Recreation and Fitness

Westchase District Trails

 

Westchase District’s Library Loop Trail is a great option for fitness enthusiasts or anyone who would like to get out and enjoy some fresh air.

Regularly used by joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and pedestrians from dawn until dusk, the 1.35-mile trail loops east and west between the Robinson-Westchase Library, 3223 Wilcrest Drive, and the United States Post Office, 2909 Rogerdale

 

The trail runs north of and parallel to Richmond Avenue. Parking is available at the Library and at West Houston Assistance Ministries (10501 Meadowglen).  A four-piece exercise station is installed on the north side of the trail, about a quarter-mile from the eastern trail entrance on Rogerdale. Watch a series of how-to videos on using the equipment.

 

Butterflies add beauty

Immediately adjacent to the exercise station, Westchase District has planted a butterfly garden populated with flowers and plants that create a habitat for butterflies to lay their eggs and feed on. The garden features milkweed, hamelia, dwarf lantana, salvia, butterfly weed and verbena. Some are host plants (food source for larva) and some are nectar plants (food source for the adult butterfly.) The river rock bed and moss boulders provide a place for butterflies to perch and stay warm.

 

Be on the lookout for monarch butterflies here — particularly in October when they begin their fall migration. Texas is important in monarch migration because it is situated between the principal breeding grounds in the north and the overwintering areas in Mexico. Monarchs are known to travel between 50 and 100 miles a day, as they funnel through Texas en route to Mexico.

More trails underway

The Library Loop Trail is only the beginning.  Construction is now underway on the Brays Bayou Connector Trail which will run south from Richmond Avenue to Bellaire Boulevard.  This new 2.92-mile trail features underpasses at Richmond, Westpark Tollway and Bellaire, allowing trail users to enjoy the 1.95 mile trail entirely off-street. They’ll be able to start their route in Westchase District and connect all the way to Art Storey Park and Harris County’s trail network.

 

Here is a map of the entire trail network, illustrated to show current and planned trails.

 

Ped/Bike Plan

Westchase District has a long-term pededstrian/bicycle master plan. This plan’s purpose is to identify pedestrian and bicycling needs and recommend improvements prioritized according to agreed-upon goals to guide the expenditure of limited capital and operating resources for greenways, bikeways, and sidewalks. Click here to review the complete plan.

 

Quillian Center Offers Sports Leagues for Youth and Adults

 

Since 1958, Quillian Center, which is the sports and recreation ministry of First Methodist Houston, has served the Houston community with a wide range of high-quality recreational opportunities at its campus at 10570 Westpark Drive.  The facilities include an indoor gymnasium, game room and climbing wall.  Outdoor, you’ll find two lighted softball fields, an open air pavilion, soccer fields, a 400-meter fitness trail, playgrounds, and a beautiful aquatic venue which features a 25-meter pool, diving board, slides and the regionally-famous Noah’s Ark Pool.

 

Quillian Center offers a summer and winter youth basketball league, plus co-ed softball, men’s basketball, and men’s softball leagues.

 

Fun, Fair, Positive Soccer leagues also play at Quillian Center.

 

Working Out in Westchase District

 

There are six different health clubs in Westchase District.  From small personal training facilities to “big box” gyms, here’s a rundown of where to go to build up, slim down or improve your long-term fitness health.

 

24 Hour Fitness

10707 Westheimer

713-977-0057

www.24hourfitness.com

 

Fitness Connection

11320 Westheimer

281-870-1900

www.fitnessconnectionusa.com

 

LA Fitness

9603 Westheimer

713-470-4098

www.lafitness.com

 

Pro Physique Fitness

9630 Westheimer, Suite 500

832-651-3396

www.prophysiquefitness.net

 

TITLE Boxing Club

9630 Westheimer, Suite 600

713-637-4246

houston-westchase.titleboxingclub.com