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Notable locations in zip code 77096: Houston Police Department - Southwest Patrol (A), Houston Police Department - Fondren Patrol (B), Houston Police Department - Braeburn (C), Houston Fire Station Number 62 (D). Display/hide their locations on the map
Shopping Centers: Meyerland Plaza Shopping Center (1), Braeswood Square Shopping Center (2), Maplewood Shopping Center (3), Meyerland Shopping Center (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in zip code 77096 include: Greater New Covenant Baptist Church (A), Braeswood Assembly of God Church (B), Congregation Adath Emeth (C), Congregation Beth Israel (D), Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (E), Westbury Baptist Church (F), Westbury United Methodist Church (G), Pilgrim Lutheran Church (H), Saint Philips Methodist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Willow Waterhole Bayou (A). Display/hide its location on the map
Parks in zip code 77096 include: Westbury Park (1), Godwin Park (2), Meyerland Park (3), Braesmont Park (4). Display/hide their locations on the map
George Meyer developed 1,200 acres (5 km2) of former rice fields into the Meyerland subdivision in 1955. Richard Nixon was at the subdivision's ribbon-cutting ceremony. Meyerland was one of the first deed-restricted communities in the City of Houston.
In the mid to late 1980s families began moving into Meyerland and Bellaire. They began to tear down older homes and build new ones. A string of over twelve robberies affected Meyerland from April 23, 1989 until June 19, 1989. On June 20, 1989 a suspect, Timothy Dion Morant, had been arrested, and confessed to the crime spree. The group of robbers targeted Meyerland since the houses had valuables, and the community was in proximity to the 610 Loop and other major thoroughfares, providing easy avenues for escape. Morant said that he committed half of the robberies, while his accomplices, many of whom were young men originating from the Hiram Clarke area, committed the other half. Area residents used their funds to hire private patrols, causing crime rates to decrease. After families moved in, children who were caught speeding or with illegal substances told police that they were from Meyerland in an effort to get police to treat them more leniently. Stephen Klineberg, a Rice University sociology professor, stated that as Meyerland became wealthier, the class structure increasingly was "rigidified."
In 2005 Jonathan Finkelman, a Meyerland teenager illegally selling hydrocodone to clients at Godwin Park, was shot dead by his clients. In 2006 Mimi Swartz of theTexas Monthly said that drugs were "plentiful" in Meyerland.
Mimi Swartz of the Texas Monthly said that the houses around Godwin Park are "cozy ranch houses from the fifties and sixties in Tudor, colonial, and contemporary variations, comfortable but never showy, with gardens lovingly tended."
The Everlyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center,Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and several small synagogues are in the area. Mimi Swartz of the Texas Monthly said "the neighborhood was a place where Jews could take care of their own and, they believed, could protect their children from negative influences while teaching them to follow religious tradition and embrace the values of family, education, achievement, and community." Every year the Jewish Book and Arts Fair is held in Meyerland.
Two city-operated parks are in Meyerland. Meyerland Park, located at 5151 Jason, is classified as a neighborhood park.
Godwin Park, located at 5101 Rutherglen, is classified as a community park. The Godwin Community Center, on the same lot, has an outdoor pavilion, a playground, and a lighted sports field. The sports facilities include a baseball diamond, a soccer field, and a covered basketball court. Godwin Park, adjacent to Kolter Elementary, is about one city block large. Many mothers and children gather at the park on weekends. Mimi Swartz of the Texas Monthly said "[t]he grass is shorn and green, the playground equipment freshly painted and sturdy. The park is shaded by benevolent oaks that are about the same age as the homes that surround it[...]"
In the early years of Meyerland's existence, eight garden clubs formed. Little league baseball was first organized in Meyerland in 1957, with games occurring at Meyerland Park. By 1958 the Meyerland Teen Club and the Meyerland Civic Club opened. On May 24, 1958, the Meyerland Club officially opened; families gathered at the club, which hosted a swim team. The club closed in 1996 and was sold to the Jewish Community Center, which redeveloped the facility into the Merfish Teen Center.