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Discovering the Hidden Gem: A Guide to Helen’s Park 

Discovering the Hidden Gem A Guide to Helen's Park

Here’s a fun fact for nature lovers out there: Houston is home to over 380 public parks!  Despite some famous locations stealing the scene, like Memorial Park and Hermann, the little known Helen’s Park remains a standout destination especially among locals. 

Helen’s Park is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of the Montrose neighborhood. Although privately owned, it’s open for the public to enjoy its serene and secluded location within the park fences. 

With its peaceful surroundings and lush landscaping, the park is the perfect spot for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Let’s take a closer look at what Helen’s Park has to offer.

What is Helen’s Park?

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Helen’s Park is named after Helen Dallerup Williams and is now privately owned by the Braeswood Place HOA. Her late husband donated the money to build the park, and set up the Myron William Trust to keep it in tip-top shape. 

Among all the parks in Houston, Helen’s Park remains one of our personal favorites! Although it doesn’t have acres upon acres of greenery and amenities to accommodate its visitors, Helen’s Park is a quaint little nook nestled right in the heart of Montrose. 

In fact, you won’t even find it on Google Maps! So finding Helen’s Park is an adventure in itself! 

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If you’re in the mood for some quiet reflection, Helen’s Park is the place to be. This park is seriously peaceful – perfect for some meditation or just taking a quiet break from the craziness of life.

The park is meticulously maintained, with colorful flowers and plants on display all year round. And the palm trees? They’re seriously impressive, creating a tropical vibe that’ll transport you to paradise!

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You can follow along the park’s pathways and explore all its features at your own leisurely pace. If you need a breather, don’t worry – there are tons of benches around the park, so you can take a load off and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. 

Things to Do in Helen’s Park 

Take a Stroll Along the Meandering Brook

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One of the things we never miss out on in Helen’s Park is the brook that winds its way through the whole place. Seriously, it’s the best part of the park! 

We find the sound of the water relaxing and peaceful. The lush greenery, rocks, and colorful flowers in the backdrop adds to the magic of the place.

You can follow the winding sidewalks that run alongside the brook and take in all the beautiful scenery. The whole experience is a wonderful way to experience the peaceful ambiance of the park. 

Walk the Pathways with Vine-Laden Wooden Frames and Trellises

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If you’re looking for a romantic spot to take a stroll, Helen’s Park has got you covered! The park boasts some truly unique features, like its vine-laden wooden frames and trellises that add a touch of charm to the park’s already beautiful scenery.

As you wander down the winding pathways, you’ll be greeted by these picturesque structures, adorned with vibrant flowers and lush green vines. They not only make for great photo opportunities, but also provide some much-needed shade on hot days.

If anything, with the romantic vibe it gives off, Helen’s Park can be a great location for a first date, a second, or even the place you pop the big question!

Appreciate the Beauty of the Mosaic Fountain

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The mosaic fountain, located right in the center of the park, is definitely worth a visit as well. The intricate and eye-catching tilework is beautiful especially when the sunlight bounces off of the water! 

There are benches all around the fountain, so it’s a perfect place to take a load off and take a couple of pictures. Plus, the fountain has a shallow pool that’s like a magnet for kids who wanna splash around. 

And you can even throw a coin in there for good luck, which is a Helen’s Park tradition!

Capture Memories with Photos

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For the Instagram and photography buffs, we heavily suggest going to Helen’s Park – it’s the perfect spot for your next photoshoot. 

Seriously, this park has it all – beautiful landscaping, tall palm trees, and super cute trellis-covered walkways that make the perfect backdrop for all kinds of photos.

You can wander through the park’s winding paths and check out all the lush greenery and colorful flowers. So whether you’re just looking for some casual snaps or you’re planning a fancy portrait, Helen’s Park is the spot for you.

The park is a popular place for special-event photoshoots, but it’s especially popular for couples taking engagement photos. Take it from us, the rustic vibe and the romantic setting will make for photos all your friends will envy! 

Go Bird Watching

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If you’re a bird lover, Helen’s Park is the place to be! From tiny finches to majestic hawks, the park is a birdwatcher’s paradise. 

The peaceful setting also creates the perfect opportunity to listen to the melodious chirping of our feathered friends. 

Pro Tip: Try to be as quiet as you can especially along the wooded area near the edge of the park. After only a few minutes of waiting, you should hear the birds that call the trees in Helen’s Park home. 

Things to Remember When Inside the Park

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To ensure the park remains peaceful and clean for everyone, there are a few rules in place for the visitors.

  • Disruptive activities like cycling, jogging, running, skateboarding, and skating are not allowed on the pathways to maintain peace. 
  • To ensure a peaceful environment at the park for visitors, playing loud music isn’t allowed in the park.  
  • Electric scooters, E-bikes, and the like are not allowed, except when used for those with disabilities.
  • Taking photos discreetly and with discretion in the park is allowed, but taking videos is prohibited. 
  • Pets are allowed in the park, but owners need to pick up after their pet’s waste and keep them on a leash. 
  • Bringing food and drinks, selling of any sort, and posting of signs are not allowed in the park. 
  • No extra seating or furniture can be brought into the park. Enjoy the many benches at the park. 
  • The park can’t be used as a venue for games, sports, recreational activities, or events of any kind. 

Where is Helen’s Park?

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Helen’s Park is a well-kept secret nestled in the heart of Southside Place, located in the northern region of Braeswood Boulevard. It’s often referred to as the “hidden garden” by locals.

To find this elusive park, you’ll need to look closely between the Family Weekend YMCA and the McGovern Stella Link Neighborhood Library. Behind the Sheltering Arms Senior Services building lies a magical oasis, waiting to be discovered. 

Once inside, visitors are transported to a peaceful haven, a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. Helen’s Park is truly a sight to behold, and its secluded location only adds to its charm.

Address7301 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX 77025, United States
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Park Hours7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Parking at Helen’s Park:

When visiting Helen’s Park, finding a parking spot might require a bit of exploration. Here’s a few suggestions:

  1. Park across the street – Make sure to review any posted signs or inquire with a resident to avoid getting towed.
  2. Park at the YMCA – Double-check for any towing notices before leaving your vehicle. 
  3. Park at the library – Although unconventional, you can access Helen’s Park by following a small unpaved path that runs to the right of the building
  4. Park at Braes Boulevard – Located a block down the street behind Helen’s Park, parallel to Stella Link, you’ll find a parking lot for McGovern Park. There’s a path that leads through to Helen’s Park. 
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