Most visitors to Hermann Park have been watching in anticipation as the new 15-acre McGovern Centennial Gardens site takes shape. Those familiar with parking in lot “C” in front of the old Houston Garden Center along Hermann Park Drive may now access the new parking lot “C” from Hermann Drive along the north side of the Gardens site at Crawford St. Just follow the red and white signs to the lot entrance–note that there are no bus spaces in the new lot just as there were none in the old lot. From the parking spaces, take one of three gravel paths from the lot south to the Marvin Taylor Exercise Trail, turn right on Mr. Taylor’s live oak trail, and follow the path across Hermann Park Drive to access Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Houston Zoo, the miniature train and pedal boats, the playground and water play, and the Japanese Garden.
You will notice that the Chinese Pavilion has been moved from its temporary site in the old parking lot to its new permanent location visible from Hermann Park Drive just feet from where it rested for the past few months while the new lot was being built.
And very exciting indeed is that the new Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion entry building designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (Peter Bohlin designs the glass Apple stores world-wide!) is going vertical! If you close your eyes and imagine walking through the Pavilion entry, you can envision the imposing Garden Mount with its rippling waterfall being the first landmark you see ahead of you as you enter through the open crape myrtle-lined gateway from the parking lot. So stay tuned for further progress notes.
The grand opening of the Gardens is scheduled for October 18, 2014, so put it on your calendar to come visit YOUR beautiful new public gardens free to the public this fall!