MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS (March 16, 2023) – Got chalk? If not, don't worry! Plenty will be available at the 2nd Annual MCTX Chalk Fest on Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19, at the Recreation & Tennis Center. Chalk Fest has grown into a two-day celebration of this niche art form where anyone can let their inner artist run free. Featuring local, national and international creatives, this year’s theme is “Let’s Explore.”
Chalk Fest is also where the Parks & Recreation Department will recognize energy company Phillips 66 for aiding the City in development of Freedom Tree Park, a nearly five-acre tract adjacent to the historic Freedom Tree. The Freedom Tree is where, on June 19, 1865, news of the Emancipation Proclamation was received in Missouri City. The freeing of people across Texas on that date is the basis for the Juneteenth federal holiday.
When planning for the $3.16 million park got under way, the City discovered that Phillips 66 owned an easement needed to complete the project. At that point, Congressman Al Green played a pivotal role in helping Phillips 66 and Missouri City reach a solution.
"Missouri City owes a debt of gratitude to Phillips 66 for supporting our vision of Freedom Tree Park," said Mayor Robin Elackatt. "The parcel of land they have given us means we will have room for all the amenities that will make this park the beautiful jewel it should be. We are extremely fortunate Congressman Green prioritized this project and incredibly thankful for his dedication to Missouri City and the 9th District of Texas."
District B Council Member Jeffrey Boney was instrumental in enlisting the help of Congressman Al Green. After a site visit, Phillips released the easement.
The following representatives from Phillips 66 will be present for the official recogntion: Kevin Reiney and Carter Byroad of the Real Estate division, Misty McGowen of Government Affairs, and Chuck Moran of the Corporate Communications and Community Relations unit.
Freedom Tree Park will include a playground, pergola, multi-use trail, labyrinth, interpretive signage and distinctive landscaping. There are also plans for an educational component about the Freedom Tree, as well as the contributions of African Americans in the community. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has awarded a $750,000 grant toward the project.
So whether you’re young or simply young at heart, come flex your artistic muscle at Chalk Fest 2023. The festival runs from noon to 6 pm on March 18 and 19. The community chalk zone offers a spacious canvas, with food, music and other fun nearby. The Recreation & Tennis Center is located at 2701 Cypress Point Drive, Missouri City, TX 77459.