Emancipation Park


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Look out for: A baseball field set to the backdrop of the cityscape
This storied park is the oldest in Houston, purchased by former slaves in 1872 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. It first served as a place for Juneteenth celebrations, and at some points during the Jim Crow, was the sole public park open to African Americans in the city. Its cultural significance remains, and after $30+ million renovations in 2017, the park now serves as a community center, featuring a plethora of sporting options—that baseball field with skyline views, an indoor gymnasium and outdoor basketball courts, lighted tennis courts with practice walls (first-come, first-serve), and a free summer season aquatics center.


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