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Parks Build Community
- Texas Style
Of all the rewards of a successful Congress, perhaps there was none more meaningful
than the completion of the Parks Build Community project at Shady Lane Park in Houston this year. This once-dilapidated park in an underserved community of north Houston
had very minimal facilities, but it was heavily used by the community. Over the past year
and a half, NRPA, in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department
(HPARD) and a number of other partners, completed a makeover of
this park unlike any other I have ever seen.
The first time I visited Shady Lane in early 2012, I was struck by the
vitality of the community surrounding the park. People just loved
this park, and they went to great effort to visit it, many on a daily
basis, most of them on foot along well-worn dirt footpaths that all
the local residents refer to as " goat paths. " Mothers with baby carriages, families with kids, seniors with friends - all used the park's
fields, trails and small community center from dawn till dark.
So, when Joe Turner, director of HPARD, recommended this site as
his top choice for the Parks Build Community project for 2013, we
knew that the potential for this project to transform the life of this
community was unlimited. We saw this as a project that perfectly captured the intent of NRPA's three pillars - conservation, health and
wellness, and social equity.
After more than 12 months of community engagement, participatory design and sustained effort by the HPARD staff, contractors, donors and partnering organizations, the vision for this park has come
true. Shady Lane is now a vibrant urban park with a stunning nature-themed playground complete with a splashpad for kids, a bayou
boat much like the ones that once plied the waterways near Houston,
a larger-than-life-size alligator, a treehouse climber, an overlook onto
a large-scale environmental wetland restoration project and more. The
interpretive displays and signs, the nature-themed play equipment, the
adjacent green infrastructure project for stormwater management and the trail system all
exemplify the ways that an urban park can be a catalyst for learning about conservation,
for getting healthy and staying fit, and for building social equity.
The especially innovative and creative design plan was produced by Merrie Talley, principal of Talley Landscape Architects of Houston. The play climbers and features were
designed, fabricated, and in large measure, donated by PlayCore, a company that has
supported the Parks Build Community initiative with generous donations since its inception. Other firms and organizations also stepped up with major donations, including
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