Program areas at Memorial Park Conservancy
Master Plan: - Advanced the 100-acre Eastern Glades Phase 2 project in preparation for Summer 2020 delivery which includes 40 acres of ecological restoration, 5.5 acre new lake and wetlands, 2.5 miles of new trails and boardwalks, 550 trees planted, 150 native species planted, 3 new picnic pavilions, new restrooms, and improved stormwater management. - Advanced design and construction of 8 volleyball courts, 1 multipurpose field, 1 baseball field, 1 softball field, 1 new restroom and a new parking lot as part of the Sports Complex Phase 1 for opening in Fall 2020. - Relocated 280 trees. - Opened Blossom Street Plaza, a new pedestrian entryway to the Park at the intersection of Blossom Street and Crestwood Drive. - Extended the existing Outer Loop Trail through Eastern Glades and Sports Complex, completing an important amenity for those pursuing north side recreation, including joggers and cyclists.
Ecological Restoration: - Completed BioAssessment Database of all wildlife, vegetation, and biological data collected by MPC and citizen scientists.- Developed GIS database to map and analyze park resources and to better tell the story of the Park's history and ecologies.- Began expanding BioCycle operations into BioMounds which will accelerate native prairie and woodland establishment and facilitate deep root development. 580 cubic yards of elephant and horse manure was collected from the zoo and polo club and used to create nutrient-rich compost.- Completed site preparation and planting of savanna, upland mixed pine-hardwood forest, and native prairie across 43 acres of Memorial Park.- Planted approximately 2,045 trees.
Park Programming & Operations: - Grew staff to over 50 full-time employees and expanded equipment fleet needed to maintain park.- Engaged over 2,300 volunteers through various on-site opportunities.- Increased park usage during COVID-19 required expanded trash services, visitor communications, and increased sanitation. - Prepared for the Houston Open golf tournament to return to Memorial Park in 2020. - Hosted Forest Health Day, an annual tree planting event, with over 235 community volunteers planting 945 trees. - Entered into a partnership with workforce development organizations to provide additional hands-on support for park care while providing additional skill sets to program participants. - Added 10 new AED lifesaving defibrillators to MPC utility terrain vehicles.