The first thing you should know about Trebly Park? “We want it to be the heart of the neighborhood,” says Angie Bertinot, the Downtown District Director of Marketing and Communications. “We do see it as a catalyst project that will hopefully encourage even more development.”
Bordering Bell and Leeland streets in the emerging Southern Downtown district, the new green space will be easily accessible for cyclists—with BCycle stations, a number of bike racks, as well as a bike repair station—and pedestrians alike, in hopes that the grounds will serve as a space for residents of the area to use it as a backyard.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered up the reasons why we think Trebly Park will draw visitors from all over the city—we’re certainly excited. Here’s why.
The outdoor-hang-sesh potential
Along with a new café from the operators of beloved EaDo spot Tout Suite, folks can expect dog runs for large and small pups, tranquil seating areas, and a flexible event lawn. Lauren Griffith Associates designed the park around activities, amenities, and events that nearby residents wanted. Gensler is also providing architectural services for the cafe and other structures.
In 2016, Bertinot says, the Downtown District made a commitment to public art, and it's no different at Trebly Park.“We want art to be really infused in a lot of the programming and events that we do once it opens,” she says.
The park's robust public art program will include a dynamic gateway installation created by German artists Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic of Quintessenz, who are know for colorful site-specific works. And we can't forget Whale Bone Dinner Party, a multi-piece sculpture made from hand-painted fiberglass that's meant to evoke the feeling of discovering oneself on a remote island after being lost at sea—this whimsical playscape for children, created by Chiaozza, will invite interaction and discovery.
“I think art really speaks to so many people, and we've certainly seen art, particularly temporary art projects in Houston,” says Bertinot. “They're so incredibly popular, and they just are joyful.”
The live events
Once Trebly Park is open, it will be managed and programmed by the Downtown District, similar to the operational agreement that the entity has with the City of Houston at Market Square Park—where live music, movies, and art events have always been a draw. Trebly Park will double down on, or rather triple down, that effort.
“The name Trebly Park implies just how much the park has to offer those who visit it in terms of experience with ‘three times as much’ fun, play, interaction, relaxation, and deliciousness,” says Curtis Flower, a board chair at the Downtown Redevelopment Authority.