Envisioning the next 20 years

Master Plan Update

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    Conservancy project manager, Ethan Beeson, works with the master plan team from the award-winning landscape architecture firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. Pictured with Beeson (left) are Chris Matthews, Matthew Urbanski and Jesse Nicholson.

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    New plans feature ways to improve parking in the Park while offering additional play spaces for children. Click the arrow to see additional photos.

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    The Conservancy held an open house at the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion in Hermann Park on August 24, 2016 to have an exhange of ideas between the master plan team, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and area residents. 

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    Near the end of the open house, attendees were asked to give feedback on sticky notes sharing what they like about the Park and what they think could be improved.

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    On October 27, 2016 the Conservancy held a community meeting at Ripley House to present ideas from Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates and mobility and transportation consultants, Nelson\Nygaard. The plans represent possible projects to be implemented over the next 25 years.

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     Ideas were presented to transform the Park at the corner of Cambridge and Fannin Street. 

Since the implementation of the Park’s 1995 master plan developed by renowned landscape architect Laurie Olin, Hermann Park Conservancy has overseen $119 million in renovation projects designed to increase accessibility, restore the Park’s historical elements, encourage community activity through new gathering spaces and increased services, and maintain the Park through thoughtful stewardship programs. With major improvement projects including the Jones Reflection Pool, Lake Plaza and Kinder Station, McGovern Lake, the development of stewardship programs focusing on volunteerism and reforestation efforts, and the opening of the McGovern Centennial Gardens during the Park’s Centennial in 2014, Hermann Park Conservancy has effectively completed its 20-year-old master plan.

As Houston rapidly grows and changes, Hermann Park needs an updated master plan to meet its needs for the future. In October of 2015, Hermann Park Conservancy hired award-winning landscape architecture firm, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), to lead that charge by developing an updated master plan for Hermann Park that will guide further Park improvements. MVVA specializes in planning and designing landscapes that enrich urban areas and engage the imagination. The firm’s projects include the creation of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the renovation of Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, and the landscaping of the grounds of the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, among many others.

Goals

In conjunction with MVVA, teams from mobility and transportation consultants, Nelson\Nygaard, and Sherwood Design Engineers, will collaborate on an update to Hermann Park’s master plan that looks to holistically revitalize and improve the Park’s 445 acres with major focus on the following aspects:

  • Finding sustainable solutions for parking and traffic management while enhancing pedestrian, bike and METRORail access
  • Expanding opportunities for new social spaces and programed landscaping for play
  • Broadening the ecological experiences of Brays Bayou and natural habitats within the Park
  • Enhancing integration of historic Park landmarks including the clubhouse and golf course with the Park
  • Improving connectivity to and through the entirety of the Park

Stay Up to Date on Our Progress

Over the next year, the master plan team will analyze data, meet with community members, and develop preliminary concepts. The Conservancy has identified underutilized areas of the Park, particularly on its edges, including Bayou Parkland, the Grand Gateway, and the corner of Fannin and Cambridge Streets, and is considering development plans for these areas to further improve the Park and access to it for millions of visitors each year.

Continue to check this page for updated information regarding Hermann Park’s master plan as well as our Facebook page.

We want your input!

Have a great idea on what could make Hermann Park better? Share it with us by emailing ideas@hermannpark.org

Master Planning Team

To learn more about Hermann Park Conservancy and what we do to preserve and improve Hermann Park, click here.

To learn more about the project's landscape architect, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, click here.

To learn more about the project's mobility and transportation consultants, Nelson\Nygaard, click here.

To learn more about Sherwood Design Engineers, click here