ABOUT HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY

Zoom Photo by Scott Adams, Overland Partners

Photo by Scott Adams, Overland Partners

Founded in 1992 as Friends of Hermann Park, Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizens’ organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park – today and for generations to come.

Through a public-private partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Hermann Park Conservancy raises millions of dollars each year to enhance and maintain the Park. The Conservancy also manages the design of projects, and then shares construction costs with the City of Houston. Thanks to the generous financial support of foundations, corporations, and individuals, the Conservancy has raised over $119 million for improvement projects in Hermann Park.

The Conservancy is also responsible for extensive reforestation efforts and maintenance initiatives in Hermann Park.

Click here to view employment opportunities at Hermann Park Conservancy. 

HISTORY OF HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY

The Conservancy was established in 1992 as Friends of Hermann Park by community members to address growing concerns about the Park's deterioration due to high attendance and insufficient funding. The organization decided early on that a comprehensive plan was needed to guide the restoration of this incredible resource.

In 1993, Friends of Hermann Park commissioned a master plan for Hermann Park from Hanna/Olin Partnership of Philadelphia, an internationally recognized landscape architecture firm. The master plan was adopted by Houston City Council in 1995, and has served as a guide for renovations and enhancements ever since. Many projects detailed in the master plan are part of the Conservancy's Centennial Campaign, aimed for completion by close of 2014.

In 2002, the Conservancy commissioned a study to determine the Park's maintenance needs. The study identified an annual 20,000 hour gap in what the

Parks and Recreation Department is able to provide and what the Park needs to be properly preserved. In response, the Conservancy developed a volunteer department, which coordinates the volunteer hours needed each year to maintain Hermann Park.

The organization was renamed Hermann Park Conservancy in 2004 to reflect an institutional and permanent commitment to stewardship of Hermann Park's natural resources and physical infrastructure. Today, the Conservancy oversees multi-million-dollar renovation projects as well as a comprehensive reforestation plan and maintenance initiatives.

To learn more about the history of Hermann Park and the Conservancy's role, click on either title to read Stephen Fox's Big Park, Little Plans: A History of Hermann Park or Barrie Scardino's Hermann Park: A Brief History.

AWARDS

Hermann Park Conservancy has received numerous awards and gained national recognition for its efforts to improve, restore, and maintain Hermann Park. With the ongoing support of our generous donors, the Conservancy will continue to generate award winning programs and projects that improve the quality of life for all Houstonians and make the Conservancy an exemplary model for its peers.

Landmark Award
Keep Houston Beautiful's Mayor's Proud Partners Awards (2015) McGovern Centennial Gardens 

APA Great Public Spaces
Designated by the American Planning Association (2015)

Good Brick Award
Community Pillar Award, Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (2014) to honor the Park's 100th anniversary

Honorable Mention Award
Houston-Galveston Area Council, (2013) for McGovern Centennial Gardens Planning Process

Landmark Award
Keep Houston Beautiful's Mayor's Proud Partners Awards (2012) for the Bill Coats Bridge

Certificate of Recognition Award
Keep Houston Beautiful's Mayor's Proud Partners Awards, (2011) for the Lake Picnic Area renovation

Parks and Natural Areas Award
Houston-Galveston Area Council, (2010) for Conservation Posse teen summer program

Parks and Natural Areas Certificate of Recognition
Houston-Galveston Area Council, (2010) for Project Blazing Star volunteer project

Honorable Mention Award
Keep Houston Beautiful's Mayor's Proud Partners Awards, (2010) for Conservation Posse teen summer program

Merit Award 
Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, (2010) for Lake Plaza

Development of Distinction Award
Urban Land Institute, Houston, (2010) for Lake Plaza

Parks and Natural Areas Award
Houston-Galveston Area Council, (2009) for the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Greenway

Proud Partner Award
Keep Houston Beautiful's Mayor's Proud Partners Awards, (2009) for Lake Plaza and Hermann Park Railroad

Leadership in Action Award
Leadership Houston, (2009) for Lake Plaza and Hermann Park Railroad

Community Improvement Award
Museum District Business Alliance (2008)

Good Brick Award 
Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (2006)

Stewardship Excellence Award 
The Cultural Landscape Foundation (2005)

General Award of Excellence 
American Society of Landscape Architects, 2005, for the Heart of the Park restoration