The morning of July 8, 2021, marked the beginning of an improved park experience for kids in Houston. Mayor Sylvester Turner joined the Valero Energy Foundation and the 50/50 Park Partners to hold an inauguration ceremony at Hartman Park – the first neighborhood park in this program to undergo improvements and receive sustainable support as part of the 50/50 Park Partners initiative to foster equity in complete communities and City of Houston neighborhood parks.
The event also celebrated the end of the construction of a new playground for the Magnolia Park – Manchester Complete Community in Houston’s East End. Here are some details about the event and what the leaders have to say.
New Playground at Hartman Park – Details
Updates to Hartman Park focused on the redevelopment of the playground area. Notable features include colorful playground units for children ages 2-5 and 5-12, multiple swings and spinners, new concrete border, ramp and walks, new playground surfacing, subsurface drainage, new benches, a new bike rack, and required detention.
Valero Energy Foundation and City Bond Funds have made significant contributions to Hartman Park. The former has committed over $600,000 as a founding member of the 50/50 Park Partners initiative. Additionally, Valero has also committed to making other improvements with the help of in-kind support and volunteer resources.
Collaboration between Public & Private Entities
Lon Brenner, VP and GM of Valero’s Houston Refinery said, “At Valero, we’re driven to make a difference in our community,”. “We’re grateful for the opportunity to join Mayor Turner and the other partners to make a real, lasting difference in the lives of our neighbors and provide families a fun, safe and attractive park.”
On the other hand, Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board said, “Community is at the heart of 50/50 Park Partners and we hope that this new playground at Hartman Park will be a gathering place for the Manchester neighborhood for years to come,”. “Houston Parks Board is proud to support the City and Mayor Turner in bringing needed improvements to neighborhood parks across our city. Parks play a vital role in our communities and we look forward to continuing our efforts to ensure all Houstonians have access to beautiful greenspaces to enjoy.”
Additionally, Kenneth Allen, Director, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, “The improvements to Hartman Park will have such a major impact on that community and its residents, but this is only the beginning,”. “Neighborhood parks are the backbone of the Parks and Recreation Department. We are excited to work with all our great partners on this concerted effort to upgrade Houston’s neighborhood parks.”
About 50/50 Park Partners Program
50/50 Park Partners is a Mayoral initiative led by the City of Houston, Greater Houston Partnership, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Park Board to enhance 50 neighborhood parks. The project has also received support from the Office of Complete Communities and Resiliency Office.
The framework facilitates an opportunity for corporations to lead their support concerning neighborhood parks and surrounding communities, thereby working as a catalyst to re-energize parks. The support involves a coordinated process to determine park enhancements focused on collaborating with local communities.
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