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One of Houston’s more popular urban parks has received a bright facelift.

Discovery Green recently installed a 70-LED light display in the allée as part of a $12 million renovation project, which also includes updates to the playground, expanded restrooms, and new trees.

Those lights, at the corner of McKinney and LaBranch, will have the ability to change colors, making for plenty of Instagram-worthy photos.

The lights, which dangle from a tree canopy, were designed to look like a game of pick-up sticks. 

Typically, the downtown park would be packed with people this time of year, but with no fans attending professional sporting events, the number of visitors has dropped drastically.

Organizers hope the upgrades — plus a new public art display — will bring in more people.

The first display is “House of Cards,” by Israel-based design studio OGE Group. It features 126 oversized light-up playing cards, each of which feature a unique piece of artwork. 

The artists of OGE Group and the Discovery Green Conservancy see the House of Cards installation as a visual metaphor for how vital each piece of the community is for its overall strength and structure — especially during in COVID-19 era.

Obviously, there’s no cost to see the display. Organizers have installed markers to ensure people continue to practice social distancing.

Reservations are required Friday from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help cut down on big crowds.