Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

Opening day at Levy Park in Houston, Texas (Morris Malakoff / Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy)

​A $15 million redevelopment of Houston’s Levy Park resurrects a green space that for years was little more than an afterthought. The mid–20th century six-acre park officially reopened in February, 19 months after the park’s reconstruction began. Throughout the day, thousands of people took in a central playground flanked by two large lawns, 30 mature oak trees, rain and community gardens, a dog park, and other elements. All were designed to foster a heavy dose of daily programming such as yoga, t’ai-chi and dance classes, concerts, plays, and family story hours.

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