NEWS Turner says renovated Levy Park proves city an ‘example to the nation’
February 25th, 2017

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.”

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February 24th, 2017

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.

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KPRC’s Houston Life: The Grand Re-Opening of Levy Park
February 24th, 2017

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.

See the the interview here.

Houstonia: A Big, Beautiful, Totally Redesigned Levy Park Opens Saturday
February 23rd, 2017

By Katharine Shilcutt

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.

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Yahoo! Finance: OJB Landscape Architecture Unveils Houston’s New Open Space at Levy Park Re-Opening
February 23rd, 2017

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.

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Houston Press: Ten Things to Do in Houston for $10 or Less (Nine Free), February 23-March 1
February 23rd, 2017

Susie Tommaney

Dogs are wagging their tails at the news of the totally spruced-up Levy Park in the Upper Kirby District.

Mayor Sylvester Turner will be on hand at 11 a.m. for the ribbon cutting, then it’s time to begin exploring six acres of fun, rain or shine. The shebang includes food trucks and face painting, gardening demos and a piano concert, plus performing arts, poetry and animal rescue groups. Fido is welcome to come, just make sure he’s got you on a leash. Hang around folks, because the Grammy Award-Winning Band Grupo Fantasma hits the stage at 6 p.m. in the new performance pavilion. Bonus: Scout out the crowds and weather beforehand on the nifty Levy Park webcam.

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iHeart Radio, Houston Public Affairs: Levy Park’s Grand Opening
February 19th, 2017

Host: Laurent Fouilloud-Buyat

Doug Overman is the park director for The Levy Park Conservancy. The park’s grand opening is on Saturday, February 25th. Headlined by Groupo Fantasma who will play a full concert in the evening, the park’s many amenities will finally open to the public. The park also functions as a symbol of how Houstonians view the relationship between work, home and the environment and Non-Profits can work hand in hand with For-Profit entities to accomplish great projects.

Check out the park’s website for info on the grand opening and make sure to keep an eye on their events calendar at

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CBS Radio Eye on Houston: Levy Park
February 19th, 2017

Hosts: Sean Pendergast and Rich Lord

Sean Pendergast, Rich Lord and Ted Johnson from The Triple Threat on SportsRadio 610 talk with Doug Overman from the Levy Park Conservancy about Levy Park’s grand re-opening coming up on Saturday, February 25. They discuss the park’s background, and get into some of the highlights of their $15 million renovation project.

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Houston Business Journal: The decades-long back story behind Levy Park’s $15M redevelopment
February 16th, 2017

by Cara Smith

In 1997, Lee Brown was elected as Houston’s first black mayor, the Houston Rockets had just won back-to-back NBA championships, and “Titanic” was released in theaters across the U.S. And a host of Upper Kirby’s civic organizations were just getting started on a $15 million redevelopment plan for Levy Park.

The Upper Kirby District Foundation and the Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority have been acquiring parcels and properties along Richmond Avenue and Wakeforest Avenue to reconfigure Levy Park, which has been in Uptown since the 1950s and will reopen on Feb. 25 after two years’ worth of renovations.

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KRBE 104.1 Around H-Town: Levy Park Conservancy
February 12th, 2017

Host: Freddy Cruz

Levy Park Conservancy Park Director Doug Overman talks about the newly renovated Levy Park in Upper Kirby and invites the public to the Park’s Grand (re)Opening on February 25, 2017.

Listen to the podcast here.