2024 Parks and Natural Areas Special Recognition Award

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Parks and Natural Areas Special Recognition Award

The North Houston District was honored with a Parks and Natural Areas Special Recognition Award for planning excellence from the Houston-Galveston Area Council on February 9, 2024, for its Parks Master Plan.

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Pictured on left, Bart Baker, the District’s Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, accepted the award.

The H-GAC’s Parks and Natural Areas Awards program recognizes best practices and innovative park planning and implementation approaches. The program was established in 2006 and has given more than 275 awards since then. The projects are considered models for the rest of the region to consider. H-GAC honors projects in the categories of Projects Over $500,000, Projects Under $500,000, Planning Process and Policy Tools, and Programming. This program recognizes outstanding parks and natural areas around the region. The 2023 Parks and Natural Areas Winners were honored on Friday, February 9, 2024. The 2024 awards program applications will open in the Fall.

From Greg Simpson, North Houston District President

“We are thankful for the recognition of our work on the Parks Master Plan, a collaborative effort led by Hugo Col√≥n and the team at Asakura Robinson. Detailed design and permitting will occur in 2024; construction will be in 2025.”

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From the H-GAC notification

“The North Houston District 2023 Parks Master Plan was selected to receive Special Recognition from the H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards in the Planning and Policy category. The project serves as a model for other projects in the 13-county region, and we commend the leadership exhibited by North Houston District.”

Explore the 2023 Parks Master Plan, as well as other recent plans and studies, including the 2021 Public Art & Placemaking Report and the 2020 Livable Centers Study, at northhouston.org/planning.

H-GAC is a voluntary association of local governments and local elected officials from the 13-county Gulf Coast planning region, which includes an area of 12,500 square miles and more than 7 million people. H-GAC works to promote efficient and accountable use of local, state, and federal tax dollars; serves as a problem-solving and information forum for local governments; and helps analyze trends and conditions affecting the region.

For information on current North Houston District projects, please email Robert Fiederlein, the District’s Vice President of Planning & Infrastructure, at rfiederlein@northhouston.org.

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