Money will help plant new trees
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Monday granted $250,000 to the Memorial Park Conservancy to help replace trees lost during last year's drought.
"With all the drought problems and all the trees lost, we just felt like it was important to be a good citizen and lead an effort to restore that wonderful park," says the rodeo's board chairman Steve Stevens.
Stevens says Trail Riders have been using the park for 50 years, and they were taken back by what they saw last spring.
"You see the devastation, they're working on it now, and they've had to take a lot of trees down," he says. "So this will be a way to help restore the forest."
Stevens says last year's show took in enough revenue to have money left over to help the park.