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Galveston Historical Foundation has created Galveston’s newest downtown urban green space, Hendley Green. GHF began work in 2013 to design a public park that would both accommodate outdoor community activities, while also highlighting the history of the Strand-Mechanic Historic District, a National Historic Landmark.

Hendley Green provides immediate public access to approximately 500 permanent residents living in the historic district, 1,700 individuals employed in the historic district, 25,000 residents within a walkable distance, and is accessible to a growing body of tourists to Galveston.

Hendley Green is a new public green space in Galveston’s Strand-Mechanic Historic District designed to encourage community engagement. Whereas this area of the historic district has traditionally been an underutilized space, it now comprises an area built to accommodate activity through a strategy of creative placemaking. A central lawn accommodates guests during events, and is available during non-event times as a gathering place for recreation and outdoor seating. An oak tree grove of thirty newly planted trees flanks the surrounding exterior of Hendley Green with accompanying tables and umbrellas as an alternative to the picnic lawn. The park connects people to the outdoors and surrounding historic district by creating a safe, clean, and “green” environment.

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