September 2, 2014 at 9:27am
The revitalization of urban spaces in Houston is a central focus for us here at Landscape Art. When communities and local businesses join together to breathe life back into what were once abandoned spaces, the results are truly beautiful. Community parks hold a special place for us and we're proud to unveil our most recent project, the Mandell Park renovation.
Setting up for the grand opening of the the park, including the community garden, Meredith Gardens
Mandell Park is surrounded by Bonnie Brae, Mandell and Richmond Streets in Houston’s Museum District. The park has an area of 1.22 acres that was originally half residential and half commercial property. The City of Houston purchased the property in the 1980s with the intent of bulding a new public library. However, after finding another location, the site was abandoned and stood as a vacant lot for a number of years.
The ribbon cutting ceremony at Meredith Gardens
In 1992 the neighbors decided to take responsibilty for the site and established an organic community garden later named "Meredith Gardens". The community volunteers have maintained this garden beautifully ever since. Due to it's productivity, the garden has been designated an Urban Harvest Premier Garden. However, the park was really ready for some special attention and a facelift. The city needed help from the community to revitilize the area and so the Friends of Mandell Park came together to help The Houston Parks Board with the project. The Asakura Robinson design firm, the Houston Parks Board and Friends of Mandell Park all agreed that an emphasis on sustainabilty was crucial to the project.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker spoke at the event.
After a truly remarkable makeover, the park now includes an upgraded Meredith Gardens, with a labyrinth of raised masonry planters that will be used as community gardens. Mandel Park is crisscrossed with swales that provide a sophisticated, underground drainage system that doubles as a rain garden with an array of plantings. A recycled shipping container provides on-site storage and is topped with a living “Green Roof”. A large set of composting bins with an ingenious sliding cover enhances the community’s involvement and participation in sustainable practices.
The new community garden beds were designed as a labyrinth of stone planters.
Mandell Park and Meredith Gardens are now transformed into a beautiful community destination. We love seeing how the landscape, gardening and beauty are bringing the community together. Landscape Art is proud to have been the General Contractor for the is project and we’re particularly proud of Michelle Gerac the project manager. Give her a pat on the back the next time you see her. We hope you'll visit Mandell Park soon.
To see more photos of this wonderful project, visit our portfolio page HERE.