‘We want Bagby Park reopened’: Residents decry construction delays at beloved neighborhood park

Neighbors want answers about park renovations
Neighbors want answers about park renovations

HOUSTON – People who live, work and play in Midtown Houston are wondering when construction on a beloved neighborhood park will finally be complete.

The 30,000 square foot Bagby Park along Gray Street was partially closed for renovations in June 2019.

According to a June 2019 blog post on the Midtown Redevelopment Authority (MRA) website, the upgrades would be complete in Fall 2019.

The MRA touted the addition of a canopy and lighting to the existing stage, revitalized greenspace, more shade and a “refreshed” food kiosk with a new vendor.

The MRA project page lists Bagby Park as “Completed 100%.”

But one year after it was supposed to be done, a chain-link fence surrounds the greenspace and the park’s most visible feature, the 10-foot letters that spell out Midtown, which is now covered in plywood.

In a recent post to the neighborhood social media app, Nextdoor, one woman opened a thread on the topic with, “we want Bagby Park REOPENED.” Other neighbors chiming in on the lack of information about why the renovations were delayed.

“It’s been disappointing. It’s a plot of grass and I don’t understand why they can’t take the fence down and let us have some activities,” resident Robert Wallenhorst told KPRC 2.

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