Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'd like to introduce you to...

Mandell Park!

From the site "Mandell Park is 1.22 acres surrounded by Bonnie Brae, Mandell and Richmond Streets in Houston’s Museum District. In the 1980s, the City of Houston purchased and cleared the site to build a public library...but the site became a huge vacant lot after the City chose another location. During the next 15 years, the neighborhood maintained the southern portion of the property and created an organic community garden, later named Meredith Gardens."

What an awesome little hidden gem in the museum district.

After work, Ryan and I decided to have an al fresco dinner since it was so nice outside, so breezy and warm. We packed up a little lunch kit filled with waters, a bottle of Cabernet, pasta, shrimp and dill salad, marinated artichokes, stuffed grape leaves, Havarti and spinach and watercress dip with crackers.

After passing by Menil park and Mandell park, we chose Mandell- its hard not to instantly fall in love with this little garden hidden right off Richmond sandwiched between El Pueblito and Lucky Burger.

We chose a good spot, spread our little blanket out, had our snacks and just relaxed. We even had a visit from a black and white puppy! Al fresco picnic dinner? Gorgeous weather? Beautiful flowers? A PUPPY? Oh come on.. it's almost too much.

After thoroughly enjoying our afternoon and just before El Pueblito's soundtrack of Gaga, Britney, Beyonce, et. al. was turned up to 11, ( no offence, El Pueb, you're delicious..) we packed up and headed out. We will definitely be back to enjoy the garden park again.

I was able to snap only one photo (below) before my camera died:
All other shots below found on google images!

The Friends of Mandell Park have BIG plans for this fantastic urban green space and you can help be a part of it! If it's something you can get behind and to ensure that the park will be here for you to enjoy in the future, you can donate a few bucks so easily online, I just did through paypal. Below is an outline of the master plan, slated to be completed in 2013. Exciting!

Nothing like a little good-doing to kick off your humpday, right? Hurray for making Houston pretty!

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