Video: AREAA ABC Day 2017 in Brays Oaks

June 12, 2017 • Continue Reading »

BOMD AREAA ABC day 2017 from on Vimeo.

Video of the Cigna Sunday Streets celebration in BOMD

May 25, 2017 • Continue Reading »

The well attended event took place on May 21, 2017.

SUNDAY STREETS HTX BOMD 2017 from on Vimeo.

Video and Images of the 2017 Willow Waterhole MusicFest

May 5, 2017 • Continue Reading »


BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation Video

April 5, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Watch the video of the BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation.

BOMD Westbury Christian Basketball Day, City Hall Proclamation from on Vimeo.

Watch the video of the 2017 March on Crime Luncheon

March 20, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Brays Oaks District joined Southwest District, and Houston Southwest 2000 in honoring the men and women who protect and serve our communities.

SWMD MARCH ON CRIME 2017 from on Vimeo.

Watch the video of the 2017 Westbury Community Garden Volunteer Day

March 2, 2017 • Continue Reading »

BOMD Westbury Community Garden, Volunteer Day 2017 from on Vimeo.

Houston mayor addresses issues at BOMD/SWH2000 breakfast meeting

January 11, 2017 • Continue Reading »

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner fought rush hour traffic to address a joint breakfast meeting of the Brays Oaks Management District and Southwest Houston 2000 Tuesday, Jan. 10 at Houston Baptist University.
The mayor spoke about the city’s growth and diversity and talked about issues that concern all Houstonians––not just those affecting residents in the southwest sector of the city. He reiterated his commitment to repairing an estimated 40,000 potholes and said that 97 percent of those problems were fixed within one business day in 2016.

“We’re getting it done,” he said, then moved on to the concern of infrastructure repairs and better drainage to reduce flooding problems. The city has identified 22 drainage projects––two in each district––and is focusing on those first. He also talked about the city’s involvement in finding funding for Project Brays, a $480 million project to reduce flooding in the Brays Bayou watershed. While waiting for $311 million in federal funding, a loan of $130 was requested from the state, the mayor said.

In addressing public safety, Turner said that the city is currently 600 officers short and has reassigned 175 desk officers back to the street to assist in filling the gaps. He also talked about controversial changes to the city’s pension plan, which he called “a runaway finance system” that can’t be fixed overnight.

“I don’t have the power to turn water in to wine,” the mayor said, “But, we are not balancing our books on the backs of working men and women.”

The problem of Houston’s homeless population is a much more difficult one to address, he said.

“It’s easy to fill a pothole; it’s much harder to fill a hole in someone’s life,” Turner said. Simply providing housing is not the complete answer, he added, because many of these people will elect to go back to the streets. The problem is partly a financial one and partly a mental health issue. He pointed to a program that the city of San Antonio is currently using to provide shelter and services for up to 1,700 homeless people, but added that the Haven for Hope program is costing $23 million a year.

Turner stressed that the emphasis on the homeless population is not motivated by Super Bowl 51 coming to the city’s NRG Stadium in February because it can’t be fixed by then. It is an ongoing problem that requires the involvement of not only the city government, but also faith-based and charitable organizations. The mayor said that, having lived with hunger and poverty himself, he was personally not opposed to feeding the homeless, but that providing food does not address the complexities of their needs.

“We cannot be comfortable with people living on the streets and under underpasses,” Turner said.

BOMD SWH 2000 Breakfast with Mayor Turner – January 10, 2017 from on Vimeo.

In addition to the mayor’s address, attendees at the breakfast meeting also heard from students of Westbury High School who are working on a project to build a pier at Willow Waterhole near their campus. They have already collected two-thirds of the $30,000 needed to build the pier, but are seeking donations of time, money, labor, and materials from the community.

Dr. Michelle Garza of Sharpstown High School also spoke about a program to register students for discount fare Metro bus passes, since transportation is an important part of school attendance, early arrival for tutoring, and the ability to stay after school for extra-curricular programs.

Video of the Willow Waterhole Music Fest 2016

May 2, 2016 • Continue Reading »

BOMD_Willow_Waterhole_Music_Fest_2016 from ICStudios on Vimeo.

Raindrop Youth Development Center & Embrace Relief

November 3, 2014 • Continue Reading »

Willow Waterhole 2014 MusicFest

May 6, 2014 • Continue Reading »

The April 12 Willow Waterhole 2014 MusicFest was a terrific event.

Weather was in the high seventies, overcast, and humid.

Attendance exceeded 1,300 people, up approximately 30% from 2013.

Concession sales doubled from last year!

Student musicians were excited to play at the same venue as the pros and all seven professional groups remarked how impressed they were with the event’s organization and energy. All the performers appreciated their complimentary commemorative t-shirts.

VIPS included CM David Robinson, State Rep. Borris Miles, and HISD Dist. Trustee Wanda Adams.

Also making an appearance were representatives from CM Larry Green’s office and Congressman Al Green’s office.

Attendees felt good about the diversity, skill, and sound quality of the music.

Overall, it was an awesome event, see you in 2015!

View photos from the Festival: