Oyster Creek · Parks and Recreation · Pokemon Go

Oyster Creek Park and Trail

Oyster Creek Park is located off Highway 6 in Sugar Land, Texas.  The park features an amphitheater, picnic tables, grills, art, and a water feature with falls, a pond, and fountains.  The park is open from dawn to dusk although there is nothing to prevent you from being there before sunrise or after sunset other than the lack of lighting in some areas.  Pets are welcome on a leash.

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One of the fountains located on the Water Garden Loop.
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Water Garden Loop on a foggy morning.

In the past, this park hosted the Independence Day celebration/fireworks and other activities with the amphitheater serving as the epicenter of the festivities.  The amphitheater remains available for private functions but seems a bit pricey.  It can accommodate up to 500 people according to the Sugar Land website.  Now I usually see mommy and me fitness classes taking place under the canopy on the weekends.

Oyster Creek Park is a popular place for professional and amateur photographers.  I have seen people out there taking nature, quinceanera, prom, engagement, baby, and family photos.  Even my husband and I took a few unofficial engagement pics in the days gone by.

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There is a series of overhead power lines that run through the park.  The buzzing as you walk near or under them can be unnerving but they can also be beautiful in their own right.  Monk parakeets like to build nests in the power line towers.  There is one when you first enter Oyster Creek Park.  There is another at the entrance of Lost Creek Park.

Oyster Creek Park is also a sponsor of Arts In the Parks.  In 2011, the park hosted the Bernar Venet Sculpture Garden.  You can read more about it here.  There were seven large metal sculptures, one at the entrance and six around the main loop.

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In May 2015, OCP teamed up with the Houston Arts Alliance for Portable On Demand Art 2.0.  POD containers were transformed into art displays then placed on exhibit.  There was also the Open the Door exhibit with the Texas-French Alliance for the Arts.  A few of the doors remained on permanent display in the park.  Each door was painted by two artists, one from Texas and the other from France.

There are also several bronze statues in the park.  I have a suspicion that the artist is Asian.  Take a look and judge for yourself.  =)

Oyster Creek Trail is a 2.25 mile hike and bike trail that extends from Lexington Boulevard to Dulles Avenue.  I believe mile marker zero starts at Lexington; however, unless you live in the surrounding neighborhoods, you will need to park and access the trail at Oyster Creek Park off of Highway 6 or Lost Creek Park in the Creekshire subdivision.

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Lights do not line the entire length of the trail and are mostly limited to the parts that run next to the soccer fields at Lost Creek Park.  Walk at your own risk after dark, especially when the spiders are abundant.  Speaking of spiders, there are plenty of other inhabitants that may cross your path at one point or another.  It’s a great place for nature lovers such as myself.  I have seen various birds and raptors, squirrels, armadillos, rabbits, turtles, snakes, and alligators.

While you’re here, you might as well enjoy playing some Pokemon Go.  It’s a  great place to farm up slowpokes, psyducks, and magikarps.

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There is a gym and two pokestops at the start of the trail on Lexington.  You can also see the gym and pokestop at Lost Creek Park in the background which is accessible along the trail.
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Water Garden Loop at the Hwy 6 entrance – 1 gym and 13 pokestops, most of which are accessible while walking the loop.
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There always seems to be at least two to three lures active at any given time, often more during peak hours.

Here are a few shots of Pokemon Go zombies.

If you happen to visit, be sure to say hi if you see me jogging, biking, or chasing Pokemon through the park.  Have a great day!

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