Address: 3725 Fulton
Houston, TX 77009
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The Irvington Addition had been laid out north of downtown Houston by the early 1920's. The City of Houston purchased all or parts of approximately 120 lots of it in 1925 for $18,000 in order to build a public park. Another 6 lots were purchased that year from the estate of the Cetti family for $8,000, and Moody Park was born.
One of the highlights of Moody Park is its community center. The current building replaces an inadequate one that was leveled in the early 1980's. It was designed by famed architect W. Jackson Wisdom, and was constructed in 1986 for $1,055,100, paid for through Park Bond Funds and a Community Development Block Grant. In 2014, a 7,000-square foot addition was added and renovations took place to the rest of the building. These improvements include: an expanded and upgraded weight room, an upgraded arts and crafts area, the creation of new areas for office space and storage, and improvements to the existing gym. A new multi-purpose room with a serving area, a classroom, restrooms, lobby, and electrical/mechanical rooms are in the addition. A new entry courtyard and an interior courtyard invite use of the outside area. The City of Houston General Services Department managed the design and construction for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The project was designed by Clark Condon Associates, the architects were Rey de la Reza Architects, and the general contractor was Times Construction. The renovation and addition were paid for through $3,800,000 in Capital Improvement funds and a $500,000 Housing and Community Development Block Grant.
An open air basketball pavilion stands next to the community center.
PARKS TO STANDARDS
Moody Park was renovated in the early 1990's under the administration of Mayor Bob Lanier and his Parks to Standards program. The firm of Clark Condon Associates redesigned the park, and the master plan for Moody Park was presented in 1993. The work resulted in the construction of a Hispanic Culture Plaza and a completely new swimming pool complex, which opened for fun in the sun in June 1997. Three lighted ball fields and the tennis courts were renovated, and new walkways and a new little league diamond were built. Playground equipment went in at two spots in the park.
Moody Park is home to one of Houston’s more recognizable pieces of civic art. Luis A. Jimenez’s fiberglass masterpiece “the Vaquero” rises above the park in exuberant high spirits. The mayor’s office paid $19,000 of the $34,000 price; the rest came from the National Endowment for the Arts. It was installed in 1978.
In March 2007, the tile mural "Our Ocean Processes" was installed at the community center. Kids at the M.D. Anderson YMCA completed this unique art project through the Moody Park After School and SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. It was partially funded through a United Kids Way grant and Artist Boat, a 501c3 non-profit entity dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the arts and sciences.
VOLUNTEERS IMPROVE THE SOCCER FIELDS
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, over 100 volunteers from Cricket Communications met at Moody Park to contribute their time and energy to improve the park experience for Houstonians. They put down new sod on the soccer fields and presented the Houston Parks and Recreation Department with a $35,000 check for more improvements to Moody Park.