three times the fun
Downtown's newest park welcomes Houstonians with '3 times the fun' grand opening celebration
Downtown residents, commuters, and green space-loving residents can soon enjoy downtown's newest park at its grand opening this weekend. Trebly Park, nestled at the corner of Leeland and Fannin Streets near Toyota Center (1515 Fannin St.), will welcome locals from 2 pm-7 pm Friday, January 27 at an opening celebration.
Visitors can feast on sweet macaroons at the park's fast-casual cafe, Tout Suite; visit the dog parks; take in live music; and enjoy carnival games onsite at the free event.
As CultureMap reported in 2021, Trebly Park is a game changer for the area. The L-shaped park features modern design, an event lawn, dogs runs for large and small breeds, plentiful seating areas, and a vivid public art. Design elements include a central lawn framed by garden zones, seating, water features, and a Live Oak-lined walkway.
Avid cyclists can expect a BCycle station, bike racks, and a bike repair station. The aforementioned dog runs will attract pet owners; a lawn will supply lounging opportunities and room for activities and activations. Locals can expect a schedule of events such as live music, movie screenings, and art.
Public art is a major theme here; a gateway installation greeting park visitors will rotate every two years. The inaugural installation will be crafted by German artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic of Quintessenz. The duo, partnering with local artist Kelly O’Brien, will install Porta Pigmenta, which features layers of PVC mesh painted in different color gradients and suspended at canopy height over a square frame. Fabric will create waves of color that will constantly change with existing wind and light.
Meanwhile, a whimsical playscape by Brooklyn-based art duo Chiaozza will provide entertainment for children. Whale Bone Dinner Party, a multi-piece sculpture made from hand-painted fiberglass, features playable, patterned pieces that invite interaction and discovery, according to press materials.
Those seeking nourishment after a day at the park can partake in breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Tout Suite, along with coffee, juice, craft beer, wine and bubbles, signature pastries, and baked goods. The 2,400-square-foot cafe will feature indoor and lush outdoor seating.
Why the Treby moniker?“The genesis for the name was inspired in parts by location, shape and the fun factor,” said Curtis Flowers, DRA board chair, in a statement. “Trebly Park is located on Block 333 of Downtown Houston, on a site defined by three city block corners. Trebly, meaning ‘three times as much,’ is fresh in spirit, rolls off the tongue, and is not moored in convention. By its definition, Trebly Park implies that the park has much to offer those who visit it in terms of experience with ‘three times as much’ fun, play, interaction, relaxation and deliciousness.”