Houston Parks Board Luncheon

Houston Parks Board celebrates milestone anniversary and the importance of being green

Houston Parks Board celebrates milestone anniversary at green luncheon

Houston Parks Board luncheon chairs David Kinder and Mary Louise Kinder
Houston Parks Board luncheon chairs David and Mary Louise Kinder. Photo by F. Carter Smith
Houston Parks Board luncheon Kate Gibson, Aliyya Stude
Kate Gibson, Aliyya Stude. Photo by F. Carter Smith
Houston Parks Board luncheon
The Houston Parks Board 40th anniversary luncheon took place at Houston City Hall's Hermann Square. Photo by F. Carter Smith
Houston Parks Board luncheon Larry V. Green, Lisa Johnson
Houston City Council member Larry V. Green, Lisa Johnson. Photo by F. Carter Smith
Houston Parks Board luncheon Mary Ann Cuellar, Katelyn Roche
Mary Ann Cuellar, Katelyn Roche. Photo by F. Carter Smith
Houston Parks Board luncheon chairs David Kinder and Mary Louise Kinder
Houston Parks Board luncheon Kate Gibson, Aliyya Stude
Houston Parks Board luncheon
Houston Parks Board luncheon Larry V. Green, Lisa Johnson
Houston Parks Board luncheon Mary Ann Cuellar, Katelyn Roche

What: Houston Parks Board annual luncheon.

Where: Hermann Square at City Hall.

The scoop:  The Houston Parks Board annual luncheon seemed extra special this year as the organization celebrated its 40th anniversary and welcomed its new president and CEO Beth White. Keynote speaker Timothy Beatley, professor of sustainable communities at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, captivated the crowd of more than 345 with his groundbreaking research on the powerful impact that nature in "biophilic cities" has on the physical and mental well-beings of residents.

Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed Houston Parks Board Day to commemorate the milestone anniversary. The nonprofit organization is leading the  $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project to create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways.

The luncheon raised $580,000.

Who: Event chairs Marie Louise and David Kinder, Roxann Neumann, John Nau, Rich and Nancy Kinder, Anne and Charles Duncan, Phoebe and Bobby Tudor, Precious and Ore Owodunni, Laura and Tom Bacon, Patsy Cravens, Aliyya and Herman Stude, Houston City Council members Ellen Cohen and Larry V. Green, and Houston Parks and Recreation Department director Joe Turner.