Memorial Park replacing free parking spots with metered parking this summer

HOUSTON — It looks like the saying is true; nothing in life is free— and that includes public parks!

This summer, Memorial Park is adding parking meters to its currently free parking spaces.

All parking south of Memorial Dive will remain free. However, parking meters will be added to the golf, tennis and fitness center parking lots. Officials said visitors can park in three-hour increments for $1.

The Memorial Park Conservancy said funds collected from the parking meters will help run the park's 1,500-acre greenspace and trail maintenance as was planned in the Memorial Park's 2015 Development Agreement.

The park is required to maintain its new look, which will feature additional trails, water features and a new land bridge over Memorial Drive.

In May, the Kinder Foundation announced it would be supporting Memorial Park Conservancy and the city in their goal to create the best urban park in the United States.

The non-profit organization is funding a $70 million grant that will be used over the next 10 years. It's the largest single parks grant in Houston history, according to city officials!