Levy Park is getting a $12 million makeover. The hidden gem of the Upper Kirby District, has been long used as a field for sports and activities, but construction will begin late this month to turn it into a “world-class urban space.”
The park is maintained by the Upper Kirby District on behalf of the City of Houston and will be funded through 99-year leases on land adjacent to the park owned by the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority.
Upper Kirby came to an agreement with the Midway Companies, the mastermind behind City Center, to construct a mixed use office, residential and restaurant space that will complement the park and put it on the map as a popular urban destination.
“The result is a much more functional space, it’s actually a half an acre larger than it was previously, with two complimentary developments that will add to the activity, vibrancy of the park and are going to sustain the park,” said Travis Younkin, deputy director of the Upper Kirby Management District.
“The revenue of those ground leases will maintain upgrades as needed and programs for the park for the next 99-years outside of city budget, and outside of upper Kirby tax payers budget. It is a self-sustaining model for park renovation.”
The complete renovation of the park will include adding amenities such as dog park, community garden, and 2,000 SF performance pavilion and event lawn for up to 2500 people. The park will also offer public restrooms for the first time.
The park will have year round curated programming and a unique children’s play area unlike any other in Houston with outdoor table tennis, a putting green, and different water features.
“It’s going to have a whimsical children’s play area that is very unique to Houston. It’s not just your standard park play equipment, there is going to be a ton of one of a kind amenities.
Its going to make it a one of a kind destination. There is going to be an activity space for adult activities like bocce ball, and table tennis. There is going to be food in the park for the first time,” Younkin said.
Once underway the park will take 12 months to complete. Upper Kirby District management hopes that with the cooperation of the weather, construction can be completed sooner.
“We think its going to be an amazingly accessible green space for people to come to from all over the city for events and become a place they know they can gather and do a variety of things,” Younkin said.
“There is something that is there for everyone.”
For more information on the renovation of Levy Park, visit levyparkhouston.org.