Mandell Park, situated in Houston’s Montrose District, is an inspiring success story of how a community can come together in support of great public spaces. This beloved community amenity is the result of a 20-plus-year history of neighborhood efforts to transform an abandoned lot, once blighted with weeds and debris, into the beautiful park it is today. Chosen as the winning team in a park design competition, AR worked with the Friends of Mandell Park and the Houston Parks Board to develop the 1.22-acre master plan.
The park underwent a remarkable transformation which included upgrading the existing Meredith Gardens, an Urban Harvest Premier Garden, into an inviting space featuring meandering raised limestone planters for community use. The new park also includes a shipping container that was ‘upcycled’ into a sustainable tool/potting shed with solar-powered ventilation and a green roof. Pedestrian lighting, educational signage, bioswales, native plantings, compost bins, and site furnishings are some of the other improvements incorporated into the park. With the help of the community, AR created a useful and enjoyable public space that serves a variety of programming needs.
Mandell Park was awarded a ASLA Texas merit award in 2015.