Where: Houston, TX
Dedication Date: November 15, 2022
Donation Type: ADA accessible Raincrete path and other sustainable park upgrades
Claim to Fame: MIMS SPARK Park will serve as a new model for SPARK parks, raising awareness and bringing the benefits of green infrastructure to students and the surrounding community.
The Houston ISD Foundation was formed in 1994 to mobilize the local community and fund innovative projects to support the students of HISD. A $182,000 grant will support the foundation’s latest initiative: sustainable upgrades to MIMS SPARK Park, a combined school and community park located on the campus of the Mandarin Immersion Magnet School.
SPARK parks fill an essential need for easily accessible green space geared toward hyperlocal neighborhoods. These green spaces are available to everyone even outside the 180+ days per year that school is in session. The updates to the MIMS SPARK Park mark a new chapter in sustainability and reflect the unique culture of the school.
Sustainability upgrades include an ADA accessible Raincrete path, a solar workstation, a solar power charging station, a water bottle filling station and a bamboo grove, creating a space to engage students and the community on an educational, physical and social level.