Mission Statement

Mission Statement
Discovery Green achieves its mission statement through continuous programming, attracting a diverse crowd, and maintenance to keep the park beautiful. These actions create a social, health, cultural, and economic impact on Houstonians and visitors.

Our mission:

“To provide an uncommonly beautiful, urban green space in the heart of Houston that serves as a village green for our city, a source of health and happiness for our citizens and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston.”

An Urban Green Space

Over the past two years, Discovery Green has attracted over 95,000 people to the park for 75 entertainment events such as concerts and movie nights, with the beautiful downtown Houston skyline in the background.“Even with all the activity onsite, it has a safe, community feeling, and is a comfortable setting for families, couples, school children, professionals—or anyone else who wants to find a relaxing green space without having to leave downtown.”
– Diane Summers, Executive Director, University Relations, UHD

Serves as a Village Green

In April 2012, Dr. Stephen Klineberg presented his new film, Interesting Times, at Discovery Green, which documents the dynamic transformations of Houston over the past 30 years. 1,500 came to the park to celebrate the City of Houston, watch performances, and listen to speakers including Mayor Annise Parker. “It was a great honor to have been able to participate in that wonderful event at Discovery Green, celebrating Houston’s rich and varied cultures, and to present our new film depicting the central findings from 30 years of Houston surveys. Discovery Green, in a very short time, has become Houston’s ‘Village Green,’ the place where Houstonians gather for learning, for fun, and for building connections. Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this remarkable experience.”
– Dr. Stephen Klineberg

A Source of Health

Over the past two years, Discovery Green has offered 579 events in our Healthy Living series, drawing more than 73,000 people to the park for exercise classes, recycling, and kayaking. Impact: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that “creation of or enhanced access to places for physical activity led to a 25.6% increase in the percentage of people exercising on three or more days per week.” Also, a study published in the Netherlands demonstrates that an increase in green space leads to fewer health complaints and better mental health. The report states that “a ten percent increase in nearby green space was found to decrease a person’s health complaints in an amount equivalent to a five year reduction in that person’s age.”

“Free programming provides Houstonians of all ages an opportunity to get out and move at their own pace, while enjoying, learning, experiencing, and growing.”
– Fritz Guthrie, St. Joseph Medical Center