After the drought of 2011 killed so many of the park`s trees, the city is on it`s way to return Memorial to it`s former glory. In a press conference, Houston Mayor Annise Parker said: “A lot of Houstonians have looked around at Memorial Park and they`ve seen the impact of the drought; It`s our most used and visited park.”
The Uptown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #16 which includes the Galleria and surrounding area will help fund improvements to the park. The cost: $150 million over the next 25 years.
Mayor Parker said “It will help us create a master plan for Memorial Park, focusing on site remediation, erosion control, removal of invasive species and the re-establishment of native grasslands and the sustainable forest in the park.”
The city, along with the Memorial Park Conservancy and the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center are partnering to ensure the city has the park that it deserves.
City Council member Ellen Cohen said: “I also appreciate the comment the mayor made about Memorial Park being the front yard of the Uptown TIRZ. We have big houses in Houston, a lot of them have big yards. This is the mother of front yards.”
Lets just hope we keep getting rain, and don`t have to worry about a drought that can devastate the park again.