Doing Good in the ‘hood: Parks By You

By | October 2, 2012


Parks By You is a growing coalition of citizens organizing to increase access to and improve neighborhood parks and bayous in Houston. The goal: to pass a $160 million bond on November 6th that will transform the City of Houston through a system of connected trails and green spaces along Houston’s bayous and neighborhood parks. The vision, a park by you, is a Houston where a majority of citizens live within 1.5 miles of a system of parks or green space. This initiative will improve public health and safety, boost Houston’s competitiveness and compliment ongoing efforts that enhance water quality and flood control.

The benefits are many and when Parks By You is complete, there will be 2,000 more acres of green space and a 150 mile trail system. Houston’s history as one of America’s most dynamic cities is amplified by a culture of opportunity: economic, cultural, and recreational. There are many ways to help ensure Parks By You is a success. To find out how you can get involved,
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“I’m proud to support Parks By You. As an avid cyclist and a strong promoter of health, wellness, and fitness
I applaud efforts that encourage the community to become active and engage in healthy lifestyles. This plan to
create parks and green space along our bayous within 1.5 miles of a majority of our citizens will give us the access
to recreation we’ve wanted and a chance to exercise and improve our health. These are not just amenities
but important tools for transforming wellnessin our communities.”
—State Representative Carol Alvarado, District 145

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District provided services such as safety patrols by off-duty HPD officers, graffiti abatement, trash pick-up, maintenance of esplanades, among other services outlined in the Districts’ Assessment Plan, that are supplemental to services provided by the City of Houston, had been reduced in Mid-November and ceased completely as of December 11. The District had to cease the services due to unpaid assessments from some of the commercial property owners within the District. Delinquent assessments for 2016 and prior years are being collected for services that were delivered in 2017. The current lawsuit status does not affect the collection of delinquent assessments due for 2016 and prior years for services rendered for calendar year 2017. Please direct questions regarding the cessation of services to Executive Director, Ben Brewer at We are committed to helping our neighborhood remain the safe, vibrant and attractive place to live and do business and would like to hear from you on how we can continue to work together in this effort.