February 2008: New Year, New Look

Welcome to our new website! Our thanks to the cooperative efforts of Netsential and Turn-Key VideoWorks for our new look. In an effort to share more of what is happening in and around Memorial Park, we've included an activities section, interactive map (coming soon) and user testimonials. Please give us your feedback and opinions about the site and Memorial Park Conservancy. We look forward to hearing more from you!

Arbor Day

The Abor Day celebration held on January 19th at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center was a huge success for MPC as well! Thirty volunteers participated in the Memorial Park Conservancy's Paper Recycling/Hat-making booth. Volunteers from Spring Woods High School, St. Laurence Catholic School, University of Houston, and Katy Taylor High School helped children make and decorate newspaper hats. Thanks to their enthusiasm and creativity, the hat booth was a very popular location. We appreciated the opportunity to share the importance and significance of the park with the Arboretum's guests and to encourage new members to learn about MPC!

bridgeBASH raises nearly $50,000
Saturday, January 26, 2008, 7:30-11:00 p.m.
Architecture Center Houston

On January 26, the Memorial Park Conservancy hosted bridgeBASH: A Taste of the Park at the Architecture Center Houston. More than six hundred guests attended the event in support of the Memorial Park bridge proposal. The evening included a silent auction, specialty dishes from renowned restaurants, and specialty beverages. Also, the winning design by Clark Condon Associates from the August 2007 Rice Design Alliance (RDA) "Bridge the Park Design Charrette were on display.

The event was chaired by Lisa Lee, Divya Paralkar and Lauren Summerville. Among those in attendance were City Council Members James Rodriguez and Peter Brown, MPC board members Regina Garcia and Jim Dougherty.

All funds raised at this event will be allocated toward the pedestrian/cyclist bridge which will be constructed over Memorial Drive and connect the north and south regions of the park: a tangible aesthetic improvement in Houston infrastructure, to be enjoyed for generations to come. It will be a bridge with native landscaping and will greatly enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists.The bridge proposal is part of the Memorial Park Master Plan, which was approved by Houston City Council in 2004. Last summer, MPC, RDA, along with Houston Parks and Recreation Department, held a charrette contest for a proposed bridge design. Some elements of the winning designs may be used for the future bridge. Once funding is obtained from public and private sources and the bidding process is complete, construction is estimated at two to five years.

Our thanks to our co-chairs and Memorial Park Conservancy supporters Lisa Lee, Divya Paralkar and Lauren Summerville

Rodeo Time

Grab your hat and boots and get ready! Trail riders converge on Memorial Park on the weekend of February 29. Contact Allison Grady, MPC Volunteer Coordinator, if you are available to help flag the roadways for the trail riders.

Thank you!

We would like to thank our generous donors for supporting our efforts in

community building and preserving Houston's premier green space.

$5,000-9,999 (info to come)



These gifts have been received between December 15, 2007 and February 1, 2008. Our gratitude to those who have contributed since that date.

Thank you for your continuing support of Memorial Park!