EVENT CANCELLED - Hermann Park Family Commons Picnic

Saturday, February 17, 2018
10 am - 2 pm
Hermann Park Family Commons (Corner of Fannin and Cambridge Streets)

We encourage you to send us your ideas on how we can bring life and activity to the Hermann Park Family Commons. Let us know what your ideas picnic and open play area looks like, what kind of food service you think should be in that area of the Park, and your child's favorite aspect of playgrounds and play equipment. Send your feedback and ideas to ideas@hermannpark.org so that as we move through the design process, we can keep all your thoughts in mind!

Be sure to visit the HPC membership table in Kinder Station on the second Saturday of every month where our Park Ambassador will have preliminary design concepts and can take your feedback in person!


The Conservancy recently completed a bold update to Hermann Park’s master plan that lays out a strategic vision for the next 20 years of Park improvements. While this plan outlines improvements that will impact the Park’s 445 acres, improvements focus on four key areas, the Park Center, Bayou Parkland, the Park Perimeter, and the Hermann Park Family Commons, the section of Parkland located at the intersection of Fannin and Cambridge streets adjacent to Rice University and the Texas Medical Center.

The Hermann Park Family Commons has long been a section of the Park where families play and picnic, however, it is far from meeting its full potential of being an activated and engaging space for Park visitors. The Hermann Park Family Commons will be the first area undertaken in the new master plan and will be transformed into a welcoming, civic landscape with added Park services and play areas.

The Hermann Park Family Commons is located at the intersection of Fannin and Cambridge Streets, near the Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children and the Fannin Picnic Pavilion. This event is free and open to the public. Concessions will be available for purchase. Free parking is available in Parking Lot S, located next to Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church. For a detailed map, click here. You may also get to the Family Commons by taking METRORail and getting off at the Hermann Park/Rice U stop or by utilizing the Hermann Park Railroad. 

Can’t make this event but still want your thoughts and ideas heard? Send us an email at ideas@hermannpark.org.

To learn more about our master plan update project, click here.