Houston, TX (November 1, 1993)- The SPARK School Park Program was developed in 1983 as a way to increase park space in Houston, Texas. In 1991, SPARK was granted 501c3 status. In 1996, SPARK was identified as a program of the Mayor, although the program retains its non-profit status.
In 2001 SPARK registered its trademark with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. SPARK signed a licensing agreement with Baton Rouge Green, a non-profit organization in Louisiana to build the first SPARK Park outside of Houston. Banks Elementary in East Baton Rouge Parish was dedicated in September 2002.
SPARK has won numerous local, state and national awards including: Mayor’s Proud Partner Award, Community Forestry Award, and National Environmental Achievement Award in the Public Lands and Open Space Protection category from RENEW America.
For more information, visit SPARK School Park Program.