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Congressman Bill Archer Park: Dog Park Heaven!

Congressman Bill Archer Park
Posted: January 19, 2019 at 10:27 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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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.

Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Park

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.

Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Park

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.

Skippy looking at the water in Bill Archer Park

Skippy looking at the water in Bill Archer Park

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.

Dog swimming while retrieving a ball in Bill Archer Park

Dog swimming while retrieving a ball in Bill Archer Park

A determined look on that dog's face!

A determined look on that dog’s face!

Mission accomplished! Got that ball out of the water in Bill Archer Park.

Mission accomplished! I got that ball out of the water in Bill Archer Park.

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.

Dogs running freely in open grassy areas in Bill Archer Park

Dogs running freely in open grassy areas in Bill Archer Park

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!!

Shaded seating areas in Bill Archer Park

Shaded seating areas in Bill Archer Park

Shaded seating areas in Bill Archer Park

Shaded seating areas in Bill Archer Park

The pool in the small, as well as large dog sections, are bone shaped much like a Milk Bone.

Bone-shaped pond in small dog section of Bill Archer Park

Bone-shaped pond in the small dog section of Bill Archer Park

Both parts 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.

Dog agility course in both sections of Bill Archer Park

Dog agility course in both sections of Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Dog Park

Bill Archer Dog Park

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.

Water fountains for people and their pets in Bill Archer Park

Water fountains for people and their pets in Bill Archer Park

Cutely decorated fire hydrant in Bill Archer Park

A cutely decorated fire hydrant in Bill Archer Park

A substantial paved parking lot accommodates many vehicles. A dog showering area is also on site.

Dog Showers provided in Bill Archer Park

Dog Showers provided in Bill Archer Park

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.

Bill Archer Dog Park

Bill Archer Dog Park

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.

Skate Park Portion of Bill Archer Park

Skate Park Portion of Bill Archer Park

Skate Park Portion of Bill Archer Park

Skate Park Portion of Bill Archer Park

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.

Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Park

Bill Archer Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

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