District K Newsletter-February 2019

Buffalo Speedway Grade Separation Ribbon Cutting

On Thursday, February 7, 2019 the highly anticipated grade separation bridge opened for motorist to travel from W. Orem, across Holmes Rd. directly into the medical center. This much needed north-south connection will help to ease traffic congestion on Hiram Clarke, South Main and Almeda Rd. We were honored to have Mayor Turner join us and lead the caravan across the bridge for the first time. The views from the top of the bridge are spectacular. Thank you to all of the community members who helped celebrate this 7.7 million dollar mobility project in District K and for making our ribbon cutting ceremony GRAND!


March Neighborhood 101 and the 2019 Neighborhood 101 Tentative Schedule

Please join the District K office as we continue our bimonthly Neighborhood 101 ENGAGE. LEARN. LEAD series for 2019. We are working to ensure every neighborhood in the district is equipped with tools for success. We especially encourage neighbors who reside in areas that do not have an established or active civic association to attend these meetings.

Reporting Effectively to the City of Houston

Location: Southwest HPD Sub Station
13097 Nitida St, Houston, TX 77045

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019

Time: 10:00am – 12noon

Registration: Contact the District K Office
832.393.3016
DistrictK@houstontx.gov

Below are the tentative dates for the duration of 2019. The meeting topics, speakers, and locations will be shared prior to the meeting.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Saturday. September 14, 2019

Saturday, November 9, 2019

If you have topics that you would like to know more about, please email our office and we will work to implement your suggestions into our future 101 meetings.


Hire Houston Youth Summer Jobs Program


Harris County District Attorney’s Office Make It Right Program


2019 Contractors’ College


What’s on the Agenda?

Council Approves Contract For Department of Neighborhoods

Last week City Council approved an additional contract for Department of Neighborhoods abatement and debris removal services. This contract will ensure when a property is abated for high weeds violations, any dumping illegal placed on the site will also be removed by the abatement crew. Please continue to report any nuisance properties needing attention from the City to 311-Houston forward the service request number to the District K office.

Have you ever wondered what topics are covered during the weekly City Council meetings? Houstonians can view the agenda for the various committee meetings, as well as the City Council meeting each week by accessing this link. Be sure to tune in to HTV on Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. for public session, and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. for the weekly city council meetings.


The Hiram Clarke Storefront Association

Thank you Bruce Allen and the members of the Hiram Clarke Storefront Association for continued partnership with the District K Council office and community through 2018. The association members supported District K during the 2018 Valentine’s Day Senior Luncheon, Annual CIP Meeting, Back to School Bash, Hallelujah Night and Glow Party, Senior Grateful Gathering Luncheon, the Turkey Gift Away, and several additional events in the District.

Community policing is a vital part of keeping our area safe. The District K community is fortunate to have officers that make time to foster great relationships with our residents. We look forward to continued programming with President Bruce Allen, the HPD officers and community members that participate through the storefront association.


Super Neighborhood Alliance President

Congratulations to Cindy Peden Chapman, current Westbury Civic Club President, on becoming president of COH Super Neighborhood Alliance. The District K team is looking forward to your leadership in this role. Thank you for being willing to serve.


South Houston Concerned Citizens’ Banquet

Congratulations President Mya Carrol of South Houston Concerned Citizens Coalition on a spectacular 6th annual awards banquet. Mayor Turner served as keynote speaker and Vivian Harris was our 2019 honoree. Thanks to CEMEX for being the Banner Sponsor of the event and a committed community partner. We look forward to another sold out event next year!


Sims Bayou Greenway Improvements

The Houston Parks Board has begun construction on new amenities and additions to the Sims Bayou Greenway.

In 2017, the Houston Parks Board built a greenway with a 10-foot wide trail between Hillcroft Avenue and Heatherbrook Drive, with connections into the Windsor Village neighborhoods and Blue Ridge County Park.

After completing construction of the greenway, Houston Parks Board worked with community members, the District K Council Office and others to identify additional opportunities to improve the greenway, and add amenities, trailheads and gateways.

Over the past year, the Houston Parks Board has:

  • Installed two sets of trash/recycling receptacles to encourage proper waste disposal
  • Installed two benches for seating
  • Painted trail edge stripes under the Fort Bend Tollway to ensure cyclists know the path to follow
  • Installed bollards at Croquet, Blueridge Park, and Heatherbrook to help deter unauthorized vehicles and ATVs from using the greenway
  • Planted wildflower seed to create meadows and habitat along the bayou

In the coming months, new improvements include (see attached map, numbers correspond to the map):

  • West of the toll road: A new 6-foot wide trail connection overlooking a detention basin at Blue Ridge County Park, three new benches and a new trash can and recycling receptacle. (#1)
  • East of the toll road: A new seating area east of the toll road with one bench along the existing greenway. (#2)
  • A new overlook and seating area along the greenway between Blue Ridge County Park and Croquet Street, which will include a new 6-foot wide semi-circle, secondary trail and a decorative crawfish design. Complementing the new secondary trail will be a bench, educational signage, trash can, and recycling receptacle. (#3)
  • A new gateway at Croquet Street, between the bayou and the parking lot for Windsor United Methodist Church, which will include a decorative Eastern Gray Squirrel design, a bench educational signage, trash can, and recycling receptacle. (#4)
  • Ongoing maintenance of the new amenities, overlook and gateway, including weekly trash pickup, bi-weekly mowing, trail upkeep and flood cleanup of the trail.

Construction is estimated to be complete by the end of April 2019. Residents should be mindful of the active construction sites along the bayou, where construction vehicles will be entering and exiting. Residents/the public should not enter areas surrounded by orange construction fencing.

Additional Information to Share with Others:
Sims Bayou Greenway is part of a citywide project called Bayou Greenways 2020, which is being led by the Houston Parks Board in partnership with the City of Houston and in close cooperation with the Harris County Flood Control District. Bayou Greenways 2020 will create a continuous park system along Houston’s major waterways, transform more than 3,000 underutilized acres along the bayous into linear parks and connect 150 miles of hike-and-bike trails.

Want to know more?
Visit our Sims Bayou Greenway webpage,
http://houstonparksboard.org/projects/sims_bayou_greenway/
which contains maps and project updates.

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