many tourists flock to the Galleria and also like to visit the Williams Water Wall.

View of Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace & Distant Galleria Buildings from Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

View of Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace & Distant Galleria Buildings from Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Trail Through The Park

After walking to the top of the hill and back down, we followed the trail taking us to the other end of the park off of Eldridge.  On the trail, this is some of the scenery we viewed on the way.

The scenery in the park as one walks the trail

The scenery in the park as one walks the trail

Benches placed along the trail

Benches placed along the path

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park

Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck

Great Blue Heron

Great Blue Heron

Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorant

Neotropic Cormorants in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park - One has a fish in its mouth!

Neotropic Cormorants in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park – One has a fish in its mouth!

Fishing

These Neotropic cormorants were fishing near a bridge where we have always seen people also trying to catch fish.  There must be an abundance of catfish and crappie in these waters according to this posted sign pictured below.

Fishing regulations

Fishing regulations

Playground Area

Right off of the Eldridge Parkway is another parking lot, and the children’s playground is here.  It seems to be well utilized each time we have visited this part of the park. Restrooms and a water fountain are on site in this location.

Children's Playground

Children’s Playground

Children's Playground

Children’s Playground

Shaded paths near children's playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park

Shaded paths near children’s playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park

More Views

Walking back, we enjoyed more views of the park as well as watching the fun that people seemed to be having.  Everyone seemed to be very polite, and this is a family oriented park.

Dogs being walked

Dogs walking

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Park scenery

Park scenery

Family fun in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Family fun in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

White Ibis and Tricolored Heron

White Ibis and Tricolored Heron

Additional Way to Exercise

Exercise stations are in various areas in the park for those who wish to do more than hiking, biking, and the like.

So Many Birds!

What delighted me most in addition to getting some fresh air and exercise was getting to see all of the birds.  There seems always to be an abundance of them.  Ornithologists who scientifically study birds, as well as those birders who create lists of ones that they identify in certain areas and times of the year would like visiting this park.

There were also ducks and seagulls in abundance.  Every time we have visited this park, I spot different types of birds.  I have seen plenty of brown pelicans but had never noticed the American white pelicans before visiting here. It is genuinely a birdwatchers paradise in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza park!

American White Pelican

American White Pelican

A flock of American White Pelicans at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

A flock of American White Pelicans at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

The drone video below shows this park from the Eldridge point of view.

The development of the hill part of the park towards Highway 6 was a later development.  At least you get some idea of the amount of water there is for migrating and resident birds to call home.

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