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Name: Park People (Organization)

Historical Note:

The Park People (TPP) was a nonprofit citizens’ organization established in 1979 as a local response to a National Urban Recreation study that found Houston and Harris County deficient in park space. The Park People’s mission included raising Harris County residents’ awareness of the importance of urban parks, communicating a park ethic, and preserving and augmenting park space through fundraising (close to $4M total), public education programs, workshops, and seminars.

The Park People was an active organization whose projects included Jesse H. Jones Park, drainage and irrigation for San Jacinto Battleground, landscaping for Project Row Houses, and Wildflower planting programs, to name just a very few. A recent project was Tony Marron Park, named after a beloved eastside activist. For Tony Marron Park, city, county, and private entities collaborated to raise $2M to develop 19 acres bordering Buffalo Bayou and North York Street. Another recent accomplishment is the Greenway Trails Map for Houston-Harris County, a map showing 600 miles of actual and proposed greenway trails, parks of more than 5 acres, and parking areas for trails and parks. In September 2009, the Houston Parks Board absorbed The Park People.

Sources: Park People (Organization)
Note Author: Fangyi Lu, Chinh Doan, Anubhuti Tandon, David Brown, and Stephanie Tate

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