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Photos of Fleming Park in Houston, Texas

I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

Fleming Park in Houston

Fleming Park in Houston

Southhampton Neighborhood

One warm and sunny day last June, my husband and I decided to take a closer look at one of Houston's neighborhood parks. We had been passing by Fleming Park in our car for years. The large established oak trees with their magnificent outstretched branches are common in this particular locale. Many decades ago, the oak trees were planted and have grown into the beauties seen there today.

Southhampton was developed back in the 1920s by E.H. Fleming.

The Southhampton neighborhood is a beautiful part of Houston. Because of the proximity to the Texas Medical Center and downtown Houston, price tags of a million dollars or more for homes are not uncommon. Much larger homes now replace the small original bungalows originally there.

The civic association has done an excellent job maintaining the overall appearance and continuity of this beautiful neighborhood.

Park Sign

Park Sign

Fleming Park

The establishment of Fleming Park in 1926 happened at the same approximate time the planning took place for the rest of the neighborhood. It was an incentive for the early home buyers to wish to reside there.

In addition to their home yards and gardens, this park would have provided an outdoor environment to relax and give their children a special place to play.

Kitschy Playground Equipment

Some of the playground equipment looked retro! Some vintage-looking animals mounted on heavy-duty springs anchored into the ground give sweet rocking rides to little ones.

I looked up vintage playground equipment on the Internet. I found similar looking pieces for sale at price tags ranging from $200 to $400 or even higher. We saw what looked like a vintage rocking duck, among others.

What caught our eyes were the kitschy-looking monkey bars with the cowboy faces at either end. They even sported play holsters where their guns would have been!
When I was growing up in the 1950s with my younger brothers, cowboy hats and toy guns were commonplace, especially for little boys. Many grown-up men, who have ranches or attend rodeos, plus other people (both men and women) who like the look, still wear cowboy hats.

These particular playground cowboy figures are cute and undoubtedly bring a smile to many people's faces. There was plenty of other playground equipment as well. Unlike the molded plastic playground equipment as commonly seen today, much of this is of wood construction.

Old slides have undoubtedly entertained toddlers for decades. Other items like little bridges for youngsters to cross, swing sets, and even some chain ladders upon which to climb are in this inviting park space.

Amenities

Picnic tables and benches that have undoubtedly served as the site of numerous gatherings throughout the decades were well represented. Whether one wishes to have a simple lunch or snack or use these built-in facilities to rest for a while in the shade of the numerous trees, the picnic tables and benches serve a useful purpose.

We were impressed as to how clean and well-maintained Fleming Park was. We did not see any garbage strewn about in the park. The people visiting this park must care about its cleanliness and appearance.

We saw what looked like a father or perhaps an older brother and son playing some basketball on the first day of our visit. They were having fun together as well as getting some exercise in Fleming Park using the facilities. The two public tennis courts were also in action on the day of our visit. How nice for people in the area to have these amenities so close to where they live!

Because people living in the neighborhood mostly use this park, there are no restroom facilities. So if you come from a distance, keep that in mind.

Plenty of places to picnic in the park

Plenty of places to picnic in the park

Totem Pole Birdhouse

One of the more unusual items found in this park, along with those vintage playground equipment items, was the appearance of a birdhouse constructed to look like a totem pole.

It stands fifteen feet high, and this "Bird Totem" was created in 1991 by an artist and professor whose name is Fletcher Mackey. Fletcher Mackey has a Master of Fine Arts degree, and this is just one of many of his public art pieces gracing Houston. There is a plaque affixed to the totem specifying that it was "Commissioned by the Friends of Fleming Park."

Construction of the totem pole birdhouse uses cypress and cedarwood plus ceramic, copper, and painted steel. It is an eye-catching beauty! Spotted were many birds on that hot day resting on the branches of those old oak trees. I wonder how many birds have called that totem birdhouse home through the years? I would venture a guess that it is many!

Location

You can find Fleming Park at 1901 Sunset Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005.

Whether one lives nearby and can walk or have to drive from a location further away, this neighborhood park offers much in the way of amenities as well as sheer beauty. I am so glad that we took a closer look at it. It is a delightful green space that one can never have too many in a city the size of Houston.

Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.

— John Muir

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© 2021 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2021:

Hi Vidya,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed this virtual visit to Fleming Park. That retro playground equipment does bring back some fun childhood memories. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2021:

Hi Devika,

It is such a pleasure to share parks like this in Houston with you and others. Yes, Houston has many attractions for travelers to our area. I appreciate your comment.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 12, 2021:

Great article Peggy. Makes us want to visit Forming park . Beautiful pics. Brings back our childhood days. 'Let's go to the party' was our favorite line. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 12, 2021:

Peggy W I like the places you share and the photos you have with it. Houston sounds a great idea for travelers.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 12, 2021:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

I think those old-fashioned cowboy pieces are especially cute in the playground. So glad you liked seeing them in this pretty park. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada,

Like you, I love spending time in nature. Thanks for leaving a comment on this article about Fleming Park. While it is not the largest park, it does have some unique features worth visiting.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 11, 2021:

What a beautiful park with mature trees. I would love to live near this park. Those pieces of playground equipment are really cute too! Brings back the memories.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2021:

Hi EK Jadoon,

I am so pleased that you enjoyed learning about Fleming Park. Blessings to you too!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2021:

Hi MG,

Spending time in New York must be fun for you. We are much less densely populated compared to NY and have plenty to offer visitors. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2021:

Hi Linda,

Fleming park does have some unique features that make it special. Thanks for your comment and interest.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 10, 2021:

A beautiful park, with natural surroundings. Your description about the Fleming park, and the gorgeous pictures makes it worth visiting.

I like to spend as much time as possible, in the midst of Nature. The quote by John Muir is spot on.

Thank you for sharing this excellent information.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on May 10, 2021:

That was an interesting read, peggy. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos of Fleming park.

Blessings...

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi John,

Agreed! The heat is already coming in waves. We look forward to the cool fronts this time of year, and all summer, for that matter. The normal for today is 85, but we hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit. With the humidity, it felt like the upper 90s. In a few days, we will enjoy another cool down to the upper 70s and low 80s for a couple of days. We take what we can get this time of year!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi Brenda,

The birds may pick up crumbs from people picnicking in the park, along with their usual diet. Yes, I think that kids of all ages like those cowboys! I know that I did! Most of the people using this park probably just go home to use restrooms.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi Mary,

You would have to live here a long time to see the many great parks in our area. The vintage playground equipment is so cute, and that totem pole birdhouse is amazing. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi Iqra,

Yes, we are blessed with an abundance of many parks in the Houston metro area. We need to thank the many community development leaders for their foresight in seeing the need for them. Many of them have unique features setting them apart from others. Thanks for appreciating this one and for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thanks for the greetings! Sending blessings your way today!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on May 10, 2021:

Peggy, you wrote a nice article and so wonderful pictures along when I was seeing these pictures I was reminded of similar ones in the hanging Garden in Mumbai. I haven't been to this place and hope to make it someday. Somehow whenever I come to America I get boxed in New York

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 09, 2021:

I enjoy learning about the neighborhood parks in your part of the world. This one sounds like another park that would be very pleasant to visit.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

I guess there are a few other dates around the world celebrating Mother's Day. We should celebrate our wonderful mothers every day of the year! Thanks for your comment.

John Murphree from Tennessee on May 09, 2021:

Looks like a lovely place to be in the spring, before the heqt of the summer

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 09, 2021:

Those cowboys are interesting. I bet the kids love them.

I wonder if anyone feeds the birds in that totem pole.

I kinda doubt it, but it's a unique house for them.

I'd hate to think of no bathroom, but with covid days were getting used to that sort of thing.

Have a great day.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 09, 2021:

Love the birdhouse and would like to see the vintage playground equipment. I had been to Houston but did not have a chance to see all the parks you featured here.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Alex,

As you wrote, Fleming Park is a charming credit to the neighborhood. I loved learning about that unique totem pole birdhouse. I am glad you also liked seeing it. Thanks for your comment.

Iqra from East County on May 09, 2021:

Wow another beautiful place, Houston ranks first among the nation's 10 most populous cities in total acreage of parkland.

Peggy great effort & thanks for sharing interesting park with photo.

Good job and keep it up.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 09, 2021:

A very Happy Mother’s Day to you, Peggy

Sorry I was about to write it in the previous comment but by mistake pressed the submit comment button

Blessings and Love with lots of smiles

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 09, 2021:

Peggy, we celebrated Mother’s Day on 2nd May in Spain

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Misbah,

Thanks for virtually visiting this beautiful park in Houston. It has some unusual and eye-catching aspects, which make it unique. I hope you are enjoying this lovely Mother's Day in your part of the world.

Alex on May 09, 2021:

Fleming Park is another fine example of the diversity of a huge metropolitan city like Houston. It is absolutely charming and a credit to the neighborhood. The totem pole birdhouse is very eye catching and unique.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 09, 2021:

Hi Liz,

The retro play equipment was fun to discover, and that totem pole to house birds is certainly unique and eye-catching. Yes, many UK names are replicated over here in the U.S. Thanks for being the first to make a comment about Fleming Park. Enjoy your day and Happy Mother's Day!

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on May 09, 2021:

Thanks a lot for creating this beautiful hub, Peggy. It was a good read. I enjoyed seeing the photos as well. The park looks lovely. Oak trees are really majestic as can be seen in the photos. Cowboy monkey bars and swings everything looks very good. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

Blessings and Love

Liz Westwood from UK on May 09, 2021:

This is a thorough review of an interesting park. I see what you mean about the retro play equipment. It certainly has character. The totem pole looks eye-catching. The absence of restrooms is a useful point to include. I am often intrigued at how place names are replicated from the UK. We have a Southampton on the south coast in the UK.

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