LOCAL Houston | The City Guide March 2017 - Page 14

ON OUR RADAR LEVY PARK BLOOMS AGAIN On February 25, the LEVY PARK CONSERVANCY celebrated the grand re-opening of Levy Park, a six-acre City of Houston park in the Upper Kirby District of Houston. The newly re-imagined, state-of-the-art civic jewel features: a performance pavilion and mini-amphitheater for kids’ performances; a 17,500sf event lawn that can accommodate up to 3,000 visitors for bands, movie screenings and symphonic orchestras; a 22,000sf activity lawn that includes a putting green and space for yoga, tai chi, fitness boot camp, petanque, badminton, fitness classes, picnicking and astronomy; a 24,000sf play area for kids and families; and 27 community garden beds for volunteer cultivations of edible plants and flowers. Coming in the near future: a beer garden, food kiosks, a restaurant and park-wide free Wi-Fi. Projects like this one demonstrate once again that Houston has the finest public-private park system in the country. Learn more about the Conservancy and Levy Park at levyparkhouston.org. Photography courtesy of the Office of James Burnett Photography by Ray Redding/Texas Redd ART IN THE PARK Over 300 artists from around the country and 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at BAYOU CITY ART FESTIVAL MEMORIAL PARK on Friday– Sunday, March 24–26. As the nation’s premier outdoor fine art event, the three-day festival will provide guests with the opportunity to personally meet artists, view original works and purchase world-class art. Bayou City Art Festival, produced by the Art Colony Association, Inc. (ACA), has provided a venue for more than 20,000 artists to showcase their artwork to thousands of art lovers from all over the world. The festival will benefit six local nonprofit partners and feature music, local food vendors, beverages, entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more. For event and ticket information, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/bayou-city-art-festival-memorial-park-2017-tickets-30495366462?aff=ehomecard. 14 LOCAL | march 17