Midtown Park, Houston’s newest mixed-use development, opened to the public in October 2017. A successful soft opening, coupled with a range of services and amenities and exciting future plans, bode well for Houston’s Midtown Park. This urban oasis is less than 10 minutes’ drive from the NearTown apartment rentals at AMLI 2121, AMLI City Vista, AMLI Memorial Heights, and AMLI River Oaks. Here are some of the activities you can experience on Midtown Park’s six acres of prime Midtown Houston real estate.
Open-air concerts, performances, and dance classes
Midtown Park’s Camden Pavilion promises to have one of Houston’s most happening outdoor stages. The open-air pavilion’s flexible space is suitable for concerts, theatre performances, public events, fitness classes, and instructional group dance sessions. The space has already seen capoeira martial arts, samba, and forró music and dance classes.
Fascinating art installations
Local art icons Rick Lowe (a MacArthur “genius” fellow) and Jessica Cusick spearheaded the arts program at Midtown Park. A current visual arts highlight is an installation by esteemed Houston artist Sharon Engelstein. At first glance, Engelstein’s “Little Ricky” and “Tall Ma” sculptures look like giant boulders. But one of them is actually a climbing structure with an integrated slide and seating area. The other offers additional seating. In October, Houston’s Midtown Park unveiled another art installation. Nationally acclaimed artist Dixie Fiend Gay’s “Wild Wonderland” is an 18-foot-long mural of hand-formed, hand-glazed mosaic tiles that portray Houston’s flora and fauna.
Child-friendly and pet-friendly recreation amenities
Later this year, Midtown Park three acre’s of green space will include a state-of-the-art playground and interactive water feature. The water feature should be ready in time for the heat of next summer. For pet owners and their charges, the new development is already home to Reliant Dog Park. The NRG-sponsored pet play area features a dog run with a mixture of flat and sloped surfaces.
Fitness and social recreation
Group fitness classes in the Camden Pavilion are definitely a highlight of Midtown Park’s fitness and recreation offerings. Others include a wetland stream and trail for jogging, a nature walk, and game courts for bocce and washers.
Retail and dining coming soon
In 2018, Midtown Park will open a half-acre retail plaza adjacent to midtown’s McGowen METRORail Station. The plaza’s focal point will be a full-service restaurant. Until (and after) the food services tenant is announced, visitors have an array of midtown Houston restaurants, delis, and bars to choose from for satiating appetites and quenching thirst. Midtown Houston’s Montrose neighborhood is also known for its fashionable retail offerings.
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