February 20, 2008
The West 11th Street Park grand re-opening

OK, that's a misleading title, since the West 11th Street Park never closed, though its future was in doubt for awhile there. Be that as it may, there will be a celebration to mark the acquisition of all 20+ acres of the park tomorrow, the 21st of February. Here's the details, from the press release I got:

West 11th Street Park Celebration and Press Conference

WHAT: After several years of advocacy and raising critical funds, all 20.2 acres of the West 11th Street Park is now a permanent part of Houston's Park system. The Houston Parks Board will take this opportunity to thank donors and strategic partners who helped permanently secure this extraordinary park for Houston.

MEDIA OPP: On Thursday, February 21, the Houston Parks Board will thank the donors, city and state leaders, and residents of Timbergrove Manor neighborhood who have made contributions to help permanently secure all of the acreage of West 11th Street Park for Houston. Several leaders will speak, including Senator John Whitmire, who in May 2007, played a critical role in finalizing the park purchase by urging the Texas House and Senate to adopt a state budget that included the $3.75 million in funding necessary to complete the purchase of West 11th Street Park. Media will have the opportunity to go on a guided tour of the park by Friends of West 11th Street Park President Lorraine Cherry following the press conference.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21, 2008
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

WHERE: West 11th Street Park, 2300 West 11th Street, on Wister St. between Shelterwood and Shirkmere next to the West 11th Street Park sign. (map)

WHY: For 32 years the Houston Parks Board has pursued opportunities to develop equitably distributed parks throughout Houston. The West 11th Street Park is a major success in this ongoing effort. The Houston Parks Board is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to acquire, improve, and protect parkland for Houston.

Definitely something worth celebrating. If you're in the area, you should drop by for the ribbon-cutting.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 20, 2008 to Elsewhere in Houston