Lawndale/Wayside offers a real mix of parks and outdoor spaces. Like much of Houston, bayous define the topography. Brays Bayou meanders through the area on its way to Buffalo Bayou. The municipal Gus Wortham Golf Course features bridges and natural waterways and hugs the bayou. Beautiful trees and wide-open spaces make the course accessible for golfers of any level. There's also a full driving range for warming up and pro shop lessons available: the fees for all of this are reasonable.
The recently-renovated Spurlock Park sits in the beautiful Idylwood neighborhood. Children love the swings, hills, and majestic oaks. It is wheelchair-accessible.
Brays Bayou bisects the 104-acre Mason Park, founded in the 1920s. This free facility features baseball and soccer fields, a swimming pool, tennis courts, playgrounds, and a 1.4-mile hike-and-bike trail, as well as another golf course. The true heart of the park is the Mason Community Center, which offers a range of sports and other activities as well as a weight room, a club, and a stage for community events. The surrounding wetlands provide a beautiful natural backdrop. Leashed pets
are allowed, and your dog will love the wide open spaces here.
Mason Park offers a number of regular events. Health-minded individuals can attend the family health expo for free every November, as well as annual wildflower and tree-planting events.
After moving to you Lawndale/Wayside apartment, be sure to check out the Villa de Matel Convent, home to the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. The chapel sits amid beautiful wooded grounds and includes gorgeous stained glass windows and marble columns. The Sisters host annual choral music concerts and spiritual retreats.