Discovery Green, a 12-acre park in downtown Houston, has activities for all ages, backgrounds, workers, residents, and tourists.
Tree-shaded paths lead to a pond, and grassy slopes offer metropolitan vistas. Try the new jogging trail or Model Boat Pond. Large and little dogs have special fountains and runs. Want to play bocce or horseshoes? Regain your croquet throne? Play on Discovery Green. Two local painters decorate a rentable four-wheel golf buggy. The art cart has everything needed for a fun competition. The towering Mist Tree and unique play area reflect the path of migrating birds. And don’t miss the interactive Gateway Fountain. The park’s amphitheater hosts noontime and weekend performances by touring bands and performers.
The Grove restaurant and The Lake House serve award-winning Chef Robert del Grande’s dishes. The Grove’s all-glass façade overlooks live oaks, giving a quiet, upmarket atmosphere in the nation’s fourth largest metropolis. The Lake House’s lakeside self-service and counter service attract guests.
One-acre lake, children’s playground, interactive water features, amphitheater stage and slope, small and large dog runs, public art, HPL Express, open lawns, and fantastic restaurants.
Bill White Promenade
The park’s boardwalk offers a 360-degree view of Houston’s skyline.
Kinder Lake has water gardens and a model boat area, a shallow pool designed to accommodate remote-controlled watercraft.
Schiller Del Grande’s restaurant offers great food, service, and views of the park’s live oaks.
A Lake House
The Lake House serves fast, informal meals with views of Kinder Lake and the Jones Lawn.
Anheuser-Busch Stage and Fondren Foundation
This amphitheater hosts music, theatre, cinema, and dance and has sloping lawn seating. When the platform is not in use, parkgoers can work, lounge, or eat near The Lake House café.
Jones Lawn is the park’s largest green space, ideal for large events or pick-up games.
The Brown Promenade
100-year-old oak trees shade the Brown Foundation Promenade, with the Nancy G. Kinder Oak on Avenida de las Americas being the largest.
John P. McGovern Park
The John P. McGovern Playground was updated in 2021 to incorporate climbing, sliding, and rocking structures. Built for creative outdoor play, the park has sections for children 2-5 and 5-12.
The fountain welcomes guests from McKinney Street and extends the playground area. Two systems of jets generate a plethora of water activity on a gently sloping granite surface, with 14-foot high arcing jets serving as gateway icons and smaller jets cycling on and off to welcome park guests for a closer look or some spray fun.
Art at Discovery Green
Discovery Green features paintings by Margo Sawyer and Doug Hollis. The art installations were made to be visually prominent and at home in the park. Jean Dubuffet’s famed Monument Au Fantome has been moved to the park.
The park’s staff, information center, and public facilities are in this facility overlooking the Gateway Fountain and John P. McGovern Children’s Playground.
Programs at Discovery Green
Discovery Green is more than a pretty park; it’s an experience. The park has busy programming in spring/summer and fall/winter. Music, dance, movies, theatre, workout courses, children’s events, and an urban market comprise park programming. Parks are available for private and public events.
Both restaurants are eco-friendly and compost, recycle, use green cleaning products, and use biodegradable packaging. During development, the park used solar panels and sustainably-grown timber. With a love for sustainable design and operation, the Conservancy is pursuing a “Gold Level” LEED Certification. LEED credits are based on site sustainability, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, construction materials, indoor environmental quality, and design innovation. The Discovery Green Conservancy will keep this a priority.