The Friends of Woodland Park will mark the park's centennial as a city park with "Trails at Twilight," with proceeds benefiting park improvements. Attendees will enjoy food, libations, dancing to the music of Zenteno Spirit and bidding on silent auction items.
Originally named Highland Park, the park dates back to 1900 and was the inspiration for William Wilson's decision to develop the Woodland Heights neighborhood. It became the city's second public park in 1914. It boasted more than 30 acres on Little White Oak Bayou, including a lake (formed by damming the bayou) for boating, a water slide and a pavilion that hosted weekend dances. Freeway construction eventually shrank its borders and eliminated the lake, but the remaining nearly 20-acre tract off Houston Avenue tantalizes visitors with a hint of wilderness in the city. Today the park offers trails through woodlands that support 96 species of birds and other wildlife.
Woodland Park Community Center
212 Parkview St.
Houston, TX 77009
$100 per person.
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