love letters to the park
Memorial Park is at once the city’s beloved urban greenspace, a daily workout and dog-walking site, and a popular meeting ground for myriad Houstonians. It has been home to parties, marriage proposals, and more. Clearly, Houston’s green jewel has a special meaning to every visitor.
With that in mind, Memorial Park Conservancy invites the community to share what the park means to them. More than 25 quotes will be permanently featured along the oval path that surrounds Eastern Glades, the newest part of the park opening this summer.
Thoughts, stories, and memories can be submitted online or in person by filling out a postcard at the Running Trails Center. (Many personal quotes submitted via postcard will be on display in the Running Trails Center for public viewing through the spring.) Responses will be accepted through February 14, according to the conservancy.
The quotes are being collected as part of the Conservancy’s Your Memorial Park campaign, which provides these Park users and all interested Houstonians an opportunity to share personal experiences and feedback on the city’s largest urban-center park. The campaign initially launched in late 2019 with a limited-time online survey that will inform future Park offerings and programs. The Your Memorial Park survey has been extended through February 29.
As CultureMap previously reported, the Eastern Glades reclaims 100 acres of largely inaccessible parkland, and expands picnicking, parking, and restrooms. It also extends the running trail to a full 3-mile loop, establishes a five-acre lake and wetlands, provides trails and boardwalks to experience park wildlife and natural habitats, and honors the Park’s military history.
Phase I of Eastern Glades opened in 2018; the completed project is scheduled to open in summer 2020.