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January Day at Discovery Green Park in Downtown Houston, TX: Ice Sculpture, Ice Skating, and More

Updated on June 5, 2020
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I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).

See photos of the 4th annual ice sculpting competition at Discovery Green Park by one dozen ice-sculpture artists.
See photos of the 4th annual ice sculpting competition at Discovery Green Park by one dozen ice-sculpture artists. | Source

Downtown Houston Park

More than 600 different free events occur throughout the year in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. Some of them are seasonal, while others are ongoing regularly. The address is 1500 McKinney St., Houston, Texas 77010.

There is so much to see and enjoy in this downtown venue. This post will focus solely on impressions and images from a one-day-only event held in this park on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The ice sculpting event lasted from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Some friends invited me to join them to primarily see the so-called "Dirty Dozen" compete in an outdoor competitive 4th annual ice sculpting competition. I gladly accepted thinking that it would be fun to see and experience. It was one of the free events open to the public.

Around the country, including states as far away as Illinois, California, and Alaska, one dozen recognized ice sculpting artists came to Discovery Green Park to compete. Using chainsaws and some blowtorches and chisels, they transformed large blocks of ice into ice sculptures of various types.

Free street parking is limited, but there is plenty of underground parking spaces where one pays a fee to park vehicles. That is what we chose to do. The day proved to be sunny and comfortably warm. Competitive ice sculpting proved to be a popular crowd-pleasing event.

Video of the first annual ice sculpting competition in Houston

Annual Ice Sculpting Competition

I am sure when this event was reserved well in advance, the planners never expected that this January day would be 76 degrees Fahrenheit or even a few degrees higher. But that is what the day brought by way of outdoor temperatures!

These blocks of ice had come from frozen rainwater. They were shaded from large trees and partially covered with insulating materials to keep them frozen as long as possible. The sculptures would later serve to water areas of the park as they melted. Following several years of severe drought, the extra water from those melting ice sculptures would be welcome.

A white picket fencing surrounded the area where these icy mediums were being transformed into recognizable masterpieces, and the public was invited to vote on their favorites. There was to be a grand prize of cash and a people's choice award as well. Of course, the bragging rights would be priceless!

As you will be able to tell from the many photos that I took, one could view the ice sculptures from different angles by walking around the fenced area. As the day progressed, the blocks of ice indeed became works of art.

We did not stay to see who won this year's contest nor for the performance, which was to take place on the Anheuser-Busch stage between The Reverend Butter and the winning ice sculptors. However, we did see people already laying out blankets on the Jones Lawn in preparation for that event.

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4th annual ice sculpting competition at Discovery Green Park by one dozen ice-sculpture artists.Houston Texans logo in this ice sculpture designThe Texans won their playoff game that day!  Hooray!Too early to tell what this will ultimately become.Great looking fish!We saw the progression as time passed.
4th annual ice sculpting competition at Discovery Green Park by one dozen ice-sculpture artists.
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Houston Texans logo in this ice sculpture design
Houston Texans logo in this ice sculpture design | Source
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Ice Skating

This year the outdoor ice skating rink at Discovery Green was opened on November 24, 2011, and will remain open until January 22, 2012. The dates may vary slightly year to year, but this has also become an annual thing to enjoy in Houston. Corporate sponsors help make this possible.

Tickets cost $10 plus tax, but this also includes the skate rental. Except for a few people who have moved here from more northern climates and moved their ice skates with them, few Houstonians would typically have a pair of ice skates in their possession.

Just look at the fun people seemed to be having on the day of our visit!

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Ice skating at Discovery Green Park in Houston, Texas
Ice skating at Discovery Green Park in Houston, Texas
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Gateway Fountain

It brought smiles to our faces to see the delight of children and their parents splashing about and having fun in this Discovery Green fountain. On a patterned granite surface, jets of water sometimes low and at other times arcing up to heights as high as fourteen feet have people laughing and playing.

In the heat of the summer months, the cooling effect of the water would be particularly lovely!

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Playing in the Gateway Fountain at Discovery Green Park
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Art in the Park

Some of my photos also captured giant balloons hanging from the large 100-year-old live oak trees along the Brown Foundation Promenade.

That temporary public art display was adjacent to where the blocks of ice were becoming ice sculptures. The exhibit was titled "Through the Eyes of a Child," created by David Graeve. David Graeve is a well-known artist who does these balloon sculptures with their faces as well as other types of art.

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Seasonal art exhibit at Discovery Green Park by artist David Graeve with the title "Through The Eyes of a Child"Crowds of people looking at the ice sculpting competition.Behind the white fence was the ice sculpting competition.
Seasonal art exhibit at Discovery Green Park by artist David Graeve with the title "Through The Eyes of a Child"
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Crowds of people looking at the ice sculpting competition.
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Behind the white fence was the ice sculpting competition.
Behind the white fence was the ice sculpting competition. | Source

Artful Golf Cart

Those who follow my writings know my appreciation of the wild and wacky forms of art plus the beautiful and sublime. This vehicle in Discovery Green drew lots of attention and also made people smile.

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Bringing smiles to people's facesClose-up portion of the art cartThey appear to rent hula hoops from the back of the cart.
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They appear to rent hula hoops from the back of the cart.
They appear to rent hula hoops from the back of the cart. | Source

John P. McGovern Playground

Kids are always having fun in this playground area of Discovery Green Park. For the first time, I walked over to it and discovered that the ground area is composed of some soft yet sturdy material (perhaps recycled rubber?), which would make for a soft landing if children happen to trip or fall.

From a distance, I noticed some bird images. I found out that they are a permanent feature of the playground and represent the many types of birds that fly over Houston migrating further south or north, depending upon the time of year.

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John P. McGovern Playground at Discovery GreenNote the flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right.See flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right.
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Note the flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right.
Note the flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right. | Source
See flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right.
See flying bird images at the top of the playground equipment on the right. | Source

Fun Day

As readers of this post can tell from the photos below, many people had their four-footed friends on leashes with them in Discovery Green Park.

There were many different concessionaires ready to supply food and drinks to the people enjoying a day in the park, whether strolling the grounds, sitting at picnic tables, chairs, or sprawled out on blankets placed on the ground.

The skies over Houston that day were clear and blue with an occasional cloud passing overhead. Everyone seemed to be having a good time.

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People already laying out blankets and getting their spots secured on Jones Lawn for the performance which was to take place on the stage.George R. Brown convention center in backgroundA DJ providing music for the crowd at Discovery Green during the ice sculpting contest.One of the many concession trucks selling items in the park that day.Friends Judi and Teresa who spent the day with me in the park.
People already laying out blankets and getting their spots secured on Jones Lawn for the performance which was to take place on the stage.
People already laying out blankets and getting their spots secured on Jones Lawn for the performance which was to take place on the stage. | Source
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A DJ providing music for the crowd at Discovery Green during the ice sculpting contest.
A DJ providing music for the crowd at Discovery Green during the ice sculpting contest. | Source
One of the many concession trucks selling items in the park that day.
One of the many concession trucks selling items in the park that day. | Source
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Friends Judi and Teresa who spent the day with me in the park.
Friends Judi and Teresa who spent the day with me in the park. | Source

The Grove

At the south end of Discovery Green is a beautiful restaurant called The Grove. It blends perfectly with the surrounding area overlooking the century-old trees and lawn areas with spectacular views of the park. Large glass windows allow one to view activities in the park, and one can sit both inside and outside.

My two friends and I decided to have lunch there, and we were very pleased with the décor, food, service and overall ambiance.

We shared an appetizer of BBQ glazed pork meatballs with a buttermilk dressing as a base on the plate. Then we all decided to have the same entrée with was a grilled salmon salad Mediterranean style with chickpeas, shaved carrots, and fennel. The wood-grilled 5-ounce portion of salmon had an herbed aioli sauce drizzled over the top. All of us agreed that the food was not only visually beautiful but tasty as well.

I would choose to return anytime! Looking at the plates of other diners as we walked out, there are many more enticing dishes just waiting to be sampled and enjoyed.

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Exterior view of The Grove restaurant.Inside of The Grove restaurantLooking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition.  The table had just been cleared so I could get these photo shots.Looking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition as well as those enjoying food and drink outside of The Grove.Looking out one of the windows of The Grove restaurantInterior view of The Grove before it got really busy with customers.Private room in the back at The Grove restaurantArtwork inside of The GrovePretty lampshadesAppetizer of BBQ glazed pork meatballs with buttermilk dressing.  Tasty!Close-up photo of the BBQ glazed pork meatballsThe grilled salmon salad is delicious.
Exterior view of The Grove restaurant.
Exterior view of The Grove restaurant. | Source
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Inside of The Grove restaurant | Source
Looking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition.  The table had just been cleared so I could get these photo shots.
Looking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition. The table had just been cleared so I could get these photo shots. | Source
Looking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition as well as those enjoying food and drink outside of The Grove.
Looking out one of the windows at the crowd looking at the ice sculpting competition as well as those enjoying food and drink outside of The Grove. | Source
Looking out one of the windows of The Grove restaurant
Looking out one of the windows of The Grove restaurant | Source
Interior view of The Grove before it got really busy with customers.
Interior view of The Grove before it got really busy with customers. | Source
Private room in the back at The Grove restaurant
Private room in the back at The Grove restaurant | Source
Artwork inside of The Grove
Artwork inside of The Grove | Source
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Pretty lampshades | Source
Appetizer of BBQ glazed pork meatballs with buttermilk dressing.  Tasty!
Appetizer of BBQ glazed pork meatballs with buttermilk dressing. Tasty! | Source
Close-up photo of the BBQ glazed pork meatballs
Close-up photo of the BBQ glazed pork meatballs | Source
The grilled salmon salad is delicious.
The grilled salmon salad is delicious. | Source

Discovery Green Conservancy

The video below tells more and shows more images regarding this downtown Houston park. I did not realize until recently that it is not a city park but a privately run and operated non-profit entity called the Discovery Green Conservancy.

Year-Round Venue

If you find yourself anywhere near downtown and are at a loss of ideas of what to do in Houston, perhaps this one half-day journey to Discovery Green Park with my photos will give you ideas of what there is to see in January. Even if there is no ice sculpting and ice skating, excitement and special events will help keep you entertained at all times of the year. The best part of all is that the vast majority of things in the park are always free.

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    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Discovery Green Park has so much to offer visitors. Glad you liked this view of it.

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      moonlake 

      5 years ago from America

      Everything looks like so much fun. Love all your photos and your hub.

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi sujaya venkatesh,

      So glad you liked learning about Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. It is a great place!

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      sujaya venkatesh 

      5 years ago

      a wow hub

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Amazing how time flies! It has been another warm January here. We have only covered our tender outside plants a few times so far this year. Thanks for the good thoughts.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Peggy Just stopping by to let you know you are thought of and wishing good things for you and your family. Can you believe we are already 19 days into a NEW year???

      Take care

      Angels are on the way to you and yours ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Would be fun to be able to show you around our fine city. Hope your 2016 is starting out well. Let me know when you plan on coming this way.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Always enjoy your posts about all that is going on in your home town, past and present. It makes me KNOW that I must return so that my sister and I can come visit and enjoy all that you share with us.

      Hoping you had a lovely Christmas and that 2016 will bring much joy and happiness to you and yours.

      Angels are once again on the way to you ps

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      We have had some lovely warmer days, some rain and it will be near the freezing mark a couple of upcoming mornings. We plan to cover our tender plants tomorrow night and leave them covered as well on Sunday before it once again warms up. It is the typical see-saw type of winter weather we have in the south.

      Thanks for the share. Discovery Green park always has interesting and varied activities going on just about year round.

      Hope you are enjoying the start to this new year!

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      Since we're just over a quarter of the way through January, thought I would come and share this again. Maybe you have some beautiful days down there like we do up here, and they would be perfect to visit this park that seems to have so many interesting things to do.

      Hope you're off to a great start in the new year. We were to have snow Sunday and it seems to have been canceled though we are still to have some very chilly temps with highs only in the 40s for the weekend. Spring will be here before you know it. Time goes so fast anymore!

      Hope you are well. Take care . . .

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Sorry we did not get a chance to meet when you were in Houston. Yes...there are an endless list of things to do and see in Houston. I have yet to experience them all! Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving also. Sending good thoughts and angels your way as well. :))

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      Hi Peggy No doubt I have read this but having just passed through Houston recently makes me realize how much there really is to see and do there (even though you have provided so many glimpses too). I hope to return next fall and hopefully explore some of the areas you have suggested.

      Hoping all is good with you..wishing you a lovely Thanksgiving and know that many Angels are on the way ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Discovery Green is a sizable park considering it is in the downtown area of the 4th largest city in the nation. Pretty soon it is predicted that we will be #3 in terms of size. Nice that the city planners left green spaces for us as well as visitors to enjoy. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. We will be celebrating it with friends.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      This park looks so pretty and it sounds like there are so many things one can do in it. January isn't far away anymore, and this would be a fun way to spend a January day. Sharing this again.

      Hope all is well there and that you and your family are looking forward to Thanksgiving! Hope you have a great day and a great holiday!!

    • Peggy W profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Yes...it really was that hot in January when I took those pictures...a bit abnormally so that particular year. The ice sculptures probably melted much faster than most years when created outdoors in January. We are still enjoying our AC and know that you are also. Next weekend should bring some cooler temps if the forecast is correct about that cool front from the north making it down here. Thanks for the share.

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      C E Clark 

      5 years ago from North Texas

      That word January caught my eye. They moved our 100 degree weather to Monday and Tuesday, but it's still plenty hot here today, 97 so far.

      This looks like a great park to visit and it looks so green and pretty. Surly it isn't this pretty in January? Children running through the water fountains looks especially inviting.

      Giving this good article another share. I think this would be a lovely way to spend a spring day, and for those who love heat, and I know there are some, today might be just right!

      Hope all is well with you and that you are staying cool!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Patricia,

      Would love to meet you if you come to the Houston area. There is always something going on in Discovery Green Park as well as many other places which would interest you in Houston. Let me know! May angels surround you this day!

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      Patricia Scott 

      6 years ago from North Central Florida

      What a lovely spot Peggy and filled with so many wonderful opportunities to do and experience. I had planned to travel to Texas this past year to visit and travel in this glorious state but well, it did not happen. Maybe 2015 I will be able to come there. You have shared some really grand places I know we would love to visit.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning, dear Friend. ps

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Journey*,

      That was just one day at Discovery Green Park. There are so many things scheduled just about all year long down there. It is a fantastic downtown park! Glad you enjoyed seeing this. Happy New Year to you also!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello colorfulone,

      It was wonderful to see all of those ice sculptures being created, I must admit. Glad to know that you enjoyed this and thanks for the share. Happy New Year to you!

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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hi Peggy W, Happy New Year! This is a great hub. Thanks for the detailed information. January Day at Discovery Green Park looks like lots of fun!

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      I know it is a LOT COLDER up where you live typically since we lived in your town for 4 years. The ice palace in St. Paul would be fun to see, but like you I now prefer warmer temperatures so will probably never see it in person. Thanks for the share. Stay warm, cozy and safe up there in Wisconsin.

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      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      No ice here in Houston but it has been cold and rainy of late. Thanks for the share. Stay safe and warm up there! Thanks for the new year greetings. The same is wished for you!

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      Susie Lehto 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Wow, what a great time it would be to go to Discovery Green Park. I wouldn't get much further than the ice sculpting, because that I want to see. Beautiful hub, Peg. Thank you for showing off a day in your home town.

      Voted and shared.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I see it would be challenging to have ice sculptures in a place like Houston. Part of winter festivities in St. Paul, MN is the Ice palace which they do every year. Personally, I can't stand the cold, so I think I would prefer Houston. Vote up, awesome, 5 stars and sharing.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Sharing this again because it must be about time for another 'January Day' in the park. It's been pretty cold up here and amazingly, only a little ice here and there. Not much on the streets and that's a good thing, but icicles hanging in some of the trees and on vehicles, etc.

      Hope you got a great start to the New Year and that all good things will come your way throughout 2015!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi TIMETRAVELER2,

      So glad you liked the pictures of Discovery Green Park on that particular day of the ice sculpting. Everyday has something to offer visitors to that downtown green space! It is such a nice addition to our city!

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      They run some type of apparatus under the ice skating rink to keep it frozen during that time frame each year. It must be costly but it works despite the outside temperatures. Thanks for the pin.

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      Sondra Rochelle 

      7 years ago from USA

      What a fantastic place, and your photos are marvelous. Thanks for sharing this one.

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      C E Clark 

      7 years ago from North Texas

      You photos here really are excellent and this park looks like a place people would frequent often with so much going on there all the time, year around.

      I love ice sculptures and it's interesting to see how it's done, but I'm surprised it would be possible to do them outside in Houston because even when it gets cold it can't stay that way long does it?

      Very much enjoyed this hub and all the interesting things you've put in it. Pinned to my 'Travel' board and will share with my followers.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Watching these ice sculptures take form was fun. I have not ice skated since I was a child. Like you, I'd probably spend most of my time on my backside were I to try it now. Ha! So glad that you liked this look at Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston. It is a well used park with a myriad of different activities all throughout the year. Appreciate the votes and share.

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      C E Clark 

      8 years ago from North Texas

      You always have such fabulous photos and this park looks like a lot of fun to visit! I love ice sculptures. I used to love ice skating, but it's been so many years I would probably do most of my skating on my backside! ;)

      This article makes Discovery Green Park look like such fun the Houston Chamber should be paying you for tempting people to come and visit.

      Voted up, BAI! Will share!

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rajan,

      It was amazing to see the ice sculptors creating things like fish, snakes, dragons and other creations with their chain saws right in Discovery Green Park in downtown Houston on that warm and sunny day. Thanks for your votes and shares.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      8 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      Excellent pictures, Peggy and I can see this place has a lot of fun things to do and see. Lovely pictures and I also enjoyed watching the master ice sculptors at work. What amazing creations, the two that I could make out from the pics.

      Voted up, beautiful, interesting. Pinned and shared.

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      Peggy Woods 

      8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi vespawoolf,

      I think that water parks are more popular than ever. Nice to know that the kids in Peru also enjoy them like they do at Discovery Green Park and other places in Houston. Am certain that they will wish for a bit cooler weather the next time they hold an ice sculpting contest in Discovery Green Park. Ha! Thanks for your comment.

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      Vespa Woolf 

      8 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a nice list of family activities in Houston. The ice sculpture expo sounds especially fun. How ironic it was so warm that day! I'm glad to know about The Grove restaurant, too. We have some nice water parks in Lima that are great for the kids. As always, your hubs are so well-written and informative. Thank you!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi ktrapp,

      Glad that you enjoyed this ice sculpting contest in Discovery Green Park via this hub. I guess that is not what one would ordinarily think about knowing it was held in Houston, Texas. Ha!

      No, I have never been to the snow sculpting contest held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. If you ever get there, you should do a hub about it. I am sure that others would also enjoy seeing it as I would. Thanks for your comment.

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      Kristin Trapp 

      9 years ago from Illinois

      Peggy - This is an absolutely fabulous hub! With all your photos of Discovery Park and the art and activities I feel like I was there. If I ever made my way to Houston I would definitely visit it. Since you're from Wisconsin I am wondering if you have ever been to the snow sculpting competition in Lake Geneva. I intended to go there this winter but personal matters interfered and last year I believe we had record snowfalls on that weekend. But the one time I went the snow sculptures were absolutely works of art. I cannot even believe that they would think to plan an ice sculpting event in Houston - strikes me as funny.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      So glad that you enjoyed all the many photos of the blocks of ice being sculpted into those fantastic shapes and forms. It was quite a day watching this happen! Thanks for you comment and sharing of this hub with your followers.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      9 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I though it didn't get cold enough in Houston to carve ice, but then your hub illustrates that they cart the blocks in, so I was right. Those ice sculpture shots were my favorite among the collection here. Voting this Up and Interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Express10,

      If you come to Houston during a time of year when there is no ice rink at Discovery Green Park, you can always go to the Galleria mall where there is one year round. Thanks for your comment!

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      H C Palting 

      9 years ago from East Coast

      I enjoyed this hub. The ice sculptures look beautiful. Ice skating is always fun to me. If I make it to Houston, I'll certainly take part in these activities.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Brett,

      Will look forward to reading your hub about snow sculptures and glad that you found this one of ice sculptures in Discovery Green Park of interest.

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Brett C 

      9 years ago from Asia

      As I had just finished writing a hub about snow sculptures (not yet published), I had to read this. It looks awesome, love the videos and photos. This is truly an art form!

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Dim F,

      Under normal circumstances, the weather should have been a bit cooler and the ice sculptures would have lasted a while longer. But with the shading and insulating blankets they were beautiful and still being carved upon and fine tuned right up until the judging began.

      We have ice skating year round in the Galleria which is an iconic shopping mall in Houston. The ice skating rink in Discovery Green is only seasonal for a few months of the year.

      Thanks for your interest and comment.

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      9 years ago from Great Britain

      This was quite an amazing hub.

      Ice skating in Houston? I´m glad you mentioned how ice scultures are cared for .- I always imagined tha by thetime one is finished half of it would have melted.

      Really enjoyed this. Thank you.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Melissa,

      What a coincidence that the video of the adult ice skating competition in Discovery Green Park was filmed by a friend of yours! That rink won't be there much longer this year but we always have the ice skating rink in Galleria if you come this direction. Where do you normally ice skate in your area?

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      Melissa Bowman 

      9 years ago from Fairview, Texas

      Peggy,

      I am a skater, but I have not come to the park yet. The video you shared was filmed by a friend of mine. The next time I am in Houston I will check this place out.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Melissa Bowman,

      Are you an ice skater or were you in Discovery Green Park watching an ice skating competition? Great city park for Houston! Am sure you agree. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      So glad that you enjoyed this virtual look at one day spent in Discovery Green Park. The ice sculpting is what drew us there but everything was enjoyable. Thanks for your nice comment and votes.

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      Melissa Bowman 

      9 years ago from Fairview, Texas

      Very cool that you included the Adult Skating video. I know quite a few adult skaters in Houston and I was there yesterday for an adult competition, too!

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      prasetio30 

      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I choose this for the best hub today. Wow....I could fly my imagination only watch all the pictures above. Peggy, you make all things looks so beautiful and I always enjoy your report. Vote up and I'll press all buttons here, including funny for children playground. God bless you!

      Prasetio

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SanneL,

      That is the nice thing about pictures. Even though the ice sculptures have long melted at Discovery Green Park, they will be long remembered because of all the photography taking place on that day. Yes, Discovery Green Park is all about being "green" and environment friendly. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      SanneL 

      9 years ago from Sweden

      Thank you for this enjoyable virtual tour to Discovery Green Park in Houston.

      How wonderful to hear such a big event is environment friendly, like giving back the rainwater to nature.

      Some of the Ice sculptures was just fantastic. Art was truly created that day, and will always be remembered after it melted down, through your fabulous pictures.

      Peggy -- Thank you for sharing your amazing day with us.

      Voted up, up and away!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Stephanie,

      You read that right. It was in the upper 70's on the day of the ice sculpting, ice skating and children splashing in the water fountain. January in Houston, Texas...the weather can be cold or warm depending upon if the cold fronts from the north make it down this far. Thanks for your comment.

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      9 years ago from USA

      Greenway Park looks like a fantastic place to spend the day with family! I love the ice sculptures, though it rather amazed me to see ice sculpting on the same day that people were splashing in the fountain (did I read that right?). Your photographs tell a wonderful story of what looks like an amazing day of fun!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      As you can tell, there is so much to enjoy at Discovery Green Park in Houston. Tomorrow they are having Olympic marathon trials held in the park. Always something new and different to see there. Glad that you liked this and thanks for your comment.

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      Cheryl J. 

      9 years ago from Houston, TX

      A very beautiful and exciting Discovery Green Park. Beautiful and interesting ice sculptures. Especially the Texans ice sculpture. Interesting art balloons "Through the eyes of a Child." It was fun seeing the children play in the water in January. Looking forward to visiting the Grove Restaurant and seeing all the beauty that Discovery Green has to offer. Another interesting and informative hub. Great photos and videos.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Everything about Discovery Green Park in Houston is green environmentaly and the recycled rainwater used for the ice sculpture competition that would ultimately be used to water the gardens, etc. is just an example. Nice to know that you appreciated this hub. Thanks for your comment and vote.

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      agusfanani 

      9 years ago from Indonesia

      That's a wise and educative ice sculpting competitions since the water used was taken from rainwater and given back to nature through this interesting show, and the amusements in Green park really indulge people in your city to access a nice and decent place for entertainment. I vote up for this beautiful hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Movie Master,

      So happy to hear that you enjoyed this virtual journey to Discovery Green Park in Houston. It was amazing to see those ice sculptures being created with the chainsaws. Some fine tuning was done with chisels and such but the chainsaws were the primary tool from what I saw. Thanks for your comment and vote up.

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      Movie Master 

      9 years ago from United Kingdom

      I feel as though I have just spent the day in Discovery Green Park! your photos are fabulous.

      The ice sculptures are amazing, it's incredible that they are able to create such detail with a chain saw!

      Thank you for sharing this wonderful hub and voting up.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Steph,

      I did not count the photos. 101. Wow! I'm impressed. Haha! That does not even count the ones I culled. The day at Discovery Green was a photographer's delight. There were many people there with super expensive looking cameras and big time lenses. Am sure that they captured even better pictures of the ice sculpting, etc. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Teresa,

      I agree. Really enjoyed spending the day together at Discovery Green Park. I have other ideas of places to visit! Let's email each other. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      Getting to see the ice sculping in person and the results as the day passed was amazing. Discovery Green Park is a great venue to see such events in Houston. Thanks for your visit and comment.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      9 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      What a fun place! You have totally brought Discovery Green to life with your amazing photographs (101 of them - wow!) and thorough descriptions of things to see and do when visiting. We haven't made it to Texas yet, but when we do, I'd love to visit Discovery Green Park in Houston. Best, Steph

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      Teresa 

      9 years ago

      Peggy, I really enjoyed spending the day with you and Judi at Discovery Green. I had no idea they had built such a wonderful park there. The day could not have been more enjoyable. We need to get together more often and more new places to see.

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      Om Paramapoonya 

      9 years ago

      Wow, cool stuff! The ice sculptures look amazing. Thanks for sharing this, Peggy. :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      As to Discovery Green being a "cool place!"...am sure the ice sculptors would have wished for a bit cooler weather. Ha! The sculptures would not have lasted long in the temperatures that day! Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      As you can tell, I had a lot of fun taking photos in Discovery Park during the ice sculpting competition as well as getting other fun shots. Glad that you liked this. Thanks for your comment.

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      Gene Jasper 

      9 years ago

      Cool place!

      Gene

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      Eiddwen 

      9 years ago from Wales

      Wow peggy you have excelled your self hee; I didn't think there was any improving to be done when again you pprove me wrong.

      An up up and away.

      Take care my friend and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Judi,

      Last Saturday was such a beautiful day spent with you and Teresa in Discovery Green Park watching the ice sculpting, ice skating and so much more. I agree about the restaurant. Great food and beautiful decor. Thanks for your comment.

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      Judio 

      9 years ago

      Peggy, we enjoyed spending the day with you. Your description is better than any tour guide could possibly give. Lunch was devine!

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gail,

      Happy to be able to share some of the fun my friends and I experienced at Discovery Green Park in Houston. It was amazing to see how those blocks of ice became something recognizable with the use of chain saws and some fine tuning. Thanks for your visit, comment and votes.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      What an awesome park and hub. I love ice sculptures and it was really great to see how they used chain saws to produce their masterpieces.

      I also loved the playground area with its soft rubbery base.

      And the photos of the restaurant were gorgeous.

      Voted up across the board except for funny. I really enjoyed my cyber visit to this special park with its events, exhibits and many activities.

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