Mandell Park

Houston, TX

Client

  • Friends of Mandell Park

Recognition

  • 2014, Proud Partner Award, Mayor Anise Parker & Keep Houston Beautiful
  • 2015 Merit Award, ASLA Texas Chapter
  • 2015 Parks and Natural Area Awards, Houston-Galveston Area Council

An inspiring success story of how a community can come together in support of great public spaces.

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Key Points

Through a community-driven design process, Mandell Park was transformed into an inviting, functional, sustainably designed gathering place.

Community Driven Process

All aspects of the project were led by the community, from the fundraising to the selection of materials and amenities on site. Community members were present for the design process, providing input and feedback in real time as the sketches were being drawn.

Sustainability

The design team and community members agreed on the importance of recycling and the use of natural materials. The garden used natural stone instead of concrete, opted for alternatives to plastic, and does not use pesticides or herbicides. The park includes a shipping container that was "upcycled" into a sustainable tool/potting shed with solar-powered ventilation and a green roof.

Transformation

The park underwent a remarkable transformation which included upgrading the existing Meredith Gardens, an Urban Harvest Premier Garden, into an inviting space featuring meandering raised limestone planters for community use.


Mandell Park, situated in Houston’s Montrose District, is an inspiring success story of how a community can come together in support of great public spaces. This beloved community amenity is the result of a 20-plus-year history of neighborhood efforts to transform an abandoned lot, once blighted with weeds and debris, into the beautiful park it is today. Chosen as the winning team in a park design competition, AR worked with the Friends of Mandell Park and the Houston Parks Board to develop the 1.22-acre master plan.

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All aspects of the project were led by the community, from the fundraising to the selection of materials and amenities on site. The design team and community members agreed on the importance of recycling and the use of natural materials. The garden used natural stone instead of concrete, opted for alternatives to plastic, and does not use pesticides or herbicides.


The park underwent a remarkable transformation which included upgrading the existing Meredith Gardens, an Urban Harvest Premier Garden, into an inviting space featuring meandering raised limestone planters for community use. The new park also includes a shipping container that was ‘upcycled’ into a sustainable tool/potting shed with solar powered ventilation and a green roof. Other improvememnts include pedestrian lighting, educational signage, bioswales, native plantings, compost bins, and site furnishings. With the help of the community, AR created a useful and enjoyable public space that serves a variety of programming needs.

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METRO Bike and Ride January 2014 Houston, TX