Elizabeth Baldwin Park
This intimate inner-city park is landscaped with large oak trees underneath which are several chess tables where people gather for friendly games of checkers and chess. If you’re really serious, tournaments are held every Sunday. There are also jogging paths, a soccer field, a children’s playground and plenty of picnic areas. This tranquil spot is named after the wife of Rice University founder William Marsh Rice, and the daughter of Horace Baldwin, a one-time mayor of Houston in the 19th century. Needless to say, Elizabeth lived in the pre-air conditioned days of Houston and the natural, cool comfort provided by the shade of the mighty trees here is her invitation to step out of your refrigerated homes and cars and spend some time outdoors.