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To enhance Emancipation Park by preserving its integrity and enriching its heritage as a local, state, national and international landmark.
Emancipation Park Conservancy is a non-profit 501c3 charitable corporation established in 2015 to restore, manage, and enhance Emancipation Park. Its purpose is to create an open space of environmental and community excellence while continuing to preserve the integrity and historical roots of the park. Its goal is to transform the park into one of the nation’s premier landmark parks and destinations through capital initiatives, operational improvements, strategic partnerships, programming and events.
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
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.
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.
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