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https://awards.re-thinkingthefuture.com/rtf-awards-2020-winners/alief-neighborhood-center-eyp-inc/

 

https://www.houstontx.gov/parks/communitycenters/cc-alief.html

 

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The Alief Neighborhood Center combines three City of Houston departments (Library, Parks, & Health) to create a civic center at the heart of the redeveloped 37-acre urban park. Raised out of the floodplain, the building’s elevated ‘front porch’ frames a space for the diverse community to come together, share ideas, and express an identity unique to Alief. The Center is a model for resilient design in a post-hurricane Harvey environment – a ‘Lilly-pad’ for those seeking shelter from the storm.

 

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Coming Soon - The New Alief Neighborhood Center and Park - February 7, 2020 – Early 2022


The Alief Park and Community Center will close on February 7, 2020 through January 2022 for the construction of a new $54 million mixed used center that will accommodate three City of Houston Facilities under one roof. When completed the new 69,900 square foot building will house the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Health Department and the Houston Public Library Department. 

 

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I hope this doesn't get harmed by the inevitable recession we are about to have and the city needing to cut spending. Though after reading more about this project, it sounds like the funding is money that was saved or collected from different sources for several years prior.

 

That is going to be an awesome park for people in that part of town. This makes me happier in some ways than seeing whatever new plans for Memorial Park are being released since this facility seems more about active use. I won't ever use this park but its a worthy use of tax dollars I think.

 

Speaking solely on the grounds of the site, that pool should be a model for the aquatics facilities the city runs. The new trend among cities is to have a smaller number of very large public swimming complexes rather than many small neighborhood pools. The bigger facilities can host more programs, they can be open for longer parts of the year, etc. The small square pools have a hard time attracting visitors, have very limited hours, and are just underutilized. Also in a city like Houston many neighborhoods have private HOA pools, so the purpose of having publicly funded aquatics facility is more about ensuring everyone incl. those in neighborhoods without pools has access to the programs(kids lessons, adult fitness classes, etc) and consolidated sites work better for that.

 

The city of Dallas sold some extra land it owned for about $30 million and is building 6 or 7 big pools in geographically logical locations so the whole city is served and will then go back and fill in the tiny old ones in neighborhood parks. I think they've managed to build most of the big facilities by now, so it has been a success.

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