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Levy Park Photos and Descriptions: Fantastic Houston Playground

Updated on March 23, 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.

Levy Park in Houston
Levy Park in Houston | Source

Levy Park

People living in Houston have the generous philanthropist Leon Levy to thank for his generosity. He donated land to the City of Houston for what is now the fantastic Levy Park named in his honor. This park is slightly less than six acres in size. The address is 3801 Eastside St., Houston, Texas 77098.

Upper Kirby District Foundation is a non-profit charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for people. They funded the 15 million dollar budget for the significant renovations and improvements which have taken place.

Locals who live in the area remember when it was a baseball field. It was also a dog park and at one time had a swimming pool. A small dog park remains, but the rest of the recreational area is unrecognizable from earlier days!

Small and large dogs have separate areas in the dog park in which to play and roam. Astroturf is used over human-made mounds and makes for easy cleanup. A few benches are available for people watching their dogs play off-leash.

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Looking down into children’s play area from elevated boardwalk Another view of children’s play area from elevated boardwalk Park sign Levy Park Dog Park within Levy Park Another view of the Dog Park
Looking down into children’s play area from elevated boardwalk
Looking down into children’s play area from elevated boardwalk | Source
Another view of children’s play area from elevated boardwalk
Another view of children’s play area from elevated boardwalk | Source
Park sign
Park sign | Source
Levy Park
Levy Park | Source
Dog Park within Levy Park
Dog Park within Levy Park | Source
Another view of the Dog Park
Another view of the Dog Park | Source

Abundant Seating and So Many Trees

Chairs and tables abound throughout Levy Park. But available seating does not end there. Curved benches surround many of the trees within the park providing shaded areas on sunny days.

Many trees were saved when creating this park, and some were even relocated here.

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Abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs Another photo of the abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs Tables & Chairs placed throughout the park Levy Park
Abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs
Abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs | Source
Another photo of the abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs
Another photo of the abundant seating around trees in addition to tables & chairs | Source
Tables & Chairs placed throughout the park
Tables & Chairs placed throughout the park | Source
Levy Park
Levy Park | Source

Art In The Park

Local graffiti artist Mario Enrique Figueroa, Jr., who signs his work GONZO247, has a colorful mural in the center of a wall defining one edge of the park. He is well known locally as well as internationally.

I wonder if more murals by other artists will eventually enhance this wall? I guess time will tell!

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Closeup of Mural by GONZO247 in Levy ParkMural by GONZO247
Closeup of Mural by GONZO247 in Levy Park
Closeup of Mural by GONZO247 in Levy Park | Source
Mural by GONZO247
Mural by GONZO247 | Source

Community Garden and Landscaping

Native landscaping is used throughout Levy Park and will become more lush and abundant as time passes. A large community garden is on one end of the park. In the children’s play area, raised beds of fresh herbs are there to enhance that area.

Community Garden in Levy Park
Community Garden in Levy Park | Source

Ample Lawn Space for Multiple Purposes

A large lawn area provides space for kids and adults to have some fun or plain relaxation. People can spread out blankets and have picnics. Kids can assemble large lego-like pieces and make creative shapes using them. Regular classes such as Tai Chi and Yoga, among others, occur here. It is a beautiful event lawn space. I took these photos on a weekday. On weekends this recreational gathering place is packed with people.

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Lawn space in Levy Park Giant-sized lego-like pieces to play with in the park
Lawn space in Levy Park
Lawn space in Levy Park | Source
Giant-sized lego-like pieces to play with in the park
Giant-sized lego-like pieces to play with in the park | Source

Fantastic Children’s Play Area

A fenced area bordering the children’s play area makes it a bit easier for parents to keep an eye on their kids as they run about and play.

Most of the children’s play area within the fenced area has soft and colorful cushioned padding. This cushioned padding would buffer the effects of any mishaps or falls.

There are so many different things to enjoy within the children’s play area of Levy Park.

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Entrance to children’s play area in Levy Park Raised area in children’s area with rock wall on one side & wide slide on other side Water features in children’s play area Water features in children’s play area View of event lawn space when exiting children’s play area
Entrance to children’s play area in Levy Park
Entrance to children’s play area in Levy Park | Source
Raised area in children’s area with rock wall on one side & wide slide on other side
Raised area in children’s area with rock wall on one side & wide slide on other side | Source
Water features in children’s play area
Water features in children’s play area | Source
Water features in children’s play area
Water features in children’s play area | Source
View of event lawn space when exiting children’s play area
View of event lawn space when exiting children’s play area | Source

Boardwalk and Observation Deck

An elevated boardwalk and observation deck gives one fun and different perspective of what there is to do within the park. Even handicapped individuals can enjoy this birds-eye view of Levy Park. Nice!

It is fun watching kids climb up that giant sphere, playing on the merry go rounds and cooling off under the water feature. Looking down from the elevated boardwalk outside of the gated children’s area, the views of merrymaking opportunities continue.

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Looking down from observation deck towards ping pong tables Foosball table view from elevated walkway Children’s play area from the boardwalk View of elevated boardwalk in Levy Park
Looking down from observation deck towards ping pong tables
Looking down from observation deck towards ping pong tables | Source
Foosball table view from elevated walkway
Foosball table view from elevated walkway | Source
Children’s play area from the boardwalk
Children’s play area from the boardwalk | Source
View of elevated boardwalk in Levy Park
View of elevated boardwalk in Levy Park | Source

Other Amenities in Levy Park

There are foosball, ping pong tables, and a small putting green available for use. Other amenities are also there. People can help themselves to books or magazines to peruse while enjoying the outdoor ambiance.

In this same area of the park are carts filled with art equipment and also games. People get to use what is available. From crayons to board games, there is much to enjoy! We saw several mothers with children doing some coloring projects on paper. There are even child-sized tables and chairs.

No one was using the putting green or tossing bean bags when I took these photographs. The first time we saw Levy Park was on a Saturday. My hubby and I had just done some shopping at the Eastside Farmer’s Market, which is only one block distant. Both venues were filled to the brim with people!

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Outdoor Reading Room in Levy Park Magazines & books provided for reading in Levy Park Games Cart Art Cart Area near Arts, Games & Reading Carts Bean bag toss area A mini golf putting course
Outdoor Reading Room in Levy Park
Outdoor Reading Room in Levy Park | Source
Magazines & books provided for reading in Levy Park
Magazines & books provided for reading in Levy Park | Source
Games Cart
Games Cart | Source
Art Cart
Art Cart | Source
Area near Arts, Games & Reading Carts
Area near Arts, Games & Reading Carts | Source
Bean bag toss area
Bean bag toss area | Source
A mini golf putting course
A mini golf putting course | Source

Amphitheater and Restaurants

A performance amphitheater, along with year-round programming, will have people returning to this Houston city park over and over again. Clean restrooms are on site. In 2018, Chef Tim Love will start operating three different restaurants in this park, which will entice even more people to come and enjoy it.

Our Impressions

My husband and I were impressed with this fantastic mixed-use environment within the city limits of Houston.

The lighting at night is reported to be very beautiful. Many ornament-like round balls strung with lights hang from trees. Those plus other types of illumination would create a lovely evening atmosphere.

From what we have seen, the Upper Kirby Management District is doing a lovely job of maintaining Levy Park for the City of Houston. Some of the wooden walkways were still being replaced with concrete pavers on the day of our visit.

This fantastic playground should please all age groups of people long into the future.

Balls strung with electric lights hung from trees
Balls strung with electric lights hung from trees | Source

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,

      Some of our community centers that are in parks have indoor pools, which are probably easier to maintain. Of course, right now, with all of the shelter in place rules, they are not being used. The splash pads in parks let people cool off in fun ways. We are seeing many more splash pads these days. As to Levy Park, it does offer the locals who frequent it many things to do.

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      Liz Westwood 

      6 days ago from UK

      At this time especially I really appreciate reading your extremely well-illustrated articles. It's a shame that so many swimming pools are no longer in parks. But I can understand that health and safety issues and maintenance would now be a nightmare, not to mention the cost. This park is a great resource for the local community.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Chuck,

      I will bet that you have a lot of company in your new role of watching over your grandchildren during this COVID-19 pandemic. It would be hard to keep them entertained, all the while dealing with safety issues of keeping a distance from others. Wishing you good luck. Stay safe!

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      Chuck Nugent 

      6 days ago from Tucson, Arizona

      Peggy - these are beautiful parks and your pictures are great. I am currently looking for parks near us with playground facilities for children as my 8 year old grand daughter's school, along with the rest of the schools in Arizona, is closed due to the COVID-19 virus. I have been watching her and her 7 year old brother some days and the two of them are overflowing with unspent energy from being cooped up in their parent's 2 bedroom apartment so I have been trying to take her out to a park to play for an hour or so before one of her parent's has to leave for work. I can't take my grandson with us because he is autistic and a fast runner and I am afraid of him running away on me. My wife and I frequent the many national and state parks near us but my granddaughter is not into spending a whole day with my wife and I hiking and taking pictures. Great Hub I enjoyed it

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      6 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      Not only is it fun exploring places like Levy Park for us, but it is also a pleasure to be able to share the information with you and others who may come across this post. Thanks for your comment.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      7 days ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Too beautiful, the park as well as the photos. The elevated boardwalk & observation deck would be a treat to walk. Thank you for sharing details & pictures of Levy Park which otherwise people like me would never get to see.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Ruby,

      Many of our newer parks appear to have those padded areas in the children's playground to avoid injury. If we lived closer to Levy Park, we would also frequent it to take advantage of all it has to offer.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Manatita,

      So glad you liked the appearance of Levy Park. Yes, that is the interpretation easily made regarding the mural by GONZO247.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Diane,

      I am pleased to know that you would enjoy this park if you lived closer.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      7 days ago from Southern Illinois

      This would be a great place to take the family. The padded area for smaller children is unique indeed. If I lived close I would visit there often, esp. the theater.

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      manatita44 

      7 days ago from london

      This Hub is extremely beautiful! You left the sublime ones for last. 21 - 22nd century, stuff. The looped art is amazing! The decor and creativity astounding! Does the mural spell 'Love.?'

      Leon Levi has done an awesome thing and the transformation is amazing!

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      Diane Denison 

      7 days ago from Cincinnati Ohio

      I enjoyed the article it was very well written. And now I want to walk and spend time in the park with nature.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathy,

      I agree that the use of space in Levy Park was well executed. It has so much to offer! Nice to know that after this pandemic is over, you might be able to visit it. Stay safe!

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      Kathy Henderson 

      7 days ago from Pa

      Peggy,

      While I live in PA now, my family lives in Houston and we visit often. I look forward to visiting this beautiful space. This is truly a gorgeous use of green space. They did a superb job in this space; I love the garden aspect and multiple activity spots. Thanks for sharing a wonderful description in this Hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      7 days ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Bushra,

      Levy park offers so many amenities to those living in the city. I have never seen a park quite like it.

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      Aishatu Ali 

      7 days ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Looks very pretty!

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