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At 0:15 — Denton Ragland, Evelyn’s Park Conservancy Executive Director
After years of planning and with a $313,500 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, a large vacant lot at Newcastle and Bellaire Boulevard in the Houston area has come back to life as one of the country’s most sustainable parks. On Earth Day, Evelyn’s Park made its grand debut to the public. Evelyn’s Park Conservancy, a non-profit citizens’ group hosted the grand opening on Saturday, April 22, 2017.
The site is the former location of Teas Nursery, which closed in December 2009. Jerry and Maury Rubenstein bought the 5 acre property and gave the land to the City of Bellaire, Texas on the condition that the land become a park and named in honor of their mother, Evelyn Rubenstein, a longtime Bellaire resident and philanthropist who loved the outdoors and making things beautiful.