Design plans for the $18 million Emancipation Park overhaul are done, reports KUHF’s Pat Hernandez, and the work — including renovations (as this rendering suggests) to the gym, baseball field, pool, and community center — is expected to begin at the 10-acre Third Ward park this summer.
Yesterday, Mayor Parker met with community leaders in the park’s 70-year-old gym to discuss the project, the details of which can be inferred from the site plan directly above. Bought by a group including Jack Yates for $800 in 1872, the park was meant to provide a space where Houstonians could celebrate Juneteenth. It’s bound by Elgin, Tuam, Hutchins, and Dowling, across Elgin from the Eldorado Ballroom and Bert Long’s “Field of Vision” installation. Upgrades to the park are expected to improve the community center, shown here, that faces Dowling:
And the gym:
With new pavilions to picnic and sit in the shade added along Hutchins (which, the site plan suggests, will be adjacent to one of those water-spray splash-pads):
The north end of the park near Hutchins is also expected to feature an iconic statue or sculpture, depicted in the rendering below by those swooping triangles:
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Renderings: Friends of Emancipation Park