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Recreation & Parks

Parks and Outdoors

Recreation programs at MD Anderson

In addition to planned recreation, Cancer Center employees have a variety of recreational facilities available to them at the Houston Main Building and other nearby locations. These include:

  • A lighted quarter-mile jogging track is located on the west side of the Houston Main Building. Soft-soled running shoes must be used on the special latex surface. The grounds to the west of the Houston Main Building have picnic tables and benches
  • Exercise and aerobics classes are offered weekdays throughout the year in the Houston Main Building

There are numerous private health clubs, country clubs and courts, but only a few of the more popular places are listed below. For additional information call the Houston Parks & Recreation Department at 713-845-1000.


The following parks have tennis courts: Hermann Park (six courts), Fleming Park, River Oaks Park, Memorial Park, and Grady Park. Houston also has three public Tennis Centers: Homer Ford, 713-842-3460; Memorial, 713-867-0440; and Southwest, 713-272-3697.


The following parks have golf courses: Hermann Park, 713-526-0077; Memorial Park, 713-862-4033; Glenbrook Park, 713-649-8089; Gus Wortham Park, 713-928-4260; and Sharpstown Park, 713-988-2099.

Hike & Bike Trails

Braes Bayou Hike & Bike Trail runs along Braes Bayou just south of the Medical Center. Buffalo Bayou Trail runs along Allen Parkway from Shepherd Drive to the west edge of downtown. You can enjoy 4.5 miles of scenic settings and city skyline views.

Memorial Park, located at Memorial Drive and 610 Loop West, features three miles of walking/jogging trails.

White Oak Trail is located in the Heights area along White Oak Drive and White Oak Bayou, between Studewood and Houston Avenue, northwest of downtown. It affords a park atmosphere with a great view of downtown.

T.C. Jester Trail runs along White Oak Bayou, between West 34th and West 43rd Streets, north of the northwest corner of Loop 610.

Hermann Park Trail, located between Main Street, Hermann Drive and The Medical Center, loops around the park golf course.

Ice Skating

Two ice skating rinks are conveniently located in the Houston area: Galleria Ice Skating Center, 713-621-1500 and Sharpstown Ice Center, 713-548-6861.


For ocean-lovers, miles of coastline are not far from Houston, Galveston Beach being perhaps the most popular. There are also numerous public pools open between May and September. Call 713-845-1000 for locations. Remember your sunscreen!

Horseback Riding

Hermann Park Stables, 713-529-2081, are just north of Hermann Park. Check the Yellow Pages directory for other public stables. If you travel to Galveston, there are stables along Seawall Boulvard at the west end of Galveston Island.


For racing, try the Alkek Velodrome, 281-646-7790, a state of the art cycling facility with track bikes available for rent.

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