Much needed green love is coming to the 1,466 acres that comprise Memorial Park.
A redesign initiative that could take as long as 20 years and cost upwards of $100 million has selected its scout leader. Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, which has offices in Virginia, New York and San Francisco, was picked by a Memorial Park Conservancy committee helmed by Houstonian Christopher Knapp, CEO of Chilton Capital Management.
The company was chosen because of notable national projects and its knack of modeling spaces that are environmentally sound and appropriate for public enjoyment.
With funds coming from Memorial Park Conservancy, Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, firm grand chief Thomas Woltz has been hired to steer a consorted effort to vivify the grounds that were ravaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and by the droughts that plagued Texas in 2011.
Woltz is charged with developing a long-range strategy with input for a variety of stakeholders, including the public. Among his initial concerns are to develop separate areas for walkers and cyclists, create shaded areas and design a sturdy environment that would thrive through the city's present and future meteorological threats.