About Baldwin Park – A Historic Landmark in the City Center
Elizabeth Baldwin Park is a 4.8 acre park located within the Midtown Houston neighborhood and owned by the City of Houston. Midtown Houston programs and maintains the park, bringing lively experiences to the historic destination. Acquired by the City of Houston in 1905, historic elements preserved at the site include the 100-year-old oak trees and the original fountain. The park is an active and passive recreational space for the surrounding community and was designed with a lawn and picnic area.
Recent park improvements by the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) honor the original design of the area and include new playground equipment to improve upon the existing outdoor learning opportunities.
Modern, Mindful Improvements for Children
MRA took great care to ensure children of all ages and abilities would be able to use the park. New surfaces make it easier for people with disabilities to get around, while a sensory wall and ADA-compliant rocker allow for inclusivity and diversity of play opportunities. The bright colors, different textures, and sounds help develop the mind, creating an environment where children can learn and grow outside of the home and school. The swings, slides, and climbing pieces stimulate the body while encouraging creativity and imagination for a broader age range of children. It all combines to increase the value of play by providing opportunities for the development of social, emotional, physical, and mental skills.
The iconic oak trees inspired the design and colors selected for the rubber playground surface that will cushion children when they fall. The greens and blues evoke images of the shady canopy above and the patches of sky that peek through the branches. The new playground is part of $500,000 of improvements at the historic park, also including new and restored lighting around the perimeter to prioritize safety for visitors.
Residents and visitors can enjoy new programming at the park, such as the monthly Soundbath Meditation class. Visit our events calendar for details on weekly events and programming.
Daily from 6:30 am to 11pm