Meet the organization that hosts our spring fest
One of our non-profit partners this spring and for each spring festival is the Memorial Park Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation of the land with so much history.
When the U.S. entered World War I in 1917, the war department leased 7,600 acres of land on Buffalo Bayou. This land was home to Camp Logan, the training camp for 25,000 military personnel. When it closed in 1923, Catherine Mary Emmott wrote to the Houston Chronicle suggesting that, in memory of the soldiers, the city turn the land into a park. In 1924, the city acquired two tracts of land from Henry Stude and Mike and Will Hogg and was later given an adjoining 8.84 acres by Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Wiess.
Mike and Will Hogg inserted stipulations into the deed sales that the land could only be used for park purposes or ownership would revert back to their heirs. After they passed, their sister Ima spent 50 years safeguarding their interests. When she became unable to reach certain parts of the park for inspection, she created a committee. With original committee members still on the board, the Memorial Park Conservancy was officially formed in 2000.
Though more than 100 attempts to take over portions of the park have been made, the only land lost has been to the Highway Department for West Loop 610, Interstate 10 and the widening of Memorial Drive. We’re amazed by Memorial Park’s rich history and so proud to call it Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park’s home each spring.
A complete list of Bayou City Art Festival’s non-profit partners can be found here.