A few parks in area neighborhoods could soon be receiving facelifts as the result of a public-private partnership.
A collaboration between the City of Houston’s Parks and Recreation department, the Houston Parks Board and Greater Houston Partnership, 50/50 Park Partners has identified its first 22 neighborhood parks for the first phase of improvements and long-range support. There will be two in each of the 11 city council districts, including three in the area.
Love Park, Forest West Park and Aron Ledet Park will be among 50 Houston parks eventually receiving upgrades that include walking trails, new playground equipment, lighting and outdoor tables courtesy of funding from the city’s Parks Designation Fund and additional donors.
“Improving neighborhood parks is a key part of the city’s efforts to improve the quality of life for every Houstonian,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a news release.
To select the parks, parks department personnel evaluated the overall condition of parks and traveled through neighborhoods within a 10-minute walk of each one. Demographics of each neighborhood are considered, partly to ensure that the list includes parks in a variety of areas. The city will identify the remaining 28 parks to improve in the coming months.