Chris Park opened in 2005 to celebrate the life of Christopher Goldsbury, the son of late philanthropist and artist Linda Pace. The park features lush foliage, inviting walkways, areas of repose, sites of play and most significantly, encounters with art. Artist Teresita Fernández conceived the visual experiences throughout the park.
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Explore the beauty of the various plant species in Chris Park. Plants were carefully selected to create distinct spaces within the park. Exotic species are mixed with those from south Texas to create a unique and contemplative experience.
The Natchez Mock Orange is known for its multi-trunk, fountain like shape. This shrub blooms in the spring with pure white flowers, which often have a citrus fragrance and can grow up to ten feet tall.
The beautiful Hong Kong Orchid tree has a rounded and spreading canopy. The six-inch blossoms grow for a large portion of the year in pink and purple colors. Growing twenty to forty feet in height, the flowers are sterile and will not seed. There are two varieties of Hong Kong Orchid trees in the park — the native version is more of a shrub, with smaller flowers, while the non-native has a more substantial trunk, with larger leaves and flowers.
The Agave plant is a succulent primarily found in Mexico and the southwest United States. Chris Park offers multiple varieties of Agave for viewing. They consist of a large rosette of generally spiny leaves, which end in a sharp point. The leaves appear to come from the root. During flowering, a tall stem will grow and bear blooms. The many types of Agave vary in size.
Timber Bamboo is an effective and fast growing privacy screen, that also has great ornamental value. This semi-tropical clumping bamboo grows rapidly, and is one of the few large growing Asian bamboo varieties that works well in the Texas climate.
Artist Teresita Fernández conceived visual experiences which commemorate the potential of everyday occurrences.
The Starfield shines tiny blue lights into the nighttime sky, replicating constellations on the day of Chris’ birth.
Illuminated glass pavers become jeweled stepping stones into the garden as they retell a popular nursery rhyme. The days of the week have been replaced by Wednesday — the day Chris was born. Each disc carries a glimpse of a child’s personality: fair of face, full of grace, full of woe, has far to go, loving and giving, works hard for a living, and fair and wise and good and gay.
Tumble Hill invites children, and those with an inner child, to roll down a raised berm of soft, inviting, St. Augustine grass.
Quarried journal benches, inscribed with brief passages from Chris’ journal, offer areas of repose throughout the park.