June 2017

Welcome to another action-packed summer in Precinct 4! In June, we open the long-awaited Kuykendahl Bridge and kick off Summer Movie Nights at Burroughs and Collins parks. I also proudly announce that Precinct 4's world-renowned Mercer Botanic Center at Mercer Botanic Gardens continues to grow! 

Read more below to find out about all the wonderful events going on throughout the precinct.

As a reminder, you can access past issues of Commissioner's E-Corner on the Precinct 4 website.  Visit Precinct 4 online to learn more about our road projects and upcoming events available through our community centers, parks department, and Senior Adult Program.

Harris Co. Precinct 4 logo - R. Jack Cagle, Commissioner
Featured Articles
Herbarium at Mercer Botanic Gardens

Precinct 4's world-renowned botanic center at Mercer Botanic Gardens just got bigger. The botanic center recently acquired 47,000 new plant specimens on long-term loan that will aid researchers in preserving Texas’ most endangered species. Read more below to find out how Precinct 4's herbarium has grown.

Mercer Botanist Wins Star Award  

Mercer Botanic Gardens botanist Anita Tiller received the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) Star Award for her work in the Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden at Mercer.

The CPC, an organization dedicated to preserving native plants in the United States, is maintained by 40 participating botanic institutions.  Mercer currently shelters more than 24 rare plants, several of which are on display in the Endangered Species and Native Plant Garden.

Commissioner Cagle Wins North Star Award 

The North Houston Association recently awarded Commissioner R. Jack Cagle the North Star Award for improving the region's mobility and expanding the Spring Creek Greenway.

The award is given to north Houston residents who have made a long-term, significant contribution to the region.

Kuykendahl Bridge Scheduled for Completion

Motorists traveling between Harris and Montgomery counties along Kuykendahl Road may soon enjoy faster commutes when a second two-lane bridge at Spring Creek opens in June.   

Construction on the two-lane bridge and roadway segment along Kuykendahl from Pine Plains Drive to Flintridge Drive began last year. Once complete, traffic capacity along the corridor will double.

Community Assistance Department FAQ

Why are my subdivision streets/ditches sometimes full when it rains? 

Subdivision streets are designed to hold excess water when rainfall exceeds the amount the ditch system can handle, generally 1.5 inches per hour.

The water will usually drain off quickly as the rainfall lessens or ends. Should the water remain for hours after the end of the rainfall, please request service.

Trail Resurfacing

Say goodbye to bumpy trails at Precinct 4 parks! Precinct 4 parks crews recently began trail repaving projects at Meyer, Jones, and Burroughs parks. Over time, erosion and tree roots break up paved trails, posing a risk to joggers and bikers. Precinct 4 parks crews ensure these trails are repaired regularly.  

Movie Poll Results

Precinct 4 Summer Movie Nights poll participants chose Sing as the featured movie for June. Check it out at dusk Thursday, June 15 at Burroughs Park or Friday, June 16 at Collins Park. 

Vote for the July movie starting T hursday, June 15 at www.hcp4.net/p4movies.

Precinct 4 in the News! 
Upcoming Events
Under the Big Top Summer Dance
Everyone 50 years of age and better is invited to the Humble Civic Center, located at 8233 Will Clayton Parkway in Humble Wednesday, July 12 from noon to 3 p.m. for the Under the Big Top Dance, featuring the River Road Boys. Click here to register. 
Botanical Time Tunnel Summer Camp at Mercer
Mercer Botanic Gardens invites children to explore plants during its Botanical Time Tunnel Summer Camp, held Tuesday, June 20 to Friday, June 23 for children ages 6 to 8 and Tuesday, June 27 to Friday, June 30 for children ages 9 to 12 from 9 a.m. to noon. Call 713-274-4160 to register.
Fun4Kids Summer Program at Mangum-Howell Center
Children of all ages are welcome to attend fun-filled activities at Mangum-Howell Center every Thursday from June 8 through July 27. Registration is required for all programs. Call 281-591-7830 to register. For more information, click here.