Among the many changes now slated for Memorial Park: parking meters. The $70 million gift the Kinder Foundation pledged in April to expedite park renovations came with a few spend-it-wisely stipulations, including one that the city won’t blow any of it on maintenance costs — which could rise as the redo adds new trails, drainage improvements, a running complex, and a land bridge (depicted in the rendering above) across Memorial Dr. to the green space over the next 10 years. Although the $1-per-3-hour-block meters will only crop up in certain sections of the park, the change they collect will help offset upkeep across the whole 1,500-acre area.
A consolation: the new trail system proposed for the park will be vast, according to a handout from the city’s Quality of Life Committee, “thereby reducing the need for car access” in the first place. But that workaround only helps if you’re arriving empty-handed, unlike golfers who’ll have top pay $1 per hour to park in the course and driving range lot — Mike Bailey notes in Golf Advisor — beginning sometime before the fall.
- Memorial Park Amended and Restated Developer Agreement (PDF) [Houston Committee on Quality of Life]
- Accelerating the Delivery of the 2015 Memorial Park Master Plan (PDF) [Memorial Park Conservancy]
- Big-city park proposes parking meters for golfers [Golf Advisor]
- Previously on Swamplot: Proposed Memorial Dr. Tunnels Would Allow Grassy Hookup for North and South Sections of Memorial Park
Rendering of planned Memorial Dr. tunnels beneath park: Memorial Park Conservancy