Sustainability Statistics

Levy Park

Levy Park has been re-imagined from a forgotten and underutilized space into an unforgettable curated urban park. The renovation of the park into a highly programmed 5.9-acre green space has been warmly embraced as the perfect addition to the City of Houston and has become a catalyst for economic development in the Upper Kirby District.

The design goal was to create a destination with a strong sense of place and community. Levy Park facilitates a multitude of programming needs for locals and visitors, while leveraging innovative environmental practices. Built with public funds and sustained primarily by private lease agreements, the park features two activity lawns, a performance pavilion, dog park, water features, community garden and rain garden, both which harvest and reuse stormwater. A promenade along the north side of the park connects game areas, decomposed granite seating courts and a performance stage and pavilion. At the heart of the park is a winding, unique children’s garden that features imaginative interactive sculptures, playful fountains and a 150-foot-long ADA accessible tree house. The treehouse sits on several large legacy live oak trees that were relocated on-site providing a magnificent canopy.

Since opening in February of 2017, the park has seen attendance catapult from pre-renovation numbers of up to 75 visitors per week to ranges between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors per week. The redevelopment of Levy Park has contributed to the revitalization and quality of life in the Upper Kirby area and acts as an exceptional outdoor entertainment and recreation destination for the City of Houston.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team: Natalye Appel + Associates, Ward, Getz & Associates, Matrix Structural Engineers, Wylie Consulting Engineers, Fountain Source, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, 4b Technology, Minor Design
Awards: ULI Urban Open Space Award, 2018; ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Design, 2018; ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, Urban Open Space, 2018; ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, People's Choice, 2018; Houston Press: Best of Houston, Best New Park, 2017; AIA Houston Urban Design Award, 2017
Photography Credit: Geoff Lyon, Dabfoto Creative, Morris Malakoff, Levy Park, Luis Ayala, Tommy Orellana, Scott Blons

Levy Park

Levy Park

Levy Park has been re-imagined from a forgotten and underutilized space into an unforgettable curated urban park. The renovation of the park into a highly programmed 5.9-acre green space has been warmly embraced as the perfect addition to the City of Houston and has become a catalyst for economic development in the Upper Kirby District.

The design goal was to create a destination with a strong sense of place and community. Levy Park facilitates a multitude of programming needs for locals and visitors, while leveraging innovative environmental practices. Built with public funds and sustained primarily by private lease agreements, the park features two activity lawns, a performance pavilion, dog park, water features, community garden and rain garden, both which harvest and reuse stormwater. A promenade along the north side of the park connects game areas, decomposed granite seating courts and a performance stage and pavilion. At the heart of the park is a winding, unique children’s garden that features imaginative interactive sculptures, playful fountains and a 150-foot-long ADA accessible tree house. The treehouse sits on several large legacy live oak trees that were relocated on-site providing a magnificent canopy.

Since opening in February of 2017, the park has seen attendance catapult from pre-renovation numbers of up to 75 visitors per week to ranges between 5,000 and 10,000 visitors per week. The redevelopment of Levy Park has contributed to the revitalization and quality of life in the Upper Kirby area and acts as an exceptional outdoor entertainment and recreation destination for the City of Houston.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team: Natalye Appel + Associates, Ward, Getz & Associates, Matrix Structural Engineers, Wylie Consulting Engineers, Fountain Source, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures, 4b Technology, Minor Design
Awards: ULI Urban Open Space Award, 2018; ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Design, 2018; ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, Urban Open Space, 2018; ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award, People's Choice, 2018; Houston Press: Best of Houston, Best New Park, 2017; AIA Houston Urban Design Award, 2017
Photography Credit: Geoff Lyon, Dabfoto Creative, Morris Malakoff, Levy Park, Luis Ayala, Tommy Orellana, Scott Blons