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Annual Luncheon 2017

Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 11:30 - 1:00

Hermann Square at City Hall
901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

We hope you will join us for the Houston Parks Board’s 2017 Annual Luncheon. As in the past, our event will be held in the great outdoors, on Hermann Square in front of City Hall, a unique and beautiful setting for a special event that brings Houstonians together in celebration of our parks, greenspaces and trails.

Since our last luncheon, it has been gratifying to celebrate our 40th year and look back on how far we have come as an organization and how far Houston has come as a more livable city. As we look back, we are filled with sincere appreciation for the many families and individuals that have helped make Houston greener, healthier and more beautiful. Their legacy is a transformed Houston.

The theme of this year’s luncheon is Connecting Communities. The Bayou Greenways 2020 project not only provides connections between physical barriers, but also a connection between communities, citizens and cultures. We are excited to celebrate this kind of transformation going on throughout Houston.

We are also excited to welcome Charles Renfro, a partner at Diller Scofidio + Renfro, as our guest speaker. Located in New York, Diller Scofidio + Renfro is an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the visual arts and the performing arts. They are the architects behind the High Line park in New York, in collaboration with landscape architects James Corner Field Operations and Piet Oudolf. Charles’ writings and interviews have been published in journals and books worldwide and he lectures frequently both in the U.S. and abroad. Charles has taught at Rice University, Parsons the New School for Design, School of Visual Arts and Columbia University. But beyond the prestigious career, Charles is a delight to listen to and, being a native Houstonian, has a unique perspective on Houston’s transformation.

We look forward to welcoming you and our many friends and colleagues that continue to support the creation and improvement of our parks and green spaces – places where Houstonians walk, picnic, relax, paddle, bike, and simply enjoy time outdoors. We have a lot to celebrate, and we want you to be part of it!