Once an undeveloped concrete eyesore, Discovery Green has been transformed into a 12-acre, LEED Gold certified public park located in Houston’s dense urban core. Opened in 2008 as the result of a successful public-private partnership between the City of Houston and Discovery Green Conservancy, Discovery Green has been incredibly well-received by millions of visitors.
“To provide an uncommonly beautiful, urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves as a village green for our city, a source of health and happiness for our citizens and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston.”
Other than its role as Village Green in downtown Houston, Discovery Green’s main draw is its programming, which generates approximately 70% of the visits to the park. More than 800 public and private events are held each year, ranging from those in the arts to health and fitness as well as a weekly farmers market. In the winter, the park sets up a temporary ice skating rink, attracting more than 20,000 annual skaters.
Discovery Green’s popularity and success has also been a huge economic catalyst for more than $500 million in downtown development projects.