The Houston Botanic Garden hosted a community workshop on Tuesday evening, May 12, 2015 at Park Place Elementary School in the vicinity of the garden site. Nearly 160 people attended the meeting which was introduced by Joe Turner, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department, and District I Councilmember Robert Gallegos. West 8 Landscape Architecture, the firm engaged by Houston Botanic Garden to prepare the master plan, led the workshop in which attendees were asked to “Imagine Your Day” at the Botanic Garden and prioritize activities and landscape types. Everyone in attendance participated in a report-back session describing their thoughts and priorities for the Garden, in addition to sharing questions and concerns.
Among the items of interest highlighted were: programming and events to be provided at the Botanic Garden; the relationship between the surrounding neighborhoods and the Botanic Garden; accessibility, light and noise conditions; the role of the bayou and native ecology at the Botanic Garden; cost of admission; public safety within the Botanic Garden; construction timeline and commencement; parking and traffic plans; and overall interest of Houston Botanic Garden in this location.
The development of the master plan will consider these items as well as the “Imagine Your Day” preferences identified by the many participants at the community meeting. To aid in the discussion, a large scale aerial photograph of the site was on display as well as a topographic model of the site.
West 8 will continue its work on the master plan throughout the summer with the intent of a second public workshop in early fall, followed by a presentation of the master plan to the Mayor’s office in October 2015. Houston Botanic Garden thanks all who attended and who shared their thoughts at the community meeting.