Evelyn's Park dedication set
Bellaire City Council acted Monday to dedicate Evelyn's Park as a city park, setting the stage for a public ceremony at the site of the former Teas Nursery, 4400 Bellaire Blvd., at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 25.
The event will be hosted jointly by the city and the board of Evelyn's Park Conservancy.
"Come out and kick the tires, so to speak. We can dream big," said Mayor Cindy Siegel, who serves on the Conservancy board.
The nearly five-acre site was donated to the city last year by the Jerry and Maury Rubenstein Foundation on the condition that it be developed for park and recreational purposes. The Conservancy was created to accomplish that task, and has since organized, adopted bylaws, established a bank account and filed paperwork with the Internal Revenue Service to obtain tax exempt status, the mayor said. The board is nearing a stage where focus groups will be formed to begin discussions on the park's design, she added.
The land is historically significant as the site of Teas Nursery Company, one of Bellaire's first businesses and credited with the "greening" of Houston in the 1900s. By 1951, Teas Nursery had planted over 1 million trees in the Houston area, all grown on the land that makes up this new park.
In addition to Mayor Siegel, the Conservancy board members are: President Marybeth Flaherty, Vice President Keith Rubenstein, Treasurer Lou Waters, Secretary Kim Padgett, Linda Rubenstein, Peta Rubenstein and Rusty Rubenstein.
For more information on Evelyn's Park Conservancy, visit www.EvelynsPark.org.
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