In 1999, the Midtown Redevelopment Authority began working with developers to assemble a six-acre tract of land located in the heart of Midtown Houston and construction began in 2015.
On Friday, October 28th, 2016, Midtown Park launched its capital campaign with a ribbon cutting on-site, as well as being announced as an official Super Bowl LI Host Committee site.
On Saturday, February 4th and Sunday, February 5th, 2017 the park hosted the Super Block Party as part of its soft opening, which included food trucks, live music, line dancing instruction, and interactive games. Super Bowl weekend presented the perfect opportunity to offer the public a glimpse into Midtown Park. The Camden Pavilion was unveiled to the public for the first time, and guests were able to see progress on the bayou, art wall, garden walk, and Main Street promenade. On Monday, February 6th, the park closed to complete the construction of the two and a half acre green space.
In late summer 2017, Midtown Park will open to public and include amenities like an interactive water feature, Reliant dog run, and unique playground with climbing sphere, sound tubes, misters, swings and interactive pipe sections. The park will begin hosting regular events in addition to being an anchor in the community.
The public will have the rare opportunity to experience the installation of major art works in July 2017. Art works by Sharon Engelstein include two interactive sculptures for the park’s play area, “Tall Ma” and “Little Ricky,” that at first glance may look like large boulders. The larger piece, “Tall Ma,” will function as a climbing structure with an integrated slide and seating area. “Little Ricky,” the smaller sculpture, will also include integrated seating. Ms. Engelstein, a longtime resident of Houston, is known for her organic, bubbly sculptural forms.
October 2017 offers another opportunity to see a site-specific art installation by Dixie Friend Gay. The monumental wall at the Main Street entrance to Midtown Park will feature her mosaic landscape titled “Wild Wonderland.” The 18-foot-long mural of hand formed and hand glazed mosaic tiles will present a close-up of Houston flora and fauna. Dixie Friend Gay is a nationally acclaimed artist whose prolific career spans more than three decades.
During fall 2017, construction will begin on the restaurant at the intersection of McGowen St. and Travis St., and will conclude in the summer 2018. Midtown Houston is excited to be home to another world-class eatery that will delight Midtown residents and the Houston community.
Camden’s latest addition to Midtown Houston will complete construction in May 2018, offering residents spectacular views of Houston’s premier greenspace, and the stunning downtown skyline.