In just ten short years since its construction, Houston’s Discovery Green has become one of the city’s focal points. The 12-acre public green space in the heart of downtown Houston features something for everyone, boasting a sprawling lake, walking paths, dog runs, recreational lawn areas, bandstands for public performances, and the little ones’ favorite: a huge playground.
For many Houston families, the playground at Discovery Green is a highlight of each week. For those Houstonians, we have some bad news: the playground facilities will be closing for six to seven months for renovations. Don’t get too upset yet: there’s some good news as well. At the end of the seven months, the playground will reopen with all new equipment and bigger than ever.
The playground renovation is projected to cost around $12 million and will see the current playground dismantled for several months. When it reopens, kids will have over two times as many play structures to climb on, explore, and transform with their imaginations. For the littlest park visitors, a new toddler-friendly area will be created. In the meantime, park president and director Barry Mandel says a temporary playground will be installed.
Aside from the new playground, the renovations also include a new, brighter, and more energy-efficient lighting system, a new alley of trees lining the park entrancey, and an expanded women’s restroom. Discovery Green will also be getting a landscaped hill for rolling down, lounging on, and all all sorts of grassy fun.
The renovations are only one of the many programs the Discovery Green Conservancy has planned for the $12 improvement project. The park is also establishing a fund which will bring a rotating lineup of public art installations to Discovery Green over the next five years.
As the park’s conservancy continues to improve the park, it’s no wonder that Discovery Green welcomes an average of 1.5 million visitors a year and has become an economic engine in the heart of downtown Houston.