Marmion Park | Houston Heights | Gazebo Photography Site
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My husband and I recently learned more about Marmion Park, which is located right along the beautiful Heights Boulevard. The Houston Heights is such a unique and beautiful neighborhood offering so many different amenities.
The dedication of Marmion Park took place on May 31st of 1986. Inscribed upon the plate is the following:
“Named for James B. Marmion, Sr. the last Mayor of the Houston Heights, Marmion Park honors past and current Heights residents who have preserved our neighborhood. The Houston Heights Association, which built the park, invites future residents to enjoy and expand the pride, love, and work expressed here.”
Several donor names, as well as donor organizations, follow this information.
Heights Association Properties
Marmion Park is one of three properties owned and operated by the Heights Association Properties for the express intent of public enjoyment. Donovan Park is a beautiful family-focused outdoor recreation and playground space. One can rent the nearby old Fire Station, as well as Marmion Park for special occasions.
Site for Ceremonies
Many wedding ceremonies occur in Marmion Park. It is also a favorite place for engagement photos. The price for four hours is $300 with a $200 deposit, which is very reasonable pricing. In the case of weddings, rice or birdseed cannot be used to toss at the newly married couple…only flowers or flower petals.
For smaller weddings the gazebo can accommodate chairs for 50+ people undercover in case the day chosen suddenly sports inclement weather. The gazebo has lights on at night. Everyone has to leave by 9 PM at the latest.
Dr. Denton Cooley
Many people know the name of the famous pioneering heart surgeon Denton Cooley. He and his operating room team accomplished the first successful human heart transplant in 1968 in the United States. A year later, he implanted an artificial heart into a human. He founded the Texas Heart Institute which operates out of St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in the famous Texas Medical Center located in Houston, Texas.
There is a Texas Historical Commission sign in Marmion Park. It reads as follows:
“Daniel Denton Cooley
(April 15, 1850 – November 22, 1933)
A native of Binghamton, New York, D. D. Cooley moved to Omaha, Nebraska as a young man. In 1887 he joined the American Loan and Trust Company. The company bought a tract of land northeast of Houston in 1891 and sent Cooley and other representatives to oversee its development the following year.
As General Manager of the Omaha and South Texas Land Company, formed by American Loan and Trust in 1892, Cooley had direct input into the design of the Houston Heights Community. Known later as the “Father of the Houston Heights,” he laid out the main street, Heights Boulevard, and built his home here in 1892-93. He continued to promote real estate in the area after the company was dissolved about 1895.
The first school in the neighborhood was named for Cooley, and he was a member of the school board. After Houston Heights was incorporated in 1896, he was elected an alderman. Cooley was a respected civic and business leader, whose interests included banking, insurance, railroads, real estate, and oil.
Married to Helen Grace Winfield (1860-1916) in 1883, Cooley was the father of three sons. He died in 1933 and is buried in Glenwood Cemetery. The Cooley home was razed in 1965.
Here is a bit of trivia that I read from the Heights Association Properties website. Two of the grandsons of D.D. Cooley, one of which was Doctor Denton Cooley, inherited the house and had no luck in selling it for $45,000 in the latter part of 1965 which is why it was torn down and finally demolished. The vacant lot is now the location of this magnificent park.
The credit for the image above is the following: MSS0248-0408, Houston Public Library, HMRC
Notice the turret on the roof of the Daniel Denton Cooley home and the top on the gazebo in this park. The designers of this Kaiser pavilion gazebo tried to simulate the one that at one time crowned the Cooley home on Heights Boulevard.
Group Activities in Marmion Park
Some examples of approved group activities which have taken place in this park through the years include the following:
- Valentine Weekend Adoptions with CAP + 4 other area animal welfare organizations, Feb. 8, 2011
- Free Concert by the Houston Heights Orchestra, June 30, 2012
- 11th Annual Heights Bicycle Rally & Scavenger Hunt, Oct. 2, 2016
- Houston Heights Sunrise Yoga at 7 AM, Nov. 12, 2016
- Heights Warrior Bootcamp, a full body sculpting fitness workout, Nov. 19, 2016
- 32nd Heights Fun Run, starting & ending with a race party in the park, June 3, 2017
Location of Marmion Park
This little tree-shaded park is a beauty. Some benches are here, but there are no picnic tables or playground equipment like at Donovan Park just down the street. If you are searching for the right wedding location in a park-like setting, you might wish to call the number above listed on the sign.
The location is at the corner of Heights Boulevard @ E. 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77008.