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The Rebirth of Memorial Park

How the 2011 drought positively influenced the park’s long-term future.

In the summer of 2011, Houston experienced its driest year on record and the summer included 46 consecutive days with temperatures of at least 100 degrees.

And while the drought forced the removal of 20,000 trees from Memorial Park, reporter Michael Hagerty explains how it also taught officials an important lesson.

This story originally aired on PBS NewsHour Weekend on Sunday, August 31. PBS NewsHour Weekend airs Saturdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. on TV 8.


Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the Senior Producer for Houston Matters. He has a degree in journalism from Abilene Christian University and has served as news director for NPR and PBS stations around Texas and The West, including: KUNR-FM in Reno, Nev.; KNPB-TV in Reno, Nev.; and KWBU-TV/FM in Waco, Texas. He...

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