Ep 115: Houston Memorial Park Conservancy’s Master Plan
Houston Memorial Park Conservancy's Master Plan with President and CEO Shellye Arnold
Visiting or living in Houston, TX? Houston's Memorial Park is a great place to make fitting in fifteen minutes of fitness (or more) fun! Memorial Park Conservancy's President and CEO Shellye Arnold comes back to continue our conversation about this beautiful urban park. She shares more about the Master Plan for Houston's Memorial Park, which was unanimously approved by Houston City Council on April 1, 2015. Learn about the exciting and innovative Central Connector Project, which will be completed in 2020 as well as some of the fun events you can enjoy in the park currently. Show notes: FitArmadillo.com/Podcast The Fit 15 by Fit Armadillo® #TheFit15 @TheFitFifteen @FitArmadillo Ep 115
About Memorial Park Conservancy President and CEO Shellye Arnold
Shellye joined the Conservancy in 2013 and has led the creation and adoption of the 2015 Memorial Park Master Plan, launched its associated Capital Campaign, initiated project execution and transitioned the management and operations of 1,100 acres of Memorial Park to the Conservancy. Shellye and the leadership team she established grew the organization from 3 employees to 25 and from a $500K annual budget
to $17M. In 2018 the Conservancy announced a $70 million donation to Memorial Park, the largest private donation in the history of the Houston parks system which established a $205 million public-private partnership commitment for Memorial Park's capital campaign and secured maintenance and operations funding for the Park. This was done in close partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the City of Houston and Uptown Development Authority as well as the Conservancy board and staff, advisors, and community partners. She and her team have also delivered multiple Park improvements including the planting of over 100,000 trees/seedlings, ecological restoration work applied to 600 acres of Park space, amenity upgrades, and enhanced user experience. Shellye brings a background in executive leadership and change management from her nearly 20 years at Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Having studied public policy, Shellye spent the first part of her career with the Texas State Legislature, the Texas Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. She previously worked as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Peru delivering public health programs and speaks Spanish fluently. Shellye holds a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Public Policy from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. As a native Houstonian, Shellye cares deeply about our parks, bayous, green spaces and the wildlife that inhabit them. Shellye served as a volunteer with the Houston Park’s Board on the Bayou Greenways Initiative; is a leader for Girl Scout Troop 21, the nation’s only special needs Girl Scout troop; and volunteers in animal rescue.
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