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Discovery Green Gears up for Fall with New Dusk to Dawn Light Installation

The downtown pocket park also has some social-distanced activities on the way.

By Gwendolyn Knapp August 21, 2020

The Grand Allée is lit daily from dusk to dawn.

Houston's favorite downtown park, Discovery Green, has just unveiled a cool new lighting installation, The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club's Grand Allée. The project, consisting of 70 LED light fixtures suspended from trees, projects a lattice design onto the walkway below that's meant to evoke your long-lost childhood obsession: pick-up sticks. It's located in the northwest corner of the park.

The $300,000 project, funded by a grant from The Green Mountain Energy Sun Club and completed by Forney Construction LLC, is part of the pocket park’s $13.3 million master plan that includes new trees, an updated playground, expanded restrooms, and improved lighting. 

Discovery Green is already fully powered by renewable energy, which offsets carbon dioxide pollution, but the Allée’s lighting will also conserve 3,592 kilowatt hours annually, keeping 3.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide out of Houston’s environment each year. 

The Grand Allée is illuminated nightly from dusk to dawn, so make sure to mask up and practice social distancing while you're out there.   

Stretch it out as free, in-person fitness classes return on September 1. 

And do check out the park's new fall programming, which it just announced this week. Here're some highlights. 

In Person

The long-awaited art installation House of Cards (featuring 20 Houston-based artists) will be on display from late August through October 11, but reservations are required to visit Fridays–Sundays at night, when the structure is animated to create the illusion of rising and falling. More info here. Fitness in the Park is also backwear a mask, social distance, and get your towel and water ready—with free yoga, belly dancing, and tai chi classes throughout the week starting September 1. Check the schedule here.

The park’s eateries, The Grove and The Lake House, are both open for dine-in service as well. 

Gone Virtual

The popular Día de los Muertos event will have a virtual altar and online festivities only this year, including music, dance performances, face painting tutorials, and an in-depth look at the traditions behind this cultural celebration, on November 2. The holidays will usher in a Virtual Flea on November 9 for all your holiday shopping needs. 

Other highlights include La Vida Latina!, a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, on September 14; the Free Write Youth Poetry Virtual Workshop on September 30; Be My Neighbor Day on October 5 with a park tour from Daniel Tiger; and a riveting Fusion Belly Dance class on October 19. 

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