Fox Memorial Park, originally started in 1911 with only 15 acres, has grown today to 170 acres of scenic beauty. In the early 1900s, flowers, shrubs and trees were planted to further beautify the hills of mature oak, hawthorn and wild apple. The entire park was landscaped and strolling paths developed.
Fox Memorial Park includes Clear Lake, which encompasses approximately 100 acres of the total park. Fox Memorial Park can be considered one of La Porte’s finest parks and it still contains much of its scenic beauty. The trees planted in the early 1900s have matured to provide a scenic environment.
Active recreational facilities have been developed at the park as the demand for such activities have increased. The park offers ball diamonds, including Ron Reed Field; playgrounds; picnic shelters; fishing; boating; and Thrills N Spills Skate Park. The park also contains the Dennis F. Smith Amphitheater, home to the Arts in the Park summer concert series and various festivals, which has been renovated and will be rededicated in 2021.
Clear Lake Boulevard was reconstructed in 2018 and a multi-use trail was built along the lake shore. In 2020, a boardwalk was completed as part of the trail along the southern shore of the lake. Plans call for the trail to ultimately loop the lake and connect to the recently constructed Chessie Trail.