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Causes: Community Recreational Centers, Sports

Mission: Discovery green's mission is to operate an urban park that serves as a village green, a source of health and happiness for our citizens, and a window into the diverse talents and traditions that enrich life in houston.

Programs: Discovery green conservancy operates a public park, open year-round at no charge to residents and visitors of the greater houston area. The park includes open areas for events, picnics, and sports, a playground and an interactive water feature for children, a lake, a putting green, various gardens, a jogging path, dog runs, a branch of the houston public library, two restaurants, performance areas and both temporary and permanent installations of art. The park hosts a variety of activities such as yoga, dance and fitness classes and performing arts events, as well as special events such as an ice rink in winter.

discovery green was selected by the houston super bowl host committee as the host venue for super bowl live during super bowl li in february 2017. Entertainment covered the entire park as well as 4 surrounding city blocks, and included a space center attraction, food and live entertainment. Over 1. 3 million people visited over the 10 days leading up to the super bowl.

in march 2017, discovery green entered into a partnership with houston first to manage programming for the new avenida houston plaza in front of the george r brown convention center. The goal is to provide both convention visitors and houstonians a great new downtown destination. Over 100 free events, including circus acts, live music, movies dancing and temporary art installations were programmed by discovery green on the plaza across the street from the park.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I (heart) Discovery Greens!

Discovery Green has been a wonderful asset to Downtown Houston! We have needed something like this for a very long time. All the *free* activities that the park has to offer is awesome for us(people on budgets) to enjoy! This environmentally friendly park has something to offer to for everyone, especially those who have a special place in their hearts for Houston, arts and well, parks in the city! (Like Central Park in New York City)

My fiance and I have shared many great memories there.

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Brandee S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Discovery Green has been a welcome addition to the Houston area. It has provided so many opportunities for activity since it's been in our city. Two years ago, my boyfriend and I went ice skating on New Years Day. It was a special time and a wonderful memory. We have also attended photography and art exhibits in the park. Each time I go, I enjoy my time at Discovery Green!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a full time working mom and Discovery Green has so many great activities that I can participate and enjoy as well as my kids. There is always so much security there that makes me feel safe when at Discovery Green with my kids. I love that I can participate in activities for me to enjoy as well as my kids can. Working mom's like me with kids always need something that we can enjoy and do after work all together. Thank you Discovery Green members/workers for making this a great place for families.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the opening, and hve been hooked on Houston's great park ever since! I attend the movies, concerts and special events. It is SO easy to access, and they do a great job of getting the word out of all of their activities. Love it!

Mary

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think Discovery Green Park is an amazing family fun filled park that every town should have! This park brings families closer together while enjoying all the free activities Houston has to offer! Thank you for taking care of the family!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I both feel that Discovery Green is a wonderful asset to Houston. We enjoy the old silent films, the farmer's market, and just people watching ....especially all the young families who bring their kids and dogs to relax and enjoy a bit of lovely open space. We have also brought many out-of-town guests to Discovery Green to universal applause and appreciation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I took my son (in from college in Missouri), his girlfriend and my daughter to see the Red Bull Illume in December. What an awesome enlightening presentation for all ages and all backgrounds! Amazing photographs lit up at night time. I wish I could have brought everyone to see it! I must tell you we drove in from Sugar Land (30 miles) and it was freezing cold outside, but the Illumination warmed all of us , mind,body and soul! Great job and please keep bringing this type of art back to the Great City of Houston!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been attending the park's Zumba classes for over a year now and I absolutely love the class and the park. I have also enjoyed watching my 3-year old nephew run around in the water park and playground and hope that the park will be around for many, many years to come, as I am looking forward to all the fun things I can do with my now 6-month old, once she gets a bit older.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I absolutely love the Blues and Burgers series that they have at Discovery Green. Not only does it give the public a chance to hear some great musicians perform, it also lets those of us stuck in an office all day enjoy a beautiful getaway from work. The Lake House is a relaxing setting and has great burgers, and a nice walk through the surrounding park is a great way to top it all off.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We love Discovery Green. My grand baby loves the fountains. We feel it is a little piece of heaven, well planned and well maintained. My husband and I love the restaurant too. We hope to enjoy more of the programming in the future even though we live in Clear Lake. Houston is a great place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is an amazing park! When you are in the beautiful setting of the park you almost forget that you are in the middle of a big city. This park has really helped to bring the community together. They have great events yearly, a lot are free. Live music, festivals, art exhibits, movies in the park and more. It's a very family and pet friendly place. The play area and water features are great, especially during summer in Houston. The park construction is inspiration to all. They have done a wonderful job making this park eco friendly!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovery Green has fantastic facilities - the play park is top, as are the water fountain for kids, the nature zones and pond, the stage area. My family have enjoyed concerts and films for free in the happiest of settings, And to think it is all for free!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My family was enchanted walking under the huge pictorial globes at Christmas and where breathtaken by the large glowing photo exhibit of extreme sports. Thanks to the friendly and curteous staff that look to make our play time on the grassy areas fun and offering equipment for outdoor games. Discovery green is a breath of fresh air for us and a place to meet our friends. I wish we had more bike lanes leading to this lovely spot.

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Client Served

Rating: 3

My grandchildren and I love the park and facility. All activities are free. some are educational and some are just for fun. We get our exercise for the day and meet people from all cultures. I get e-mails through internet for upcoming events and forward the mail to my friends. There are always planned events for people of all ages.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We recently moved here from New Jersey (just outside of Manhattan). My husband and I have two children, ages 11 and 7, a puppy, and my 80-year-old dad (a true New Yorker) now calling Houston home. Recently, we went to Discovery Green because we heard about the ice sculpting contest. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and event and felt almost guilty because as we watched the artists doing their thing with the ice, on a gorgeous Winter day here in Houston, our family and friends were digging themselves out of ice and snow as New York City faced its worst Winter on record! Thank you, Discovery Green Conservancy, for the wonderful events you host and for adding such color to Houston!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In Discovery Green Park most of happenings are outdoor, which challenges the old good myth that Houston is indoor city. DG not only changes the city but also keeps changing Houstonians, taking them out of their houses, and making them to do fun and active things outside: listen live music, practice yoga, watch art shows.

Kids adore DG for playing fountains, playground, skating rink and juicy burgers from Lakeside cafe

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the free plays performed in the summer months. My friends and I spent the afternoon watching Shakespeare and enjoy some cold drinks. When we needed a break from the sun, we were able to enjoy the active side of the park with frisbee's and sno-cones in the shade of some trees.

The fountain was a real treat. It's both beautiful to look at is and refreshing. It was hard not to smile with the children that were happily playing in the water.

The outdoor ice rink, recycle saturdays, farmer's market, and more, I'm always talking about going there with friends and out of towner's. I live about 30 min from downtown, but think the drive is totally worth it!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love the Discovery Green park. It is a great place to take the dog and relax in the park. We live close to downtown and think it is great to have the park close to us. We also really like all the activites they offer at the park, especially since they are all FREE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's just so wonderful to have a green space in the middle of a big city that provides so many excellent activities. Blues and burgers, concerts, movies, ice skating, art bikes, and so many other activities that discovery green provides have really enriched Houston.

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Toni Valle

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional choreographer and a mother, I have found Discovery Green to be am irreplaceable and valuable resource to introduce both my son to the arts and my art to the Houston public. Discovery Green gives so many people a new experience to the arts - people who may not see it otherwise!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love Discovery Green! they have great family oriented activities, for free- which is very important in these economic times.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love, love, love Discovery Green. Best park in Houston. Enjoy taking all visitors to the park when they're in Houston.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love, love, love Discovery Green Park. This is a wonderful sense of community there and people seem to come together for the sole purpose of enjoying the wide array of festivities the park offers. The park is so welcoming and caters to all sorts of people, I enjoy the ever changing variety the park offer, from movie nights, to exercising in the park, to walks for a cause. The grounds are always clean and well tended to and the level of security that is provided makes you feel safe and secure. Discovery green is definitely a plus to the Houston Community as a whole.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

Just what Houston needed! Discovery Green offers such a wide variety of programs and events that everyone benefits. Our family greatly enjoys the art displays and was very impressed with the Red Bull Illume Exhibit. I also take advantage of Recycle Saturdays.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a wonderful, diverse park. It is hard to explain, but I got an amazing sense of community there, more than any park I have ever visited. I love the Sunday Farmer's Market and hope that it keeps expanding. I went for a free salsa lesson and stayed for the free movie afterwards. It was fun! The water park is great for the kids to get wet and for the adults to watch. I like watching the dogs in the dog park and the kids in the playground. I signed up for weekly notifications from Discovery Green and they e-mail me and tell me what's going on that week.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is my favorite park in Houston! After visiting Discovery Green for the first time, I went and started telling people how much I love it! You can enjoy the park without bumping into anyone. The Urban Market on Sundays is a treat. After shopping the market, you can relax on the hill or on the flat lawn... There is something for everyone to do. The greatest reason why I fell in love with this park is that it is an "organic" park and I am all for natural and organic living! Whenever I think about going to a park, I always think of Discovery Green first....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a wonderful gem in the middle of downtown Houston. Likely the most programmed plot of land in the city, Discovery Green hosts everything from wonderful exercise classes that draw residents of all ages, races and fitness levels; to silent movie nights, concerts and exhibits. And most of it is absolutely free! I personally discovered Zumba and Yoga at the park, and have attended countless free concerts and movies there. And when I just want a nice, quiet place to read or throw a Frisbee, Disovery Green is perfect for that too. It is one of my absolute favorite spots in the city, and it serves such a diverse mix of people.

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John C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best urban parks in the country, there are free activities every day and is a showcase of the entire city.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a wonderful park offering a wide variety of free activities of interest both to families and children and to adults. The DIVERSITY of events taking place there is amazing. Many 'green' activities include a local fresh food market, recycling Saturdays, the annual "take me outdoors" activities with booths from Texas Parks & Wildlife, Sierra Club, Houston Arboretum, etc. Many artistic displays include the recent photo exhibits, a Dan Phillips gazebo, ice carving, etc. The health related activities include exercise classes, ice skating, and more. Then there are the free music and films. There are the spraying water in summer, ice skating in winter and other children's acivities. We recently found out that they have hoola hoops & frisbies just to lend to visitors on the honor system. Discovery Green seems to offer something for everyone regardless of his/her interests.

The Houston Park & Recreation Department does a wonderful job landscaping the park. Especially noteworthy are the large number of native plants used in the park.

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Lizette G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is on my Top Five Favorite things in Houston! It is a great place to make memories with my family. I love having picnics, and it is such an awesome place for flying kites. I love that they are pet friendly, it has so many spots to just relax and read a book. I met my teenage crush thanks to them, Mario Lopez at a book signing, an it didnt seem so chaotic because it was outdoors. Taking a walk at night it so romantic. with the lake and scenery...just an all around enjoyable place to go!! Can't wait to see what they introduce next.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great place to go for all different people; families, couples, youngsters, elderlies, etc. Couldn't have stayed in Houston without it. In the summer (when most Houstonians stay in their AC homes), it was very breezy and I went to Discovery Green 2-3 times a week. Enjoyed yoga in the outdoors ( I never did yoga before), remote control little sailing boats, fountains, events, simple outdoor games (Bocce, frisbee, horseshoe, etc) that one can borrow for free, library, outdoor ice skating, etc.

It is THE highlight of Houston.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization opened the park a few years ago, and they consistently have fun, family-friendly programming throughout the entire year. It has brought new life to the downtown Houston area, and provides community support to local organizations as well as entertainment to the general public. I love going to Discovery Green for the outdoor concerts, movies on the big screen and even the events surrounding the MLS all-star game last July. It's great to see so many people of all ages and walks of life re-discovering downtown Houston.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truly a GEM in Downtown Houston. Not only is Discovery Green esthetically pleasing and a nice place to spend time winding down in the midst of a concrete jungle; it offers great programs/events/facilities targeted at a broad, diverse population.

As someone new to Houston, I think Discovery Green (complete with its free programs/events for the public) is strategically located as a great marketing tool for Houston - demonstrating that the city and its people are progressive, healthy and family oriented.

I particularly like the fitness in the park programs (especially Zumba classes), the Saturday recyling centre, the concerts in the park series and the various weekend events through out the year.

Discovery Green was a factor in my deciding to live downtown.

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Tabinda G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Discovery Green is a great park to go to. They have year round activities that aren't replicated elsewhere.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is the most dynamic park in Houston. When we are there, we almost feel like we are not in Houston (not that Houston isn't beautiful everywhere :-)). The activities and exhibits change throughout the year so there is always something a little different to do. You can bring a lunch or eat at the cafe that is there. It is easy to spend hours there with or without the kids.
If you haven't been to this park, you must go!

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