Shady Lane Park
Address: 10220 Shady Lane
Houston, TX 77093
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Shady Lane Park was acquired by the City of Houston in 1958. It occupies 12.4 acres of land near the intersection of Jensen Drive and the Hwy 59 Eastex Freeway.
Following the flooding that devastated Houston during Tropical Storm Allison, the Harris County Flood Control District bought out property along Halls Bayou for flood retention, and 68 acres of it are adjacent to Shady Lane Park in the form of the Bretshire Stormwater Detention Project.
In 2013, the park underwent extensive renovation as a project of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Parks Build Community program. A large, bayou-themed play area replaced the old playground equipment, and a poured-in-place concrete “waterway” leads from the sprayground to an outdoor classroom in the shape of a flat-bottomed bayou boat, set in the middle of a wetland garden. New exercise gear, swing sets, slides, and climbing equipment in the form of hollow logs give the neighborhood citizens plenty of opportunity for play and recreation. A giant concrete alligator adds to the nature theme, and signs explaining the function of the bayou system have added an educational element to Shady Lane Park.
The park also includes a fine community center with active programs for adults and children. Soccer fields and a hiking and biking trail that takes strollers and skaters around the park property add to the recreational facilities.