Ray Miller Park: A 15-Acre Beauty in West Houston
Ray Miller Park would be an easy one to miss seeing. The address is 1800 Eldridge Parkway, Houston, Texas 77007.
My husband and I have ridden past this gem of a small park countless times and never noticed it. One day out of the corner of my eye I happened to see it, and we made our plans to visit there. I am so happy that we did that!
Eldridge Parkway is a reasonably busy street. Many commercial buildings, as well as private residential ones, flank the road. This 15-acre park is tucked in between such edifices with the majority of the acreage away from the roadway. Had I not spotted the sign, I might have gone many more years without discovering this delightful site.
For the people living or working in nearby places, it provides a beautiful respite from the day to day activities. They can stroll over there and enjoy some nature while getting in a bit of exercise or play. For those who come from further away, there is a paved parking lot near the front which accommodates a good number of vehicles.
The posted hours are 7 am to 10 pm. No dogs are allowed in the park. For locals who wish to have their canine buddies accompany them on walks or runs, nearby Terry Hershey Park is available.
Amenities include two gated children’s playgrounds. One for younger children is titled the Tot Lot Play Area. The Intermediate Play Area can accommodate older kids with age-appropriate items such as swings, etc.
Both of the playgrounds are near a gazebo and the restrooms. Furnished in the lighted restrooms is water and hand dryers but no soap. A public telephone and water fountain is also provided.
Picnic tables, as well as BBQ pits, are placed throughout the grounds. There are also benches.
The lighted crushed granite trail is only 0.64 miles in length. Manicured grassy lawn areas coexist with nicely spaced shade trees with a grove of trees to the back. There is a raised boardwalk, a butterfly garden, a wildflower area, and some purple martin birdhouses put into this park.
Denise’s Playground in Ray Miller Park
There is a plaque on the ground titled Denise’s Playground that shares the following information.
“Parks are places for children to play with their parents. My mom taught me to read, and the importance of learning, but she never got to play or teach me here. She said God would let her plant flowers and play in the gardens of heaven. I think she plays here every day.
Renaissance Ann Eads, 8 years old.
This play area was dedicated April 5, 1999 to the memory of Renai’s mother, Denise Edwards Eads. It was made possible by donations her friends contributed through the park people.”
Ray Elvin Miller (1919 – 2008)
Many of us who are a bit older well remember the program called The Eyes of Texas. Ray Miller was not only the creator of this fabulous series but also the host from the years 1969 to 1999.
Featured on Channel 2 (KPRC) were topics about lesser known places and attractions, fascinating people, and always the history of Texas. Ray Miller kept his viewers enthralled and informed and we looked forward to each episode.
He authored books about Galveston as well as Houston after he retired.
Dedicated on April 7, 1998, this lovely and inviting park which bears his name is a fitting tribute.