A sculptural installation that will serve as the gateway to Woodland Park.
Houston's second oldest park.
Our goal is to create a beacon through Firefly Field to attract new visitors thereby illuminating the presence of this historic park. Firefly Field, by Houston sculptor Dylan Conner, pays homage to the park’s unique riparian forest and bayou. In the shadow of downtown and bordered by the frenetic freeways, Firefly Field will guide visitors to a magical respite from the noise and concrete of urbanization.
The fireflies will be individual and unique in flight attitude. The fireflies will have an illuminated abdomen with sophisticated LED lighting that can be programed in a flashing pattern for dusk and dawn every day of the year and the colors of the lights can be programed for special occasions such as Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentines Day, Mardi Gras and Fourth of July.
Woodland Park is the second oldest park in Houston and is located in the nexus of Houston’s cultural fabric. The park reflects Houston’s diversity with its own varied history.
once a houston destination
Established as a destination park offering such turn-of-the century attractions as pavilions, dancing and boating, it was soon deeded to the city and quickly became an active center of the community. Through the 1960’s it saw school field trips, dances in the gym, movie nights, and untold amounts of outdoor fun in the woods surrounding the bayou.
suffering from neglect
By the 80’s the park had fallen into disrepair and disuse. It was a drive-by feature used by those with a singular community center park activity. The park’s most defining attribute, the refuge of woods and bayou in the shadow of downtown, had become overgrow and therefore forgotten.
Visitors numbers were so low, the park was on a short list of potential park closures.
Efforts by Friends of Woodland Park to reconnect the community with the park have been so successful that usage has increased several fold particularly in the outdoor spaces. The park visitors represent all of Houston’s diversity reinforcing our belief that this park is indeed at the heart of a vibrant community.
each tree has two unique fireflies.
The Great Lawn visually leads to the woods and trails of Woodland Park. With its enchanting appeal it will attract people to gather in its shadow and will encourage visitors to explore the woods.
The fireflies will soar 17-feet above the ground and will be surrounded by a landscaped bed of native grasses and wildflowers which will be set in the gateway corner of the park’s Great Lawn, a natural gathering place for festivals, picnics, conversations and playing.
how you can help
Firefly Field can happen with your generous support. A key mission of the Friends of Woodland Park is education, emphasizing the park’s history and its wooded riparian ecosystems. Firefly Field will attract park patrons and be a catalyst, sparking curiosity and inspiring understanding of human impact on natural areas.
We offer two ways to pledge your support to Firefly Field.
Days to Go
Make a one-time donation in support of Firefly Field.
For donors who'd like the flexibility of contributing over time.
If you would prefer to make a donation by check please mail it to:
Friends of Woodland Park
P.O. Box 71
Houston, Texas 77001
Friends of Woodland Park is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Thank you to our generous donors.
(Installation naming rights.)
– Be the first –
(Receive permanent exhibit recognition.)
Karla Cisneros, City Council District H
Houston Parks and Recreational Department
(Name on Donor Plaque)
Ballard Exploration Company, Inc.
The Lynch Family
(Name on Donor Plaque)
The Pennebaker Family
The Roche Family
Becky Houston & Nat Smith
Beth & Steve Fischer
Jane & Steve Ista
June & Steve Barth
Glenda Owen & Kevin Dubose
Louise & John Moss
In honor of Frieda K. Conner
Allison & Matt Hartzell
The Brock Family
The Yard Sharks
The Lensgraf Family
The Walters Family
(Name on Donor Plaque)
Jayne Porter/Pat Rutledge household
Marita Burns & Tommy Hallgren
Broemer & Associates
The McKee Family
The Parker Family
The Lohse Family
Matt Bennett & Jodi Bash
The Teague Family
The Norton Family
The Sternfels Family
On behalf of Pip Smith
In Memory of Elizabeth and Graf Houston
Ken & Debbie Keeling
Walter & Beth
The Weston Family
The Gabriel Family
Carter Ernst & Paul Kittelson
The Sparker Family
The Wilson Family
The Conner Family - Cecil & Debbie Dent
The Annello Family
The Ballard Family
Anne & Charlie
Killion's Milam Florists
The Glover Family
The Rathe Family
The McLean-Wells Family
In Memory of Patrick Justin Smith