City of Houston Root Memorial Square

Civic & Community, Recreation, Government


Houston, Texas


62,500 sf

Project Features
  • Occupies prominent block in downtown
  • Park renovation
  • Adjacent to the Toyota Center
  • Basketball court/multi-function space
  • Garden/water fountain area with canopy

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.

Janis Brackett, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7426
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Janis brings 24 years of experience and a dedication to the collaborative process to Kirksey's Community Projects Team. Besides her proven ability to keep projects in budget and on schedule, she is enthusiastic about developing relationships with her clients and seeing their ideas and goals become realized. Janis was the 2014 President of AIA Houston, the 2010 Chair of Gulf Coast Green, and also served on the Editorial Committee for GreenWorks Houston.