Occupying a prominent city block in downtown Houston, Root Memorial Square is adjacent to the Toyota Center and within walking distance to the convention center hotel. The children and grandchildren of Alexander P. Root gave the land to the City of Houston as a Christmas gift in 1922. Kirksey designed the park with two major focal points—a basketball court/multi-function space and a garden/water fountain area with a partially covered canopy.
The most challenging feature of the park renovation was maintaining the existing trees while providing adequate "activity nodes," giving the park a multi-dimensional appeal. The park hosts community basketball games, festivals, small pre- and post-event functions for the arena and nearby convention center, and provides a gathering place and lunch destination for downtown employees.