In September 2013, the Memorial Park Conservancy committee announced the selection of landscape architects Nelson Byrd Woltz to help lead the redesign and restoration of Houston's 89-year-old park.

The improvements—which aim to combat overgrowth, erosion and a historic drought—could cost as much as $100 million and take two decades to complete, but will take into account the park's natural habitat and needs of the pedestrians and cyclists that frequent the 1,466-acre expanse.

The initiative is a joint venture between the Conservancy, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Most of the funding will come from the Conservancy's own fund-raising efforts, as well as the Uptown tax zone.