4801 East 50th Street
Odessa, TX 79762
Phone: (432) 362-1500
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Stop by the UTPB campus to witness a sight that you would otherwise have to travel to England to see. The University of Texas of the Permian Basin Stonehenge is a marvelous replica of the ancient Stonehenge in England. The replica is made up of 70 blocks of limestone salvaged from a nearby quarry, each of which weighs over 20,000 pounds. While the Odessa Stonehenge is remarkably similar in appearance to the original, the overall height falls short by about 3 feet. Nevertheless this modern day monument makes for quite a stunning sight. While the original benefits from an aura of mystery, the Stonehenge at Odessa stands as a testament to the determination of the people who are responsible for its creation and their desire to enrich the city's cultural landscape in this rather ingenious way. The Stonehenge is located off the I-20 on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
Containing three different galleries, the Ellen Noel Art Museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, brings art to the people in Odessa. With a total space of almost 20,000 square feet (6096 square meters), each room has a different atmosphere to highlight and show off different and unique types of art. With both permanent and ever-changing exhibits, the quality of art is sure to be high. The museum first opened in 1985 and has been providing access to art to visitors and residents alike ever since. Classes and camps for adults and children are available through the non-profit museum.
Whether you are an alumni, current, or prospective student, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a campus worth visiting. The campus features a replica of Stonehenge, the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, and a nationally accredited business school. Home of the falcons, UTPB is also proud of its reputation and involvement in research to better the economy of the Permian Basin.
Located at the intersection of Lakeview Drive and Byron Avenue, on the University Boulevard, Freedom Park of Odessa, TX is wedged between YMCA, Jim Parker Park and Lakeview Park. The small urban park can be found about 2 miles (3.22 kilometers) west of U-Tex of Permian Basin. Featuring several benches that get many takers as lunchtime approaches, the Freedom Park also includes a pretty duck pond and walking path. Established by the Oasis Foundation in the year 1976, the park often hosts community and social events.
This ranching headquarters was originally built in 1917. Jim Parker bought the house in 1934, and it has since been considered a historical gem of Odessa. The Cotswold style house opened to the public in 1996 as the Parker House Museum and features exhibitions that reflect the ranching and county history. The museum annually showcases the legacy of local ranching families with interviews, photos, and artifacts. Admission is free of charge, although donations are greatly appreciated.
The brainchild of a high school teacher, the Globe of the Great Southwest is a replica of the theater in London at which Shakespeare's masterpieces were performed. An octagonal building with 418 seats, the intimate theater helps one to appreciate plays just like they were seen so many hundreds of years ago. On the same ground is a writer's garden including a labyrinth and a replica of Anne Hathaway's cottage which may be rented out for various purposes. Each month, the Brand New Opree presents a live country show at the Globe and a yearly Shakespeare Festival is held as well.
The official location for the annual Juneteenth parade, Woodson Park is one of the best recreational facilities in Odessa. It also houses the Woodson Family Aquatic Facility, which has pools, playgrounds and water slides for the entire family to enjoy. A Community Center is also part of the premises, which can be hired as a venue for private events. Epitomizing the alpha and omega of recreation in the city, Woodson Park is 13 acres of complete fun.
Standing eight feet (2.44 meters) high, Jack Ben Rabbit is the world's largest jack rabbit statue and has become a historical landmark in Odessa. The statue is also named after Attorney General John Ben Sheppard, the former Odessa Chamber of Commerce President. The statue has also sparked the interest of the arts community, as other themed jack-rabbit statues have been popping up around town, such as the "Fiesta Hare" and the "Big Sky Bunny."
Known as the "world's largest jackrabbit," standing at eight feet tall, the Jack Ben Rabbit statue is an Odessa landmark and a tourist favorite.
One of the simple pleasures of summer life is being able to spend it in a verdant spot like Noel Heritage Plaza. In the summer the park hosts free evening concerts, and adjacent is the Ector County Library.
On the National Register of Historic Places, the White-Pool House Museum is one of the older structures in the area. Built to resemble the home Charles and Lucy White had used in Indiana, the house now contains exhibits to illustrate what life was like in Odessa many years ago. A replica of a barn also teaches visitors about agriculture, and the barn can be rented as a venue to host special events. Admission is free.
Floyd Gwinn Park opened in 1945 as the first aquatic park in Odessa. Today this 40-acre park features two playgrounds, plus all the facilities to support your favorite sport. Floyd Gwinn has it all, from baseball and soccer, to basketball, tennis, and volleyball. You can also enjoy a swim in the community pool on a hot day. The park is also home to the Floyd Gwinn Gymnasium, which gives the community a facility to practice and participate in activities.