I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
This small, inviting, and pleasantly decorated city park located in Houston's Museum District is a gem! At just 1.15 acres, many people zip right past Bell Park and hardly notice it because the much larger Hermann Park is just a few blocks south.
But Bell Park is a charming urban oasis, and for people who live or work nearby, it offers an alluring place in which to get away from the day-to-day hustle and bustle if even for a few moments.
Some people might wish to stroll through the grounds with their dogs on a leash. In contrast, others might take the opportunity to eat their lunch under the shade of the spreading branches of giant live oak trees.
Soothing Water Sounds
There is a plaque inscribed with the following words:
A gift to the City of Houston
by Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Bell, Jr.
After being designed and landscaped, the park opened to the public in April of 1970.
Delightful water elements were a part of the overall design and are something that makes this urban oasis even more alluring. There is something so soothing about being able to gaze upon the ripples of water while hearing the sounds of falling water or fountains splashing.
The size of this pool might not be as grand as gazing upon larger bodies of water, such as the nearby Gulf of Mexico, but anyone who has a backyard fountain knows how entrancing and relaxing those water sounds can be.
Bridges Over Water
While bridges typically span water or a chasm of some type, they are also artistic forms, as is the case here. The bridge in Bell Park provides a decorative touch to the park in general and is a focal point.
Many people believe that bridges are symbols of harmony and hope, while others see them as places of transition. I would not doubt that perhaps some marriage proposals have occurred on one of those pleasing little bridges in Bell Park.
In addition to the spurting fountains, the falling water sounds coming from this spa-like area adds much to the ambiance of this inviting place.
The water flows through a concrete channel back into the main pool under a bridge. It is surrounded by ginger plants and what appears to be Louisiana iris plants and foxtail ferns. The landscaping of this charming little city park is well done.
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Benches in Bell Park
There are some more traditional park benches in Bell Park, but there were also some eye-catching designs that caught my eye. The sculpted, curved models, while unadorned, did remind me of some of the bench designs in Güell Park in Barcelona, Spain.
Envision an "S" shape made of concrete where one person faces one way, and next to them, the other person faces the opposite direction. Yet, they can turn their heads and discuss topics of interest because they are side-by-side.
I can envision that same couple (who might have used the bridge for a wedding proposal) sitting in these benches discussing their future life together.
Christopher Columbus Bronze Statue in Bell Park
This seven-foot bronze statue commemorates the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus' voyage across the ocean and discovering the Americas. Many changes came about because of that discovery!
Inscribed on a plaque at the base of the sculpture is the following:
Explorer / Map Maker
Donated to the City of Houston by the
Federation of Italian-American Organizations
of Greater Houston, Inc.
October 11, 1992
Sculptor Joe L. Incrapera
By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.
— Christopher Columbus
Joe L. Incrapera
Artist Joe L. Incrapera is a Houston,Texas, sculptor who studied various types of art in the countries of Spain, Italy, and India. His works are in numerous private as well as corporate collections.
Joe L. Incrapera's art reflects everything from realism, such as in this piece, to contemporary and also surrealistic art.
In the last photo shown of the Christopher Columbus statue, he is pointing at the Italian Cultural and Community Center across the street, which is adjacent to Bell Park.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the charming little city park located in Houston.
Sadly, due to vandalism, the statue of Christopher Columbus is now removed from Bell Park. It is in storage until further notice. You can read more about it at one of the links below.
- Museum Area Municipal Association: Bell Park
- From Fox 26 Houston: Statue of Christopher Columbus Moved from Houston Park
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© 2020 Peggy Woods