March 2018
Greetings!

With the arrival of warmer weather and longer days comes more Precinct 4 events to fill your calendar. 

I’m proud to announce the grand reopening of Mercer Botanic Gardens. My staff spent nearly seven months restoring the gardens after Hurricane Harvey, which is still a work in progress. I encourage everyone to visit this beautiful park, and see how far we’ve come. 

Looking for outdoor entertainment all ages can enjoy? View a baseball-themed movie under the stars at Matzke Park. Attend a family-friendly adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at Precinct 4’s outdoor Shakespeare Festival in Burroughs Park. Or, bring your preschooler to meet the Easter Bunny and hunt for Easter eggs during Mangum-Howell Center's Bunny Hop.

I encourage adults 50 and better to participate in Senior Health and Fitness Week. You can participate in activities such as archery, bowling, yoga, and more. The activities and projects included in this edition are just a small slice of what we offer every month in Precinct 4. I hope you enjoy the great lineup of events we have for you this spring. 

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
 
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Senior Health and Fitness Week

Enjoy archery, bowling, yoga, and more during Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program’s Senior Health and Fitness Week Monday, April 30 to Friday, May 4 . Everyone 50 and better is invited!
 
Free activities take place at various locations throughout the precinct to promote healthy lifestyles for senior adults at any fitness level. 

Trash Bash at Collins Park

Join the Texas Conservation Fund Saturday, March 24 at 9 a.m. for its 25th annual trash bash at 14 locations in the Galveston Bay Watershed, including Precinct 4’s Collins Park!

Collins Park volunteers will clean 6.5 miles of waterways, including Cypress Creek, Dry Gulley, Pillot Gully, Spring Gully, and adjacent areas.

This will include Kickerillo-Mischer Nature Preserve, Cypress Creek Greenway, Meyer Park, Cypress Creek, YMCA, and Collins Park.

Hurricane Harvey-Related Debris Removal

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) continues to remove debris clogging Harris County’s 22 watersheds more than six months after Hurricane Harvey.

During the storm, more than a trillion gallons of stormwater washed through Harris County’s bayou system, leaving it clogged with storm debris and reducing drainage.

HCFCD has found objects as large as refrigerators and automobiles in local waterways..

Cypresswood Annex Repairs Progressing

Repairs are progressing on a Harris County service building shared by the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the tax assessor-collector's office, and Justice of the Peace Court Precinct 4, Place 1.

The Cypresswood annex, located at 6831 Cypresswood Drive in Spring, has been closed since August after being damaged by several feet of water during Hurricane Harvey. 

Until repairs are complete, the building is not open to the public.

Improving Northwest Houston

Residents and visitors may notice a fresh, new look throughout the Cypress Creek area.

The Houston Northwest Chamber recently installed two new monument signs on Cypresswood as part of an economic development initiative. 
 
In 2014, the chamber launched Grow Northwest to help unify the area and promote business growth. Plans called for monuments to be installed at key entrances into the community and street markers with street addresses to be installed at 75 major intersections. 
 
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Maintaining Our Roadways

It’s the start of mowing season and one of the busiest times of year for Precinct 4's Road & Bridge Department.
 
From March through December, Precinct 4's Road & Bridge Department mows along county roads to control weeds, not only for aesthetic purposes, but to improve drainage. 
 
Mercer Grand Reopening

Missing Mercer? Get a firsthand look at the newly restored Mercer Botanic Gardens during its grand reopening Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The public is invited to browse Mercer’s East Side Gardens, which have been closed nearly seven months due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. 

Upcoming Events
Bunny Hop "Eggs"travaganza
Children ages 4 and younger are invited to meet the Easter Bunny and participate in activities including a craft, games, a hayride, prizes, refreshments, and more Wednesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon. Participants should bring a basket. To register, please visit the Center or call 281-591-7830 no later than Friday, March 16. $2 suggested donation.
Baseball Movie Night
Wear your favorite baseball gear to this free showing of Everyone's Hero March 29 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Matzke Park. In this animated film, a young baseball fan must travel across the country to return Babe Ruth’s bat, Darlin’, before the 1932 World Series. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. Arrive early to enjoy the pre-movie special activity for all ages, starting at 6:45 p.m.
Paddle N Pedal Fest
Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve celebrates its one-year anniversary in April. Explore the park and enjoy a variety of recreational activities during the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s first Paddle N Pedal Fest Saturday, April 14 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, located at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive. 
Shakespeare Festival
Harris County Precinct 4 invites the public to attend a free Shakespeare Festival Saturday, April 21 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Burroughs Park, located at 9738 Hufsmith Road, Tomball, 77375. Performances of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet take place Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 22 at 2 p.m. Anyone 50 years of age and better can sign up for transportation to the show here .