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It would appear everything is finished now. I am guessing they are waiting for the pandemic to be over?   Discovery Green by Marc longoria, on Flickr   Discovery Green

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it looks like over night someone bumped or repositioned the cam so now it barely catches the west edge of the park and nothing of the ice....it would possibly be interesting if any of the cranes were running....but as of now it is just staring at buildings and a bit of traffic

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Discovery Green won Texas Construction Magazine's Best of 2008 - Outdoors/Recreation:

Discovery Green, a 12-acre park located directly across from the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, required a diverse construction approach. The varied project included a one-acre lake, underground parking garage, children
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I was around the 12/26, and the security guard mentioned 1/12.

Maybe they bumped it up a week, but MLK day makes sense, but it is usually cold throughout February too. They should have kept it at least until Valentines Day weekend.

BTW, it looks much smaller in person than the photos reveal. Kinda disappointing.

From the day it was announced, they have said it will be open through January 19. It's been on the website and in their emails.

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BTW, it looks much smaller in person than the photos reveal. Kinda disappointing.

It's still fun to do. Most people in Houston aren't figure skaters or hockey players that need a huge rink to go flying around. My wife and I tried it out last week and had a lot of fun just fumbling around on it.

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it looks like over night someone bumped or repositioned the cam so now it barely catches the west edge of the park and nothing of the ice....it would possibly be interesting if any of the cranes were running....but as of now it is just staring at buildings and a bit of traffic

Yeah.

Someone most likely repositioned the cam and as of now its staring at Disco Tower.

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If someone has an application like autocad, they can go to the planning commission agenda (link i provided above), click on the 2:30 meeting and view the drawings the company provided.

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I finally got a chance to walk through the park late one night last week and was VERY impressed. There was a great police presence and NO bums. I spoke with one of the HPD officers there and he said they are assigned there on a rotating shift, so that there are always officers there.

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If someone has an application like autocad, they can go to the planning commission agenda (link i provided above), click on the 2:30 meeting and view the drawings the company provided.

Where is this link you speak of?

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Yes, I have noticed that too whenever I go down there, no hobos. Its nice. I hope it stays like that. How are they keeping them out? Do the cops tell their panhandling asses to leave whenever they see one?

I believe technically the park is 100% private property since it is in trust for 20 years and because of that cops can tell people of any type they need to leave private property and this is the same reason it can be rented and parts or all of it closed for private events

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I believe technically the park is 100% private property since it is in trust for 20 years and because of that cops can tell people of any type they need to leave private property and this is the same reason it can be rented and parts or all of it closed for private events

You can rent and close any park, though. Any downtown one, at least.

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Texas Highways has an article on DG.

http://texashighways.com/index.php/component/content/article/48-gulf-coast/5964-downtown-playground-houstons-discovery-green

With the development of Discover Green on downtown’s east side, the Bayou City has joined the ranks of New York and San Francisco – each renowned for their appealing urban green spaces.

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Texas Highways has an article on DG.

http://texashighways.com/index.php/component/content/article/48-gulf-coast/5964-downtown-playground-houstons-discovery-green

With the development of Discover Green on downtown’s east side, the Bayou City has joined the ranks of New York and San Francisco – each renowned for their appealing urban green spaces.

great way to revive the thread, i wanted to keep reading but there was so little...

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 8:55am CDT

Discovery Green earns LEED Gold certification

Houston Business Journal

Discovery Green has received LEED Gold certification — making the project the first completed LEED Gold new construction project in downtown Houston.

http://houston.bizjournals.com/houston/stories/2009/10/12/daily9.html?surround=lfn

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really neat, I didn't know they employed that much green tech, it is mostly hidden from view. Which is good and bad, I'm glad that it isn't in our faces, saying, look how green we are, we have solar everywhere! But then, because it isn't in your face, most people that utilize that area have no idea about how earth friendly it is.

It is a most peaceful spot in the late afternoon with the sun going down behind the buildings and the frogs going crazy.

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^^^ Insane I know. At least we compromised those parking lots for a park.

Well, of the parking lots pictured, the only one that is gone (well, underground now) is the one in the bottom right corner. The other 5 lots are still there.

it would have been awesome if disco replaced them all.

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Well, of the parking lots pictured, the only one that is gone (well, underground now) is the one in the bottom right corner. The other 5 lots are still there.

it would have been awesome if disco replaced them all.

You're forgetting Hess Tower on the bottom left lot.

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Memorial is nice. Did you know that Memorial Park is twice the size of Central Park? Not quite a peered comparison since Memorial is merely inside the loop rather than inside downtown but still, it surprised me.

Central Park isn't in Downtown Manhattan either. It's just north of Midtown Manhattan. It's an appropriate comparison, I suppose, though Hermann Park is still probably a better comparison.

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Memorial is nice. Did you know that Memorial Park is twice the size of Central Park? Not quite a peered comparison since Memorial is merely inside the loop rather than inside downtown but still, it surprised me.

I've never quite figured out Memorial Park. There's the running loop, which has cars screaming by. And the arboretum, which is lovely. And some picnic areas. What is happening in the rest of the space?

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I've never quite figured out Memorial Park. There's the running loop, which has cars screaming by. And the arboretum, which is lovely. And some picnic areas. What is happening in the rest of the space?

Picnic Circle is an excellent place to road cycle. The cars are banned from it after sundown with a closed gate and traffic is really light otherwise. Its a little over a mile long, but some fun curves, etc. Then you've got the golf course/driving range with Beck's Prime, some great mountain bike trails, tennis, swimming.

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Picnic Circle is an excellent place to road cycle. The cars are banned from it after sundown with a closed gate and traffic is really light otherwise. Its a little over a mile long, but some fun curves, etc. Then you've got the golf course/driving range with Beck's Prime, some great mountain bike trails, tennis, swimming.

Don't forget the polo club for when you're dying to visit with Muffy and Thurston.

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I've never quite figured out Memorial Park. There's the running loop, which has cars screaming by. And the arboretum, which is lovely. And some picnic areas. What is happening in the rest of the space?

The running loop is great, but you're right about the cars screaming by. When I use that path, I oftentimes only do the horseshoe and avoid the part along Memorial due to the traffic noise and fumes.

The mountain bike paths south of Memorial aren't bad. They make a surprisingly good use of the space and terrain, but you just have to get used to all the tree roots crossing the paths. The golf course is a tremendous waste of valuable space IMO, but I don't golf. There's also the horse stables in the northwest corner (I think that's still part of Memorial Park). There's also the volleyball court, a baseball court, a short running track, and other miscellaneous fields used for soccer, beyond what kyle mentioned.

I think part of makes Memorial so great is that is's primarily a fitness-oriented park rather than just a fat camp for families to sit around on picnic tables grilling and eating. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's great that one of the supposed fattest cities in America has such a great public space for outdoor activities. People from out of town are always surprised when I take them there.

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I'm not crazy about the golf course. I'm not a big golfer though I've been out with my dad a few times. I can appreciate its legitimacy, though. With so many high-priced private courses, its nice to have a quality cheap course. Its very affordable to play on and one of the best municipal golf courses in the country.

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I'm not crazy about the golf course. I'm not a big golfer though I've been out with my dad a few times. I can appreciate its legitimacy, though. With so many high-priced private courses, its nice to have a quality cheap course. Its very affordable to play on and one of the best municipal golf courses in the country.

It is a great course, very fun to play, but I think Gus Wortham is a bit more fun.

Hermann park is better than DG in my opinion as well, better park for strolling around, better park for sitting and watching people, great venue for free shows and well wooded but not in an overpowered way.

A note about Central Park vs Houston Parks, Hermann is almost half the size of Central Park.

DG does a really good job though of generating interest by bringing in some really interesting entertainment. I make it a point to ride by there on friday nights in the summer, you catch everything, from folk dance groups performing their traditional dances in traditional garb, to cover bands playing Tool with an ice sculptor going crazy with the chainsaw to the music. Not sure who coordinates the live shows, but they do a really good job of keeping it diverse enough to bring in people from every walk of life and offer them exposure to not only the park, but downtown itself.

I do wish there was some way for the park to be larger though.

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