Our objective is to address use and design enhancements for Market Square Park. We have collaborated our efforts with the City of Houston, Historic District Advisory Committee of the Houston Downtown Management District and Projects for Public Spaces (PPS), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the public environment.
The park at Market Square is a sylvan oasis near the busy Harris County Courthouse complex and the Theater District. It was installed in phases by the Junior League of Houston, Downtown Houston Association and Diverse Works Art Space.The design is the work of Douglas Hollis and Richard Turner, and it incorporates multiple historic newspaper images and contemporary photos turned into tiles by Paul Hester. Shade trees invite office workers to take picnic lunches outside where there are several art-tile benches depicting scenes from the Old City Market which is the work of artist Malou Flato. The centerpiece of Market Square is James Surls’s sculpture Points of View. And don’t miss the faces staring out of the monument at Travis and Preston. The walkways at Market Square are paved with masonry salvaged from early sidewalks around the city, demolished buildings and some standing, as a reminder of the neighborhood and Houston’s history.
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PPS has conducted two public workshops with participants from the community, in June of 2007. These workshops illustrated successful improvements in similar types of areas, followed by a Place Evaluation Exercise where the community gave their input on how to improve MarketSquarePark. In October of 2007 PPS returned to make a final presentation. The information collected from the previous events were summarized and depicted in concept plan drawings.
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Redesign features will include a dog run and a historic walking area.
In addition, there will be a water feature dedicated to Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, a local passenger on United Flight 93, which crashed after being taken over by hijackers during the 9/11 attacks, as well as seasonal flowers, trees and a memorial to all victims of 9/11.
Art will remain a major component in the redesign, according to a statement from Downtown District officials. The existing Market Square Park is a collaboration of artists coordinated by DiverseWorks.
The same artists — Richard Turner, Paul Hester, James Surls, Malou Flato and newcomer Ketria Scott — will incorporate some new pieces as well as update older works. Artwork in the park will be managed by the Houston Arts Alliance.
The Downtown District is negotiating with Niko Niko’s Greek & American Café to operate a small restaurant in the park with outdoor seating, a trellis providing shade and a dual plaza/performance area on the Travis Street side.
Construction is expected to begin by the end of the year and be completed in mid-2010.