Romp around the renovated John P. McGovern Playground at Discovery Green

The newly renovated John P. McGovern Playground at Discovery Green | Courtesy of Discovery Green

Let your favorite kiddos climb, slide, crawl, run and play at the newly renovated John P. McGovern Playground, now open at Discovery Green in Downtown.

With renovations long complete to Discovery Green’s playground at the corner of La Branch and McKinney Streets, the pandemic has kept the expanded play center from the public since August 2020—but no longer.

Unveiled in March 2021, the playground area has gotten a makeover with nearly double the play space, ample seating, improved lighting for safer evening play, and much needed shade thanks to the installation of 31 new trees in the area.

The new John P. McGovern Playground features two play spaces. The area for ages 2 to 5 features nearly 15 pieces of equipment, a play hill, and a concrete bench that serves both as child containment and seating for caregivers. The larger space near the popular Gateway Fountain was designed for ages 5 to 12, featuring a rope course alongside innovative and age-appropriate equipment to help improve strength and agility.

Admission to the playground and Discovery Green is always free.

The renovated play area for ages 5 to 12 at John P. McGovern Playground | Courtesy of Discovery Green

John P. McGovern Playground at Discovery Green

New seating area at John P. McGovern Playground | Courtesy of Discovery Green

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins always keeps an eye out for what's ahead on Houston's horizon while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston. When he's not passing along the latest events, destinations and hidden treasures in H-Town, he loves diving into the city's food scene, shopping local and learning about Houston's rich history.