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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, […]

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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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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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