Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park, a Birdwatching Paradise
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.
The topography of Houston is pretty flat so hills are far and few between. 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 the 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.
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 above? 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.
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. This is some of the scenery we viewed on the way.
These neotropic comorants 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.
Right off of the Eldridge Parkway is another parking lot and the children’s playground is located here. It seems to be well utilized each time we have visited this part of the park. Restrooms and a water fountain are also located here.
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 certainly a family oriented park.
What delighted me most in addition to getting some fresh air and exercise was getting to see all of the birds. There seems to always 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 truly a birdwatchers paradise in Archbishop Joseph A. 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.