The 2.7 acre park and 64-foot semi-circular Waterwall has been a Houston icon for nearly 25 years. Gerald D. Hines' vision for green spaces and urban parks played an integral role in the creation of the Waterwall Park.
To honor Hines’ lifelong commitment to Houston, great architecture and urban green space, former Houston Mayor Bill White and Uptown Houston hosted a celebration on December 16, 2009, to dedicate the Waterwall Park in his honor. With much fanfare and excitement, a drum roll from the University of Houston Cougar Band, and the water cascading down the Waterwall, Uptown Houston officially dedicated the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park.
In December 2008, with the support of the Mayor, the Uptown Houston Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) purchased the once privately owned green space and Waterwall to ensure the long-term preservation of the park and the Philip Johnson-designed Waterwall for all Houstonians and visitors.