Bagby Park…a Jewel in the Midtown District of Houston
The Midtown district of Houston is fortunate to have this small but multi-use jewel of a park within its midst. Nearby residents are surely happy to to be able to utilize the various amenities offered within Bagby Park.
Midtown is located just southwest of downtown Houston.
Over the years the complexion of the area has significantly changed. Most people who settled there in the 1950s retreated further out to more quiet suburbs.
In the 1970s there was a large contingent of Vietnamese and Vietnamese Americans who lived, had businesses and worked in this area. Some of the street signs still reflect that influx of people. Numerous of the Vietnamese Americans have now relocated to Chinatown in another section of the Houston metro area.
Many of the one time single resident homes have been transformed into pricey multi-storied townhouses and apartment complexes.
New restaurants and bars along with other businesses are drawn to operating in this area. Many of the millennial generation like living in this mixed-use section of our city.
While those pricey abodes may have less living space than neighborhoods further out, the ability to walk out of one’s home and be within walking distance of shops and restaurants is a plus.
Many of the bricked sidewalks are pleasingly aesthetic with potted plants and trees offering shade as well as beauty in this part of town.
Within Bagby Park are huge ten foot tall letters spelling out the word Midtown. It anchors the back part of the park and defines not only this recreation area but this section of Houston as well.
In front of the Midtown lettering is a stage which is often utilized at different times of the month for varying events. Experiences ranging from brass band performances to musical theater as well as other happenings can be enjoyed. An events calendar at Bagby Park can be accessed here.
Furry friends are not forgotten as these park grounds also contain a 5,000 square foot dog park where “Fido” or “Fluffy” can be let off leash to run and play. Every 4th Friday there is a “Yappy Hour” where “Fido” and his pals may even go home with treats and prizes!
An official monthly Happy Hour is also hosted where attendees can sip on discounted libations from Rico’s Morning+Noon+Night located on site. Rico’s offers patrons food offerings such as burgers and tacos to soft drinks and milkshakes on a daily basis all day long as their sign indicates.
Available seating within the park is provided. From picnic tables to bar stools; wooden platforms built around several of the trees…or spreading a blanket upon the wide expanse of lawn…the choice is up to the individual.
For crowded concerts patrons may wish to bring folding chairs from home.
There is a Bocce court at Bagby Park. If a visitor does not have his own balls, they can be rented at Rico’s. Bocce rules are posted for those who may not know how to play the game. Below is a video also explaining the rules of the game.
To the back of Rico’s and on the left hand side of the Midtown lettering is a large rectangular interactive art piece. People can write whatever they wish upon it using chalk. Permanently inscribed at the top it says “Best advice I would give…”
Some of the things written upon it the day of our visit included the following:
Always trust God’s plan…When life gives you lemons, mix w/vodka!…Your parents are usually right…Be happy!…Never go to bed mad…Respect your Mother
There is a bus stop right at the corner of Bagby and Gray Street so undoubtedly many people have seen this park even if just passing by.
The water features are pretty and add ambient sounds to this space.
Another colorful art piece on a column near the dog park designates this spot as something special.
A sampling of other places in the Midtown district of which I have featured in posts include the following:
The spectacular Elizabeth Baldwin Park. The 100 year old trees are what make it so amazing! The Houston Fire Museum as well as the Buffalo Soldiers Museum are both located in Midtown. History is definitely on display in both of these excellent museums and space can be rented in both for special events. The Fish Restaurant & Sushi Bar is one block from Bagby Park. My husband and I really like the food and excellent service that we have received when dining there.
Bagby Park is located here: