August 2017

Almost everyone appreciates new experiences. As we near the end of summer and embark on busy schedules in the new season, I encourage you to take a break and explore the region. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Program, with the aid of generous private donations to the Fun4Seniors nonprofit, offers dozens of trips every month to areas within a 150-mile radius of Houston.

Give school-age children the opportunity to explore Precinct 4 parks by participating in field trips and after-school activities. And the whole family can enjoy spending time together at upcoming special events across the precinct. I hope to see you soon on a new adventure!

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
Top Senior Adult Program Trips

Want to get away, but don’t know where to go? Find out how these senior adults travel the region by Harris County Precinct 4 bus. 

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Precinct 4's Road & Bridge Department Featured in Horizons

Congratulations to Bill Lee and Precinct 4’s Road & Bridge Department for being featured in the latest edition of Horizons newsletter, published by the Texas County & District Retirement System. Thank you for keeping our roads safe! 

Crime Stoppers Receives Donation from Commissioner Cagle  

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle recently donated $25,000 in support of Crime Stoppers’ Safe School Program. So far, the program has allowed Crime Stoppers to educate more than one million students and remove 275 weapons from schools. Way to go, Crime Stoppers! 

Improvements Planned at Alabonson Park

Spring Branch residents can look forward to new amenities at Alabonson Park, thanks to funding from Precinct 4 and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. The park is owned by the city of Houston, but will be maintained and operated by Precinct 4.

New features at the 50-acre multi-use park will include lighted soccer, softball, and football fields, parking lots, maintenance facilities, picnic areas, and playgrounds, as well as paved and natural surface trails that could one day connect to additional trail systems. The project is currently in the design phase with no estimated completion. Stay tuned for more details!

Tips for Parents and Teachers

For parents with young children, the first day of school can be unpredictable.

Children who select their first-day-of-school outfit a month in advance can unexpectedly turn into children who refuse to get out of bed, miss the bus, or cry in the car line. Help your child ease back into school by focusing on positive activities.

Drum up excitement by discussing potential special events or field trips the teacher has planned. You may even consider suggesting locations to your child’s teacher. Teachers are always on the lookout for new and exciting field trip locations.

Capital Improvement Projects Update

Precinct 4 plans to widen the last remaining segment of Spring Stuebner at I-45 from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane concrete segment to ease traffic congestion. Currently, the project is in the bid and award phase. Once a contractor is selected, the project will take approximately 60 days to complete. Completion of this segment finalizes the project to expand Spring Stuebner from Kuykendahl Road to I-45.

Get Ready for Free After-School Archery!

Storybooks are full of heroes fighting injustice with only a bow and arrow. While today’s archers no longer use their skills on the battlefield, they can apply the lessons learned in archery to achieving success inside the classroom and beyond.

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Upcoming Events
Summer Movie Nights in the Park
Precinct 4 presents 2017’s Beauty and the Beast Thursday, Aug. 17 at Burroughs Park and Friday, Aug. 18 at Collins Park starting at dusk. Burroughs Park is located at 9738 Hufsmith Road Tomball, Texas 77375. Collins Park is located at 6727 Cypresswood Dr., Spring, TX 77379.
Cruising the Caribbean Luncheon

Big Stone Lodge invites the community to a carefree Caribbean luncheon Friday, Aug. 18 at 11:30 a.m.

with all-you-can-eat catfish, shrimp, French fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, beans, dessert, and unlimited iced tea and coffee. $12 per person. Contact Big Stone Lodge to register no later than Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Second Saturday Settlers: Powder & Steel 

Join Jones Park staff and volunteers to learn about 18th and 19th century firearms Saturday, Sept. 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteer re-enactors and demonstrators will provide a glimpse into early Texas militia life during this outdoor event. Contact the park at 281-446-8588 for more information.