Address: 4800 Montrose
Houston, TX 77005
Phone: H.P.A.R.D. Permits Office: 832.394.8805
H.P.A.R.D. Information: 832.395.7000
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Bell Park consists of 1.15 acres, a city block fronting on Montrose Boulevard. It is a favorite spot for Museum District walkers and for picnic lunches for nearby office workers.
Once a vacant lot, the property was donated to the city by the Gramercy Company in the person of C.C. Bell, who had owned it since 1946. The deed dated October 31, 1967, states that it is donated and conveyed to the City of Houston “… for the purposes of providing a retreat for reflection and thought, to promote the happiness of the people of Houston, to add to the enjoyment of those who would pause and retreat momentarily from the increasing tension of modern and future society and to express forever Donor’s appreciation to the people of Houston for helping create a climate conducive to success ….” It goes on to state that it will be designated a public park permanently named Bell Park.
A conceptual plan for the park was created by S.I. Morris of S.I. Morris and Associates, Architects, and construction began in 1968. The park was dedicated and opened to the public in April 1970. Its layout includes extensive landscaping and shade, and features a fountain.
On October 11, 1992, the day before the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus, a 7’ bronze statue of the explorer was donated to the city by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Greater Houston. It stands in Bell Park.
In September 2013, the Houston Parks Board undertook replacing the aging irrigation system in Bell Park. At the same time, it began landscaping work, tree trimming, and repair of trees damaged in Hurricane Ike.