Houston’s “Running Mecca” Memorial Park Gets A Facelift Full of History

Do you really know Houston’s most famous place to run, Memorial Park and why it’s called Memorial Park?  

Houston runners know it as the 2.87-mile loop (just call it 3 miles but who’s counting!). For many of us runners in this city, it would be hard to count how many miles we have logged along it crushed granite trails.

A closer look going back to Houston’s history shows a land mass twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more daily usage and runners than New York’s famous park.  Going back in time Memorial Park has been home to Native Americans, an orchard, grazing land, a logging operation and a military base for 34,000 soldiers who served in WW1 and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Camp Logan used a huge portion of what we now run and play golf on where soldiers trained before headed to Europe, many dying fighting for our country. And there lies the rest of the story and the “Memorial” that Memorial Park is named after.

Houston’s history shows a land mass twice the size of New York City’s Central Park with more daily usage and runners than New York’s famous park.  Going back in time Memorial Park has been home to Native Americans, an orchard, grazing land, a logging operation and a military base for 34,000 soldiers who served in WW1 and made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Camp Logan used a huge portion of what we now run and play golf on where soldiers trained before headed to Europe, many dying fighting for our country. And there lies the rest of the story and the “Memorial” in “Memorial Park”.

New breathtaking plans will bring new life to help Houstonians relive the rich history that is Memorial Park. For a rundown of more information on future park developments and what the newly designed park will look like, check out this Houston Chronicle article or view the 18-minute video above. The future looks bright with even more miles to run and bike on.