From Press Release
HOUSTON, TX (May 31, 2016) Houston physician Harold I Daily, MD, was born and raised in Simonton, Texas, where his parents ran the general store and farmed. He has fond memories of growing up in the area, with lots of time spent outdoors exploring and just being a boy. Even with a successful medical practice in Houston, and years of travel throughout the world, Dr. Daily never lost touch with his roots. For years, he has been talking with his family about the best use for a parcel of land that he owned along the Brazos River. Now, as he looks forward to his 91st birthday in July, Dr. Daily and his family decided the time had come to act.
On April 5, 2016, following meetings with Fort Bend County Commissioner Andy Meyers and members of the county staff, Dr. Daily, formally signed over 69 acres of land to Fort Bend County for use as a nature preserve and/or community park. The agreement specifies that the donated parcel is to be named the Abe and Lizzie Daily Park in honor of his parents. The deeded area is bordered by : Sanders Road on the north and the Brazos River on the south.
Dr. Daily visualizes a community park that can be used by families, individuals and organizations such as the Boy Scouts and other youth groups. Because of its location along the Brazos River, he hopes that the rivershed habitat can be maintained for the deer, rabbits and other mammals that inhabit the area. He also envisions pathways (and boardwalks where appropriate) for nature walks as well as more developed spaces offering picnic areas, pavilions and perhaps a sports field or two. His goal in making the donation is simple: To preserve the environmental and ecological heritage of the area for generations to come.
Dr. Daily is a graduate of Texas A&M and Baylor College of Medicine. He began his medical practice in 1956, after a two-year stint as a flight surgeon in the U.S. Air Force, and continues today as a founding partner of Southwest Ob/Gyn Associates, LLP. During his long career he estimates that he has cared for more than three generations of women and delivered countless numbers of babies. And Dr. Daily understands the value of the outdoors as a component of a healthy lifestyle. As this area continues to develop, he hopes that this park will “give those generations something lasting, while also providing for generations yet to come.”
According to Dr. Daily, a groundbreaking for the park has been tentatively scheduled for next summer. He is looking forward to having four generations of the Daily family on hand to help celebrate.