Hermann Park Commons Ready for Play

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2024

Two years in the making, a renovation for Houston’s Hermann Park opened in April to rave reviews. That’s good news for Sierra Vista residents who can easily make the short drive for a day of fun.

Bordered by the Houston Zoo, Hermann Park Commons is located on the park’s west side near Fannin and Cambridge. The upgrades include a children’s play garden, nature areas and a newly renovated pavilion.

By far the coolest upgrade to the 26-acre space is the 2-acre Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children. The centerpiece of Hermann Commons was designed to be accessible to all children regardless of their mobility level. The playground is divided into distinct playground groves.

Swing Hill offers an old-school playground experience with state-of-the-art swings. Colorful equipment shaped like snakes and alligators in Cypress Grove celebrates Houston’s native flora and fauna. A friendly, larger-than-life gorilla welcomes children to Gorilla Forest. Splash Cove is a water play area with slim towers projecting cyclones of water in the air. The Bayou is a dynamic water play area that doubles as an interactive educational experience. Children up to age 5 will have their own play area, The Thicket. The Space Adventure area is a blast with a 45-foot-tall rocket ship slide, and a space capsule for climbing and imaginary play. There is also a carousel that kids can ride for $5.

Other upgrades include a new central lawn where children can run and adults can relax. Those seeking shade will enjoy lounging on Live Oak Terrace, a decked area designed around the park’s iconic oaks. The Historic Fannin Pavilion now features natural light, food stations and a food truck court, and custom wooden tables and benches. Other areas not to be missed areas include a wetland garden and stone cove.

The Commons is open at the same hours as the rest of Hermann Park, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. However, the Play Gardens are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the Lott Family Carousel runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

If you want to live a relaxed lifestyle near one of the coolest parks in Houston, visit Sierra Vista today.

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