Hermann Park, 6001 Fannin, 77030
Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children
Just after its completion in 1995, this innovative play area was acclaimed as "the finest public playground in the country" by Dr. Joe Frost of the University of Texas, a leading child development and playground safety expert. Its design mainstreams physically challenged and able-bodied children in side-by-side play. The $1.3 million, eight acre public playground was dedicated to the children of Houston after three years of planning, fund-raising and construction. The play area includes play structures for children of all ages, a water spray area, pavilions and shade structures, and beautiful landscaping.
New improvements completed in 2002 include restroom facilities and a miniature train depot adjacent to the play area.
John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo
In 2000, The Zoo Friends of Houston raised $6 million to complete a brand new interactive and educational children’s area within the Houston Zoo – the John P. McGovern Children’s Zoo. The Houston Parks Board was retained by the Zoo Friends to oversee the design and construction of the facility. The Children’s Zoo takes you through forty exhibits showcasing the six ecosystems of Texas: the city, Gulf Coast, desert, forest, prairie, and farm. Young visitors, and the young-at-heart, can watch a river otter play underwater, explore a realistic bat cave, get up close and personal with the goats and sheep in the petting area and watch an entertaining show in the butterfly pavilion.
Albert and Margaret Alkek Komodo and Crocodile Monitor Exhibit
In 2002, The Zoo Friends of Houston raised funds to renovate and create a new addition to the Reptile building at the Houston Zoo. They retained the Houston Parks Board to oversee the design and construction of the $800,000 project. Located on the zoo property in Hermann Park, the building features reptiles and amphibians from around the world, including two Komodo Dragons and several Crocodile Monitor lizards housed in the renovated Albert and Margaret Alkek Exhibit. A new exhibit space was also created for Blanco the White Alligator, one of only fourteen white alligators in existence.
Miller Outdoor Theatre Food Service Facility
Houston's Miller Outdoor Theatre has long been home to crowd-pleasing performances. When the Miller Theatre Advisory Board decided to create a new and expanded $1.5 million food service facility in 2002, they turned to the expertise of the Houston Parks Board team, which managed the design and construction for the project.