Photos of Fleming Park in Houston, Texas
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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 it in our car for years.
The large established oak trees with their magnificent outstretched branches are common in this particular locale. They were lovingly planted many decades ago.
Southhampton was developed back in the 1920s by E.H. Fleming.
The Southhampton neighborhood is a beautiful part of Houston where it now takes a fair amount of money to live there because of the proximity to the Texas Medical Center as well as downtown Houston.
Price tags of a million dollars or more for homes are not uncommon. Most of the small bungalows have gradually been replaced with larger homes, and the civic association has done an excellent job in maintaining the overall appearance and continuity of this beautiful neighborhood.
Fleming Park was established in 1926 at the same approximate time the rest of the neighborhood was laid out. 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 been an outdoor environment in which to relax and give their children a special place to play.
Vintage Playground Equipment
Some of the playground equipment looked retro! There were some vintage looking animals mounted on heavy duty springs anchored into the ground that would have given sweet rocking rides to little ones.
I looked up vintage playground equipment on the Internet and found similar looking pieces for sale at price tags ranging from $200 to $400 or even higher. Note the vintage rocking duck in the foreground in the photo above.
Cowboy Monkey Bars!
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. Cowboy hats are still worn by many grown-up men who have ranches or attend rodeos as well as other people (both men and women) who like the look.
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 was made 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 were furnished in this inviting park space.
Picnic tables, as well as benches which 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.
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 by the name of 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.”
I read that the totem pole birdhouse was constructed by using cypress and cedarwood along with some ceramic as well as copper and steel that has been painted. 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!
We saw what looked like a father or perhaps an older brother and son playing some basketball on the 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 in Fleming Park were also being used on the day of our visit. How nice for people in the area to have these amenities so close to where they live!
Whether one lives nearby and can walk to Fleming Park or have to drive from a location further away, this neighborhood park offers much in the way of amenities as well as sheer beauty.
Location of Fleming Park: 1901 Sunset Blvd., Houston, Texas 77005.