Discovery Green Park – 12 Acres in Downtown Houston of Fun

Monument Au Fantome at Dsicovery Green

Discovery Green holds a special place in my heart.  My Dad was the first person to tell me about it.  He had read all the articles I’m sure ever written about the new downtown park by then (he was an avid reader), about it and how it was getting ready to open and that we HAD to go see it!! I think I get my sense of adventure from my Dad.  Even in his later years, but before he could no longer live alone, he’d still come up with little mini-adventures (as by then he’d tire easily) for me to take him on (we’d joke about him being Ms. Daisy from Driving Ms. Daisy), but he’d always have some kind of agenda for us when I’d go to his apartment to get his laundry, shopping and errands done for him each week.   Of course as his “driver” when he’d get these inspirations – it would often end in semi-disaster as he’d get the directions wrong or something crazy would happen to us in the process but we both agreed that’s what made life fun! I really miss him and all the places we’d discover together! Enjoy the park!!! 🙂

The featured photo is of Jean Dubuffet’s creation and is a part of his Hourloupe series, which are in New York, Chicago and Europe too.  It’s made of a steel frame and painted fiberglass.  loosely translated, the “Monument Au Fantome” means imaginary city or phantom city.

2017 Superbowl Host - located in Discovery Green Park
2017 Superbowl Host – located in Discovery Green Park ….ALMOST as big as JJ Watt 🙂

Discovery Green was a huge part of Superbowl LI with tons of things to do during the weeks before the Superbowl. I stayed clear of it though during that time as it was way too crowded for this chick :). However, there is plenty to do there on a regular basis!! Outdoor movies, concerts, special events, mist tree, shuffleboard court, putting green, Boccee courts, playgrounds, jogging trails, listening vessels, reading room, a small dog park, and various art is throughout the park, here is a map of the park. Ice skating in the winter and yoga classes and tons more of activities held at Discovery Green – just head over to their site and see!  Good place to people watch too!

Synchronicity of Color (Discovery Green)
Synchronicity of Color (Discovery Green)

A Professor of Art for the University of Texas at Austin, Margo Sawyer, came up with these colorful pieces that are painted with drilling platform paint.  She also participated in the planning of the park.

John P McGovern Playground in Discovery Green Park
John P McGovern Playground in Discovery Green Park
I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream!
I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream or…Kona Ice!
Pup on wheels (Yes, Max...you're cuter!)
Pup on wheels (Yes, Max…you’re cuter!) There are Art Carts that you can borrow recreational equipment from with a valid ID.
Dog Park in Discovery Green
Dog Park in Discovery Green – what a cute pup!
Enchanted Promenade at Discovery Green by TILT 11-22-2016 thru 02-19-2016 (They light up nightly at dusk)
Enchanted Promenade at Discovery Green by TILT 11-22-2016 thru 02-19-2016 (They light up nightly at dusk)
Wings Over Water (in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center) (Directly across from Discovery Green Park)
Wings Over Water (in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center) (Directly across from Discovery Green Park) Read more here.
George R. Brown Convention Center (Across from Discovery Green)
George R. Brown Convention Center (Across from Discovery Green)
Pretty benches in front of George R. Brown Convention Center
Pretty benches in front of George R. Brown Convention Center

Thanks for stopping by Houston Photo Journey!

Max and his faithful Human

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