Once all the signs are up sometime in early 2019, visitors to the Houston Arboretum can expect to pay for their parking at the nature facility — except on Thursdays when parking will continue to be free.
The park and its trails are still free, but for anyone other than arboretum members, it will cost $1 per hour for a maximum of $5 a day to bring your car along. Parking entrances are off Woodway or I-610. Payment will be by meters or the ParkMobile app and there are 282 parking spaces to be had.
Houston City Council decided on the change in December 2015 — no word why it took so long to implement — in an effort to provide some financial support for the restoration efforts and programming at the arboretum.
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Should you be a frequent visitor to the park, consider becoming a member. "Individual memberships are $40, family memberships are $75, and seniors and military personnel can join for $30," the arboretum's press release states which means given enough visits, you could work off that parking charge. Membership also gets discounts and priority registration for children's events.