LightsOut Houston

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »


The “Energy Capital of the World” will continue its progress toward becoming the “Energy Conservation Capital” by turning off the lights the nights of Thursday, April 24 – Sunday, April 27, 2014. LightsOut Houston started in 2008 as a citywide commitment to energy efficiency by commercial building owners and their tenants, and has evolved into a partnership among the City of Houston and Harris County.

The goal of the program has expanded to establish a sustained reduction in the use of non-essential electricity by all buildings throughout the greater Houston area. Participants are asked to sign a pledge now, making your commitment to energy conservation. Visit for more information about the challenge.

To learn more about the City of Houston’s sustainability efforts, visit and

City of Houston 2014 Summer Jobs Programs

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The City of Houston is partnering with the Houston-Galveston Area Council Workforce Solutions, SER Jobs for Progress, and the Houston Urban League (HAUL) to launch the 2014 Summer Jobs Program for youth ages 16- 21. Most positions are for 32 hours per week, at $7.25 per hour.

Opportunities are available in a variety of City departments such as:

  • Health and Human Services Department
  • Department of Neighborhoods
  • Parks Community Center Recreation Assistant
  • Communications/ Graphic Art
  • Library Operations and Support
  • Public Works and Engineering Department
  • Pool Gate Attendants
  • City Council
  • Park Management Aids
  • Human Resources Department
  • Law Enforcement
  • Municipal Courts and Operations
  • Office/ Clerical
  • Solid Waste Management Department
  • Parks Planning (college student interested in urban and parks planning)
  • Information Technology Department

For additional information please contact:

  • SER Jobs for Progress: 713-773-6000 ext. 120
  • Houston Area Urban League: 713-393-8700
  • or email at

For application information click here.

News From Houston City Council District K (March – April 2014)

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Revamped header

March/ April 2014

District K Contact Information


900 Bagby, First Floor

Houston, TX 77002



832-393-3016 office

832-393-4203 Satellite 







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Archived Newsletters:

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Rebuild Houston Initiative 


In February, Council Member Green facilitated the annual District K Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) meeting which addressed the various facility and infrastructure improvements projects currently slated within the CIP’s 5-year plan and proposed projects on the horizon. In regards to this year’s

 CIP, the Westridge neighborhood has been added to the 5-year plan as a storm drainage project. This storm drainage project will accompany the Woodshire Storm Drainage project which was added to the CIP last year. The Linkwood neighborhood was added to the CIP last year as a street reconstruction project.


For information about the Rebuild Houston Program, click click here. To view the proposed CIP projects for 2015-2019, click click here


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Houston Parks & Recreation Department Parks Master Plan Phase II

April 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »



HPARD is in the process of evaluating and adjusting its Master Plan, last published in 2008. The plan gives direction for the growth of the city’s park system for the next twenty years. The Master Plan is revisited every 5 years to evaluate and make adjustments based on physical, social, policy and technological changes so that it remains a relevant guidance document. Since 2007, the City of Houston has been divided into 21 Park Sectors and park need analysis at this level is being done in Phase II of the Master Plan.

Master Plan Survey Currently Underway

We need your input, as a resident who uses the park system, to enhance this assessment by providing input on priorities of the items that need to be addressed first with available funding. Currently, a Master Plan Survey is being conducted and you can participate by taking the survey. The survey is available in both English and Spanish and the results can help us shape the new Park Master Plan.

Master Plan Survey English Version
Master Plan Survey Spanish Version

Brays Oaks District Residents are in Park Sector 8

To determine which Park Sector you live in, please go to For a step by step tutorial on How to Find Your Park Sector please view the following video.

Park Sectors Map (printable pdf)

How to Find Your Houston Park Sector Number
YouTube Video

To receive a Master Plan Survey, e-mail us at

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Join the Museum Experience

April 9, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Join the Museum Experience – Houston’s newest cultural block party! Come out Saturday, April 26 from 11am-6pm to explore the museums of Zone 2: Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Czech Center Museum Houston, DiverseWorks, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Lawndale Art Center and The Weather Museum.

Take a trip around the world in Zone 2 where you’ll explore some of Houston’s most diverse museums. The first 2,500 visitors will receive a souvenir passport and receive custom stamps at all nine museums. Perfect for all ages, the museums offer a variety of special programming and activities.

The Houston Museum District will be featuring three food truck “hubs” throughout Zone 2 with an assortment of your favorites. It’s a Wrap! and Sweet Asian Desserts will be at Asia Society Texas Center; Soulcat Cuisine will be at Museum of African American Culture Center; POCKet to Me and Detox will be at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum; and Moon Rooster will be at Lawndale Art Center.

There will also be FREE pedicab rides all day long! Each of the museums will have a dedicated “stop” to get on and off the pedicabs. Just look for the red flag that says Houston Museum District.

Create your own experience in the Houston Museum District!

The Museum Experience is Houston’s newest cultural block party! The Museum Experience features four walkable “zones” to help visitors navigate through the area and learn more about all 20 museums in a more personal way. On the last Saturday of January, April, July and September, each zone will showcase a handful of museums at a time, complete with special programming, pedicabs in select zones and food trucks. Create your own Museum Experience with the Houston Museum District.


ECHOS April Calendars

April 9, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston. Our mission is to improve the lives of the most vulnerable and at risk individuals in our community by narrowing the disparities in access to healthcare, education, job training and quality of life. ECHOS’s doors are open to all in need, regardless of place of current residence, country of origin, ethnicity or immigration status. Learn more about ECHOS:

April Calendar of Events: English | Spanish (PDF)

ECHOS is located at:
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369

Keep District K Beautiful Day

April 2, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Calling All Volunteers

Saturday, April 5, 2014
8:00 a.m. to noon
(Time varies per neighborhood below)

Braeburn Valley HOA Street Cleaning and Curb Painting
Staging location is Braescreek @ South Braeswood Blvd. (11:00 a.m.)

Glenshire Community De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Glenshire Clubhouse (11:00 a.m.)

Hager Park Tree Planting & De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Hager Park (9:00 a.m.)

Southwest Manor De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is 5302 Willomine Way (9:00 a.m.)

Maplewood West HOA Esplanade Beautification Initiative
Staging location is the South Braeswood Blvd. /Braesridge Dr. intersection (8:00 a.m.)

West Place HOA De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is West Place Community Park (9:00 a.m.)

Fort Bend Houston Super Neighborhood De-Litter Campaign
Staging location is Willowridge High School (8:30 a.m.)

Southmeadow HOA Esplanade Beautification Initiative
Staging location is Southmeadow Clubhouse (9:30 a.m.)
Contact District K council Office at 832-393-3016 or

City of Houston Breaks Ground on Garden and Nature Playground as Part of National GRO1000 Gardens and Green Spaces Program

March 22, 2014 • Continue Reading »

City leaders bring natural playscape and learning environment to Gulfton area; Project marks third Houston-area garden developed with support of Scotts Miracle-Gro


HOUSTON (March 22, 2014) – Today the Gulfton community in southwest Houston will be home to a new community greenscape as part of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company’s and The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ nationwide GRO1000 gardens and green spaces program. The Gulfton neighborhood, where many residents lack access to green spaces or yards, will receive a new nature playground and garden to encourage outdoor learning and support the healthy development of area children and families. This project marks the return of Scotts Miracle-Gro to the Houston area, where the company has previously supported two community and school-based green space initiatives.

GRO1000 is a national program launched by Scotts Miracle-Gro in 2011 to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018. The U.S. Conference of Mayors partnered with Scotts Miracle-Gro on the GRO1000 initiative to recognize mayors for the installation of innovative, public green spaces designed to improve our nation’s cities. The garden and nature playground at the Gabriela Mistral Center for Early Childhood will support Mayor Parker’s “Go Healthy Houston Initiative and Task Force,” which is focused on reducing obesity, increasing healthy eating and exercise and promoting urban agriculture since its launch in 2012. Continue Reading »

Jazz festival planned for Willow Waterhole

March 17, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The Willow Waterhole Greenspace Reserve will be the site of 10 hours of free live music Saturday, April 12, during the 2014 Willow Waterhole Music Fest.

The program, set for 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., will take place at the reserve’s south gazebo, 5300 Dryad Drive, behind Westbury High School.

Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy and Brays Oaks Management District are the festival hosts. This year’s event will build upon the jazz festival held last year, said Howard Sachs, past president of the conservancy.

“The music festival is even bigger and better,” he said. “It’s really important to give people an opportunity to discover the green space, and this is a perfect venue to do so.”

Performers at the festival will include: Gisele & Friends, performing Latin music; Kelly Dean Band, smooth jazz; Kyle Turner, a five-piece ensemble with tenor sax; Texas Brass Band, New Orleans jazz; Warren Sneed Band, traditional jazz; Luther & the Healers, Texas blues; and Mark Dini, fusion with pop rock and jazz mix.

Also scheduled to perform are bands from The High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Westbury High School, Johnston Middle School and Parker Elementary School.

Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets or chairs.

The conservancy, founded about 12 years ago, is working to transform the 239-acre Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve into a park environment.

When it’s completed, it will have six stormwater detention lakes and public recreation space.

Working with the conservancy is the Harris County Flood Control District, which owns the land and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department.

The conservancy’s next annual meeting, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27, will feature a lecture by John Lienhard, host of “The Engines of Our Ingenuity” on KUHF-FM and professor emeritus of mechanical engineering and history at University of Houston.

“The last time he spoke about bayous, and that was the best-attended meeting in our history,” Sachs said.

The meeting also will feature an update on the Brays Bayou flood-control efforts from the Harris County Flood Control District and an officers’ election for the conservancy.

Earlier this year, the conservancy coordinated a community effort to rescue native plant species from the site of one of the reserve’s future detention areas. Houston Independent School District agreed to provide greenhouse space for the plants.

The conservancy is in the process of hiring a consultant to help map a design for the reserve’s recreational area, said Ralph Rieger, who has been serving as the conservancy’s president since April.

The conservancy has been awarded a $399,999 capital improvement grant from the city to create the recreational area, Rieger said. Once a consultant is hired, the conservancy will start developing ideas for it.

Some specific plans are already in place for the reserve improvements.

“We’re adding a pocket prairie to showcase species that were natural to this area,” Rieger said.

The reserve also will be the site of a small education center and a memorial site honoring flood-control engineer Jack Rafferty (1896-1940), a pioneer in developing flood-control projects.

The Jack Rafferty Gathering Area will comprise granite blocks and two plaques surrounding a large oak tree.

Another priority for the conservancy, Rieger said, is establishing strong working relationships and partnerships within the community. He said he has been getting to know the nuns at St. Catherine Convent, a nearby Vietnamese Dominican Sisters convent at 5250 Gasmer Drive.

For details about Willow Waterhole Conservation Reserve, visit or


Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic at ECHOS

March 11, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Texas Children’s Mobile Clinic will be at ECHOS on several dates this Spring providing a variety of services.

Immunizations for children – who are eligible (Bring their shot records)

Please see the flyers for complete details.

English | Spanish

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services
9600 South Gessner Bldg E (corner of Bissonnet)
Houston TX 77071
(713) 270-0369

Epiphany Community Health Outreach Services (ECHOS) is a non-profit 501.c.3 organization located in southwest Houston.