Though Houston is largely paved in cement, the city does offer ample green spaces, gardens, parks, and trails to embrace the fruits of nature. This Friday, a vibrant new green space will open on Block 333 with a public art program, lush garden zones, playscape, and an all-day cafe.
Last March, the Downtown Redevelopment Authority announced that it had broken ground on a new city green space at 1515 Fannin. Named Trebly Park, organizers intend for the space to provide a “backyard” for area residents and employees.
“We aim for Trebly Park to become a destination that reflects the character of this emerging Downtown neighborhood,” said Curtis Flowers, DRA board chair, in a statement.
“By its definition, Trebly Park implies that the park has much to offer those who visit it in terms of experience with ‘three times as much’ fun, play, interaction, relaxation and deliciousness. We also hope the grounds will serve as a ‘third space,’ or communal space, for area residents, students, workers and visitors.”
The L-shaped park, originally planned to open last July, debuts this Friday with an event lawn, art installations, a dog-running course, playscape, and second outpost for the fast-casual cafe, Tout Suite.
Trebly will also feature rotating art installations, premiering Porta Pigmenta, a “floating art” installation from German artists, Thomas Granseuer and Tomislav Topic of Quintessenz.
“Featuring layers of PVC mesh painted in different color gradients and suspended at canopy height over a square frame, Porta Pigmenta will visually and functionally draw visitors into the park; a “floating art” installation, the fabric will create waves of color that constantly change with the wind and the light,” the release states.
Once opened, the Downtown District will oversee the park’s programming. Planned events include live music, movies, and art.
The park’s playscape, “Whale Bone Dinner Party”, is a multi-piece sculpture by NY-based art duo Chiaozza that will feature hand-painted fiberglass and “‘a series of “curious fragments’ that are meant to evoke the feeling of discovering oneself on a remote island after being lost at sea. The playable, patterned pieces invite interaction and discovery.”
Trebly Park officially opens to the public at 1515 Fannin on Friday, January 27.