The Timbergram SEPTEMBER 2013
TIMBERGROVE MANOR CIVIC CLUB ○ PO BOX 70977 ○ HOUSTON, TX 77270-0977
Experiencing low water pressure? You’re not alone.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Read the update on water pressure problems in the neighborhood in this edition of The Sinclair Elementary School Timbergram and make plans to attend Our speaker will be from
City of Houston Drinking Water Operations Department
the next general meeting. A representative from the City of Houston’s Drinking Water Operations Department will be on hand to to discuss recent low water pressure readings, their causes and solutions.
Come early! Pizza at 6:30
Despite Protests, New Nightclub to Open by Michael Thompson, TMCC Director Prior to the 610/290 road construction project, people may remember the free-standing nightclub El Chaparral located in the parking lot of the Northwest Mall. In 2012 the nightclub was torn down to make way for the freeway expansion. The nightclub had a history of incidents, particularly from 2008 – 2012, where people in the parking lot of the club or in the nearby area were involved in fights, stabbings, gang activity, drug activity and shootings, many fatal. As a result of these incidents, a recent application for a liquor license by Chelas Republica de Tejas Ltd. dba Chela’s gained the attention of the community. The new request is being made by the same owners as El Chaparral. Chela’s will be located at the Northwest Mall in the space previously occupied by SRO sports bar. Many, including residents of Timbergrove Manor, expressed concern and contacted the TABC to protest the issuance of a liquor license. Protestants included Rep.
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The annual Fourth of July Ice Cream Social was a cool scene on a hot, patriotic day.
Sarah Davis, City of Houston, Office of the Harris County Attorney, TMCC, Old Spring Branch Civic Association, HISD and 26 individuals. Once the license was protested, a hearing was scheduled for Aug 9. Prior to the hearing, a mediation was scheduled for July 10. Before mediation the owners of Chela’s contacted the TABC with a proposed settlement agreement that the TABC accepted. Some terms of the original agreement included employee screening for criminal background checks, no hiring of convicted felons, management training with the TABC, installing security cameras on premises, hiring at least three peace officers Monday – Thursday, at least five officers on the weekends, and restroom and parking lot monitoring. Present at the mediation were all of the protesting government entities and neighborhood associations and many individuals. Protestants expressed their concerns for the operators’ history at El Chaparral. One of the owners, Larkin Stallings, was present at the mediation. He stated he had been in the nightclub/
bar industry for almost 30 years. Stallings owns multiple businesses in the Houston area. It is not known if any of his other establishments have experienced similar violence as associated with El Chaparral. The owner also mentioned that his partner in the nightclub, Mario Anzaldua, was a Timbergrove Manor resident. The judge at the mediation told the protestants that if the mediation was not successful and the case went to hearing the chances of the hearing resulting in a denial of the liquor license was unlikely. TABC was not a protestant, and in cases where the TABC is not part of the protest the respondent is generally granted the license. Because of this, most of the protestants attempted to add more regulation to the mediation agreement as the club is likely to open. Items successfully added to the settlement included making the establishment an 18 and up venue and requiring that the parking lot be monitored until 3 a.m. or until it is cleared. A full copy of the settlement agreement can be viewed at www.timbergrove.org.
Masquerade Party Mark your calendars for the first Timbergrove Resident Appreciation Party. Don your mask and set out to meet the neighbors at Rainbow Lounge.
Fourth of July Ice Cream Social is Cool Celebration in the Heat of Summer
Dozens of Timbergrove Manor residents enjoyed the annual Independence Day celebration at Jaycee Park. Dressed in stars and stripes, the patriotic crew cooled off thanks to sweet treats from Amyâ€™s Ice Cream before assembling for the festive parade around the park. Riding decorated bikes, pulling wagons with streamers and enthusiastically waving flags, neighbors young and old - and a handful of pets participated. Also on hand were event sponsor Realtor Sharon Ettinger and local firefighters and first responders who offered truck tours.
photo credits: : Reeane McCarver, Jeff Wayt
Timbergrove Manor Civic Club Leadership
Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS President
CHAIRPERSONS - TMCC COMMITTEES Activities
Deed Restrictions Enforcement
Tim Louque Gary Nordstrom
Yard of the Month
Solid Waste Collection Schedule Tree Waste:
Recycling - every other week:
Wednesday, September 18 Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, September 12 Thursday, September 26 Thursday, October 10 Thursday, October 24 Thursday, November 7 Thursday, November 21
Junk Waste/Heavy Trash: Wednesday, October 16 Wednesday, December 18
Volunteers, save the date for the annual volunteer dinner, Sunday, September 22, 5:30 p.m. at Kojak's Cafe on W. 18th Street. If you have volunteered with TMCC this year, please RSVP for the dinner by going to MichelleRayProperties.com/events. Thank you for all your time; Timbergrove would not be a great place to live without you!
Masquerade Party Promises Hauntingly Good Time for TMCC Residents L o c a l re a l t o r a n d T M C C eve n t chairwoman Michelle Ray is sponsoring t h e fi r s t a n n u a l r e s i d e n t appreciation event on Thursday, October 17 from 7 - 10 p.m. Hosted at Rainbow Lodge, the adults only soiree, has limited seating, so RSVP early at MichelleRayProperties.com/events to claim your spot. Neighbors will have a chance to mingle over appetizers, casino tables and a cash bar. Come in your favorite masquerade attire to enter the costume contest.
National Night Out “America’s Night Out Against Crime” an annual event billed as National Night Out is set for Tuesday, October 1 in Texas. This fun filled neighborhood event not only provides a chance for camaraderie between TMCC residents, bu t , a c c o r d i n g t o t h e N a t i o n a l Association of Town Watch Director Matt Peskin, “National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.” Would you be willing to host a gathering in your driveway? (It’s potluck; let your neighbors do the cooking!) If so, please contact Lillian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s raining twigs! What’s going on here? by Lorraine Cherry As I take my morning walks around Timbergrove, I see that lots of folks are having the same problem I am this year: an unusually large number of small leafy twigs on my lawn, fallen from the big trees in my front yard. What could be causing this to happen? And what can be done about it? In looking for an answer to this question, we researched the Internet extensively; we called a garden specialist on the radio (Randy Lemmon, of Gardenline, KTRH 740 am radio); and we consulted with an entomologist at Texas A&M who specializes in Texas insects. After all of this, we had a short list of 4 possibilities: 1. Squirrels. These small mammals (which are very abundant this year) can knock down small branches by bouncing around in the tree tops, or can gnaw off the tip ends of branches as food (green acorns) or to use as nesting material. 2. Twig girdlers. These grayish-brown beetles are about ¾ inch long. The adult female will lay an egg in a deep V-shaped groove that she chews around the circumference of a twig. The girdled twig soon falls to the ground. When the egg hatches, the larva tunnels into the dead twig and feeds on it throughout the winter, emerging as an adult the next year. 3. Twig pruners. These grayish-yellow beetles lay eggs on the twig. When the egg hatches, the larva burrows under the bark and girdles the twig, causing it to fall. 4. Cicadas. When periodic cicadas emerge, they use a saw-like appendage on the abdomen to slice into the underside of small twigs and deposit their eggs. The weakened twigs can be broken by the wind and fall to the ground. The bad news is that none of the experts were able to give us a more definitive answer about what was causing our twigs to fall. The good news is that, from what these folks have told us, it doesn’t really matter. Regardless of which of these creatures is responsible, it is unlikely that it will cause serious damage to a large tree. So it’s not really necessary or cost-effective to spray for the insects or to try to drive out the squirrels (good luck with that!). You best bet is to pick up and discard or destroy the fallen twigs so that, if insects are the culprits, you will cut down on the population of adults that will show up next year.
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Since the July edition of the Timbergram went to press, 32 more households have paid their annual dues. This means, at 602 paid homes, we are more than 70 percent of the way to the annual goal. If you haven’t yet submitted your $30 dues payment, please send in the adjacent form or log onto w w w. t i m b e r g r ov e. o r g. Remember: your dues payments are essential to TMCC’s operations.
Help us ensure Timbergrove Manor West continues as a safe, vital and highly desirable neighborhood by joining the TMCC. Mail your check, payable to TMCC, to Timbergrove Manor Civic Club PO Box 70977 Houston, TX 77270-0977
Citizens Patrol Critical Call for Volunteers by Jennifer Vickers, Editor with key information provided by Lillian Joffillee, Citizens Patrol For decades, Citizens Patrol volunteers have faithfully watched over Timbergrove Manor, adding a regular security presence to the streets of the neighborhood. Once an active group with many dedicated volunteers, Citizens Patrol has dwindled to a team of only four committed individuals who rarely take time off from their selfless obligation. Sadly, this decline in manpower means that, unless more residents step up to help out, Citizens Patrol will cease to exist in TMCC at the end of the year. However, you can help! The ongoing volunteer commitment is minimal only one hour per week. Citizens Patrol members complete a Houston Police Department questionnaire and background check before completing a short training course with an officer. Additionally, Citizens Patrol chairwoman Lillian Joffillee provides a hands-on training (in the section of the neighborhood of your choice). Citizens Patrol volunteers are reimbursed for gasoline for their vehicles, unarmed and are not allowed to work in an official capacity if accompanied by minors or canines. They are the eyes and ears of our neighborhood and their diligent presence can help reduce crime in Timbergrove Manor. Citizens Patrol is a Volunteer Initiatives Program provided by HPD. The program is designed to provide a means for citizens to help improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods by reducing crime. To sign up and help this valuable program stay afloat, please contact Lillian at email@example.com or 713-869-1079. If you would like to learn more about Citizen Patrol programs, visit www.houstontx.gov/police/vip/vip_citzpatrol.htm
Crime in TMCC
TYPE OF CRIME
information submitted by Lillian Jolliffee, Chair, Citizens Patrol Committee Crime stats are up considerably as compared to April and May. Remember, you are responsible for taking personal items out of your vehicle and locking it so as not to invite a thief into your personal space. Hurst, && 6600 Grovewood, &&& 6300 Pineshade, *1700 Droxford/6100 Abington/6500 Lindyanne **2400 Droxford/6500 Lindyann/6500 Grovewood (note: blocks, not specific addresses listed)
JUNE 2013 DIST. 2
Burglary of vehicle
Yard of the Month Congrats to the TMCC Yard of the Month winners on their inspirational, attractive and well-groomed yards! May 6611 Lindyann – Elizabeth Coble and Dan Worrall 6202 Hurst – Frank Braly June 6226 Hurst – Agnes and Davey Eldridge 6235 Cindy – Mark & Martha Koeppen 2211 Willowby – Louise Kuhn July 6138 Hurst – Frank Gazley 6411 Kury – Carolyn & Reginald Morris 2210 Haverhill – Adrienne Thorp & Tracy Walker 6546 Lindyann – Kelli & Thomas Schneider August 6210 Hurst – Kenneth MacMahon 1522 Droxford – Claire Malicki 2515 Willowby – Cynthia & Rogelio Torres 6619 Grovewood – Helen Caudle & Skyler Schawe To win Yard of the Month you must be a current dues-paying TMCC member and cannot have won a YOTM award within the past year. We need a new volunteer for t h e Y O T M C o m m i t t e e . Responsibilities include selecting an eligible YOTM monthly. Please contact Leslie at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
New Plans for Bryce Street Wastewater Site The City of Houston’s Wastewater Operations division, a subset of the Department of Public Works, has proposed new treatment vessels be installed at the Bryce Street Wastewater Facility to decrease hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas levels. H2S is the sources of the noxious smell that often emanates from the site. Following a fan test at the station in June, a representative from Alan Plummer Associates, Inc., the contractor retained by the City to assess solutions to the odor
problem, has determined that the new treatment vessels would have a diameter comparable to the existing 12 foot containers. However, in order to effectively eliminate the nuisance odor conditions, the new vessels could reach 30 feet in height. At the July TMCC monthly board meeting, directors and committee chairs indicated support of installation of the new vessels and discussed landscaping options that would help with the aesthetics of the site.
Watered Down: Pressuring Public Works for Solutions What was once a flood is now a trickle a c c o r d i n g t o m a ny T i m b e r g rove, Lazybrook and Holly Park residents who have been combating low water pressure at their residences over the summer. According to long-time TMCC resident Ben Crabb, historical water pressure in the northwestern portion of Timbergrove was at 50 pounds per square inch (PSI). However, recent readings are, at best 41 PSI and often as low as 28 PSI during peak demand periods. Per Kira Smith, managing Engineer at City of Houston Public Works and Engineering (PWE), the State of Texas requires the City to provide a minimum pressure of 35 PSI to residential meters during peek use periods. Maintaining historical pressure is not an obligation of PWE. However, Crabb and other TMCC residents have recorded pressure ranging from 28 - 32 PSI. While PWE has sent dozens of employees to the neighborhood to follow up on complaints, the sources of the
decreased flow is not yet clear. Though likely related to water valves that may have been closed during the early summer construction along W. 18th Street, residents experiencing pressure drops can help ensure the problem is addressed. Track the Numbers Providing concrete data to PWE can help diagnose an area-wide problem. An affordable water pressure gauge, available for about $12 at the hardware store, can be used to measure pressure at your home during peak hours. Report to 311 and City Council If you notice decreased water pressure (with or without the help of a gauge), contact 311 to report the incidents to the City of Houston. (Include your readings, if taken.) Note the case reference number and forward it with your address to Ja’nae Williams in City Council Member Ellen C o h e n ’ s o f fi c e v i a e m a i l a t ja’email@example.com.
Jaycee Park Fun Facts Map Dedicated in 1961, Jaycee Park has undergone tremendous revitalization as a Timbergrove community hub. Over the last few years, the park has seen the addition of shade canopies, a splash pad, playground, more than 150 trees, exercise equipment and quarter-mile walking trail. Though officially maintained by the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Jaycee Park is cared for by dedicated volunteers from the the neighborhood as well as visitors who take time to clean up after themselves and others. If you havenâ€™t visited recently, check out the map below and then get outside to enjoy what the park has to offer!
Tennis Courts Outer Loop Trail
Helpful Phone Numbers
311 832-394-8804 832-395-7100 713-884-3131 911
Maintenance Issues Park Permits Park Rangers Non emergency HPD HPD Emergency
Outer Loop Trail = 1990 ft. (.38 miles) Inner Loop Trail = 1327 ft. (.25 miles) Twice around the Outer Loop Trail & once around the Inner Loop Trail = 1 mile & 27 ft. calculations provided by TMCC resident Ben Crabb
Fun Fact about Jaycee Park
Nine trash barrels serve our park. Thatâ€™s a lot! When one or two are full, look around because the others are well within walking distance.
At least nine Timbergrove walkers de-litter our park while on their walks.
Did you know?
Baseball Field Inner Loop Trail
Everything from an event/party, decorations and litter, must be removed from the park at the end of the event.
President’s Corner Call for TMCC Board of Director Volunteers by Bill Morfey, TMCC President Although TMCC is always looking for volunteers, we presently have a special need for volunteers who would be willing to serve on next year’s board of directors. Some of our current board members have decided not to run again for their position, or are moving out of the neighborhood. No previous experience is required to serve as an officer or director. The only two official requirements are that the candidate be a member of the civic club and reside within Timbergrove Manor Sections 5 – 14. The board of directors meets once a month on the last Tuesday of each month at 7p.m., with the meetings typically lasting one and a half to two hours. Under the TMCC Constitution, the board of directors is responsible for the management and administration of the civic club. Serving on the board is a great way to get to know your neighbors and also work on issues of importance for the neighborhood. It requires a certain time commitment, but is not so strenuous as to be overtaxing. Ideally, the board would consist of representatives from all over the neighborhood who come from varied backgrounds that can add different perspectives to the deliberations of the body as a whole. I presently anticipate at least two vacancies in our Director positions. TMCC Directors are essentially “at large” voting members of the board that serve two-year terms. We will also need to fill an upcoming vacancy in the position of Treasurer.
The TMCC Treasurer is an officer of the civic club whose function is to oversee the club’s finances. You do not have to be an accountant to serve in this capacity, although a familiarity with QuickBooks (or a willingness to learn) can be helpful. The treasurer is elected for a one-year term. Additionally, although I plan to remain active on the Board, I would be pleased to see a new person step into the role of President. While I have been privileged to serve as your President for the last four years, I believe it is healthy to have variation in the leadership positions of a group such as ours. The club’s President presides at all meetings and generally oversees the club’s activities. The President is elected for a one-year term (and is automatically a board member for two years after stepping down). Thus, I am asking for volunteers who would like to serve on next year’s board of directors. If you are interested but may not be certain exactly which position is best suited for you, or if you would like more details before making a decision, I am happy to discuss the possibilities with you. I will soon be assembling a nomination committee who will provide the TMCC membership with a slate of candidates for our upcoming November election. I would like to have as many names as possible to put forth for the committee’s consideration! If you would like to be a member of the TMCC Board, or if you know someone who may be a good candidate, please contact me at our upcoming general meeting on September 10, 2013. You can also reach me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via telephone at 832-651-0112.
Sinclair Bids Fond Farewell to Secretary by Dawn Ritchey, Sinclair Elementary The office of Sinclair Elementary has always been welcoming and organized thanks to the loving attention of Terisa Billingsley, the school secretary. So it is with great reluctance that Sinclair announces the retirement of their muchloved school secretary, Terisa “The Sticker Lady” Billingsley. Terisa began her 34 year career with HISD in 1979. She joined the Sinclair family in August 1997 and quickly became a fast favorite of all the teachers, administrators, parents and most importantly, the students. Abby Taylor, principal at Sinclair stated, “Terisa is a staple of Sinclair. She envisioned and orchestrated many of the special projects around the campus. We will miss her greatly, and wish her much joy in retirement.” Not only did Terisa maintain her regular job duties of maintaining an efficient office, payroll, and purchasing for the campus, she also made a lasting impact on instruction and the welcoming environment of the entire school. A few of the many accomplishments Terisa achieved were beginning and overseeing programs to promote reading,
working with PTAs in order to promote various goals, and promoting a loving and positive environment for all that entered the doors of Sinclair. Terisa was and remains a strong advocate during the Sinclair Spark Park rejuvenation which included the addition of beautiful hand painted tile work at the gazebo. She is currently working on getting more trees planted on campus through Trees for Houston. Te r i s a s p e a r h e a d e d r e a d i n g programs that included HISD’s Million Dollar Book Challenge. She kept track of all their reading totals by displaying student accomplishments on a hand painted “reading tree” located in the cafeteria. Terisa organized the annual holiday traditions of Polar Express Day and Dr. Suess’ birthday in which volunteers from the neighborhood and community read to students. Another reading program Terisa initiated was the Central Bank and Sinclair Elementary Reading Challenge. Through this program, Sinclair would challenge a neighboring elementary school to read and record as many books as possible. With Terisa in charge, Sinclair never lost a reading challenge.
Terisa Billingsley, pictured with a tile she created for the school’s gazebo as part of a Spark Park revitalization project. She initiated the remodeling of the Sinclair Library into a beautiful hand painted castle theme with help from General Electric. With her new found free time, Terisa hopes to paint, read, scrap book, exercise, take care of her family and lucky for us… continue to volunteer at Sinclair. The Sinclair family wishes Terisa all the best on her new adventures!
Sinclair Elementary would like to thank our neighborhood residents for your continued support. During the 2012-2013 school year, Sinclair welcomed a new administrative team and saw an increase in magnet and neighborhood enrollment. STAAR scores have shown a significant improvement as well. Community partnerships were developed with Channel 13 and Click2Houston. Smartboards were placed in every classroom, and in the next school year Sinclair will welcome several new teachers to the staff. The school welcomes and encourages your support and interest. Please contact Mrs. Abigial Taylor or Mr. Lee Mashburn at 713 867 5160 if you are interested in volunteering or having a conversation with the administrative team.
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E2 = Excellent Eats By Lorraine Cherry
Thai Spice - Asian Flavor with Heat to Suit Your Taste The big food gurus here in Houston frequently recommend Thai restaurants that are “really authentic” and “not watered down for American tastes.” Unfortunately, this can often mean that the food is so hot that it melts your ears right off when you eat it. If you’ve had this experience and forever after have avoided Thai food, then it’s time to come back and give the friendly folks at Thai Spice a try. Their motto is: “A little spice for everyone.” The local branch of this 10-restaurant mini-empire is at 460 West 19th Street, 2 blocks east of North Shepherd, on the south side of the street. You can request that anything be made “not too spicy” (or on the other end of the spectrum, “madly hot”) and they are happy to comply. Most dishes can also be made vegetarian by request, and there are a lot of gluten-free options. Entrées are served with your choice of jasmine or brown rice. When my husband gets to a restaurant, he’s usually really hungry and wants some food right NOW. He doesn’t want to sit around and chat with a waiter named Shawn who is “going to be with us tonight.” So he is especially delighted that, within about 60 seconds of placing your order at Thai Spice (I timed it today),
they bring out a little appetizer tray with a bowl of soup, a salad with delicious peanut dressing, and two mini-egg rolls with dipping sauce. You can dive right into that during the 5 to 10 minutes it takes for your entrée to reach the table. You can put together your own meal, if you like: pick one of 9 different sauces, each with its own selection of vegetables, to which you can add your favorite protein (beef, pork, chicken, tofu, shrimp, squid, or scallops). My favorite is the peanut sauce that comes with green beans, onions, and carrots; I usually choose shrimp as the protein for this. Or select one of the other delightful dishes from the menu. I love the charcoal-grilled pork—thin savory slices, grilled until crispy around the edges, served over vermicelli noodles and shredded mixed lettuces, with chopped peanuts, cilantro, and a tangy sauce to pour over the top. Their curries are also wonderful. When I’m in the mood for something light, I go with the green papaya salad, which has a wonderful combination of textures and savory and sweet tastes. Prices are reasonable for both lunch and dinner (starting at $7 at lunch and $9.75 at dinner for entrées that include the appetizer plate and the rice). They serve no alcohol, but you are we l c o m e t o B YO B. C h e c k o u t t h e i r f u l l m e nu at www.thaispice.com, then go by for a memorable lunch or dinner. And I promise that your ears won’t melt off !
BOOT CAMP IN TIMBERGROVE AT JAYCEE PARK Mon, Wed, & Fri: 5:30 AM
Get in shape and have FUN! Exercise with your neighbors Open to all fitness levels Non-intimidating atmosphere Your first class is complimentary
John Neundorfer Certified Personal Trainer Timbergrove Resident
Special Feature for Timbergram readers by Pamela Efferson Properties
How To Prevent Portion Distortion Your mother’s old adage “finish your plate” isn’t the best advice anymore. Whether you eat out (restaurant portions are up 40 percent over the last 30 years) or eat in at home, portion sizes have grown out of proportion, causing many of us to consume extra calories and add unhealthy pounds. Here’s how to prevent portion distortion and help control your weight.
1 cup of cereal = a fist 2 tsp of peanut butter = a ping-pong ball 1/2 cup of ice cream = 1/2 baseball 1 medium fruit = 1 baseball 3 ounces of meat, fish or poultry = 1 deck of cards
Know your terms. A portion is the amount of food you choose to eat for a meal. Big or small – the choice is up to you. A serving is a measured amount of food or drink, such as one slice of bread or 8 ounces of milk.
Use the “New American Plate” guide. The American Institute for Cancer Research says to look at your plate and aim for meals made of 2/3 (or more) of vegetables, fruits, whole grains or beans, and 1/3 (or less) animal protein.
Read the Nutrition Facts Label. The Food and Drug Administration puts it there to tell you how many calories and how much fat, carbohydrate, sodium and other nutrients are in one serving of the product. You may think the 3-ounce bag of chips is one portion, but the label says it contains 3 servings.
Repackage products. Buying large-size bags or boxes may save you money, but divide the items into single serving packages when you get home.
Gradually reduce your portions. Try relating one serving size to everyday objects such as these offered by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute:
Don’t “supersize” at fast-food restaurants. It may sound like a good value but you know you’re eating more than you should. If you go for the larger-sized meal at any restaurant, be sure to share it with a friend or take half of it home for another meal.
Update on West 11th Street Park by Lorraine Cherry, Friends of West 11th Street Park
at the kiosk on Shelterwood so that you don’t miss anything.
tree and enjoy this beautiful native garden.
Cell Phone Tour Is Back!
The Butterfly and Native Bee Gardens
The spring wildflowers in the large garden that wraps around into the park had come to the end of their season by the end of June. Volunteer Ross Hancock came out in late July and spent the weekend cleaning out the entire garden for us, preparing it for replanting. Wally Ward has around 300 new seedlings ready to plant, and has also sown the middle section with fall-blooming wildflowers.
The Wireless Wilderness Cell Phone Tour is back up and running. (We had to shut it down for a few months while foresters from the H o u s t o n P a r k s & Re c r e a t i o n Department were taking down some more dead trees.) We now have 17 great stops where you can learn about the fascinating natural history of West 11th Street Park: • Why hackberry trees are called the ‘hardest working trees’ in the forest. • How to distinguish different kinds of trees. • What tree rings mean. • The importance of native bees. And much, much more! Remember that the tour stops are NOT in numerical order. This is because individual stops change with the season or as we discover new and interesting things to add. Make sure and pick up a map from the container
We’ve been doing a lot of work on the butterfly and native bee gardens at the southeast corner of the park. The garden nearest the street was redesigned and re planted by volunteers Candy Donahue and Chris LaChance. Candy is former executive director of Armand Bayou Nature Preserve and a former board member of Friends of West 11th Street Park. Chris, a Texas Master Gardener and Master Naturalist, is the WaterSmart Program Coordinator for the Texas Coastal Watershed Program (TCWP,) a program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Under their direction and with their help, the garden was cleared and new soil and compost were added. Chris brought a truck-full of large, beautiful native plants and a design to take best advantage of the location of the garden. Sit in the shade under the oak
Community Awards Program The Kroger Community Rewards Program for this year started on Aug 1. This is a program in which you can support the park, but it doesn't cost you anything. If you have access to a computer, please check out the West 11th Street Park Facebook page for instructions to sign up. If you do not have a computer, you can call the customer assistance number on the back of your Kroger Plus card. Make sure and have the park program ID number (90299) handy when you call.