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.
John P. McGovern Playground at Discovery Green
- Location: Discovery Green, 1501 Lamar Street, Houston, TX 77010
- Parking: Street parking is available in the surrounding area. Convenient Metro bus and rail service stops are available within two blocks.
- Hours: Daily 6am to 11pm. Learn more.
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