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Bellaire had its Centennial in 2008. For an ambulatory retrospective, print out the brochure for the Centennial History Walk (bellairehistoricalsociety.org) and hit the streets.
One stop on the tour is the “Toonerville Trolley,” nicknamed after a popular 1900s cartoon, which commemorates the streetcar that ran between Bellaire and Main Street between 1910 and 1927. The Bellaire Sesquicentennial Committee spearheaded the purchase of a similar trolley in 1985 and installed it where the waiting pavilion and a turnaround loop used to be.
With 14 parks, it’s easy to see green in Bellaire. Lafayette Park (4337 Lafayette St.) is home to the Officer Lucy Dog Park, so called for Bellaire’s late K-9 bloodhound. Another addition to the lineup is the 5-acre Evelyn’s Park (4400 Bellaire Blvd.), former home of Teas Nursery. Scheduled to be completed within the year, it now hosts Pop-Up in the Park, a monthly market, and the new Family Fit Day.
About a 10-minute drive from Bellaire proper is the Jade Buddha Temple, whose cheerful namesake resides in Hero’s Hall. Also in Chinatown is the Houston Vietnam War Memorial (11360 Bellaire Blvd.), honoring the partnership between South Vietnam and America with a representation of both soldiers.