The Boston Globe visited Houston’s Discovery Green wondering why that park is being used so much and its own Rose Kennedy Greenway so little given its high profile location. The article points out that the Greenway has not yet instituted the types of features and programming to bring more people in — there are no food carts or cafes, no concert areas and a lack of programming. Mayor Menino is quoted saying he would like music concerts (though not big ones such as U2, he says).
The Greenway Conservancy is working on bringing in some of these items, but has struggled with raising the funds to do so. It has begun some new programming, such as movies, and this has begun to attract park users.
The article is a good lesson for cities looking to create attractive and vibrant downtown parks. The below video provide some good lessons and pictures from Discovery Green in Houston.Vodpod videos no longer available.