Bell Park, Charming Urban Oasis in Houston, Texas
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This small, inviting and pleasantly decorated city park located at 4800 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77006 is a gem! Many people zip right past and hardly notice it because the much larger Hermann Park is just south of this 1.15 acre Bell Park located in the Museum District.
It 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 just stroll through the grounds with their dogs on a leash while others might take the opportunity to eat their lunch under the shade of the spreading branches of large 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 was 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 to be able to gaze upon the ripples of water while hearing the sounds of falling water or fountains splashing.
While the size of this pool might not be as grand as gazing upon larger bodies of water such as the nearby Gulf of Mexico, anyone who has a backyard fountain knows how entrancing and relaxing those water sounds can be.
Bridges over Water
While bridges are typically built to span water or a chasm of some type, they are also artistic forms as is obviously 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 little up spurting fountains in the pool of water, 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 and 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.
Benches in Bell Park
There are some more traditional park benches in Bell Park, but these eye-catching designs caught my eye. Can’t you just envision that same couple (who might have used the bridge for a wedding proposal) sitting in these benches discussing their future life together?
The sculpted, curved design, while unadorned, did remind me of some of the bench designs in Güell Park in Barcelona, Spain.
Christopher Columbus Bronze Statue in Bell Park
This seven-foot bronze statue was commissioned to commemorate 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
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, and his 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 located adjacent to Bell Park.
I hope you enjoyed this look at the charming little city park located in Houston.