For complete information on Houston parks, go to the City of Houston Parks & Recreation Department.
Parks near Marilyn Estates include:
- Burnett Bayland Park – 6000 Chimney Rock
- Chimney Rock Park – 11655 Chimney Rock
- Gail Reeves Park – 8800 Mullins
- Godwin Park – 5101 Rutherglenn*
- Meyerland Park – 5151 Jason
- Westbury Park – 5635 Willowbend*
- Willow Park – 10400 Cliftwood
- Willow Waterhole* (see complete info below)
*closest to Marilyn Estates
In addition, Harris County Precinct Three has Bayland Park, located at 6400 Bissonnet. In addition to the usual park facilities, it has a community center that accommodates early voting.
The City of Bellaire has a number of nearby parks but many of their facilities require that you be a Bellaire resident. However, the Nature Discovery Center in Bellaire’s Russ Pitman Park is open to the general public and is an excellent facility for adults and children alike.
Southwest-area dog parks include the City of Houston’s Levy Park and Ervan Chew Park. For information on those parks, click here.
The closest dog park is the City of Bellaire’s Officer Lucy Dog Park at 4337 Lafayette.
A very popular park is Harris County Precinct Three’s Danny Jackson Family Dog Park at 4828½ Loop Central Drive. It is only 5¼ miles away at Westpark just inside the 610 West Loop.
For information on other Houston-area and Harris County dog parks, click here.
Willow Waterhole Greenspace Park
Just about 2 miles south of Marilyn Estates is the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Park, a 279-acre combination stormwater-detention site and nature preserve. It is located generally between Westbury High School and South Post Oak. Click for a recent Houston Chronicle article about the park.
Willow Waterhole will have a total of six compartments constructed to eventually bring a great deal of our area out of the 100-year flood plain. Several compartments have been completed and now have permanent wet-bottom lakes.
The Harris County Flood Control District owns the land and makes the unexcavated portion available to Houston Parks and Recreation for use as a park. In addition, the Brays Oaks Management District has expanded its boundaries eastward to enclose the park; this will help provide a funding stream for future park amenities.
The project already has two gazebos, some trails and a pedestrian bridge. There also are picnic tables and benches in addition to a water fountain. Willow Waterhole has a Conservation Reserve including wildlife habitat, natural greenspace, aquatic habitat, aerial habitat for birds and wetlands. Avid birders have identified at least 100 species of birds visiting the site.
Plans include a variety of trails, educational facilities, bird observatories, an open-air theatre, a deck for telescopes to observe the sky, a dog park, flower garden, adequate parking and more. In time, Willow Waterhole will fulfill its objective as a superb flood-control project as well as an opportunity to experience nature in an urban location.