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Parks, Planting, and Preservation

From the Collection:

The Park People’s Records include standard organizational documents, including meeting minutes, personnel management, and financial records, plus city planning proposals and reports covering thirty years. Records include grant applications for federal and state programs. They also include details about local programs such as Treescape, a collaborative effort among Trees for Houston, Scenic Houston, and City of Houston in a program to provide incentives and enforcement of the Tree and Shrub ordinances. The Park People’s records provide evidence of collaborative programs with other non-profits, government entities, and private participants. Other documents include citizen education initiatives on planting, preservation, and propagation of trees as well as instruction on legal strategies for park acquisition. The Park People’s records also include plans and reports on park celebrations aimed at children for both entertainment and instructional purposes. Fundraising records illuminate the degree and kind of support from corporate, government, and private entities.

The Park People’s Collection offers historical evidence of Houston’s environmental planning at the city and county levels and interface with state and federal agencies. Park preservation and development intersects with the issues of flooding, urban green space, urban development, and city management. Although these records cover only thirty years of Houston’s history, they provide a view of Houston’s city management from the perspective of environmental concern.


  • 1970-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1978-2005

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


From the Collection: 97.0 linear feet

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA