Bell Park: A Charming Urban Oasis in Houston, Texas

Updated on February 21, 2020
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Bell Park in Houston, Texas
Bell Park in Houston, Texas | Source

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.

Bell Park Sign
Bell Park Sign | Source

Soothing Water Sounds

There is a plaque inscribed with the following words:

Bell Park
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.

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Bell Park Water FeaturesBell Park Splashing Water Sounds
Bell Park Water Features
Bell Park Water Features | Source
Bell Park Splashing Water Sounds
Bell Park Splashing Water Sounds | Source

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.

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Bell Park BridgeBridges in Bell Park
Bell Park Bridge
Bell Park Bridge | Source
Bridges in Bell Park
Bridges in Bell Park | Source

Falling Water

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.

Falling Water in Bell Park
Falling Water in Bell Park | Source

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 Sculpture in Bell Park
Christopher Columbus Sculpture in Bell Park | Source

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:

Christopher Columbus
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

Christopher Columbus sculpture pointing at the Italian Cultural Center near Bell Park
Christopher Columbus sculpture pointing at the Italian Cultural Center near Bell Park | Source

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.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        4 days ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi C E Clark,

        Thanks for your comment on Bell Park. Do stay safe up there and enjoy the cooler weather.

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        C E Clark 

        4 days ago from North Texas

        Like so many of the parks in Houston that you have showcased in your articles, Bell Park looks so inviting, and you certainly show it at its best with your beautiful photos.

        Won't be long and the heat will descend on us for the summer here in Texas. Now is the time to enjoy the parks before that happens.

        Posting this article to AH & FB.

        Seems like the experts on this virus are saying it's going to get worse before much more time passes, and that the apex is near, after which it is predicted to turn around and comes back through.

        Please do take care, and stay well.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Manatita,

        I am pleased that you liked learning about Bell Park, and particularly that quote credited to Christopher Columbus.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Robert,

        That is true. Many people overlook smaller parks like this one and head on over to the larger ones in the area.

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        manatita44 

        7 weeks ago from london

        The park is charming all right and with some eye-catching designs. Some of the highlights are soothing and great for the soul.

        Columbus's quote is a benchmark of spirituality and hope for any sojourner.

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        Robert Sacchi 

        7 weeks ago

        There are many small parks that are missed by most. It is good you bring attention to such parks in the Houston area.

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Bushra Iqbal,

        We have many such parks in our city, although each one has something that makes it unique. In this case, the Christopher Columbus sculpture combined with the other features makes it distinct.

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        Aishatu Ali 

        7 weeks ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

        Lovely gift to the city!

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        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Linda,

        If you ever come to Houston, I would be happy to meet you. If you enjoy parks, we have a considerable number of them that would keep you busy for days and even weeks!

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        Linda Crampton 

        7 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        You are creating a great guide to Houston, Peggy. If I'm ever lucky enough to visit the city, I will visit the parks that you've described.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Audrey,

        Thanks for your comment. Bell Park truly is a charming little place.

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        Audrey Hunt 

        7 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Bell Park is as charming as it gets. The waterfall, sculptures, and benches are a welcome sight. I would love to take in all of this beauty including the Columbus statue. Houston offers a great variety of culture and I enjoy each of your articles on this amazing city.

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        7 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello Wajiha,

        It is my pleasure to show you our lovely Bell Park in Houston. Thanks for your comment.

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        Wajiha Attique 

        7 weeks ago from Pakistan

        Thank you for such a nice information

      • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Pamela,

        We do have more green spaces and parks compared to most other cities. I agree that the Christopher Columbus sculpture is a beauty.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Liz,

        We have so many beautiful parks in Houston and surrounding areas. If you liked this one, stay tuned to read about more!

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        8 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        This is another beautiful Houston park. I like the Christopher Columbus statue also. Houston seems to have more beautiful parks than so many other cities. Thanks for all the good information.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi FlourishAnyway,

        Most people overlook this delightful little park because the much more massive Hermann Park is nearby. It is a little gem of a park as you made mention.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hi Bill,

        We have a great many parks in Houston, as a matter of fact, we have more than most cities in the U.S. Stay tuned to see more of them in the upcoming days and months ahead.

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 weeks ago from UK

        I am enjoying this tour of Houston's parks. You have done an excellent job in describing Bell park, with great illustrations too.

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        Peggy Woods 

        8 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

        Hello April,

        Thanks for commenting on the video. It is one of the few that I have tried to make, and the water sounds that I found to accompany it seemed apt. Glad you liked this!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        8 weeks ago from USA

        What a wonderful park and place to spend time with your family. Thanks for sharing this great little gem.

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        Bill Holland 

        8 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        Because of you I feel like I've taken up residency in Houston. :)

        Any city which values parks is a good city in my opinion.Thanks again for the tour.

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        April 

        8 weeks ago

        I would like to visit Bell Park one day. I have never heard of it. I like the water sounds coming from the video, its soothing, and the pictures are beautiful.

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