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New Renderings Of Memorial Park Master Plan Released

The design of the Memorial Park Master Plan is complete and awaiting the approval of Houston’s City Council.


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This story was updated at 5:20 p.m.


The 20-year plan is being developed by the city of Houston, the Uptown Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) and the nonprofit Memorial Park Conservancy.

Thomas Woltz heads the architecture firm that is designing the changes. He presented some new renderings that show what the park should look like when it’s all done.

He said one of the more significant changes will be the land-bridge over Memorial Drive.

“It’s 1,400 feet long,” Woltz said. “We’re using wildlife crossing technology, where you build the shell of the tunnel and then you backfill it with soil, so you could plant large trees over it. So it really is like a hill of parkland that goes over the road.”

Frank Smith strongly opposes that part of the plan. Smith is a retired engineer and founding member of the Memorial Park Conservancy.

“I don’t really think that the golfers and tennis players on the north have any particular interest in walking over Memorial Drive to get to the south side to picnic and bird-watch,” Smith said.

He called the plan a waste of taxpayer money.

Some estimates have put the final cost at $200 million. Planners declined to give an exact amount of how much the project will cost. They say it depends on how individual parts of the plan are realized.

City Council is expected to vote on the design on April 1.


The New Memorial Park master plan (renderings inside)


6 Memorial Park Master Plan Design Presentation (3 9 15) (PDF)

6 Memorial Park Master Plan Design Presentation (3 9 15) (Text)