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Fantastic Arthur Storey Park in Houston

Arthur Storey Park scenery
Posted: April 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

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My husband and I visited Arthur Storey Park for the first time last week.  It is a jewel in the heart of the city!

 Park view

Park view

As most people familiar with Houston know, our area is very flat.  When we get torrential rains, it can become a problem.  Our streets and sewers can only take so much of the runoff.

Arthur L. Storey, Jr. was the executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District for a time.  That is an essential job!

He came from a civil engineering background acquiring degrees from Lamar University in Beaumont and Rice University here in Houston.

Reading a sign posted in the park, it had that information and more.

His leadership brought about some significant changes. A pay-as-you-go policy is now in effect concerning funding flood control projects.

Mr. Storey also firmly believed in making these flood control areas serve multiple purposes. This park and others under his direction serve this concept well.

The Arthur L. Storey Park now bears his name as of the year 1997. He retired in 2015.

This beautiful park not only has areas which collect water but it has a trail around the entire lake area as well as interior walkways. While we were walking around the exterior route, we spotted many different types of birds.  I am sure that there are many more that frequent this place.

Neotropic Comorants

Neotropic Cormorants

We spotted several different types of ducks, including mallards.  We also saw several great blue herons, a snowy egret, some American coots, and Neotropic Cormorants.  Pidgeons and other commonly seen birds were also present.

People are warned not to leave their dogs off leashes or to wade in the water due to the possibility of alligators being present.

Close to the water collection areas mowing is not allowed.  A natural area with grasses, wildflowers, and trees supporting local wildlife is the result.

The area of the park where there are several pavilions, a pond, children’s playground, exercise equipment, picnic tables and more is delightful!

A man who had ridden his bike through the area went into one of the pavilions by a pond.  He was feeding the ducks and got quite a gathering of them as one would expect.

There is a little island in the middle of the pond, and turtles were basking on the banks of it.  Some ducks were also taking refuge there.

Multiple bridges span small waterways throughout the park.  They are lovely as well as serviceable.

People were enjoying the children’s areas of the park!

There is a Kid Fit Park with a small climbing wall and other equipment.  Swings for adults and kids are on site.  A pyramid type of climbing apparatus in a different area of the park looks challenging.  It was not being used that day by the people in the park.  Weekends are probably much busier!

Some people were playing badminton and had also strung up a hammock between two of the trees.  They had coolers with them and even a dog.  They were spending a good portion of the day enjoying the park.

As you can see from the sign above, fishing is allowed with specific stipulations.  We saw a couple of fishers on the day of our visit.

There is a paved nature trail around the lake on the hill rising above it, but one can walk down closer to the water if desired.  One sees lake views from most of the exterior walk except for the portion running parallel to Brays Bayou.

The entire walk or run around the perimeter of the park is 1.72 miles. We did that first before walking through the interior portions of the park.

From the wildlife to wildflowers, bridges to banks of a bayou, playgrounds to picnic pavilions there is plenty to do and enjoy in this Harris County Precinct Three park.  I highly recommend it!

The location of the Arthur Storey Park is 7114 W. Sam Houston Pkwy. S., Houston, Texas 77072.

 

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