Bellaire’s quirkiest park location — bordering the West Loop in the city’s northwest quadrant — has undergone a makeover and will be unveiled at a grand reopening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 26).
The festivities at Ware Family Park, 800 Jaquet Dr., will include a ribbon-cutting at 11:15 a.m., old-fashioned picnic games, crafts, hotdogs and other refreshments provided by Randalls and H-E-B — plus the chance to be among the first to try out jazzy (and special needs-inclusive) new play equipment — all free.
The event is hosted by the city of Bellaire and the Patrons for Bellaire Parks, which provided major funding for the play equipment, including a disk swing and shadow play swing set — designed to be inclusive for children of limited abilities. The parks support group is seeking to do the same at all the city’s smaller neighborhood parks.
The Bellaire Library will host a noon dedication of the city’s newest Little Free Library — an informal lending-and-donating library that’s part of an international movement to encourage reading.
Once known as Jaquet Park, the half-acre slash of greenspace was renamed for Louise and Henry Ware in 2009. The couple lived in Bellaire for more than a half-century, making their home on Jaquet, and Louise was the city’s first female mayor in the late 1970s.
The park is bordered by tall water oak and white ash on the west side, and by a towering wall of bamboo on the east, as a buffer from the feeder road and West Loop. It’s designed to serve the neighborhood, but its picnic tables and shade have made it a popular lunch spot for workers in nearby office buildings.