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With More Public-Private Partnerships, Who Really Owns Houston Parks?

When you look around Houston, especially on a sunny, cool day, you might notice a patchwork of nicely maintained green spaces and parks filled with people. In fact, the city’s parks department says it has a goal of connecting every resident of Houston to a neighborhood park in the next 25 years. Amid budget tightening, […]

Photo: Michael Hagerty, Houston Public Media

When you look around Houston, especially on a sunny, cool day, you might notice a patchwork of nicely maintained green spaces and parks filled with people. In fact, the city’s parks department says it has a goal of connecting every resident of Houston to a neighborhood park in the next 25 years.

Amid budget tightening, the city has increasingly turned to public/private partnerships to maintain parks. How much of a stake does the city have when a private entity takes over?

Paige Phelps asks Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner and Anne Olson, President of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

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