The Discovery Green designed by Hargreaves Associates and PageSoutherlandPag is located in Houston, Texas, United States. The twelve-acre park has transformed the perception and experience of downtown while seeding the revitalization of the surrounding urban district. Located in an area of downtown Houston once dominated by large public facilities (Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park and the George R. Brown Convention Center) and their often-empty parking lots, Discovery Green is the result of a partnership between the City of Houston and private philanthropists.
There were four goals for the creation of a major urban park: 1) create a world-class, urban park for Houstonians; 2) create an amenity for conventions and tourism; 3) help reshape the east side of downtown Houston and 4) involve Houstonians in the park’s planning and design. After work began, other goals emerged for the park: to be an active, urban space; to truly welcome all people, especially families and children; to be a venue for small and mid-sized arts organizations, and to be an exemplar of sustainable building and operating practices.