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PUBLIC UPDATE MEETING 1 A STOY OF THE PAK: 
PEOPLE IN NATUE  
INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPTS 
The Eldorado Ballroom 
September 17...
JAN FEB MAR APR MAY 
1 
2013 2014 
MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 
Public...
2  
PUBLIC INPUT 
RESEARCH 
GUIDING PRINCIPLES 
Berg Oliver (Ecology) 
John Jacob (Soils) 
Hunt Design (Wayfinding) 
Sher...
3 
Lord Public Priorities: 
1. Enhancement of Existing Character, Amenities and Usage (Magnify) 
2. Long-term Sustainabili...
4  
DESIGN 
ANALYSIS: 
DEVELOPMENT, 
HISTORY, AND 
CULTURE
5 
DIVIDED PARK 
Memorial Park’s history since its establishment has 
been one of increasing fragmentation. Provisions for...
6  
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
source: 1915 USFS Topographic map, altered for concept demonstration 
Pre-1900: Undivided Land 
• We...
1925 Park boundary 
(Hare  Hare) 
Elevated rail line 
7 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
source: 1915 USFS Topographic map 
1915: Land Bi...
8  
1925 Park boundary 
(Hare  Hare) 
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Image: 1922 USFS Topographic map, Data: Moore Archeolog...
9 
New roads 
Buffalo Bayou 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Image: 1930 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associat...
10  
Park land gained (To be 
confirmed in historical 
records) 
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Image: 1944 Aerial Photograp...
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
11 
Image: 1953 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, 1953 USGS topo map, Berg Oliver As...
12  
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Image: 1967 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Susan Turner Associates, Berg Ol...
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
13 
Image: 1978 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates, Susan Turn...
14  
New roads 
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Image: 2010 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates, Susan Tu...
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
15 
source: 2013 (RAM) RODS Aerial Mapping aerial photograph 
2014: Divided Park 
Site rails  roads 
Adja...
16  
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Source: 2014 Lee Lupher aerial photograph 
VISION: RECONNECTED PARK 
• Stitch fragments together wi...
17 
HISTORIC SITE 
IMPACT 
Memorial Park has been manipulated by humans for 
as long as historic records of the site exist...
PRE-1917: RANCH LAND 
• Land used for timber harvesting  cattle grazing during the Reinerman ownership (track shown in ima...
19 
CAMP LOGAN 
370TH INFANTRY
1914-1918: RAIL  CAMP LOGAN 
• Camp Logan covers most of the eastern half of today’s Memorial Park. 
• A subway is purport...
New Impact areas 
Previously 
Impacted areas 
Water features 
21 
1919-1922: POST CAMP LOGAN 
• The site is largely unimpr...
1923-1930: VARNER REALTY  PARK CONVEYANCE 
• Park established in 1924 
• Memorial Dr. construction 
• Cattle grazing is li...
Previously 
Impacted areas 
23 
1931-1944: GOLF COURSE  SPORTS FIELDS 
• Memorial Park Golf Course is graded and construct...
New Impact areas 
Previously Impacted 
areas 
Constructed water 
bodies 
ADDICKS AND BARKER RESERVOIRS ON BUFFALO BAYOU, 
...
Previously 
Impacted areas 
Constructed water 
bodies 
Swimming pool 
25 
1954-1967: MEMORIAL DR.  PARK AMENITIES 
• Signi...
1967-1995: RECREATION  ARBORETUM 
• Houston Arboretum and Nature center creates a clearing for a pond and buildings, trail...
27 
1995-2010: FOREST COVER TYPE  PATHS 
• The Living Bridge is constructed in 2009 and areas around it are cleared; the o...
2014: FOREST COVER 
• The 2012 drought leads to the death of many of park’s pine trees 
28  
Legend 
Previously 
Impacted...
29 
2014: CONCENTRATED CULTURAL LANDSCAPE 
• 100 years of intensive grading, varied uses, and alteration: a rich cultural ...
2014: SENSITIVE HISTORICAL RESOURCES 
• Archaeological sites from Camp Logan present an opportunity for selected interpret...
Historical Resources 
Previously 
Impacted areas 
Land impacted by 
foot traffic only 
31 
2014: SENSITIVE CULTURAL RESOUR...
VISION: LIMIT AREAS OF FUTURE IMPACT 
• Areas in red indicate places that have been heavily impacted by previous developme...
33 
GEOECOLOGY
34 
35 
Legend 
5% 
5-8.3% 
8.3-12% 
12-25% 
25-33% 
33% 
Slope
36 
37 
Barrancos
Soil Units 
38  
Legend 
Loamy Claypan Soils 
Sandy Claypan Soils 
Buffalo Breaks/Barrancos 
Not Studied 
source: Jacob a...
39
40 
41
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43 
Area 
Not 
Available 
SCALE: 1”=10,000’ 
source: Google Earth 
Aerial Photograph 1944
44  
Houston
45 
Area 
Not 
Available 
SCALE: 1”=10,000’ 
source: Google Earth 
Aerial Photograph 1944
46 
http://http://longleafs.info/pages/ecosystem.html 
47 
http://longleafs.info/pages/ecosystem.html
48 
49
50 
51
52 
53
54 
55 
VEGETATION 
AND ECOLOGY
Memorial Park: 1930 Memorial Park: 1944 
Memorial Park: 2010 
56  
Memorial Park: 2014
57 
Vegetation: Preliminary Assessment 
source: Berg Oliver 2014 
SCALE: 1”=2000’
Vegetation: Existing Complexes 
58  
Legend 
Forest 
Savanah/Forest 
Savanah 
Savanah/Prairie 
Prairie 
source: Berg Oliv...
59 
Pine Hardwood Mix Complex Typical along ravine
Savannah Complex, South of South Ballfields Savannah complex North of Living Bridge 
60 
61 
Savannah/Prairie Area near Maintenance Yard
Vegetation: Restoration 
62  
Legend 
Legend 
Pine, Hardwoods Forest 
Wet Prairie, Savanah 
Upland Prairie, Savanah 
Nati...
63 
Memorial Park in 1938-typical woodland Proposed forest type with open understory 
Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https...
Vegetation: Restoration 
64  
Legend 
Legend 
Pine, Hardwoods Forest 
Wet Prairie, Savanah 
Upland Prairie, Savanah 
Nati...
65 
Prairie
Savannah 
66  
Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https://www.flickr.com/photos/ 
mabuckingham/ 
Image Courtesy Matt Buckingh...
67 
Memorial Park Circa 1938
68  
GUIDING PRINCIPLES 
Guiding Principles for the project were formulated by 
the NBW team to incorporate and summarize...
69 
TEND 
Memorial Park needs our care. Let’s be good stewards. 
1. Build a resilient park framework for future generation...
70  
MAGNIFY 
Memorial Park has a lot going for it. Let’s make those things more visible. 
1. Strengthen and build upon t...
OPTIMIZE 
Memorial Park’s parts are out of balance with each other. Let’s arrange them so the 
park can function optimally...
72  
RECONNECT 
Memorial Park is divided in many ways. Let’s make it whole and plug it into life in 
Houston. 
1. Enable ...
REVEAL 
Memorial Park holds stories relevant to all Houstonians. Let’s tell them to the world. 
73 
1. Preserve and interp...
74  
SCALE: 1”=2000’ 
Source: 2014 Lee Lupher aerial photograph 
VISION: RECONNECTED PARK 
• Stitch fragments together wi...
75 
VISION: LIMIT AREAS OF FUTURE IMPACT 
• Areas in red indicate places that have been heavily impacted by previous devel...
2014: EXISTING SITE ORGANIZATION 
• The park is currently experienced as a series of smaller and discontiguous uses and ty...
Arboretum and Nature 
Center 
77 
GOAL: CONNECT ACTIVE RECREATION AREAS 
• Relocate active recreation such as baseball, ru...
GOAL: LOCATE PICNIC AREAS THROUGHOUT PARK 
• Picnic areas become moments to experience different parts of the park 
• Acce...
Connected wilderness 
areas 
Arboretum  Nature 
Center 
79 
Relocated active 
recreation 
Dispersed picnic 
areas 
GOAL: C...
VISION: COHESIVE PARK PROGRAMS  EXPERIENCES 
Envisioning a park that: 
• Preserves and interprets Camp Logan’s richest and...
81
19, 2014 
82  
Land Bridge - Perspective from Memorial Drive 
Memorial Park 
Houston, TX
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  1. 1. PUBLIC UPDATE MEETING 1 A STOY OF THE PAK: PEOPLE IN NATUE INITIAL DESIGN CONCEPTS The Eldorado Ballroom September 17, 2014 6–8 pm
  2. 2. JAN FEB MAR APR MAY 1 2013 2014 MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC Public Input Research Master Planning MPC + Uptown Houston + HPARD Interview Process Programming Public Input Design Team Selection Guiding Principles Presentation Master Plan Presentation 2014 2015 We are here
  3. 3. 2  PUBLIC INPUT RESEARCH GUIDING PRINCIPLES Berg Oliver (Ecology) John Jacob (Soils) Hunt Design (Wayfinding) Sherwood Design Engineers (Civil Engineering) Susan Turner Associates (History) The Lighting Practice (Lighting) ETM Associates (O M) Ecotech Panel Memorial Park Conservancy Uptown TIRZ Houston Parks and Recreation Department CLIENT INPUT
  4. 4. 3 Lord Public Priorities: 1. Enhancement of Existing Character, Amenities and Usage (Magnify) 2. Long-term Sustainability (Tend) 3. Balance (Optimize) 4. Safety and Security (Optimize/Reconnect) 5. Communication (Reconnect/Magnify) 6. Access (Reconnect) 7. Individual and Community Enhancement (Reveal)
  5. 5. 4  DESIGN ANALYSIS: DEVELOPMENT, HISTORY, AND CULTURE
  6. 6. 5 DIVIDED PARK Memorial Park’s history since its establishment has been one of increasing fragmentation. Provisions for access have divided the park into many disjointed pieces, resulting in 1500 acres effectively divided into many small separated pieces.
  7. 7. 6  SCALE: 1”=2000’ source: 1915 USFS Topographic map, altered for concept demonstration Pre-1900: Undivided Land • West of Houston’s developed extents, yet to be touched by infrastructure or the thought of a park. • 1834: Reinerman Tract claimed (image right) Legend 1925 Park boundary (Hare Hare) 1834 Reinerman Tract
  8. 8. 1925 Park boundary (Hare Hare) Elevated rail line 7 SCALE: 1”=2000’ source: 1915 USFS Topographic map 1915: Land Bisected by Rail • The land goes largely unused between Reinerman ownership and Camp Logan. • 1914 Eureka Cutoff railroad bisects this land west of Houston’s urban extents • Washington St. to the north created • Post Oak Rd. to the west created Legend Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou
  9. 9. 8  1925 Park boundary (Hare Hare) New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ Image: 1922 USFS Topographic map, Data: Moore Archeological Consulting Susan Turner Associates, 1922: 2 Halves and Camp Logan • 4 years after WWI and Camp Logan 3 years from being conveyed to the city • Bisected by the elevated rail line • Left with the traces of Camp Logan’s small at-grade access roads. • Post Oak Rd. to the west created Legend Site rails Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou
  10. 10. 9 New roads Buffalo Bayou SCALE: 1”=2000’ Image: 1930 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates 1930: Park Established, 4 Parts • Memorial Park is officially established in 1925. • The first east-west transect emerges. At grade, it functions more as an access through the park than a divider of it. • Road drainage remnants of Camp Logan remain, but there are no structures. 1 2 3 4 Legend Site rail Adjacent roads
  11. 11. 10  Park land gained (To be confirmed in historical records) New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ Image: 1944 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Susan Turner Associates 1945: 14 Parts • NW corner gained for polo and Weiss tract gained as park land in 1942. • Golf course constructed. • Memorial Loop Woodway/Memorial Dr. loosely adopted from Hare Hare Plan. The park is divided, but roads are narrow scenic routes designed for the slower speeds of pleasure driving and viewing, Legend Site rail Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou 6 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 7 5 13 11 12 14
  12. 12. New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ 11 Image: 1953 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, 1953 USGS topo map, Berg Oliver Associates 1953: 16 Parts • Post Oak Drive is created along the western boundary, splitting two more pieces from the park • Reliant Energy (now CenterPoint) easements added along northern half of railroad ROW • Bayou Club Polo fields occupy the NW corner of the park. Legend Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou 6 1 2 3 4 7 8 9 10 7 5 13 11 12 14 15 16 1 Bridle Trails 2 Golf Course 3 Arboretum Nature Ctr. 4 Ravine Woods 5 Median 6 Artillery/Infantry Woods 7 Green 8 Baseball 9 Playgrounds 10 Median 11 Median 12 Median 13 Picnic Loop 14 Rugby, green, trails 15 Weiss Park
  13. 13. 12  New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ Image: 1967 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Susan Turner Associates, Berg Oliver Associates 1967: 23 Parts and Highways • Loop 610 Freeway and Katy Freeway remove park land and isolate the park from adjacent neighborhoods. • Memorial Dr. widens to 6 lanes and is straightened. The Woodway Dr. split is established and its former curve to the S becomes a secondary access for ball fields. The picnic loop is extended, closing the loop. • Reliant Energy (now CenterPoint) easements added • 1958: Houston Parks takes on Hogg Bird Sanctuary Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou 3 Legend 1 Bridle Trails 2 Golf Course 3 Arboretum Nature Ctr. 4 Ravine Woods 5 Median 6 Artillery/Infantry Woods 7 Green 8 Baseball 9 Playgrounds 10 Median 11 Median 12 Median 13 Picnic Loop 14 Rugby, green, trails 15 Weiss Park 16 Green 17 Median 18 Median 19 Median 20 Median 21 Median 22 Green / Median 17 19 18 20 21 22 15 16 1 2 4 6 7 8 9 10 7 5 13 11 12 14 23
  14. 14. New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ 13 Image: 1978 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates, Susan Turner Associates 1978: 24 Parts • Loop 610 Freeway is completed. • Park maintenance center access road are added. • Houston Arboretum and Nature center access road is added Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou 3 Legend 1 Bridle Trails 2 Golf Course 3 Arboretum Nature Ctr. 4 Ravine Woods 5 Median 6 Artillery/Infantry Woods 7 Green 8 Baseball 9 Playgrounds 10 Median 11 Median 12 Median 13 Picnic Loop 14 Rugby, green, trails 15 Weiss Park 16 Green 17 Median 18 Median 19 Median 20 Median 21 Median 22 Green / Median 23 Reynolds Woods 17 19 18 20 21 22 15 16 1 2 4 6 7 8 9 10 7 5 13 11 12 14 23
  15. 15. 14  New roads SCALE: 1”=2000’ Image: 2010 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates, Susan Turner Associates 2010: 25 Parts • The Living Bridge is constructed. • Picnic loop is connected to Memorial Drive at a second point further east, creating another fragment. Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou 3 Legend 1 Bridle Trails 2 Golf Course 3 Arboretum Nature Ctr. 4 Ravine Woods 5 Median 6 Artillery/Infantry Woods 7 Green 8 Baseball 9 Playgrounds 10 Median 11 Median 12 Median 13 Picnic Loop 14 Rugby, green, trails 15 Weiss Park 16 Green 17 Median 18 Median 19 Median 20 Median 21 Median 22 Green / Median 23 Reynolds Woods 17 19 18 20 21 22 15 16 1 2 4 6 7 8 9 10 7 5 13 11 12 14 23 25
  16. 16. SCALE: 1”=2000’ 15 source: 2013 (RAM) RODS Aerial Mapping aerial photograph 2014: Divided Park Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou Legend
  17. 17. 16  SCALE: 1”=2000’ Source: 2014 Lee Lupher aerial photograph VISION: RECONNECTED PARK • Stitch fragments together with contiguous spaces that feel like a cohesive park • Limit visual and pedestrian boundaries within the park • Maintain existing programmatic elements of the park Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou Legend
  18. 18. 17 HISTORIC SITE IMPACT Memorial Park has been manipulated by humans for as long as historic records of the site exist. These diagrams chart the course of human impacts on the site over recorded time.
  19. 19. PRE-1917: RANCH LAND • Land used for timber harvesting cattle grazing during the Reinerman ownership (track shown in image to right) • The site was not a pristine woodland before Camp Logan 18  Legend Current Park 1925 Park boundary (Hare Hare) 1834 Reinerman Tract SCALE: 1:24,000 SCALE: 1:96,000 Image: 1915 USFS Topographic map, altered for concept demonstration
  20. 20. 19 CAMP LOGAN 370TH INFANTRY
  21. 21. 1914-1918: RAIL CAMP LOGAN • Camp Logan covers most of the eastern half of today’s Memorial Park. • A subway is purported to exist under the rail line north of the 370th Regiment quarters • A road and the rail cross the Bayou 20  Legend Buildings, Railroad Roads Camp Logan Infantry quarters 370th Regiment Infantry quarters Stables Hospital Public space “Train” centers Officer division Headquarters Remount area Water towers Bridges Possible subway SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 1915 USFS Topographic map; Locations are estimated based on Moore Archeological Consulting findings, accounts of the site, and a map by Corporal Paul B. Hendrickson, 1918 Buffalo Bayou
  22. 22. New Impact areas Previously Impacted areas Water features 21 1919-1922: POST CAMP LOGAN • The site is largely unimproved since Camp Logan. Nearly all remnants of roads remain while most structures are not evident. • Four wetland areas are evident in a USGS survey. • Two development areas. Legend SCALE: 1:24,000 Base Image: 1922 USGS Topographic map, Data: Moore Archeological Consulting Susan Turner Associates, Buffalo Bayou
  23. 23. 1923-1930: VARNER REALTY PARK CONVEYANCE • Park established in 1924 • Memorial Dr. construction • Cattle grazing is likely in the NW corner of the park • 55% of the site is moderately to heavily forested, likely predominated by pine trees. 22  Legend Previously Impacted areas Cattle grazing area SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 1930 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Berg Oliver Associates New Impact areas Water features Buffalo Bayou
  24. 24. Previously Impacted areas 23 1931-1944: GOLF COURSE SPORTS FIELDS • Memorial Park Golf Course is graded and constructed • Significant areas around Memorial Park Loop at Washington St. are disturbed for new road construction and possibly initial Hare Hare entry • Memorial Dr. is rerouted and new roadways including the Picnic Loop are created • Sports fields are constructed including the polo fields, rugby pitch, and NE baseball diamonds • A large clearing is made in the SE corner of the park with either unimproved trails or small roads SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 1944 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial photograph, Susan Turner Associates New Impact areas Constructed water bodies Buffalo Bayou Legend
  25. 25. New Impact areas Previously Impacted areas Constructed water bodies ADDICKS AND BARKER RESERVOIRS ON BUFFALO BAYOU, 1945 - PRESENT 1945-1953: BAYOU, PICNIC HIGHWAYS • Addicks and Barker Reservoirs are created to regulate and control water flows of Buffalo Bayou • The picnic loop is cleared and the swimming pool area is graded and constructed • The northern and southwestern boundaries of the site are cleared and graded, likely for the construction of Katy and 610 Highways • Construction of drainage ditches is extensive along Memorial Drive and to the east of the railroad • 70% of the site is heavily forested 24  Swimming pool SCALE: 1:24,000 SCALE: 1:368,000 Image: 1953 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial, 1953 USGS topo map, Berg Oliver Associates; Harris County Flood Control District Buffalo Bayou, Uncontrolled Buffalo Bayou Controlled Legend
  26. 26. Previously Impacted areas Constructed water bodies Swimming pool 25 1954-1967: MEMORIAL DR. PARK AMENITIES • Significant changes to Memorial Dr break up the park into many fragments and impose a large footprint of disturbance on adjacent land • 1958: Houston Parks assumes management/ownership of Hogg Bird Sanctuary • The picnic loop is extended; and maintenance facilities, outer loop trail, and Arboretum access road are constructed; • Significant clearing has taken place north of the golf course and for a new rugby pitch • 85% of the site is heavily forested Legend SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 1967 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial, Susan Turner Associates, Berg Oliver New Impact areas Buffalo Bayou Controlled
  27. 27. 1967-1995: RECREATION ARBORETUM • Houston Arboretum and Nature center creates a clearing for a pond and buildings, trail construction becomes apparent in Arboretum • Loop 610 + I-10 Freeways are completed. • A secondary roadway from the picnic loop is added north to Memorial Dr. and other areas are cleared for recreation • Golf course and driving range altered; pond between fairways 16 17 extended to the south • 90% of the site is heavily wooded with mostly pines and significant areas that are either wetlands or hardwood trees 26  Legend Previously Impacted areas Constructed water bodies Swimming pool SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 1978 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial, Berg Oliver, Susan Turner Associates New Impact areas Buffalo Bayou Controlled
  28. 28. 27 1995-2010: FOREST COVER TYPE PATHS • The Living Bridge is constructed in 2009 and areas around it are cleared; the outer loop is constructed • Two clearings, one in the Arboretum and one east of the railroad in the Bayou tract have been made • The pond between fairway 6 7 was extended southward in around 1995 and some of the course’s fairways were reconfigured • Heavily-wooded with mostly pines and significant areas of wetlands or hardwoods; 2008: likely suffered impact by Hurricane Ike Legend Previously Impacted areas Constructed water bodies Swimming pool Living Bridge SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2010 Aerial Photograph; Data: aerial, Berg Oliver, Susan Turner Associates New Impact areas Buffalo Bayou Controlled
  29. 29. 2014: FOREST COVER • The 2012 drought leads to the death of many of park’s pine trees 28  Legend Previously Impacted areas Constructed water bodies Swimming pool Living Bridge SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Berg Oliver New Impact areas Buffalo Bayou Controlled
  30. 30. 29 2014: CONCENTRATED CULTURAL LANDSCAPE • 100 years of intensive grading, varied uses, and alteration: a rich cultural landscape • Most intensive site work has taken place in the NE quadrant of the site. Within this quadrant, some areas are of cultural and historical sensitivity that are location-specific and other areas of importance that are not location-specific. • The NW, SW, and Southern sections of the park are areas with very limited site work Legend Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Berg Oliver Previously Impacted areas Land impacted by foot traffic only Previous grazing area Constructed water bodies Swimming pool Buffalo Bayou Controlled Living Bridge SCALE: 1:24,000
  31. 31. 2014: SENSITIVE HISTORICAL RESOURCES • Archaeological sites from Camp Logan present an opportunity for selected interpretation • Majority of features found are foundations from latrines and camps, drainage, pipes and traces of roads and trenches • Roger Moore’s study indicates that while some sites contain few or no surface historic features penetrating radar analysis should take place before any site development in groups 1, 2, and 3. 30  Legend Previously Impacted areas Land impacted by foot traffic only SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: HRA Gray Pape “In-tensive Archaeological Survey of a 1.3-mile segment of Buffalo Bayou in Harris County, Texas” with Roger Moore Archaeological Consulting; Susan Turner Associates; and Berg Oliver Camp Logan Remnants Identified features of Camp Logan General location of 370th Infantry cantonment
  32. 32. Historical Resources Previously Impacted areas Land impacted by foot traffic only 31 2014: SENSITIVE CULTURAL RESOURCES • There are many cultural resources throughout the park • The golf course and Arboretum have been identified as the two largest and culturally valuable to the park • Because of their size and existing infrastructure, their locations should remain fixed Legend SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Houston Parks and Recreation Department and aerial photo analysis Memorial Park Golf Course Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
  33. 33. VISION: LIMIT AREAS OF FUTURE IMPACT • Areas in red indicate places that have been heavily impacted by previous development excluding areas that are culturally or historically sensitive • Goal: limit future development to areas that have already been altered by past development 32  Legend Areas for future impact SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: HRA Gray Pape “In-tensive Archaeological Survey of a 1.3-mile segment of Buffalo Bayou in Harris County, Texas” with Roger Moore Archaeological Consulting; Susan Turner Associates; and Berg Oliver Historical Cultural Resources Land impacted by foot traffic only
  34. 34. 33 GEOECOLOGY
  35. 35. 34 
  36. 36. 35 Legend 5% 5-8.3% 8.3-12% 12-25% 25-33% 33% Slope
  37. 37. 36 
  38. 38. 37 Barrancos
  39. 39. Soil Units 38  Legend Loamy Claypan Soils Sandy Claypan Soils Buffalo Breaks/Barrancos Not Studied source: Jacob and Associates 2014 SCALE: 1”=2000’
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  44. 44. 43 Area Not Available SCALE: 1”=10,000’ source: Google Earth Aerial Photograph 1944
  45. 45. 44  Houston
  46. 46. 45 Area Not Available SCALE: 1”=10,000’ source: Google Earth Aerial Photograph 1944
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  48. 48. http://http://longleafs.info/pages/ecosystem.html 47 http://longleafs.info/pages/ecosystem.html
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  56. 56. 55 VEGETATION AND ECOLOGY
  57. 57. Memorial Park: 1930 Memorial Park: 1944 Memorial Park: 2010 56  Memorial Park: 2014
  58. 58. 57 Vegetation: Preliminary Assessment source: Berg Oliver 2014 SCALE: 1”=2000’
  59. 59. Vegetation: Existing Complexes 58  Legend Forest Savanah/Forest Savanah Savanah/Prairie Prairie source: Berg Oliver 2014 SCALE: 1”=2000’
  60. 60. 59 Pine Hardwood Mix Complex Typical along ravine
  61. 61. Savannah Complex, South of South Ballfields Savannah complex North of Living Bridge 60 
  62. 62. 61 Savannah/Prairie Area near Maintenance Yard
  63. 63. Vegetation: Restoration 62  Legend Legend Pine, Hardwoods Forest Wet Prairie, Savanah Upland Prairie, Savanah Native Prairie Savanah/Forest Savanah Savanah/Prairie Unaffected Areas source: Berg Oliver 2014 Forest Savanah/Forest Savanah Savanah/Prairie Prairie Vegetation: Existing Complexes
  64. 64. 63 Memorial Park in 1938-typical woodland Proposed forest type with open understory Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https://www.flickr.com/photos/ mabuckingham/
  65. 65. Vegetation: Restoration 64  Legend Legend Pine, Hardwoods Forest Wet Prairie, Savanah Upland Prairie, Savanah Native Prairie Savanah/Forest Savanah Savanah/Prairie Unaffected Areas source: Berg Oliver 2014 Forest Savanah/Forest Savanah Savanah/Prairie Prairie Vegetation: Existing Complexes
  66. 66. 65 Prairie
  67. 67. Savannah 66  Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https://www.flickr.com/photos/ mabuckingham/ Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https://www.flickr.com/photos/ mabuckingham/ Image Courtesy Matt Buckingham https://www.flickr.com/photos/ mabuckingham/
  68. 68. 67 Memorial Park Circa 1938
  69. 69. 68  GUIDING PRINCIPLES Guiding Principles for the project were formulated by the NBW team to incorporate and summarize input from the public engagement process and from the design team’s technical experts. These principles will guide the design team as they move forward with design.
  70. 70. 69 TEND Memorial Park needs our care. Let’s be good stewards. 1. Build a resilient park framework for future generations with adaptive systems that will withstand time, increased use, variable weather patterns, and will allow Houstonians to maintain its character into the future. 2. Adopt and sustain management practices that complement the ecological position and features of iconic indigenous species. 3. Design a park that has a positive impact on the neighborhoods and the city by collecting, storing, and re-using storm water, improving water quality, and using alternative energy. 4. Maintain a record of biotic and abiotic ecological factors to track available quantifiable data to support and influence management practices.
  71. 71. 70  MAGNIFY Memorial Park has a lot going for it. Let’s make those things more visible. 1. Strengthen and build upon the cultural, historical, and ecological assets of Memorial Park that differentiate it from Houston’s other parks. 2. Maintain and enhance existing programmatic uses in the park. Memorial Park has four major use types: • Arboretum and Nature Center • Urban active: Ball fields, tennis, soccer, cycling, running, swimming, golf • Urban wilds: Trails and bayou-based recreation in an urban wilds context (bird watching, picnicking, hiking, mountain biking, paddling, horseback riding). 3. Construct and improve existing amenities that fit the character, use, and scale of the site. Follow the regional vision of Houston Parks and Recreation.
  72. 72. OPTIMIZE Memorial Park’s parts are out of balance with each other. Let’s arrange them so the park can function optimally. 71 1. Group similar program uses in the park together to enhance the experience of different aspects of the park and to reduce user conflict. 2. Orchestrate circulation in the park to improve safety for all types of users. Make the park inviting by creating gateways and marking paths and amenities to facilitate self-guiding and understanding of the place. 3. See the park’s current state as an opportunity. The drought and hurricane of recent years have cleared the site of vulnerable vegetation. Design landscape types for the site’s climate, soils, and the maintenance capabilities of the park administration by using intrinsic ecologies to ensure future resilience. 4. Maximize social opportunities that allow Houstonians to engage with each other in meaningful ways.
  73. 73. 72  RECONNECT Memorial Park is divided in many ways. Let’s make it whole and plug it into life in Houston. 1. Enable external access to the park. New connections will allow for increased park use, and improve safety in getting to the park on foot, wheelchair, bike, bus, or car. 2. Bridge the park’s internal divisions to expand usable park space and enhance its existing character. 3. Provide opportunities for consolidation of habitat areas. 4. Link water systems, allowing them to function holistically as a complete system.
  74. 74. REVEAL Memorial Park holds stories relevant to all Houstonians. Let’s tell them to the world. 73 1. Preserve and interpret elements of the cultural and natural history. In so doing, empower future generations in the continued management of urban landscapes. 2. Make space for users to discover, learn about, appreciate and enjoy the flora, fauna and water systems of Memorial Park and the region. 3. Interpret and engage multiple cultural narratives that are relevant to Houston area’s diverse population.
  75. 75. 74  SCALE: 1”=2000’ Source: 2014 Lee Lupher aerial photograph VISION: RECONNECTED PARK • Stitch fragments together with contiguous spaces that feel like a cohesive park • Limit visual and pedestrian boundaries within the park • Maintain existing programmatic elements of the park Site rails roads Adjacent roads Buffalo Bayou Legend
  76. 76. 75 VISION: LIMIT AREAS OF FUTURE IMPACT • Areas in red indicate places that have been heavily impacted by previous development excluding areas that are culturally or historically sensitive • Goal: limit future development to areas that have already been altered by past development Legend Areas for future impact SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: HRA Gray Pape “In-tensive Archaeological Survey of a 1.3-mile segment of Buffalo Bayou in Harris County, Texas” with Roger Moore Archaeological Consulting; Susan Turner Associates; and Berg Oliver Historical Cultural Resources Land impacted by foot traffic only
  77. 77. 2014: EXISTING SITE ORGANIZATION • The park is currently experienced as a series of smaller and discontiguous uses and typologies 76  Legend Active recreation Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Houston Parks and Recreation Department and aerial photo analysis Urban Wilderness (trail use) Arboretum and Nature Center Picnic Area Historical Cultural Resources
  78. 78. Arboretum and Nature Center 77 GOAL: CONNECT ACTIVE RECREATION AREAS • Relocate active recreation such as baseball, rugby, and soccer that require more infrastructure and amenities such as parking and bathrooms • Combine areas of similar program, use and ecological, cultural, and historical experience • Share recreation amenities for minimal impact on park and ease of maintenance Legend Relocated active recreation SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Houston Parks and Recreation Department and aerial photo analysis Active recreation Urban Wilderness (trail use) Picnic Areas Cultural Historical Resources
  79. 79. GOAL: LOCATE PICNIC AREAS THROUGHOUT PARK • Picnic areas become moments to experience different parts of the park • Accessible by car, bike, foot, or wheelchair 78  Legend Active recreation Relocated active recreation Urban Wilderness (trail use) Arboretum and Nature Center Picnic area Dispersed picnic areas SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Houston Parks and Recreation Department and aerial photo analysis Cultural Historical Resources
  80. 80. Connected wilderness areas Arboretum Nature Center 79 Relocated active recreation Dispersed picnic areas GOAL: CONNECT LAND MASSES • Create trail areas that connect large swaths of the site, allowing for longer and more rich park experiences and greater ecological connectivity • Bridge currently divided parts of the park with green spaces trails that are appropriate to ecologically and historically sensitive sites Legend SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Data: Houston Parks and Recreation Department and aerial photo analysis Active recreation Urban Wilderness (trail use) Cultural Historical Resources
  81. 81. VISION: COHESIVE PARK PROGRAMS EXPERIENCES Envisioning a park that: • Preserves and interprets Camp Logan’s richest and most productive archaeological areas • Embraces the signature existing cultural and ecological resources • Creates expansive, connected, and complimentary program areas that provide a cohesive experience of this 1500 acre park 80  Legend Dispersed picnic areas SCALE: 1:24,000 Image: 2014 Google Aerial Photograph; Active recreation Relocated active recreation Urban Wilderness (trail use) Camp Logan interpretive areas Historical entrance experience Golf course Arboretum Nature Center
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  83. 83. 19, 2014 82  Land Bridge - Perspective from Memorial Drive Memorial Park Houston, TX

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