Sam Houston Park Improvements

Project Description

Location:  Houston, TX

Located at the corner of Bagby Street and McKinney Street on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, Sam Houston Park has the distinction of being the first municipal park in the city of Houston. Dedicated in 1910 by then Mayor of Houston, Sam Brashear, Sam Houston Park is home to the Heritage Society and numerous historic homes and museum exhibitions which showcases how life in the Bayou City has changed. The park is also home to the USS Houston Memorial which commemorates the WWII naval vessel which was sunk in the Battle of Sunda Strait. The park has been recognized by the City of Houston as a Protected Landmark and noted for its historical significance by the Texas Historical Society.

In 2010, the City of Houston, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Heritage Society commissioned the rehabilitation of the historic park. The project aimed to give the park a much-needed facelift and to create better sidewalk access to the historic homes and exhibits while also improving the park’s capabilities to host outdoor concerts and venues.

The $2 million project was jointly funded by a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Urban Outdoor Recreation grant and City of Houston Capital Improvement Project funding. It included updating the landscaping, a new rose garden, redevelopment of the existing parking lot, more than 42,000 square feet of new sidewalk, and the addition of the new restroom facility.

The Sam Houston Park design team was led by the experienced team at Clark Condon Associates with WGA assisting as a subconsultant. The team worked seamlessly to keep project costs down and to avoid costly impacts to the nearby floodplain, all while preserving the charm and history of Houston’s oldest park.

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