The Upper Kirby District Foundation is seeking a Park Director for the recently redeveloped Levy Park in central Houston. Levy Park is a City of Houston park, managed and operated by the Upper Kirby District Foundation, through a contract with the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority. While Levy Park is a public park owned by the City of Houston, the ongoing operations of Levy Park are funded entirely by the Upper Kirby District Foundation.
The Upper Kirby District Foundation, the private not-for-profit organization operating and managing Levy Park, a premium public green space in the heart of central Houston, has announced that Doug Overman, now former Park Director, has left the organization. Recruitment has begun for a new Director to lead this unique and vibrant destination Park featuring curated, year-round programming, native landscaping and botanical experiences, one of a kind children’s play area, interactive water features, a performance pavilion, an event lawn, a community garden and dog park.
“This is an exciting time for us having experienced extraordinary initial success well beyond our expectations and expert projections”, says Jamie Brewster, President of the Foundation. “As we continue our demonstrated record of quality services, we look forward to working with new leadership to develop future opportunities to serve the citizens of Houston through this amazing resource in Upper Kirby.”
Please check our website for details of our recruitment expected to be available there by the end of the month.
By Mia Taylor
HIT IT OUT OF THE PARK
Famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted said every city should have a large park for “unbending of the faculties.” He designed some of America’s most famous, beginning with New York City’s Central Park and continuing with jewels in 30 other cities.
“Urban residents love street life but tend to realize that they’re locked away from nature, where man began before cities existed,” says Dan Biederman, lead consultant for the planning, operation, sponsoring, and programming of Houston’s new Levy Park. “And they miss it.”
With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the most notable urban parks across the country. Not all are as large as Olmsted might have liked, but they still offer respite from the hustle of the surrounding city.
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett were among those turning out to celebrate the $15 million renovation of the six-acre park in the Upper Kirby District.
It was a neighborly affair with the law firm providing libations and nearby Kiran’s sending up hors d’oeuvres. The event honored a 15-year collaboration between the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, Foundation and Management District; the City of Houston Parks and Recreation Department; Midway Companies; the office of James Burnett with Natalye Appel + Associates; Burton Construction; Gunda Corporation; and Biederman Redevelopment Ventures.
Approximately 7,500 people came out to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Levy Park on Feb. 25 in the Upper Kirby District, over the course of the all-day celebration, with many showing up well before the 10 a.m. start.
This was the official unveiling of the two-year, $15 million renovation of Levy Park, first deeded to the city of Houston by Houston philanthropist Leon Levy in 1941. A steady stream of people of all ages and backgrounds (along with many dogs) poured into Levy Park all day long to check out the vast array of amenities and exciting activities. A VIP ribbon cutting ceremony was held between 11 a.m. and noon, which included members of Leon Levy’s extended family.
By Alex Meyer
A new $15 million park redesign attracted crowds Saturday eager to check out a new gem in the heart of Houston.
City leaders boasted at a ceremonial ribbon cutting Saturday that the Levy Park reopening signifies Houston’s progress in beautification, recreation and conservation.
“This city is becoming an example to the nation,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. “It’s truly inspiring to look and see you all, so many Houstonians, enjoying the latest contribution to our city’s great green space. Never before have Houstonians had so many options for places to gather together, to celebrate our heritage and diversity and to plan and find respite from a contentious world.”
By Michelle Leigh Smith
The New Heights of Public/Private Partnership Blossoms at Levy Park
The reborn Levy Park – a public private partnership unlike any other in Houston – celebrates its grand opening Saturday with a substantial roster of creating participants cutting the ribbon.
Hosts: Derrick Shore and Jennifer Broome
HOUSTON – The grand re-opening of Levy Park is this weekend and Doug Overman, Park Director of Levy Park Conservancy, shares the details.
A new playground and performance pavilion join the dog park and community gardens that have made Levy Park a neighborhood favorite.
IF ALL YOU REMEMBER ABOUT LEVY PARK, which had remained mostly unchanged since it first opening in 1941, is that it housed a few baseball diamonds and a dog run, you’re in for a surprise: The 5.9-acre park at the corner of Richmond and Eastside has been totally redesigned, and is reopening to the public this Saturday with a full line-up of activities and performances.
OJB Landscape Architecture, winner of the 2015 ASLA Firm Award, today announced the opening of its latest project, Levy Park, a highly anticipated open space in Houston’s Upper Kirby District. The Levy Park Conservancy, a private not-for-profit corporation, which manages the public park’s operations including programming, events, fundraising, marketing, and maintenance will officially open the park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Parks and Recreation Director Joe Turner on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 10 a.m.