One of Houston’s first master-planned subdivisions took form as Eastwood, an area of neatly laid out streets lined with early-Twentieth Century bungalows and trees east of downtown. In 1916, the City of Houston acquired a 10.8-acre site on Harrisburg Boulevard and established Eastwood Park.
A well-loved recreation spot for decades, the park underwent extensive renovation in the 1970s, necessitated by a fire at the Eastwood Community Center. Repairs and additions to the building were planned by William T. Cannady Associates, Architects, along with a new swimming pool complex, renovation to the park ball field and a new concession stand, a second tennis court, and renovated play equipment, picnic tables, and barbeque grills. City Council appropriated $1,268,000 to cover the costs.
In June 1982, the Houston Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented an Award of Distinguished Achievement to Eastwood Park. As the first public park on the east side, Eastwood has made an outstanding contribution to the environment of the City, an ongoing process through outstanding enhancements to the park.
New playground equipment was installed in 1995, and further improvements took place through the efforts of neighborhood groups in 1998. Community Involvement Day brought local civic clubs and groups of children to the park on October 24, 1998, and a new patio and extensive landscaping were put in near the community center. A new walkway was also installed. Community Involvement Day was sponsored by Keep Houston Beautiful.
The Boundless Playground at Eastwood Park, a $408,000 project, has been built through a partnership between CVS Caremark All Kids Can, Boundless Playgrounds, the Houston Parks Board, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Due to be opened to the public Saturday, February 20, the new playground has been designed to allow children of all abilities to play together, and will join playgrounds designed with a similar intent at Hermann, Memorial, Alief, and Tidwell Parks.
Other attractions at Eastwood Park include a ball field, an above-ground skate park, and picnic tables under beautiful old shade trees. The park has been a center for activity in the Harrisburg Drive community for decades, and new amenities will continue to add to its appeal.