Horticulture Hideaway - Harris County Jurors Plaza
I cruise on my bike through the city often, and I continuously come across abandoned lots, areas or just green spaces where I think a garden would be a fantastic fit. I will highlight these spaces on this blog. Who knows, maybe the right person will read this, and we will actually be able to convert one of these areas into a dope garden space.
Today, the space I am referring to is here at the Harris County Jurors Plaza. Actually, I am speaking about the around 30,000sqft of green area on top of the Jurors Plaza. This is a space in front of the courthouses. The Plaza has been closed since hurricane Harvey decimated the place. Fantastic location, already open space that receives ample amount of the sun and a crazy amount of foot traffic around the area. Think of all the people coming in and out of the many courts in the area who would get to experience this space in one way or another. Due to its proximity to Buffalo Bayou, I heard that it has a tendency to flood. I don't need the building, just the outside space. There are so many different options for this green space: an Outdoor classroom for students, a park that host workshops and classes teaching people about the benefits of producing your own food or even providing food to help feed the homeless.
Pathways through the garden already exist and create sections. Each section could have its own theme: fruit trees around the perimeter, pollinator gardens, a part for wildflowers and a vegetable garden in the middle by the existing building. Now if we were to add some seating this would be one fantastic space, easily accessible by the stone pathways.
Somebody let me know who I need to talk to. I wonder if my friend who works for the Health Department could point me in the right direction? Let's make this happen! Is anyone presently using the area? Why not remake it into something beautiful and useful at the same time? Just a thought.