Barry Mandel Day, July 1, 2020

Barry Mandel Day, July 1, 2020
Full text of the Barry Mandel Day proclamation: 

The City of Houston is committed to recognizing talented professionals who have done exemplary work in their respective fields, such as native Houstonian Barry Mandel, the second president of Discovery Green Conservancy. Before embarking as Discovery Green's leader, he served as an aide to Mayor Kathy Whitmire, executive director of the Theater District Houston during its merger and transition into Houston Downtown Alliance, and chief operating officer of Legacy Community Health. 

Over the last ten years, Barry Mandel has led the Discovery Green team to improve the park experience for its 1.5 million annual visitors. His ability to create partnerships with corporate and philanthropic communities has provided the funding necessary to enhance, diversify and expand free programming. Programming that includes a robust and nationally respected public arts program, educational events, health and wellness events, and celebrations such as Rainbow on the Green and Earth Day. 

Without the guidance, commitment and tenacity of Barry Mandel, Discovery Green's numerous accomplishments would not have been possible. Conventions such as Starbucks, Microsoft and Google have enjoyed the park's amenities and the locale has served as a venue for events like Super Bowl Live during Super Bowl LI and music festivals during the two Final Four NCAA March Madness tournaments held in Houston. In 2019, Discovery Green received the Great Places in America Award by the American Planning Association. 

On July 1, 2020, Barry Mandel will be recognized for his decade of service in ensuring that Discovery Green is a source of health and happiness for our residents and a window into the incredible diversity of talents and traditions that enrich life in Houston. The City of Houston commends Barry Mandel on this momentous occasion and extends best wishes for his continued success. 

Therefore, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim July 1, 2020 as Barry Mandel Day in Houston, Texas. 

In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and have caused the Official Seal of the City of Houston to be affixed this 18th day of June, 2020. 

-Sylvester Turner 
Mayor of the City of Houston.