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2009 Freedom Days
Houston Parks and Recreation Department
News Release
Friday, July 03, 2009

Fourth of July weekend traffic will be heavy in Hermann Park
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department encourages you to ride METRORail

Thousands of people will flock to Hermann Park during the July 4th Holiday Weekend to enjoy its many attractions.  The Playground for All Children, Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, the Kinder Train Station, and the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop, are all popular destinations during this busy holiday weekend.  The Miller Outdoor Theatre will attract thousands of spectators to its July 4th Houston Symphony Concert at 8 p.m. and fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Park visitors have expanded parking options thanks to an agreement with Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza.  Hermann Park visitors can use the parking garage located at 6400 Fannin, next to the Hermann Professional Building on weekends. The current maximum rate for weekends is $6.00 (subject to change by Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza) and visitors have the option of paying by cash or credit card.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department still urges patrons to carpool or ride METRO’s bus system or METRORail, which goes right past Hermann Park. Riders can catch METRORail at the Fannin South Park and Ride lot located at 1604 West Bellfort or park downtown and catch METRORail at any of the downtown rail stations. Riders can disembark at Hermann Park/Rice University Station, at Fannin and Sunset; Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo, at North MacGregor and Ross Sterling or the Museum District Station, between Ewing and Binz to access all of Hermann Park’s amenities.

Park patrons are also advised to:

  • Be aware that it is no longer possible to turn left into Hermann Park.  Pay attention to the “No Left Turn” signs posted along the light rail track
  • Be aware that Golf Course Drive will only allow one-way traffic southbound from the Sam Houston Monument to MacGregor
  • Know that HPD, METRO police and Urban Park Rangers will direct traffic at all intersections on MacGregor, Fannin and Golf Course Drive

Houston TranStar will coordinate freeway changeable-message signs on SH 288 to communicate traffic information to motorists.  Portable message signs will also be placed around the park to provide additional information to park visitors.  Check traffic conditions before venturing out to the park. Information is available at

Hermann Park is home to the Houston Zoological Gardens, the Museum of Natural Science, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and a neighbor to the Museum District.  Hermann Park offers a host of amenities from hike and bike trails to McGovern Lake’s pedal boats and the upgraded miniature train. 

For more information on the METRORail system, including a map schedule and fares, call METROLine at 713- 635-4000 or visit  For more information about the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, call 713- 865-4537 or visit

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