CITY OF HOUSTON - CITY COUNCIL
Meeting Date: 3/31/2015
District C, District G
Item Creation Date:
PARKS - Approve Memorial Park Master Plan
Agenda Item#: 1.
2015-0215 - RECOMMENDATION from Director Parks & Recreation Department for approval of proposed Memorial Park Master Plan as a guide for the future development of Memorial Park - DISTRICTS C - COHEN and G - PENNINGTON
The City of Houston acquired Memorial Park in 1924. The 1,464-acre park is one of the largest and most heavily used urban parks in the country. Nearly 10,000 people a day use the park to walk, run, bike, hike, golf, swim or play tennis, baseball, softball, volleyball, soccer, football or rugby or to enjoy nature and the outdoors.
The proposed Memorial Park Master Plan was developed through a collaborative process between the Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC), the Uptown Houston TIRZ and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD). The TIRZ provided the funding for the plan and managed the process in close partnership with MPC and HPARD.
The master planning process began in June 2012 when HPARD gave MPC approval to create a new long range master plan. Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW) was selected in September 2013 to lead the effort. NBW’s team of local and national professionals included civil, environmental and traffic engineers, historical and forestry consultants, public space management and design experts, and bike park and golf course designers and others to guide the process and the plan. The master planning team engaged more than 3,300 participants in the public input process through online surveys, eight public meetings and twenty focused stakeholder workshops.
The proposed long-range master plan is a guiding document for the future development of Memorial Park. Implementation of the plan will come from both private and public sources over the next 20 years and can be funded in phases or by project as funding is identified. MPC will lead the capital campaign to raise private funding and will work with HPARD to develop a management plan for future maintenance and operation of the park.