Houston’s First Street Car Park… Woodland Park!
Houston’s second ever park was on the Woodland Street Car Line. To increase weekend ridership, the Houston Electric Company build this grand park (originally Highland Park) with a restaurant, dance pavilion and a dam across Little White Oak Bayou which created a large artificial lake to accommodate small motor boats. The park was home to music concerts, concessions, rides, and boating.
Today this park is call Woodland Park and is home to a community center, playground, basketball court, tennis court, sports field… and a streetcar!
We like trains and anything that goes… so playing on the streetcar would have been enough to make us happy. BUT, we also found the playground, swings and teeter totter!
We played along side a few other families and saw lots of traffic heading into the community center on a weekday afternoon.
The park does run along I45 but you cannot see it from the playground. That said, when we were driving we missed the park and found ourselves along the access roads. The highway isn’t very pretty… but the park is nicer.
Take a look at the pictures… and is you know someone that would like a streetcar, check it out!