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I noticed them building the mini-train's new stops near the TMC (across from Palmer/Hermann) and the Rice rail stop. Should be interesting.

that gave me a very funny image of a bunch of folks in scrubs, parking their cars in the free zoo lot at about 7:00 a.m. and piling into the mini-train for a ride to work. I hope they at least wave to people as they go by, like the usual mini-train riders do.

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that gave me a very funny image of a bunch of folks in scrubs, parking their cars in the free zoo lot at about 7:00 a.m. and piling into the mini-train for a ride to work. I hope they at least wave to people as they go by, like the usual mini-train riders do.

Ben Taub and Memorial Hermann are the two hospitals close to the park and they both have parking arrangements for their employees. On the other hand I see patients and their visitors trying this.

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Nevermind. A press release was posted on the Hermann Park website today that says, "The entire Lake Plaza is a LEED certified project scheduled for completion in March 2009". I assume this includes the bridge.

The entire Hermann Park project is scheduled from completion in 2014.

I knew there were some things going on over there, but I didn't know about all of this.

http://www.hermannpark.org/tiffanypressrelease.htm

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Nevermind. A press release was posted on the Hermann Park website today that says, "The entire Lake Plaza is a LEED certified project scheduled for completion in March 2009". I assume this includes the bridge.

The entire Hermann Park project is scheduled from completion in 2014.

I knew there were some things going on over there, but I didn't know about all of this.

http://www.hermannpark.org/tiffanypressrelease.htm

Thanks for the link. Strange that there don't seem to be any renderings floating around out there.

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I noticed them building the mini-train's new stops near the TMC (across from Palmer/Hermann) and the Rice rail stop. Should be interesting.

Heard the mini-train station was going to be remodeled. Has that happened yet? Have always wanted to get a pic of the old station location, with all those old miniature trains in their little graveyard. Thought the old train entrance would change, per the renovations elsewhere in the park. I wish those little trains could tell us where they all came from, just love them.

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Heard the mini-train station was going to be remodeled. Has that happened yet? Have always wanted to get a pic of the old station location, with all those old miniature trains in their little graveyard. Thought the old train entrance would change, per the renovations elsewhere in the park. I wish those little trains could tell us where they all came from, just love them.

I don't know, but they are working on the new train station by the Rice U/Hermann Park Light Rail station.

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I visited the new and improving Hermann Park today when I took my 2 year old niece to ride the new train. As someone who grew up on the old trains, the new train ride just wasn't the same to me. The shiny new train looked nice, but I missed the smell of the diesel exhaust (I think it was diesel) going through the old tunnel filled with crazy dancing figures. They have a tunnel now, but it's just a warehouse with a door at each end (I kid you not). Except for a few portions, the train follows an all new path, and you can really get a good view of the changes occuring at the park. Gravel walkways, nicer landscaping, etc...

Part of me misses the old park, but another part is glad to see new air being breathed into the park.

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I visited the new and improving Hermann Park today when I took my 2 year old niece to ride the new train. As someone who grew up on the old trains, the new train ride just wasn't the same to me. The shiny new train looked nice, but I missed the smell of the diesel exhaust (I think it was diesel) going through the old tunnel filled with crazy dancing figures. They have a tunnel now, but it's just a warehouse with a door at each end (I kid you not). Except for a few portions, the train follows an all new path, and you can really get a good view of the changes occuring at the park. Gravel walkways, nicer landscaping, etc...

Part of me misses the old park, but another part is glad to see new air being breathed into the park.

Thanks for the update, was wondering about that, took a ride on it before the changes for old times sake...that tunnel was a little cheesy, with those figures, but the ride was great, very long, gave you a good view of the park layout. Will have to check it out. <_< Where did all those old mini trains go?

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Jesus! For the love of God! Those are NUTREAS!!! Don't feed those BY HAND! God people! The Louisiana State Police go out and shoot these things, every night, for clogging up the sewers!

Eh, I'm from LA, we're used to them. That wasn't me feeding them by hand though. I stay away from bright orange teeth as a rule. I would love to collect $3 a head though...OR, they could take them as a barter for the train tickets, which are $2.50. The extra 50 cents they would get could go toward cold storage or butchering while they stockpile between trips to the wildlife department to collect the bounty.

EDIT: And no, not my slippers. I don't think my feet were ever as small as baby girl's.

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Maybe those nutria rats are the new food source for gators at the Houston Zoo. I know the zoo in NOLA uses nutria rats for that very purpose. It's a good deal, a free food source for the gators located just steps away from the entrance, how much money would they save? :D

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Here are some photos of the Hermann Park construction. Maybe we can change the title of this thread to "Hermann Park Construction" or something, as there is no other Hermann Park thread that I can find except one specifically about the train, and another from 2004.

Maybe this could also be moved to Going Up as well, as it's still under construction.

The new parts of the park including several buildings which remind me a bit of Disco Green are supposed to open in March.

Sorry about the not so great photos. I didn't have time to edit crop or rotate any of them.

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What, I thought this was just a "test" bridge when i first saw it.

Sorry, i truly love Hermann Park and the Conservation Society and all they do, but to me this looks not so great for a million bucks?

If this is the much vaunted "Tiffany Bridge" then sorry its a SIGH from me... I thought it would be much more pretty, ornate and grand looking, not some steel thing that looks like something like the Core of Engineers would fling up in a logistical flooding emergency. Where is the "arched" design in the bridge as above in first post???

Or maybe I'm just not looking at it right????! I hate to criticise when its better than nothing, I just think the Park deserves more.

Someone please tell me I'm wrong and this thing looks awesome.

Confused :(

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What, I thought this was just a "test" bridge when i first saw it.

Sorry, i truly love Hermann Park and the Conservation Society and all they do, but to me this looks not so great for a million bucks?

If this is the much vaunted "Tiffany Bridge" then sorry its a SIGH from me... I thought it would be much more pretty, ornate and grand looking, not some steel thing that looks like something like the Core of Engineers would fling up in a logistical flooding emergency. Where is the "arched" design in the bridge as above in first post???

Or maybe I'm just not looking at it right????! I hate to criticise when its better than nothing, I just think the Park deserves more.

Someone please tell me I'm wrong and this thing looks awesome.

Confused :(

I'll try to check out this weekend, but yeah I agree. That looks pretty underwhelming for the amount of money spent on it.

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I've seen it myself, defo not the photo Jax :)

I went to see this today again and actually I think the bridge is not finished yet, there are brackets along the top of the railing on both sides that look like something is still to be added...and the bridge is closed off again...

The rest of the work around the bridge is great.....new station, buildings, trees, landscaping around lake etc are all super...!

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I went to see this today again and actually I think the bridge is not finished yet, there are brackets along the top of the railing on both sides that look like something is still to be added...and the bridge is closed off again...

The rest of the work around the bridge is great.....new station, buildings, trees, landscaping around lake etc are all super...!

I think that they read this thread and decided that they better make further improvements. :rolleyes:

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i really havent been to Hermann Park in a really long time. hearing about all these improvements really make me want to go down there and check it out :)

and yeah that bridge looks pretty lame.

should have taken that million and build a bridge out of one million dollar bills >.<

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We went Sunday and I hated it. The park is way too popular now. All of these improvements have brought out the worst sort of people, the kind that breathe and move about and park. Four or five years ago we could go on a nice Sunday afternoon and there were 1/3rd the number of humans there. The bridge was ugly and we saw a duck commit murder. My wife was upset by it, but we don't know the whole story. The dead duck could have killed the other duck's father, for all we know.

Oh, and if you're going to look at the zoo's red panda ("The Cutest Animal In The World!"), don't bother. It's just a raccoon.

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We went Sunday and I hated it. The park is way too popular now.

Hermann Park way too popular? I can't believe it! Even before the expansion, I found some Sundays resulted in no parking to be found on the grounds. I can't imagine the situation now.

we saw a duck commit murder. My wife was upset by it, but we don't know the whole story. The dead duck could have killed the other duck's father, for all we know.

Dang inner-city ducks. Such a thing never would've happened at Armand Bayou!

Oh, and if you're going to look at the zoo's red panda ("The Cutest Animal In The World!"), don't bother. It's just a raccoon.

Yeah, that thing does look like they swiped a raccoon from the woods by Brays Bayou and dipped it in a barrel of red paint, lol.

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We went Sunday and I hated it. The park is way too popular now. All of these improvements have brought out the worst sort of people, the kind that breathe and move about and park. Four or five years ago we could go on a nice Sunday afternoon and there were 1/3rd the number of humans there. The bridge was ugly and we saw a duck commit murder. My wife was upset by it, but we don't know the whole story. The dead duck could have killed the other duck's father, for all we know.

Oh, and if you're going to look at the zoo's red panda ("The Cutest Animal In The World!"), don't bother. It's just a raccoon.

This post has me LOL, literally. I saw that Red Panda on the news and I'm like Hello y'all, that's a coon.

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What, I thought this was just a "test" bridge when i first saw it.

Sorry, i truly love Hermann Park and the Conservation Society and all they do, but to me this looks not so great for a million bucks?

If this is the much vaunted "Tiffany Bridge" then sorry its a SIGH from me... I thought it would be much more pretty, ornate and grand looking, not some steel thing that looks like something like the Core of Engineers would fling up in a logistical flooding emergency. Where is the "arched" design in the bridge as above in first post???

Or maybe I'm just not looking at it right????! I hate to criticise when its better than nothing, I just think the Park deserves more.

Someone please tell me I'm wrong and this thing looks awesome.

Confused :(

The bridge is kind of silly and completely unnecessary. I was also really opposed to all the other development at that end of the park, but last time I was there it definitely grew on me. If they could just do something about the smell of rotting organic matter that permeates the park, it would be great.

We went Sunday and I hated it. The park is way too popular now. All of these improvements have brought out the worst sort of people, the kind that breathe and move about and park. Four or five years ago we could go on a nice Sunday afternoon and there were 1/3rd the number of humans there. The bridge was ugly and we saw a duck commit murder. My wife was upset by it, but we don't know the whole story. The dead duck could have killed the other duck's father, for all we know.

Oh, and if you're going to look at the zoo's red panda ("The Cutest Animal In The World!"), don't bother. It's just a raccoon.

You're problem is going on a Sunday. I wouldn't go anywhere near Hermann Park on a weekend unless a hurricane was close to bearing down on us. It's definitely overcrowded and uncomfortable with that many people.

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I actually kind of like the fact that there are people around when I go to the park. if I want to get away from people I'll go walk around downtown on a Sunday morning or go out to the country. I've only lived in H-Town since summer of 2006 and ever since I've been here the park has been popular. I've also never driven to the park (I always walk/bike) so I don't have to deal with traffic.

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one could argue that the Herman park area of Houston could rival any public park space in the country. Its very nice and the trees are wonderful as well as all of the amenities nearby like the rail and the museums and restaurants. Not many cities have great park areas like this.

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one could argue that the Herman park area of Houston could rival any public park space in the country. Its very nice and the trees are wonderful as well as all of the amenities nearby like the rail and the museums and restaurants. Not many cities have great park areas like this.

the friend i brought downtown couldn't believe that houston had public spaces like hermann park & discovery green. she's lived in northern suburbs for years and does not know what houston has to offer. it was fun to see her get excited over houston.

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one could argue that the Herman park area of Houston could rival any public park space in the country. Its very nice and the trees are wonderful as well as all of the amenities nearby like the rail and the museums and restaurants. Not many cities have great park areas like this.

I couldn't agree with you more; I love Herman park. I've said before that it's my favorite part of Houston.

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one could argue that the Herman park area of Houston could rival any public park space in the country. Its very nice and the trees are wonderful as well as all of the amenities nearby like the rail and the museums and restaurants. Not many cities have great park areas like this.

I agree completely. Most people who haven't been to Houston would never believe it if you tried to tell them there are such nice areas in the city.

What's frustrating is the beating Houston takes in forums like skyscraper.com. It's as if there are forumers that lurk in forums like that for the sole purpose of bashing Houston. Thank goodness for HAIF, which is much more fair for the most part.

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