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Beauty of Cullinan Park celebrated on Earth Day

Shown is the 1st place winner in the photo contest. The exhibit will run through May 22.

The Cullinan Park Conservancy celebrated the beauty of Cullinan Park this Earth Day and revealed the winners of its first photo contest exhibit.  The grand opening was held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land on April 22.  The exhibit will run through May 31.

“The Conservancy is a non-profit group organized in 2010 to help promote the Park”, as Conservancy vice president-elect Dan Neale said, “To be an urban green space where all are welcome to come and enjoy nature”.

In collaboration with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Parks Board, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Boy Scouts of America, Keep Houston Beautiful, Houston Audubon Society, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, and Houston Wilderness, the Conservancy is coordinating plant and bird censuses, trail clearing, trash pickups, prairie mowing, master planning, and other efforts to make the park a better home for people and wildlife.

“This park is an enormous asset to Sugar Land and its surrounding communities.  Many people don’t even know it’s here, and we aim to change that.  This land is rich with history and biodiversity, and it deserves a lot more attention,” said Conservancy board member Jessica Jubin.

The photo contest ran from last fall through this spring, and was open to professional and amateur photographers, who submitted images of landscapes, park visitors, birds, plants and, a Cullinan Park favorite, alligators!  The photographs were judged by a panel of photographers and naturalists, cash prizes and other recognition were awarded, and the winning images hung at the Museum of Natural Sciences’ new branch in Sugar Land.  As David Todd, Conservancy treasurer, noted, “We hope that the contest makes more people aware of the life and beauty that they can find and enjoy at Cullinan Park, and that people will come to the exhibit, visit the Park, and enter in next year’s contest.”

About Cullinan Park: Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park at Oyster Creek is located on Highway 6 in Fort Bend County directly across from Constellation Field.  It was dedicated as a City of Houston park in 1989. The Houston Parks Board purchased the park with funds from the Nina J. Cullinan Estate and The Brown Foundation in partnership with the City of Houston.  Over the next several years, the Parks Board assisted in the development of the park with low intensity improvements.  The visionary leadership of the time knew that space on Highway 6 would become very important to the quality of life in Houston as growth continued its rapid pace.

Twenty years later, the park is an oasis in a continually expanding urban environment. However, due to the limited resources available in the City’s budget, the Park is in need of thoughtful private stewardship to supplement the available resources in restoring and conserving the natural features of the Park. This private stewardship, in the form of The Cullinan Park Conservancy, is dedicated to a mission of restoration and conservation.  The Cullinan Park Conservancy is currently developing plans for the preservation, restoration and appreciation of the nature of Cullinan Park.

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