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9 hours ago, downtownian said:

 

I've done two staycations at the Marquis and both times there were tons of kids on the pool deck so I haven't gone back.

You live downtown and you have rented a hotel room at the Marquis for a vacation?

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13 hours ago, UtterlyUrban said:

You live downtown and you have rented a hotel room at the Marquis for a vacation?

 

Yes, for the pool. I walked over, had brunch at Xochi and then went to the pool. It would have been worth it if not for the kids. 

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It is baffling and astonishing that a lazy river in the shape of Texas would attract children. Certainly this was intended for a more sophisticated crowd?

 

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2 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

It is baffling and astonishing that a lazy river in the shape of Texas would attract children. Certainly this was intended for a more sophisticated crowd?

 

 

Haha, I know right? Though it is a convention hotel..

The issue isn't so much that kids are there. That's to be expected.. the problem is all the terrible parents these days who don't punish their kids or teach them how to behave properly, so you end up with a bunch of kids yelling and screaming as they're running across the podium causing a ruckus, because the parents don't want to be bothered or deal with them while they're sipping their mixed drinks over in a cabana..

I've read multiple reviews talking about the problem with kids being loud and obnoxious on the pool deck.

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But if they chase the kids off of the pool deck they'll just end up on our lawns... :ph34r:

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Wow, guys.  I have never cosndered taking a vacation "10 blocks away".  But, I guess it really doesn't matter if the staycation is 10 blocks or 10 miles.  Same concept.  Glad you enjoyed!

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The MM's pool is a more local, small-scale substitute for places like Hyatt Lost-Pines and Hill country resorts, which obnoxious children from the Houston area (and elsewhere) have been assaulting for quite some time.  The price of popularity is having to deal with all of the people.

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10th Anniversary for Discovery Green, the mayor and several major contributors including Nancy Kinder were there for the birthday party. Lots of festivities all day.

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Nancy Kinder on the far right.

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Who doesn't love baby goats?

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The fact that 10 years in they still believe this park can be improved upon, and are willing to invest in its evolution is a great sign.

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Live a few blocks away and walk across Disco Green several times a week going between EaDo and Downtown ... it's amazing how this park has helped transform this part of Downtown.  Looking forward to seeing the improvements. 

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I wonder if this project is part of the previous announced plan to make the park more welcoming/accessible toward the la branch side of the park. Does anyone remember that that was mentioned not long ago? 

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On 5/6/2016 at 11:57 PM, lockmat said:

More changes are coming to DG. According to the video below, where this rendering comes from, they're looking to make the northwest corner more open to people entering the park from that direction.

 

Also, for those who haven't been in a while (like myself), they added a raised deck with small metal tables and chairs along the southern edge of the great lawn. Apparently that area was heavily used and the grass couldn't sustain the traffic. Guess that means they're getting rid of the rest of the great lawn (sarcasm)

 

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Here’s what I mentioned

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Was plotting this on the map, don't know if anyone read the article that Urb posted in Feb, but I really thought the numbers of just how successful this park has been were interesting, and thought I'd bring that info here:

 

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An average of 1.5 million people visit Discovery Green each year, 200 percent more than the park’s planners imagined, Mandel said. Aside from heavy utilization, the $125 million park has also been an economic engine, helping to spark a $1.2 billion building boom around it.

Those numbers suggest a 10-to-1 return on the original investment in the park, widely regarded as one of the most successful urban renewal projects in the nation. While the park was built as a public-private partnership, none of the improvement funds are coming from city coffers, Mandel said. Nor does the park charge admission for any of its 700 events each year or receive parking revenue from nearby meters, such as those that have been installed recently at Memorial Park and the Houston Arboretum.

Mandel said the four major philanthropic foundations that launched Discovery Green 11 years ago have “all reinvested in the next ten years,” and the conservancy has about $2 million more to raise to meet its upgrade goals.

 

Those are sum amazing numbers. Love how this has not only been a success, but its also done without city money, and all the original investors are reinvesting for another 10 years.

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Discovery Green is the best thing done for downtown Houston, every single weekend it's crawling with people. I think it will help draw more conventions, Super Bowls, NBA All Stars and Final Fours in the near future. Hopefully we can get an NFL Draft party soon.

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 While DG is locked in on all sides.. I'm hoping this news encourages  the city to invest  more into green space. There still Huge sections on the back end of Downtown that  could make a massive  park and potentially  spark more development.

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I spoke with someone involved in the downtown district a year ago and asked about parkland for the southern section of downtown inside the Pierce elevated, and he said that the most they might get is up to a 1/2 to 3/4  block of park in that quadrant. I think that has been identified as the plot that is now being designed and has a thread on this site. I believe it encompasses approximately 3/4 of a block. I cant recall which block it is but I know there is a current thread in the downtown section.

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it is the block bounded by San Jacinto, Fannin, Bell, and Leeland, where the Goodyear used to be

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Channel 11 is setting up a stage for tonights "Football Kickoff" show about the Houston Texans season.

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Wow that is nice! The upgrade gives the park a better sense of space. The initial playground seemed like a trial run compared to this lol 

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While the Green's new playground equipment is certainly fine-and-good, I kinda wish more modern and/or imposing equipment had been installed.

 

Something like the new 'Hedra Tower' system from LSI, Inc. would've been cool: https://www.playlsi.com/en/commercial-playground-equipment/playgrounds/signal-butte-park/

...or an overall plan similar to LSI's/Mesa, AZ's Pioneer Park:  https://www.playlsi.com/en/commercial-playground-equipment/playgrounds/pioneer-park/#playgroundstory

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1 hour ago, txtiger said:

While the Green's new playground equipment is certainly fine-and-good, I kinda wish more modern and/or imposing equipment had been installed.

 

Something like the new 'Hedra Tower' system from LSI, Inc. would've been cool: https://www.playlsi.com/en/commercial-playground-equipment/playgrounds/signal-butte-park/

...or an overall plan similar to LSI's/Mesa, AZ's Pioneer Park:  https://www.playlsi.com/en/commercial-playground-equipment/playgrounds/pioneer-park/#playgroundstory

I was thinking the same thing!

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