Eleanor Tinsley Park
Picture yourself in a stretch of land nestled between two major Houston thoroughfares that is separated by Buffalo Bayou. Doesn’t exactly sound like a go-to destination, does it? This is, however, precisely the location of Eleanor Tinsley Park, a well-know and easily accessed park boasting hike and bike trails, acres of open lawn, a boat launch and even a free public skate park.
Eleanor Tinsley Park is bordered by Allen Parkway on the South and Memorial Drive on the North. This central location provides Houstonians with an amazing green space that is frequently utilized for large events ranging anywhere from the huge up-and-coming Free Press Summer Fest music festival to local quirky favorites such as the Houston Art Car Parade. Eleanor Tinsley also hosts the Freedom Over Texas event every Fourth of July, giving inside-the-loop dwellers a place to watch a fireworks show in the heart of the city.
The art and scenery around the park help make Eleanor Tinsley a fantastic venue for large events. The Houston Police Officers’ Memorial, the Shady Grove Victim Memorial, and a sculpture titled “Large Spindletop Piece” help make the park feel unique and lively. And there isn’t anywhere else in Houston where you can catch a major music act outdoors with the Houston Downtown skyline as a backdrop.
Eleanor Tinsley Park is actually only a piece of the larger Buffalo Bayou Park. Buffalo Bayou Park spans from Shepherd Drive to Bagby Street. Quirky and unique, outgoing and charming, artistic and patriotic; Eleanor Tinsley Park is a meeting place for Houstonians of all walks of life and is one of the must-visit parks in the city.
• The Lee and Joe Jamail Skatepark is free! Don’t forget to bring a helmet!
• The streets around the park are sometimes used for bicycle races or race walking competitions. Be sure to check to see what events are happening!
• There are many parts of the park with amazing views of the iconic Houston skyscraper, Heritage Plaza. The park also contains Glenwood Cemetery, the final resting place of famed aviator Howard Hughes.
1800-3600 Allen Parkway/Memorial Drive Houston, Texas 77019
Free Street Parking and Connected Lot (under construction)