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The Conservancy’s Mission

The mission of the Emancipation Park Conservancy is to restore, manage, and enhance Emancipation Park in partnership with the public.

The Emancipation Park Conservancy aspires to build a great organization that sets the standard for and spreads the principles of world-class park management – emphasizing environmental excellence – to improve the quality of open space for the enjoyment of all. The Emancipation Park Conservancy is committed to sustaining this operating model to provide a legacy for future generations of park users.


Guiding Principle

Emancipation Park is a masterpiece of landscape architecture created to provide a scenic retreat from urban life for the enjoyment of all and, in so doing, helps establish Houston’s place among the great cities of the world. As the organization entrusted with the responsibility of caring for this important public greenspace, our work is founded on the belief that citizen leadership and private philanthropy are key to ensuring that the Park and its essential purpose endure


Our Contract with the City of Houston

In 2016, the City of Houston awarded a new, 30-year management agreement to the Emancipation Park Conservancy. The agreement affirmed the City’s confidence with the Emancipation Park Conservancy in jointly managing Emancipation Park.

The Emancipation Park Conservancy provides for Emancipation Park’s day-to-day care. Specifically the Conservancy is responsible for landscape and lawn maintenance, tree care, horticultural work, cleaning and repairing playgrounds and comfort stations, repairing benches, graffiti removal, clearing walkways, and maintaining and repairing monuments and select Park structures.


The City’s role in Emancipation Park

In connection with the City’s partnership with the Emancipation Park Conservancy, the City retains overall control and policy responsibility for Emancipation Park. The Parks Department Director and officials of the City of Houston Parks & Recreation are involved in all aspects of Park planning, and must approve all capital improvements the Conservancy seeks to undertake. In addition, administrative rulemaking, law enforcement, and concessions operations in Emancipation Park are under the exclusive domain of the City.


Emancipation Park Conservancy’s Governance

The Emancipation Park Conservancy’s diverse governing board includes a cross-section of individuals including City officials and individuals that represent the community that uses the Park. There are 15 General Trustees and 2 Ex-Officio Trustees including the Mayor and the Parks Director.  Together, these individuals work toward the common goal of preserving and enhancing Emancipation Park for future generations