Memorial Park Conservancy (MPC), in collaboration with Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) and Uptown-Houston, is leading the ambitious effort to restore and revitalize Memorial Park through a long-range master planning effort. These once lush, green-forested acres have been damaged by Hurricane Ike and, most recently, the scorching drought. Trees and native plants compete for water with non-native invasive species. Noise from surrounding freeways challenges the Park’s ecological health. With increasing park use in the face of declining budgets for park maintenance, amenities ranging from trails to picnic tables have worn down. The Park is challenged with basic infrastructural issues such as storm drainage problems and resulting erosion as well as lack of adequate access to water. Nelson Byrd Woltz has been retained to guide the cultural and ecological revitalization of Memorial Park. The NBW team is taking a collaborative approach, embarking on extensive research, and engaging local stakeholders and regional experts to generate solutions that will ensure the long-term health and resilience of the park. To the design team, one goal is paramount: respecting the logic of the land, and ensuring that Memorial Park can continue to function as one of Houston’s most prized recreational and environmental assets.
Collaborators: Sherwood Design Engineers, Berg Oliver Environmental, ETM Associates, Lord Cultural Resources, DPWPR, Hunt Design, Jacob & Associates, Walter P Moore, Suzanne Turner Associates, Advanced Ecology, The Lighting Practice, Core Design Studio, Fazio Design, Lupher LLC, MIR, Hartness Vision, Camera Wings