Game-changing new park with restaurant, kids spaces, tunnels and more breaks grounds in west Houston
Houston's push for more public green space has now grown to the west side. Camden Park, a new, 3.4-acre park in the Westchase District, has broken ground on Wilcrest Drive just north of Richmond Avenue, per an announcement.
Aimed at producing public green gathering spaces in one of Houston’s most park-deficient areas, the WiFi-enabled Camden Park will offer a 30,000 square-foot activity lawn with multi-purpose pavilion for free concerts and cultural performances, per press materials.
More features include an onsite restaurant open daily with indoor and outdoor seating, a children’s playground with rolling hills, play structures, water features, and a fenced dog park with turf-covered mounds, tunnels, and separate spaces for large and small dogs.
About that restaurant: Ginger Kale will be patterned after a similar concept in Hermann Park and will open daily from 7 am–7 pm for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Locals will enjoy a with a menu designed specifically just for them, per Westchase.
This new park from Westchase District will also boast an outdoor reading room with free books for young readers. Exercise stations, space for food trucks and farmers market vendors, and restrooms will add to the public gathering space experience. Speaking of green, a dozen Highrise live oak trees also will be relocated to the park from medians along Westheimer Road.
“This will be a destination park experience unlike any other in west Houston,” says Sherry Fox, vice president of communications for Westchase District, in a statement. “As a fully programmed setting, Camden Park will offer hundreds of year-round free events, all programmed by Westchase District, focused on fitness, education, arts and culture.”
Named in honor of the park’s primary donor, Camden Property Trust, the park purchased by the City of Houston in 2016 using open space money set aside by multi-family developers as required by the Parks & Open Space Ordinance, per press materials.
Some 21,000 residents and nearby employers are located within a 20-minute walk of Camden Park.