Congressman Bill Archer Park: Dog Park Heaven!
Grab your leashes, load up your canine friends, and head on over to Congressman Bill Archer Park for some fabulous off-leash fun for small as well as large dogs. There is also a small skate park located in this locale.
The address is 3201 State Highway 6 North, Houston, Texas 77062. The vast Bear Creek Park is across the street for those familiar with this area.
This dog park has a three-acre section suitable for those canines 20 pounds and less. We used to take my mother’s Pomeranian named Skippy there on occasion. He was never interested in playing with the other dogs but seemed to have fun running around the 0.29 mile crushed gravel track once before approaching the double-gated entrance. He was always happy to return to his air-conditioned home to resume his place on a sofa or other favored locale. At least he got a little off-leash exercise.
Skippy was not interested in dipping his toes into the pool but other dogs, both small and large, certainly do.
My husband and I recently visited this dog park. One couple in the small dog section repeatedly threw a ball into the water, and their pup retrieved it over and over again. It was having fun, and their owners had broad smiles on their faces as did we in watching it. I captured quite a few pictures of that particular dog which I will share with you right here.
The trail length in the 14 acres of the large dog section is 0.81 miles (4,274 feet). There are many established shade trees. Open grassy areas also provide play spaces for the free running canines.
Also installed are several shade structures in both areas of the park. Those shaded areas with seating under them come in very handy on hot sunny days. Benches in other parts of the fenced-in areas provide accommodations for people who wish to watch their dogs running and playing.
Outside of the fenced area near the restrooms is a swing which has a dedication plaque. It reads as follows: “Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget.” In Memory of Heidi – lover of life, family, friends, dogs, and Cubs!!
The pool in the small, as well as large dog sections, are bone shaped much like a Milk Bone.
Both sections have dog agility equipment. Not many were in use on the day of our last visit because of recent rains. Dogs who love water saw action in many parts of the park including outside of the cement ponds. It was a delight watching them splashing about and having fun.
Numerous trash receptacles, dog waste bag dispensers, fountains for people as well as their pups, and even fire hydrants dot the landscape. In our experience, people are conscientious about picking up after their pets which is a good thing for everyone visiting this dog park.
A substantial paved parking lot accommodates many vehicles. A dog showering area is also on site.
Total Control K9 College holds dog training obedience classes in Bill Archer Park according to what I have read. Click here to learn more about that training method and to find classes near you.
The small skate park adjacent to the dog park is free to use but unsupervised. Skating there is at your own risk. Skaters are supposed to wear protective helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads according to a posted sign. Although nowhere the size and scope of the Jamail Skatepark near downtown Houston, the kids using the facility in Bill Archer Park appeared to be having fun on the day of our visit.
Those of us who live in the 7th Congressional District of Texas know Bill Archer well. He represented that district as a conservative Republican in the House of Representatives for 30 years, retiring in the year 2000. Having a park named after him honors his long-time service to our country.