Ground breaks on Hermann Park’s 26-acre Commons

Work has begun on the Hermann Park Commons renovations. (Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy)
Work has begun on the Hermann Park Commons renovations. (Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy)

Work has begun on the Hermann Park Commons renovations. (Courtesy Hermann Park Conservancy)

The Hermann Park Conservatory broke ground April 2 on a new project on 26 acres in the southwest corner of the park called the Commons, where new structures and amenities will be added over the next 21 months.

The green space will be receiving new playgrounds, landscaping, a carousel and a water park, among other alterations, according to an April 1 press release.

Other improvements include a revamping of the Fannin Pavilion, refurbishment of an existing pavilion, a food truck court and the addition of custom wooden tables and benches that are meant to attract larger crowds.

“Hermann Park is already a special place, but the addition of amenities for all age groups, natural water features, and a 45-foot rocket ship will take this park to a new level,” saidKenneth Allen, director of Houston's Parks and Recreation Department, at the groundbreaking.

Part of the conservatory’s 20-year master plan, the Commons is one of three projects in the $51 million Play Your Park campaign. Earlier this year work began on a second campaign project, the 2.5 acre McWilliams Dog Park.



Structure designs will be handled by architect Marlon Blackwell, while landscaping will be designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

The commons project is projected to cost $40 million and be completed by January 2024.

By George Wiebe

Reporter, Bellaire/Meyerland/West University

George joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2021 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University's College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.