Houston loves its parks.

Editor's Note:  The 2019 Houston Facts publication erroneously stated that Herman Brown Park is undergoing extensive renovations. It is actually Hermann Park that will add a Commons area, and we've updated our article to reflect that. 

The Greater Houston Partnership has just released its annual Houston Facts, a streamlined look at all things Bayou City in 2019—from our current population to our top industries to our cost of living— and included in that data is a glimpse at the city's newest parks.  

While Houston is already home to 580 parks, including 380 municipal parks and 167 green spaces— a whopping 66,641 acres of park land in total— these are the newcomers to look out for.

Champion Forest Park in Spring

Four soccer fields and a playground are the highlights of this new 7-acre park at Cullen Road and Cypresswood Drive, which connects to the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and Matzke Park. It's also designed to absorb water during heavy rainfall. It's set to open in 2019.

Edgewater Park in Kingwood

A 90-acre park currently under development at Hamblen Road and Loop 494 will connect to the Spring Creek Greenway, providing greater hike and bike access from Kingwood to The Woodlands, and it will bring public boat ramps to San Jacinto River. Phase I of construction will possibly break ground in 2019, according to Harris County Precinct 4. 

Renovations at Hermann Park 

As part of its 20-year master plan of improvements, the park will debut The Commons featuring rolling hills with pavilions, a new play area and native landscaping.

Bonus Park: Levy Park in Upper Kirby

Haven't been to a movie night at this family-friendly urban oasis yet? Here's one more reason to go. The 6-acre park, which opened in 2017, just took home the 2018 Urban Open Space award, an international honor bestowed by the Urban Land Institute, and it won out over parks in China and Spain.

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