The Downtown Redevelopment Authority is seeking local landscape design consultants to help design a new Southern Downtown Park, heading to the 1500 block of Fannin Street. The park is slated to open in 2020 on a lot previously occupied by a Goodyear Auto Service, with the intention of serving the many residents moving into the area’s 1,500 new residential units, all of which have gone up in the last five years.
Design teams can submit a Statement of Qualifications by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, if they’re interested in designing the park. And you’ll want to keep in mind the vision for the park’s place within the community, which aims to:
- Provide a setting for spontaneous activities that reflect the interests and needs of the community
- Focus on sustainability in plantings, building and hardscape design
- Extend its borders with improved sidewalks, new signage, safe pedestrian and bicycle connections
- Attract visitors through interactive elements like water features and art
- Offer on-site restaurant or café and an additional structure that would support park programs or maintenance
The park will be managed by the Houston Downtown Management District, similar to the operation agreement between the Downtown District and the City of Houston for Market Square Park.