New Year, New Look - COMING SOON
Our thanks to the cooperative efforts of Netsential and Turn-Key Video Works for our new look. In an effort to share more of what is happening in and around Memorial Park, we will be including an activities section, interactive map and user testimonials. Please give us your feedback and opinions about the site and Memorial Park Conservancy. We look forward to hearing more from YOU!
Runners World is Changing 2-19-08
Join us on February 19, at 10:30 a.m., at the railroad tracks on the south side of Memorial Drive for an important announcement about Memorial Park!
The Abor Day celebration held on January 19th at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center was a huge success for MPC as well! Thirty volunteers participated in the Memorial Park Conservancy's Paper Recycling/Hat-making booth. Volunteers from Spring Woods High School, St. Laurence Catholic School, University of Houston, and Katy Taylor High School helped children make and decorate newspaper hats. Thanks to their enthusiasm and creativity, the hat booth was a very popular location. We appreciated the opportunity to share the importance and significance of the park with the Arboretum's guests and to encourage new members to learn about MPC!
bridgeBASH raises nearly $50,000
Saturday, January 26, 2008, 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Architecture Center Houston
On January 26, the Memorial Park Conservancy hosted bridgeBASH: A Taste of the Park at the Architecture Center Houston. More than five hundred guests attended the event in support of the Memorial Park bridge proposal. The evening included a silent auction, specialty dishes from renowned restaurants, and specialty beverages. Also, the winning design by Clark Condon Associates from the August 2007 Rice Design Alliance (RDA) "Bridge the Park Design Charrette were on display.
The event was co-chaired by Lisa Lee, Divya Paralkar and Lauren Summerville. Among those in attendance were City Council Members James Rodriguez and Peter Brown, MPC board members Regina Garcia and Jim Dougherty.
All funds raised at this event will be allocated toward the pedestrian/cyclist bridge to be constructed over Memorial Drive. The bridge will connect the north and south regions of the park: a tangible aesthetic improvement in Houston infrastructure, to be enjoyed for generations to come. It will be a bridge with native landscaping and will greatly enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists.The bridge proposal is part of the Memorial Park Master Plan, which was approved by Housotn City Council in 2004. Last summer, MPC, RDA, along with Houston Parks and Recreation Department, held a charrette contest for a proposed bridge design. Some elements of the winning designs may be used for the future bridge. Once funding is obtained from public and private sources and the bidding process is complete, construction is estimated at two to five years.
For more information about the bridge proposal or future events, please visit: www.memorialparkconservancy.org.
Special thanks to our sponsors and donors:
A&E - The Graphics Complex
Architecture Center Houston
Bob's Steak & Chop House
El Meson Restaurant
Group 1 Marketing
Jackson Place Condominiums
Moet Hennessy USA
Saint Arnold Brewing Company
SoVino Wine Bar & Bistro
Tri on the Run
Round up your hat and boots and get ready! Trail riders converge on Memorial
Park the weekend of February 29th. Join us and other MPC volunteers and HPARD
staff as we flag the riders' way along Memorial Drive next weekend.
Bayou City Arts Festival Returns
Join us for the 11th Annual Bayou City Arts Festival in Memorial Park from March 21-24.
We need volunteers to help serve as greeters, assist with VIPs and a children's arts
and crafts booth. Please contact Allison Grady, Volunteer Coordinator,
Thank you for your continuing support of Memorial Park!