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Millie Bush Bark Park in West Houston

Having so much fun in the Millie Bush Bark Park
Posted: September 25, 2019 at 6:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (6)

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Millie Bush Bark Park

The Millie Bush Bark Park is a portion of the vast George Bush Park in western Houston, Texas. According to the Houston Chronicle, it is the very first dog park in all of Harris County.  It is one of the numerous Harris County Precinct 3 parks.  At one time this park received the “best in the nation” rating from Dog Fancy Magazine.

Sign pointing to the Millie Bush Bark Park

Sign pointing to the Millie Bush Bark Park

Park Name Honors a President and His Dog

George H.W. Bush is honored with a bronze statue of his likeness in Sesquicentennial Park.  In this particular park is a sign that shows some of the history and facts regarding the 41st President of the United States for those who may not know such things.  He was there for the dedication ceremony of this dog park.

There is also a sign with a likeness of Millie, the English Springer Spaniel of George H.W. and Barbara Bush.  Millie spent 12 years with the Bushes.  Did you know that Millie’s Book: As Dictated to Barbara Bush was a New York Times bestseller?  It is true!  It came out in 1990 and was a number one bestseller in the nonfiction category.  Proceeds of this children’s book went to a nonprofit literacy organization which was one of Barbara Bushes main objectives, that of literacy when she was the first lady of the land.

Signs at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Signs at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Amenities

  • The parking lot has enough space for 100 vehicles! In comparison to some of our other dog parks, this is fantastic!
  • 8.68 acres of the 15-acre site is fenced off into two distinct off-leash areas where the dogs 20-pounds and under are kept separate from those 20-pound and larger.
  • Fencing is double-gated to help protect any furry Houdinis who might be prone to escape.
  • Picnic tables are outside of the fenced areas as no food is allowed inside of the off-leash areas.
  • There are crushed granite walking trails outside as well as inside of the fenced parts of this dog park.
  • Benches and covered pavilions provide seating.
  • There are vast grassy areas for dogs to run and play.
  • Large pools in the large and small dog areas provide lots of aquatic fun for dogs as well as the people watching them play.
  • There are plenty of water fountains, fake fire hydrants, trees, and dog waste bag dispensers as well as trash cans on site.
  • Three washing stations outside of the fenced areas are there for people who wish to bathe or hose off their canine friends before taking them home.
Picnic tables outside of fenced areas in the Millie Bush Bark Park

Picnic tables outside of fenced areas in the Millie Bush Bark Park

Hiking trails inside as well as outside of the fenced areas

Hiking trails inside as well as outside of the fenced areas

Plenty of benches as well as covered pavilions at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Plenty of benches as well as covered pavilions at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Large grassy areas for dogs to run and play

Large grassy areas for dogs to run and play

Huge pools for dogs to swim and play. This one is in the small dog fenced area!

Huge pools for dogs to swim and play. This one is in the small dog fenced area!

Pool in the large dog fenced area at Millie Bush Bark Park

Pool in the large dog fenced area at Millie Bush Bark Park

Are you taking my photo?

Are you taking my photo?

Dog washing stations at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Dog washing stations at the Millie Bush Bark Park

What Fun!

My husband and I have driven past this dog park many times visiting other places such as the Freedom Park just down the road. Indeed, there are many things to see in the expansive George Bush Park!

It was cloudy and did rain a bit on our weekday visit, so because of that, the park did not have that many dogs and human visitors.  The dogs that were there, however, sure had some fun!  To sum up our experience, I will leave you with some photos taken that day, and they make me smile.  How about you?

Ready to catch that ball at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Ready to catch that ball at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Let's go swimming!

Let’s go swimming!

Spotted at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Spotted at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Another day of fun!

Another day of fun!

Swimming in the pool at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Swimming in the pool at the Millie Bush Bark Park

Now for a good shake!

Now for a good shake!

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  • October 5, 2019 at 1:03 am Christy B

    My other half wants a dog and I can imagine a park like this one being like a palace to any doggy! It’s well taken care of and big, not to mention having the endorsement of the former First Lady 🙂 Great review of the green space, Peggy.

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    • October 5, 2019 at 5:26 am Peggy

      Hi Christy,

      Most doggies I know would love to run free in a space like this, and for swimmers, this would be doggie heaven. So glad you enjoyed learning about the Millie Bush Bark Park.

      Reply
  • September 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm Virginia Billeaud Anderson

    LOVE the big doogie pool. Thanks Peggy

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    • September 27, 2019 at 3:29 pm Peggy

      Hi Virginia,

      It is really a fun place to walk and enjoy the dogs.

      Reply
  • September 26, 2019 at 11:57 am Pamela

    This park looks like a great place to visit, especially if you have a dog. The lake and the area for dogs looks wonderful.

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    • September 27, 2019 at 3:15 pm Peggy

      Hi Pamela,

      We used to have dogs, but even visiting the Millie Bush Bark Park without one was fun. It is a great place to walk while getting to see the fun that dogs and their people are having in this park.

      Reply