Memorial Park is a 1466-acre green treasure and one of the largest urban parks in the United States. It is also the heart of Houston’s running community, offering fabulous paths in the greens along with spectacular views of Houston skyline.
A great choice for a “loop” is a crushed granite, 2.9-mile long Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail. The trail is lit and filled with other people running so you can feel safe even after dark. It also well-shaded and has restrooms and water fountains along the way. The route is accessible from all parts of the park, but a good option is to start from southeast corner. There you can find Memorial Park Running Trails Center, located at 7575 N. Picnic Lane, where you can leave your belongings to lockers or even go to shower after your run. At the northwest part of the route, near to the Tennis Center, you find quarter-mile asphalt timing track and a work-out station for cross-training. There is also some great off-road terrain, east of the Arboretum, west of Wescott.
New trees are being planted and other improvements to the park are underway, as the record drought in 2011 and hurricane Ike have shrank the number of trees in recent years.