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News Release
Thursday, July 01, 2010

July 4th Weekend Traffic Will Be Heavy In Hermann Park
The Houston Parks and Recreation Department Urges You to Use 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. The Miller Outdoor Theatre will attract thousands of music lovers to its July 4th Houston Symphony concert and fireworks display, and all these attractions will bring heavy traffic to the park.   

Hermann Park generally experiences heavy traffic during warm weather holidays. To beat the traffic jams and parking challenges, visitors have expanded parking options, thanks to an agreement with Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza.  Hermann Park visitors can now 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 urges patrons to carpool or ride METRO’s bus system or METRORail to 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 have three disembarking options to choose from once they arrive at Hermann Park: Hermann Park/Rice University Station, at Fannin and Sunset; Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo Station, at Cambridge and Ross Sterling; or the Museum District Station, between Ewing and Binz to access all of Hermann Park’s amenities.

If you feel your car is a necessity, be prepared to wait, because Hermann Park has limited parking that may be overtaxed during this extreme peak period.  Park visitors will need to be ready for delays and should have contingency plans. Park patrons are also advised to:

  • Be aware that it is no longer possible to turn left into Hermann Park from Cambridge and Fannin.  Pay attention to the “No Left Turn” signs posted along the light rail track
  • Be aware that Hermann Park Drive will only allow one-way traffic southbound from the Sam Houston Monument to Cambridge Street
  • Know that HPD’s Mobile Response Team (MRT), METRO Police and Urban Park Rangers will direct traffic at all intersections on Cambridge Street, Fannin and Hermann Park 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 http://www.houstontranstar.org/.

Hermann Park is home to the Houston Zoological Gardens, the Museum of Natural Science, Miller Outdoor Theatre, and is 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.  Renovations have only enhanced its reputation as a place for families to have fun together.

For more information on the METRORail system, including a map, schedule and fares, call METROLine at (713) 635-4000 or visit http://www.ridemetro.org/.  For more information about the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, call (832) 395-7022 or visit http://www.houstonparks.org/.




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