Houston Parks Department hosted its fourth Love Our Parks Fest Nov. 19 at Earl Henderson Park, celebrating the improvements made to the Near Northside neighborhood park.
The fest featured family-friendly activities and programming from Houston Parks and Recreation, Houston Public Library, HPD’s Greater Houston Police Activities League (GHPAL), and other City departments.
“This is an exciting day for Henderson Park, this neighborhood, and the City of Houston. I know what safe, well-maintained parks mean to a community, and I want families to love their neighborhood park,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner.
“I commend the Parks Department for working tirelessly to carry out my mission, and I thank the dedicated staffers and partners like Cheniere Energy who worked to upgrade Henderson Park. I am proud of what we have accomplished by working together.”
The improvements at Earl Henderson Park include new furnishings, sidewalk upgrades, a new pavilion roof, new BBQ grills, new lighting, and new playground equipment coming soon. The park’s basketball court was also revived, featuring public art by muralist Gelson Lemus, courtesy of Cheniere Energy.
Cheniere, the largest producer of liquified natural gas in the United States, is a huge supporter of the “Love Our Parks” initiative and has donated over $180,000 to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department for this five-park project.
“We are honored to once again be participating in the Love Our Parks Fest with Mayor Sylvester
Turner and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department,” said Zach Davis, SVP & CFO, Cheniere Energy, Inc. and Board Member, Cheniere Foundation. “Seeing the transformation in these parks is inspiring and just one way that Cheniere’s employees are giving back to the communities where we work and live.”
The Mayor Sylvester Turner Love Our Parks Complete Communities initiative is a collaborative effort created by the Mayor to improve and upgrade neighborhood parks in under-resourced Houston communities.
The first phase focuses on five neighborhood parks – Malone Park (completed July 2021) and Our Park (completed September 2021) in Third Ward, Woodruff Park (completed October 2021) in Magnolia-Manchester, Earl Henderson Park (completed November 2021), and Catherine Delce Park (to be completed December 2021) in Kashmere Gardens.
Earl Henderson Park is in City Council District H, represented by City Council Member Karla Cisneros.
It was acquired by the City of Houston in 1986. For more information on the Houston Parks and
Recreation Department, please visit www.HoustonParks.org.