Downtown Houston discovers some green


The Houston Downtown Park Conservancy announced the new $93 million downtown uber-park’s name at the groundbreaking ceremony this afternoon: Discovery Green.

The winning name, submitted by a Mr. Kim Borja, was chosen from over 6200 entries. Some other rather creative name suggestions included ‘Chuck Norris Park’ and ‘The Big Howdy’. I personally would’ve voted for the latter.

The 12-acre park site sits across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center and is going to add some really great (pretty) features to our otherwise concrete jungle of a downtown. Some things to look forward to:

* One-acre pond
* Playground and children’s areas (with puppet theaters!)
* Interactive fountain
* Outdoor ampitheater
* Doggie park
* Jogging trail
* Wifi accessible indoor and outdoor ‘reading room’ areas
* Old oak promenade
* Recreation fields (ultimate frisbee anyone?)

4 Comments so far

  1. a~lotus (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:03 pm

    hmmm sounds fun!! although i’m not much of a park fan, because parks get dirty really fast and you meet weird or creepy people… but it’s something for houstonians, i suppose. the blueprint looks gorgeous though!

  2. ChuckEye (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 6:07 pm

    I wonder if that’s the same Kim Borja who once managed the Greenbriar/59 Kinko’s (in the mid-90’s).

  3. katya (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 7:37 pm

    I think this park will be kept up pretty well considering its location. A dirty weirdo-filled park near the convention center and Hilton Americas would be crazy embarassing… but then again, you just never know.

  4. shawn (unregistered) on October 17th, 2006 @ 10:17 pm

    weirdo-filled parks suck.

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