Levy Park Conservancy is preparing for a day of festivities to celebrate the grand re-opening of Levy Park. The public, and their pets, are invited to the park at 3801 Eastside Street, Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.
A partnership between Midway Companies and the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority allowed for a multimillion-dollar renovation of the park in the 3800 block of Eastside.
Levy Park Conservancy’s executive director Doug Overman says that much progress has been made at the six-acre parcel in the Upper Kirby District. There’s already a completed office building operating at the site, and a residential building is nearing completion.
“As projects like these near their conclusion is when you really start to see transformation,” Overman says.
Renovated area could be city’s next outdoor hot spot
Levy Park was once a magnet for teens serious about baseball. The Carl Young All-Star team, which won the national Pony League Championship in 1962, played there.
That was “back when the world was level,” as Buddy Bailey puts it – before the Southwest Freeway split up the neighborhood, obliterating the footpath he and his pals used to take so they could shag fly balls at Coca-Cola’s Little League park, and before office buildings and apartment complexes sprang up along Richmond Avenue.
Little-known and little-used Levy Park in Upper Kirby is about to get on the map.
The Upper Kirby District is preparing to transform the park, which covers about six acres on Eastside Street between Texas 59 and Richmond Avenue, through a $10 million project, with construction set to begin in the fall and finish in about a year’s time, said Travis Younkin, the district’s deputy director.
Plans include addition of a farmer’s market, children’s play area, rain garden, event pavilion and lawn with seating for up to 1,900, said Younkin, whose group is an umbrella organization for the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, the Upper Kirby Management District and the nonprofit Upper Kirby District Foundation.
In April 2014, eight massive live oak trees were relocated to incorporate into Levy Park’s new design. Watch a timelapse video of the relocation below!
Midway Cos. said Tuesday a park renovation project will complement its plans for an Upper Kirby mixed-use development, creating an 11-acre “urban activity center” through a partnership with the district.
The Houston-based developer signed a 99-year ground lease agreement to develop its Kirby Grove mixed-use project on two parcels adjacent to the 5.6-acre Levy Park.
A local developer known for such high-profile projects as City Centre and downtown’s GreenStreet is betting that a multimillion-dollar makeover of a small urban park will make its latest commercial endeavor more valuable.