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Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park in Houston

Updated on March 25, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park in Houston
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park in Houston | Source

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park

Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park is a birdwatching paradise, but it is also so much more! This 362.5-acre park located at 4025 Eldridge Pkwy., Houston, Texas 77082 has miles of paved trails that encircle large detention ponds.

In those ponds and wetland areas are islands. Many migratory birds can be spotted there as well as resident birds who seem to like this particular area on a year-round basis.

My husband and I enjoyed many views of the park as well as watching the fun that people seemed to be having. Everyone seemed to be very polite, and this is a family-oriented park.

Exercise stations are in various areas in the park for those who wish to do more than hiking, biking, and the like.

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Park sign Sign in the park Many birds on one of the islands at Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park…The photo was taken with a zoom lens of my camera.Dogs being walkedArchbishop Joseph Fiorenza ParkPark sceneryFamily fun in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza ParkWhite Ibis and Tricolored HeronOne of the exercise stations in the park One of the exercise stations in the park
Park sign
Park sign | Source
Sign in the park
Sign in the park | Source
Many birds on one of the islands at Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park…The photo was taken with a zoom lens of my camera.
Many birds on one of the islands at Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park…The photo was taken with a zoom lens of my camera. | Source
Dogs being walked
Dogs being walked | Source
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park | Source
Park scenery
Park scenery | Source
Family fun in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
Family fun in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park | Source
White Ibis and Tricolored Heron
White Ibis and Tricolored Heron | Source
One of the exercise stations in the park
One of the exercise stations in the park | Source
One of the exercise stations in the park
One of the exercise stations in the park | Source

One of Few Hills in Houston

The topography of Houston is pretty flat, so hills are few. The dredging out of some retention ponds near Brays Bayou is undoubtedly responsible for the creation of this large hill. At least that would be my educated guess.

We have always parked near Highway 6 entrance to the park. The hill is one of the largest in Houston, even surpassing the one in Spotts Park, which is closer to downtown Houston. A paved path circles round and round, leading up to the top of the hill.

Of course, people wishing to exercise their legs even more strenuously jog up and down the hill bypassing the paved pathway.

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The large hill in the parkA sign near the large hillView of the paved trail leading up the hillPeople running up and down the hillView looking down the hill on pathway halfway up the hill at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park.Another view looking down the hill on trail nearing the top at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park.Looking down on an island filled with birds from halfway up the hill in the park.View from the hill in the parkView on top of the hill in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
The large hill in the park
The large hill in the park | Source
A sign near the large hill
A sign near the large hill | Source
View of the paved trail leading up the hill
View of the paved trail leading up the hill | Source
People running up and down the hill
People running up and down the hill | Source
View looking down the hill on pathway halfway up the hill at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park.
View looking down the hill on pathway halfway up the hill at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park. | Source
Another view looking down the hill on trail nearing the top at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park.
Another view looking down the hill on trail nearing the top at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park. | Source
Looking down on an island filled with birds from halfway up the hill in the park.
Looking down on an island filled with birds from halfway up the hill in the park. | Source
View from the hill in the park
View from the hill in the park | Source
View on top of the hill in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
View on top of the hill in Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park | Source

Views From The Top

There are picnic tables and a swing at the top of the hill. The pathway continues in circular fashion going back down the hill. The views are different from all angles. You can tell from the color of the grass and trees that we have visited this park on several occasions.

Notice that golden dome in the photo below? Using the zoom lens on my camera, I took this image of the Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace. Those buildings in the distance show the Galleria. The Williams Tower is the tallest one. Many tourists flock to the Galleria and also like to visit the Williams Water Wall.

View of Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace & Distant Galleria Buildings from Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
View of Chong Hua Sheng Mu Holy Palace & Distant Galleria Buildings from Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park | Source

Trail Through The Park

After walking to the top of the hill and back down, we followed the trail taking us to the other end of the park off of Eldridge. On the path, this is some of the scenery we viewed on the way.

In the distance is the Galleria. The Williams Tower is the tallest building in the Galleria area of town. Many tourists flock to the Galleria and also like to visit the Williams Water Wall.

There is much avian wildlife to see along the way!

Neotropic cormorants were fishing near a bridge where we have always seen people also trying to catch fish. There must be an abundance of catfish and crappie in these waters, according to a posted sign pictured below.

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The scenery in the park as one walks the trailBenches placed along the pathArchbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza ParkMuscovy DuckGreat Blue HeronNeotropic CormorantNeotropic Cormorants in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park - One has a fish in its mouth!Fishing regulationsScenery from the trailScenery from the trailScenery from the trailScenery from the trailScenery from the trailScenery from the trailTricolored Heron American White PelicanWhite Ibis
The scenery in the park as one walks the trail
The scenery in the park as one walks the trail | Source
Benches placed along the path
Benches placed along the path | Source
Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park
Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park | Source
Muscovy Duck
Muscovy Duck | Source
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron | Source
Neotropic Cormorant
Neotropic Cormorant | Source
Neotropic Cormorants in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park - One has a fish in its mouth!
Neotropic Cormorants in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park - One has a fish in its mouth! | Source
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Fishing regulations
Fishing regulations | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Scenery from the trail
Scenery from the trail | Source
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron | Source
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source

Playground Area

Right off of the Eldridge Parkway is another parking lot, and the children's playground is here. It seems to be well utilized each time we have visited this part of the park. Restrooms and a water fountain are on site in this location.

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Children's Playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza ParkShaded paths near children's playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza ParkChildren's Playground
Children's Playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park
Children's Playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park | Source
Shaded paths near children's playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park
Shaded paths near children's playground in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park | Source
Children's Playground
Children's Playground | Source

So Many Birds!

What delighted me most in addition to getting some fresh air and exercise was getting to see all the birds. There seems always to be an abundance of them. Ornithologists who scientifically study birds, as well as those birders who create lists of ones that they identify in certain areas and times of the year, would like visiting this park.

There were also ducks and seagulls in abundance. Every time we have visited this park, I spot different types of birds. I have seen plenty of brown pelicans but had never noticed the American white pelicans before visiting here. It is genuinely a birdwatchers paradise in Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza park!

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American White PelicanWhite Ibis American White PelicanWhite Ibis White Ibis White Ibis White Ibis A flock of American White Pelicans at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source
American White Pelican
American White Pelican | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source
White Ibis
White Ibis | Source
A flock of American White Pelicans at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park
A flock of American White Pelicans at Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza Park | Source
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The drone video below shows this park from the Eldridge point of view.

“Bird watching is now North America's second most popular outdoor activity (second only to gardening).”

— Bernd Brunner

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Liz,

      As I am moving my articles to this site, I am enjoying seeing all the photos and memories of being there as well. Wishing you well!

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      Liz Westwood 

      5 days ago from UK

      This sounds like a great public space. I really appreciate your well-illustrated articles like this, which are a distraction from the current health crisis.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bill,

      I wondered the same thing when I first became aware of this park.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 days ago from Olympia, WA

      A park named after an archbishop??? What happened to mixing politics with religion, and separation of church and state? Not that I mind, but this is pretty unusual.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      For people interested in learning about birds, this is definitely a park they would wish to visit. Thanks for your visit and comment.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      Knowing how you love watching and feeding birds, you would absolutely love this park!

    • FlourishAnyway profile image

      FlourishAnyway 

      6 days ago from USA

      How beautiful! I would love to have something like this in my area. We have hilly terrain here and it’s not always easy to navigate with strollers, wagons, or if you have medical limitations. I hope people take advantage of the many types of birds there are there and learn their names and a little about them. Seems like bird spotting would be a good family activity.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      6 days ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't remember if I told you or not, but I'm an avid bird watcher and feeder. The birds are my favorite in this beautiful park. Houston has much to be proud of. Your photos are really good. Thanks again for sharing a part of your hometown.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      This park is truly a bird lover's paradise. It is always full of many different types of birds that like water.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      The Houston metro area has more parks than the majority of U.S. cities, which is great for those of us who call this area home. Happy to be able to show you some photos and information about them.

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      manatita44 

      7 days ago from london

      I like viewing birds and the whole scenery would be like a poet's paradise for me. So breathtakingly beautiful! A cute and elegant Pelican on the water. A lot of land!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 days ago from Sunny Florida

      This is another beautiful park, Peggy. Houston has so many lovely parks. This one is especially nice for the whole family as they have a playground for childre and many birds to watch for mom or dad. Thanks, Peggy for another beautiful view of a part of Houston.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      7 days ago from Corona, CA

      What feeds it and where does it drain in to?

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kyler,

      Yes, people can eat the fish that they catch within allowable limits. The water here is not stagnant.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      7 days ago from Corona, CA

      Looks like a wonderful place to bring the kids! Is it a catch and release lake or do people eat the fish they catch? I often worry about eating fish from smaller, stagnant lakes.

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