2018-03-01 / Amenities

Waterfront park playground for all


A ‘pirate ship’ provides a playscape suitable for kids of all ages at Roberts Point Park. The park also features pavilions, areas for a variety of games, including basketball and sand volleyball courts. A ‘pirate ship’ provides a playscape suitable for kids of all ages at Roberts Point Park. The park also features pavilions, areas for a variety of games, including basketball and sand volleyball courts. Roberts Point Park has it all.

Watch gigantic vessels cruise through the channel, catch a redfish, buy a pound of fresh shrimp, or have a picnic while your kids play on new playground equipment.

The city park sits on 50 acres and is located adjacent to the famous Port Aransas ferry landing.The park also is a great place to launch your boat, stroll along the waterfront and watch for dolphins and pelicans.

Construction to repair Hurricane Harvey-damaged boat slips has already begun and is expected to be complete by the end of September.

The park is named after the Roberts family, one of the oldest fishing families on Mustang Island.

It has a special-events pavilion — named after the late fishing enthusiast Fred Rhodes — that serves as a venue for fishing tournaments, festivals, awards presentations and picnics. The pavilion has a stage for performances and other local events.

The picnic pavilion in the park has tables with shade. Washer toss games, shuffleboard lanes and a bocce court are nearby. Equipment for those games is available at the harbormaster’s office in the center of the parking area.

The park also has a basketball court, a sand volleyball court and a soccer field.

The park’s Patsy Jones Amphitheater serves as a music venue for concerts that are presented to the public free of charge on the second Friday of each month from April through October.

There is a mile-long bulkhead that doubles as a walking, jogging and cycling trail that also is a great feature of the park. The J.P. Luby Fishing Pier is closed due to damage caused by the storm, but there are plenty of areas to fish from along the trail that have benches and palapas.

The park’s playground is set with slides and swings.

The Tom and Corabelle Keeler Observation Tower is where you want to be if you want to get a bird’s-eye view of the park and the ship channel. From there, you’ll be able to watch as ships of all sizes and nationalities pass in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. You can also eyeball the ferries carrying vehicles back and forth from Port Aransas to Harbor Island, boats docked at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor and dolphins swimming alongside boats in the channel.

Watch weekly issues of the South Jetty for information on the various events scheduled at the park.

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