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Matzke Park: Family-Friendly Environs in Houston

Matzke Park
Posted: August 1, 2019 at 3:05 pm   /   by   /   comments (4)

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Matzke Park

Adjacent to Matzke Park are the campuses of two Cypress-Fairbanks schools.  Those are Matzke Elementary and Bleyl Middle School.  The elementary school honors a long-time first-grade teacher by the name of Ernestine Matzke.  She taught school for a total of 48 years!  Forty-four of them were in Cy-Fair schools.  This park also honors her service to her students and community by bearing her name. Fencing separates Matzke Park from the school campuses.

 Park hours and rules

Park hours and rules

 Dedication Marker

Dedication Marker

Information on the dedication marker in Matzke Park

Information on the dedication marker in Matzke Park

Location

The address of this almost 20-acre park (19.4 to be exact) is 13110 Jones Road, Houston, Texas 77070.  Bordering Matzke Park is Jones Road on the west, Grant Road to the north, and Copeland Drive on the east as well as the school campuses to the south.  There are parking lots on Jones Road as well as Copeland Drive which accommodate a good number of vehicles.

One of two covered picnic pavilions

One of two covered picnic pavilions

Shaded play area for kids in Matzke Park

Shaded play area for kids in Matzke Park

The Be An Angel children's playground in Matzke Park

The Be An Angel children’s playground in Matzke Park

Another view of the Be An Angel children's playground

Another view of the Be An Angel children’s playground

Kids having fun in Matzke Park

Kids having fun in Matzke Park

Picnicking and Playgrounds

As you can see from the photos above, picnicking and playing in Matzke Park is easy to do.  There are two covered pavilions with picnic tables as well as many picnic tables scattered in various places throughout the park.  Benches also provide seating areas in many areas.  It is first-come, first-served regarding the pavilion use.

Conveniently, the children’s playground is near the restrooms on the west side of the park.  According to a posted sign “The Be An Angel Playground is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with multiple disabilities and profound deafness since 1986.”  Many individuals, as well as organizations and foundations, played a part in funding this playground.

Sign Marker in the Butterfly Garden

Sign Marker in the Butterfly Garden

Matzke Park Butterfly Garden

Butterfly lovers owe a debt of gratitude to the Association for Better Community Schools (a.k.a. ABCS) for the development of the butterfly and sensory garden. The local Norchester Garden Club maintains this lovely garden.  For migrating Monarch Butterflies, this is an official way station. Host plants are on-site for caterpillars, and nectar from flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

People are encouraged to stay on the paths and not to touch the plants or any insects.  This garden is a lovely place to relax as well as learn about what to plant in one’s home garden to attract butterflies.

Butterfly garden area in Matzke Park

Butterfly garden area in Matzke Park

View of the butterfly garden

View of the butterfly garden

Closeup of flowering shrub in the butterfly garden

Closeup of flowering shrub in the butterfly garden

Gazebo and benches in the butterfly garden

Gazebo and benches in the butterfly garden

Flowering rose bush in the butterfly garden

Flowering rose bush in the butterfly garden

One of several signs in the butterfly garden

One of several signs in the butterfly garden

Fruiting tree in the butterfly garden area

Fruiting tree in the butterfly garden area

The Trail in Matzke Park

A paved asphalt trail encircles the park near the edge of the property.  A vast grassy area takes up much of the central portions of the park where teams play soccer and cricket. Local clubs play there and maintain the fields.  Permission must be gotten for the private use of these playing fields.

Some exercise stations are spaced along the trail. Also of interest is a designated free speech area in a tree-shaded part of the park.

Looking back at the butterfly garden from the trail

Looking back at the butterfly garden from the trail

Water fountains for people and dogs in Matzke Park

Water fountains for people and dogs in Matzke Park

Trail sign

Trail sign

Picnic tables and benches along the trail overlooking the sports fields

Picnic tables and benches along the path overlooking the sports fields

Triggers Cricket Club Sign and seating areas in Matzke Park

Triggers Cricket Club Sign and seating areas in Matzke Park

Events

Many of the Precinct 4 parks host public events.  My husband and I noticed a sign for an upcoming free Baseball Movie Night with free drinks and popcorn when we first visited Matzke Park.  Many different types of family-friendly movies are shown in the summertime as well as other types of events.

It is incredible what can be done with a piece of land when partnerships happen between government agencies as well as private individuals and organizations such as has been done with Matzke Park.

 

 

 

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  • August 18, 2019 at 9:24 pm Bruce

    This was a very civilized park for an enjoyable walk. Thanks for showing it.

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    • August 18, 2019 at 10:21 pm Peggy

      Hi Bruce,

      Matzke Park is indeed a great place to walk and play.

      Reply
  • August 9, 2019 at 3:42 pm Virginia Billeaud Anderson

    Butterfly Grader pics are lovely. Thank you.

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    • August 10, 2019 at 7:32 pm Peggy

      Hi Virginia,

      It is always fun discovering places like this in our metro area. Glad you liked this and thanks for your comment.

      Reply