COLLABORATING WITH LEADERS, RESIDENTS, AND STAKEHOLDERS TO CREATE A SHARED VISION FOR CASTILLO PARK
Castillo Park is located in the heart of Houston’s Northside community, sandwiched between Marshall Middle School and Carnegie Library and just across Quitman from Jeff Davis High School. The 1.8-acre park was established in 1978 and is named after political activist and community leader John Castillo. Nearly 5,000 people live within a half-mile of Castillo Park, of which nearly half are children and youth. The CDRC, Near Northside GO Neighborhoods, and Avenue CDC worked collaboratively with residents, stakeholders, organizations, and institutions to develop a strategic plan for the future of Castillo Park.
The vision focused on creating a park that was safe and active at all times of the day, provided healthy recreational opportunities for the young and the old, and celebrated the rich culture and history of the community. More than 150 residents and stakeholders actively participated in the community workshops. At these meetings stakeholders shared their vision for a park that included sports fields and games, an amphitheater, study areas, paths, public art, a basketball court, gateways, programs and events, a community garden, and a playground. In addition, Marshall Middle School students delivered a petition to include a skatepark in the plan
Design Team: Susan Rogers, Andrea Gonzales, Ruqiya Imtiaz-uddin, Rose Lee, Ricardo Sepulveda
Location: Houston, Texas