SUMMER Park Hours of Operation:
*Please note, helmets are required
FALL-WINTER-SPRING Park Hours of Operation:
In 2009 TIRZ Eleven purchased approximately 10 acres of flat, treeless, undeveloped land to be used for a future park. The site is located one block west of I45 at the corner of Kuykendahl and Rankin Roads. North Houston Skate Park was developed after asking Aldine High School Students what they would like to see in their community. They all answered “A skate park”. Dylan Park was created to honor a child abuse victim who was wheel chair bound and later died as a result of his injuries. The death is listed as a homicide and has not been solved. We wanted to design a park not only to honor him and other victims but also a park that welcomes children of all skill levels.
Partners and Volunteers:
TIRZ Eleven Volunteer Board Members: Elvin Franklin, Jr.; Seth Sharr; John Cornett; Erv Baumeyer; Charles Mock; Johanna Boley; Rev. Rod Dawson and Art Murillo. The Greenspoint District who has agreed to maintain Dylan Park; the volunteer skate board committee who included: Steve Peltier; Neal Rackleff; Barry Blumenthal; Caleb Gonzales; Frank Garrett; Mike Neiman and Craig Fesler; Spring ISD, and the YMCA. All of these volunteers not only helped advocate for the park, they continue to offer their time to provide programs and support for the park.
This property was a barren piece of land that offered nothing to the community. There are staff and security offices, restrooms (including both family and individual), generous parking areas, and a large room open for community based events (The YMCA offers wonderful programs for area children and young adults).
North Houston Skate Park – You enter the skate park through massive armadillo gates and are immediately wowed by over 78,000 square feet of skateable surface that includes a 20ft diameter full pipe, a street skating area, a Texas shaped bowl, a snake run and 5 other bowls for vert skating. The skate park also includes a piece of public art by Hall of Fame skateboarder Steve Olsen.
Children who prefer a quiet area can walk the labyrinth under a mobile art piece by Andrew Carson. In addition to all of the wheel chair accessible playground equipment, children can scamper up a hill and coast down the bright yellow slides. If that’s not enough children can seek out animals tracks imbedded in sidewalks and look for critters in the butterfly garden. Where there was once an open, brown field; there are now 207 trees and almost 20,000 plants and shrubs.
The park (The Skate Park and Dylan Park) budget including land purchase, design, construction equipment and art was approximately $8.5 million. The park was funded with tax increment from the City, County, Lone Star College and Spring ISD.
- American Council of Engineers – Texas – Gold Medal Award – Special Projects
- American Council of Engineers – National – Honor Award – Special Projects
- North Houston Association – Environmental Impact Award
- American Public Works Association – Texas Project of the Year
- Mayor’s Proud Partner Award – 2015