Your Voice, #YourMemorialPark
What is #yourmemorialpark? It’s about voices coming together to highlight and share all the different ways Memorial Park is here for the community. Earlier this year, that’s just what happened. The Conservancy collected quotes from Park users who answered the following question via postcards and digital submissions:
What does Memorial Park mean to you?
Over 50 quotes were curated by Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate, Madison Petaway, to be permanently inscribed in the inner circle that frames the central lawn of Memorial Park’s Eastern Glades, the first major project of the Memorial Park Master Plan. Together, these quotes represent the Park’s power to unify and heal while symbolizing the collective voice of the Park itself. The Conservancy deeply thanks everyone who participated, our contributors, and Madison for helping us share Memorial Park’s stories.
Take a look at our contributors below, and scroll down to submit your own!
Houston’s Youth Poet Laureate
Madison Petaway is a senior at Westbury High School and serves as Houston’s current Youth Poet Laureate. Her work grapples with the complexities surrounding mental illness and education, while celebrating and advocating for youth empowerment. She is a member of the 2019 Meta-Four Houston Youth Poetry Slam Team and has performed her work on local and national stages.
Your Memorial Park Quotes
Rain or shine, Memorial Park will always be mine!
Kay and Nancy
We two friends walked and talked out our lives around Memorial Park for twenty years. It absorbed our hopes, fears, laughter, and tears – sacred ground.
Memorial Park made me love Houston forever.
I am a native Houstonian and 50 years ago I discovered true natural wonders in and around the Park, and I continue to be inspired.
Memorial Park is my backyard, my home away from home.
All in every day—it’s my life.
A real Houston jewel.
An uncharted territory for a family to explore and enjoy.
Running is a form of religion! My boys started running when they were four and this Park will leave footprints in their hearts forever.
This is my Park and it has my heart.
I seek shade here. Birds sing to me as I walk the winding path. No worries follow me.
Memorial Park represents the runner, the marathoner.
You welcome us, unselfishly cleaning the air for us all.
Memorial Park is a vital place to run and escape the problems of daily life, solving them by enhancing health and wellness.
Each visit to Memorial Park creates space in our lives to be awed by the natural world, nurturing a collective sense of wonder. We are better for every moment spent here.
So many cities don’t get to enjoy having such a diverse park space to use.
It is a living reminder of the beauty and resiliency of Houston’s past, present, and future.
Memorial Park is a place to walk and explore, nurse your physical health, and discover and indulge your creative side as a writer and photographer.
Kay Lynn Kuper
A haven away from the busy life in Houston. When I am in the Park, you cannot see the city, only green and sky.
Here is where I learned to turn my disability into a passion for wheelchair sports. Here, I took my first steps to becoming a marathoner.
The harmony between people and wildlife.
Memorial Park is a place to de-stress and restore, an oasis in the middle of the city.
Memorial Park is a restorative walk in nature; an escape from the chaotic life of a big city.
We fell into step with each other for 2.9 miles of ‘getting to know you.’
As a native Houstonian born in 1949, I’ve known Memorial Park all my life.
Memorial Park is home to me.
It’s a special place to me. I have forever in my memories renting horses many years ago with my sister. I lost her, sadly.
The nearest piece of heaven you will find. All the wonders and wisdom of life are right here. Behold!
A connection I can make with nature in the heart of a bustling city.
It’s where time stops to give yourself over to nature and reoxygenate your soul.
Memorial Park is a place of living history where I remember those who previously trained and served our country on the site.
Here, time slows down and we are immersed in the beauty of our surroundings.
A place where different people can meet.
I remember as a child celebrating my birthdays here.
Townes G. Pressler
An inclusive community and a source of pride for me and for our city.
Walking in Memorial Park is an adventure that lasts a lifetime, an adventure I now share with my daughter.
The breeze blowing through the trees is urging you along the path of life. Follow your senses and embrace the heartbeat of nature.
It is the place I go when everything else goes wrong.
It is therapy for the body and soul.
A place where I can revisit childhood memories.
Nature in the city; something to remind us that life and nature is always present and sustaining.
I envy the birds who get to see the Park from above.
Anita & Gerald Smith
We have the wilderness right in our backyard.
The Park means Houston to me. We’re beautiful and historic. We’re metropolitan with a hint of nature.
Sweet memories of family, childhood, our puppy, and the only time in the week to breathe – and fresh air!
Patricia Tamez Trussell
Memorial Park is the memory of my father, meeting friends who are like family, and my transformation from recreational runner to marathoner.
Walking the trails of Memorial erases all distractions and fills me with joy. I discover something new every time!
Love! My husband and I would often meet and run after work at Memorial Park when we were first dating and still walk there today.
Graceful hawks. Quiet coyotes. Playful squirrels. Peaceful trails. Community of friends. The essence of who we are… together forever.
I’ll never forget the morning I rounded the corner and witnessed the trees breathing, yes, the trees breathing as the sun rose… miraculous!
Retreat in paradise. The only place to feel privacy in nature.
Memorial Park is a refuge for my spirit.