Kudela & Weinheimer has been privileged to work with Kirksey Architects on the renovation of the Memorial Park “stretching area.” The stretching area is the place to meet your running buddies and to see and be seen at Memorial Park! It’s a central location that everyone knows about and has space to sit and stretch out.
Kudela & Weinheimer has taken on this pro bono project doing the construction drawings and planting design for the site. While the master planning and frame-work of the design can be attributed to Kirksey, K&W Landscape Architects designed and detailed the new shade structure (trellis), benches and deck for construction.
Memorial Park is one of the most loved parks in Houston. Located just south of I-10 and East of 610, and is called Memorial Park because it serves as a “memorial” to the soldiers who lost their lives in World War II. It has a 2.93 mile crushed granite running trail, 18 tennis courts, hiking trails, biking trails, picnic areas, a swimming pool and a premier golf course. Starting in the fall of 2010 and continuing through 2011, Houston saw it’s “driest year on record” with only 14.88 inches of rainfall. Because of the extended drought, trees and the shade they provide has suffered at Memorial Park. With more than 800 acres of forest in Memorial Park, the drought caused a loss of 50 percent of those trees, equal to thousands of trees!
Preserving trees is important to Kudela & Weinheimer as well as the City of Houston and the park. Rather than removing some of the smaller existing trees, K&W preserved and relocated them into new landscaped planting beds surrounding the stretching area. They will be incorporated into planting beds with larger pine trees, ornamental accent trees and two machine-moved shade trees to match the existing native ambiance.
Chronicle Article about the Memorial Park stretching area: Running notebook: Memorial Park deck set to get bigger, shadier – Houston Chronicle.
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