HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - December 8, 2010) - Discovery Green Conservancy, the nonprofit organization that manages the highly regarded downtown urban green space, Discovery Green, has launched www.discoverygreen.com, a newly upgraded website for the park powered by Tendenci online management software (www.tendenci.com). Designed by Schipul - The Web Marketing Co. (www.schipul.com), the new site conveys the feeling of Discovery Green's open green spaces.

A public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the Discovery Green Conservancy, Discovery Green opened less than three years ago. It has welcomed more than 2 million visitors and hosted more than 800 public and private events. Year round, the park offers events and activities for people of all ages, such as ice skating, outdoor movies, yoga classes and a farmer's market. Discovery Green's new website makes it easier than ever to keep track of all the park has to offer -- and with a click of a button, you can add an event to your Outlook calendar.

"Schipul has helped us create a website that doesn't wait for the community to come to Discovery Green -- we bring Discovery Green to the community," said Barry Mandel, president of Discovery Green Conservancy. "The goal is to leverage technology to weave Discovery Green into the fabric of what it means to live in or visit Houston."

Beneath the surface of the new Discovery Green website is Tendenci 5, the latest release of the powerful online management software developed in Houston and used by hundreds of organizations around the world. Schipul has updated Tendenci 5 to work on the Django open source framework, providing greater flexibility with custom Django application integration and greater integration with social media and video sites.

To cater to visitors with specific interests, park activities are organized into categories, including Special Events, Art, Healthy Living, Families & Children, and Entertainment -- all are presented in eye-catching colors on virtually every page. Tendenci's easy-to-use content management system makes it simple to add and edit content to ensure the information stays up-to-date. And you can't get more immediate than the website's real-time webcam, which makes it possible to alert the community about immediate weather-related changes to scheduled events.

About Schipul - The Web Marketing Co.

Schipul - The Web Marketing Co. developed and builds on the Tendenci Web marketing application, a powerful online tool with over a half million people logging in during the past year and millions of users overall. Schipul is based in Houston, and provides marketing services on the Internet to more than 300 organizations from a variety of service industries in local, national and international markets. Schipul's nonprofit clients include the Houston Zoo, Houston Children's Museum, Yellowstone Academy, among many others. Additional information about Schipul is available at www.schipul.com and www.tendenci.com.

About Discovery Green

Discovery Green is a 12-acre park created by a public-private partnership between the City of Houston and the non-profit Discovery Green Conservancy. Since the park opened in April 2008, it has welcomed more than 2 million visitors and hosted more than 800 public and private events. The Discovery Green Conservancy works with hundreds of programming partners to present three dynamic programming seasons each year most of which are FREE and open to the public. As a non-profit organization, the Conservancy raises all the funds needed for the programming that Houstonians enjoy. Help to ensure that Discovery Green remains an accessible and incomparable public gathering space by becoming a member of the Green Team.

Contact Information:

Dan Keeney, APR
DPK Public Relations