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Discovery Green Conservancy

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

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

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar

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!

Review from Guidestar