Quiet city escapes
HOUSTON PARKS OFFER TRANQUILITY WITH A GREAT VIEW
Fountains offered peaceful
settings for those who
wanted to relax on breaks
at M.D. Anderson or to take
jogs after work. Herman
Park, Memorial and many
other parks offered great
places for athletes and
athletic individuals to work
out, relax and participate in
organized sports like Bear
Creek's soccer parks.
ALL THIS FROM A PARK
The inner-city based
Tranquility Park offered a
great view of downtown and
the municipal building
from the entrance of the
park. Houstonians would
visit the park at all hours
of the day for a peaceful
lunch, to chat or just to
stroll or jog along the
historical the city streets.
There were over 450 parks in the city of Houston, though only a hand full were
very well known in the city.
Named after its land donor, George Hermann, Hermann Park had over 3
million visitors to its 545 acres of park land a every year. Located near the
Museum District, it had such recreational extras as an outdoor ampitheater, a
large children's playground, Japanese gardens, and was one of the more popular
parks to visit in Houston.
"I like it. Its great, really peaceful, and I enjoy the events that are held at
the nearby Miller Outdoor Theatre," said freshman university studies major
Memorial park was the largest park in Houston. With over 1,500 acres of
land and 6 million visitor a year, it had a wide variety of attractions, such as a
swimming and athletics center, a golf course, a 6 mile bike trail, a jogging trail,
soccer and baseball fields, and more.
"I think its great. Its great for running and jogging, and its a great place to
just clear your mind and feel good," said sophomore education major Allison
Another park that took on a more serious piece in history was Moody Park.
May 8,1978, one year after the unjust murder of Jose Campos Torres1 by
Houston police officers, a Cinco de Mayo celebration took place there.
Gaining national attention in history as the "Moody Park Riot", police were
rioted against by many Hispanics during the celebration. At least forty were
arrested, and twenty were injured including two reporters. Many younger
Houstonians didn't even know about the history of the park.
"Wow, I didn't realize that such a small
park had such an important history
to Houston," said Husband.
Tranquility Park was a tribute to
space travel achievement by man. On
the entrance to the park, these words
greeted visitors with, "Houston,
Tranquility Base is here, the Eagle
has landed", the first words spoken
from the moon. The park served a
historical purpose due to Houston's
- Jennifer Mosquedo
MORE THAN JUST A PARK
Sam Houston Historical
Park had beautiful homes
which housed Houston's
earliest residents and
dated back to the mid
1800's. Sam Houston
Historical Park was the
original site for the
Houston zoo but was later
accommodated by the south
side of Herman Park.
park; named for the
founders of Houston,
the Allen brothers -
was the site which
the brothers first
choose for the City