“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.”
Discovery Green fulfills its mission by offering continuous programming, attracting a diverse crowd, and maintaining a beautiful park.
"An Urban Green Space"
Since it opened in April 2008, Discovery Green has attracted more than 1.2 million people to the park annually. Most visitors come to enjoy our more than 600 free events, such as concerts, fitness classes and movies, 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"
Because our programming attracts a diverse audience, Discovery Green has become an urban green space where all are welcome to see, touch, hear, taste and explore. Also, the park increasingly has become the city’s go-to venue for large cultural festivals and major events, such as the Houston Korean Festival and the future site of Super Bowl activities in 2017.
“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, Co-Director, Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research
"A Source of Health"Discovery Green offers hundreds of free events in our Healthy Living series annually, drawing thousands of Houstonians to the park for health-related films, exercise classes like yoga and Zumba, recycling, and kayaking on Kinder Lake. Research indicates that an increase in green space leads to fewer health complaints and better mental health.
“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