BOB WRITES: Let’s face it. The name “Discovery Green” (with “Green” in red letters) is not a good choice. Mark my words, the citizens of Houston will come up with a nickname as an alternative.
HOUSTON, TX – October 17, 2006 – With much fanfare and an “explosion” of dirt, Mayor Bill White and the board of the Houston Downtown Park Conservancy broke ground today on the construction of a new 12-acre downtown park. The groundbreaking occurred only moments after the Conservancy Board announced the official name of the park as “Discovery Green.” The new name was one of more than 6,200 submissions received by the Conservancy, a 501(c)(3) organization that is responsible for building and operating the park. According to Conservancy Board Chair Nancy G. Kinder, “Over the past two years we have been asking Houstonians for input – from activities to design. Once we had public input on the design it made sense to ask the public to help select the name for the new park as well.” “Discovery Green will be a premiere urban park – on par with many other great urban parks found in the world’s leading cities,” said Mayor Bill White. “It is one of many vibrant projects that have and will change the landscape of downtown Houston.”The $93 million park features an interactive fountain, a one-acre pond, beautiful green spaces for personal recreation or small events, a jogging trail, a playground, two restaurants, an amphitheater, picnic areas and other activities visitors can experience and enjoy. The park is scheduled to open in early 2008.