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WE ARE PARKS AND RECREATION
Bridging the Gap
Houston makes high-impact improvements in neighborhood parks
By Kenneth Allen
N
ationally, park and recreation departments should help bridge
the gap between privileged and disadvantaged communities
by identifying improvements to underserved parks that can be
done with existing resources, as is being done in Houston.
For the health and happiness of
residents of the Houston area, it is
important that the City of Houston
Parks and Recreation Department
build and maintain public parks in
all of Houston's neighborhoods. To
that end, Houston Mayor Sylvester
Turner and the Houston Parks and
Recreation Department are taking
actions that include targeting five
neighborhood parks that can be
improved with the city's park and
recreation
department
resources.
This initiative, called Mayor Sylvester
Turner's Love Our Parks initiative,
is currently underway and will
be completed in 2021. As part of
the initiative, park and recreation
department staff will install new
playgrounds, repair concrete walkways,
replace benches and perform
other high-impact upgrades. The
five parks included in the challenge
- Catherine Delce Park in the
Fifth Ward, Earl Henderson Park
in Northside Village, Zurrie Malone
Park in the Third Ward, Our Park
in the Third Ward, and Woodruff
Park in Harrisburg - were selected
because Houston Parks and Recreation
Department leadership saw
potential for improvements that
were actionable by department staff.
For example, at Zurrie Malone
Park, Houston Parks and Recreation
Department
staff recently
completed renovations to the roofing
over the green space's outdoor
basketball court and repainted the
court. Gladys Hemphill, a resident
who lives across the street from the
park and whose grandchildren frequently
play there, says, " It makes
me feel so blessed.... [The Houston
Parks and Recreation Department]
came to us a few weeks ago [in
March 2021]...and the next week,
they were out here getting together....
Right now, Malone Park is
improving. "
I think this approach would work
in other cities, too. While every
municipality has different circumstances
and challenges, park and
recreation department directors will
know what kind of projects they can
plan and carry out in their cities on
their own initiative and can target
those high-impact projects where
they are most needed. Department
directors and their executive teams
can personally visit the neighborhoods
and parks most in need, see
with their own eyes where there's
room for improvement, and talk to
area residents to get feedback about
Zurrie Malone Park is among five Houston
parks targeted for improvements
through Mayor Sylvester Turner's Love
Our Parks initiative.
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