One hundred years of Hermann Park —
what better cause for celebration?

Since 1914, the Park has been part of the family for generations growing up in Houston. Through the festivities of the year-long Centennial Celebration, everyone in the Houston community will have the chance to honor the special moments the Park has provided to a century’s worth of children and families, and commemorate the efforts made to preserve it for its next hundred years.

From temporary art installations to a family kite festival, special events all year long in 2014 will bring the community together and give visitors young and old memories that will last a lifetime. The Centennial Celebration will be a citywide effort, with many museums and cultural institutions partnering with the Conservancy on special programs, from lectures to musical performances.


Throughout 2014 — Art in the Park

March 4, 2014 — Hats in the Park Luncheon

March 29, 2014 — Hermann Park Kite Festival

April 25, 2014 — Evening in the Park Gala

May 24–July 26, 2014 — Julia Ideson Library Exhibition

September 13, 2014 — Park to Port Bike Ride

October 18, 2014 — Centennial Gardens Grand Opening
                                 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
                                 Dedication ceremony at 9:30 a.m. 

                                 Throughout the Day:
                                 Activities and tours  
                                 Children's art and activities sponsored by Macy's.
                                 Lectures by the design team:
                                   Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
                                   Hoerr Schaudt
                                   White Oak Studio                                

November 8, 2014 — Run in the Park

Houston's Hermann Park: A Century of Community

In honor of Hermann Park's centennial in 2014, Hermann Park Conservancy commissioned a book on the history of this beloved Park. The book follows the Park's first 100 years from when philanthropist and real estate investor George Hermann announced his gift of 285 acres to the City of Houston in 1914 up to and including the Park's renaissance under the Hermann Park Conservancy in the last 20 years. 

The beautifully-illustrated volume, written by historian and architect Barrie Scardino Bradley, makes the perfect gift for native Houstonians and newcomers alike! 

The book is available for purchase for $45 in the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop located on Lake Plaza and in other local retailers including the River Oaks Book Store, Blue Willow Book Store, Brazos Book Store, Whole Earth Provision, and more. Houston's Hermann Park is published by Texas A&M Press and is number sixteen in the Sara and John Lindsey Series in the Arts and Humanities. 


Hermann Park Conservancy would like to thank those that signed up to be a Centennial Underwriter to help celebrate the Park’s 100th birthday this year. 

Macy's, Inc.
Kathrine G. McGovern
Palmetto Partners, Ltd./The Robert and Janice McNair Foundation
Laura and Brad McWilliams

Andrews Kurth LLP
Audi Central Houston
Kristy and Chris Bradshaw
Gracie and Bob Cavnar
Franci and Jim Crane
Susie and Sanford Criner
Isabel and Danny David
Harriet and Joe Foster Foundation
Ann and Kenny Friedman/ Barbara and Charles Hurwitz/Anne and John                              Mendelsohn/Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff
Houston First Corporation
Linda and Barry Hunsaker
Ann Kennedy and Geoffrey Walker
Rebecca Mark-Jusbasche and Michael Jusbasche
Dean Putterman
Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Special thanks to Hotel Zaza, Houston; Houston Chronicle; TPRB Advertising; and United Airlines.

The commitments from these underwriters ensure that the special centennial events planned for 2014 are a success. For information about underwriting opportunities, please contact or call 713-524-5876 ext. 339. 

(List as of April 1, 2014) 


Alley Theatre
Asia Society Texas Center 
City of Houston 
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston 
Discovery Green 
Harris County Historical Commission 
The Health Museum 
City of Houston 
Houston Airport System 
Houston Arts Alliance 
Houston Arts Foundation 
Houston Center for Photography 
Houston First Corporation
Houston History Magazine 
Houston Museum District Association 
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Houston Public Library Foundation 
Houston Public Media
Houston Symphony 

Houston Wilderness  
Houston Zoo
Julia Ideson Library
MacGregor Elementary School 
The Menil Collection
Miller Outdoor Theatre/Miller Theatre Advisory Board
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum
Rice Design Alliance
Rice University
South Main Alliance
Spotlight Acting Academy
St. Catherine's Montessori
Texas Medical Center
Texas Southern University
University of Houston
University of St. Thomas

An occasion for civic celebration like this one only comes along once every hundred years. Join the celebration! Contact to team up with the Conservancy on the Centennial Celebration in 2014.