August 2022
Greetings!

The entertainment never stops in Precinct 4, even in the heat of summer. Your Precinct 4 team brings a variety of fun-filled events to locations near you all season long.

If you enjoy music, join us in August for our biggest fundraiser of the year, the 21st annual Precinct 4 Opry. This popular show served the residents of east and north Harris County for decades. After redistricting in 2021, we moved the event to its new home in Katy. 
This year’s performance includes popular country, rock, and folk hits from the past by The Haywire Band and other talented musicians. Don’t miss this annual event. Your ticket purchase helps our nonprofit, All4Fun, support families, children, and adults who reside in Precinct 4. 

If you prefer spending time in nature, check out the 14th annual Hummingbird Festival at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve in Hockley. Nature lovers won’t want to miss this event, which coincides with the hummingbird migration in September. Learn about hummingbirds, view live raptors, and see hummingbirds in action. 

As the weather cools this fall, I encourage you to get out and explore your parks. The Brays Bayou Greenway serves as one of Precinct 4’s longest trail systems, and it continues to grow. Your Precinct 4 team recently joined The Houston Parks Board to announce construction on a new trail segment that will connect three Precinct 4 parks and complete the Brays Bayou Greenway. Learn all about this project and more in this edition of E-Corner
 
New Brays Bayou Segment To
Connect Three Precinct 4 Parks
Brays Bayou visitors could have new areas to explore by next year.

Harris County Precinct 4, the Houston Parks Board, and other partners celebrated the start of construction this month on the final segment of the Brays Bayou Greenway.

The 7.67-mile segment will connect Precinct 4's Arthur Storey Park, Mike Driscoll Park, and Archbishop Fiorenza Park to complete the 35-mile greenway trail.

Trail users will be able to travel from Mason Park on the trail’s east end to Precinct 4's Archbishop Fiorenza and McClendon parks on the west end. Several popular destinations are also accessible along the greenway, including the Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theater, McGovern Centennial Gardens, Macgregor Park, and the University of Houston.

Construction should conclude in fall 2023.

"Bayou Greenways is an important infrastructure project for Harris County, and it's wonderful to have this vast network of greenspace extend through Precinct 4," said Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. "Safer neighborhoods are a priority for my constituents and through this off-road trail, they and their neighbors will be able to walk, jog, or bike safely to – and between – several of our favorite parks."

Brays Bayou Greenway is part of the Bayou Greenways initiative, a public-private partnership between the nonprofit Houston Parks Board, the City of Houston, and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Bayou Greenways will transform 3,000 acres along nine significant waterways to create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston's major waterways.

Photo: Anthony Rathburn
Visitors celebrate the groundbreaking of a new segment of Brays Bayou Greenway.
21st Annual Precinct 4 Opry
Following a classical music show in 1925, radio announcer George Hay joked that audiences had been listening to the grand opera but would soon be listening to the “grand ole opry.”

The name stuck. The Grand Ole Opry eventually became one of the most popular country music shows ever, spawning new generations of opries across the United States.

The 21st annual Precinct 4 Opry continues the tradition this August. The Haywire Band, Texas Swing Unlimited, and other musicians will play a variety of rock, folk, and country music on Friday, Aug.19, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the L.D. Robinson Pavilion, 5801 Katy Hockley Cutoff Road in Katy.

The Haywire Band headlines, with more than 50 combined years of experience and more than 700 songs. Hear everything from classic rock to country hits to dance favorites from the 70s, 80s and 90s. The band has worked with national acts like Rascal Flatts, Leann Rimes, LeAnn Womack, KC and the Sunshine Band, Aaron Tippin, Rick Springfield, Trace Atkins, and Bryan White.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for those 12 and younger. Bus transportation is also available for those 50 and older.

Register online at hcp4.net/events or call 713-274-4050 for assistance registering.
Underground Tunnels Could
Transform Harris County
Giant underground tunnels could one day reduce flooding for tens of thousands of households in Harris County, according to a Harris County Flood Control District feasibility study released in June.

The Phase 2 report provided an update on an earlier study that evaluated the feasibility of installing a network of large-diameter tunnels in locations throughout Harris County.

Although the first study proved a tunnel system was possible, the second study delved into the details. It found that combining a tunnel system with the existing drainage network would provide significantly more benefits to residents than traditional flood control systems because it could work across multiple watersheds. The study also identified eight potential locations of the tunnels along the following bayous:

  • Brays Bayou
  • Buffalo Bayou
  • Clear Creek, Berry Bayou and Vince Bayou
  • Greens Bayou, Halls Bayou and Hunting Bayou
  • Halls Bayou and Hunting Bayou
  • Little Cypress Creek and Cypress Creek
  • Sims Bayou
  • White Oak Bayou
Construction cost estimates for a 10-mile tunnel segment range from $3 billion to $4 billion and could take 10 to 15 years to complete. Funding for design and construction would most likely require contributions from state, federal, and local agencies.

If the project moves forward, a Phase 3 study could quantify the countywide economic benefits of a tunnel system, outline how to integrate such a system into the existing network, identify funding strategies, refine tunnel locations, and gather public input. That study could begin as early as spring 2023.

For more information, visit hcfcd.org/tunnels.

Top photo: Harris County Flood Control District
Bridging the Digital Divide
Precinct 4 is helping bridge the digital divide – just in time for the school year. 

We offer Wi-Fi at more than a dozen locations throughout the precinct, including parks, community centers, libraries, and other county facilities. But with many areas still in need, Precinct 4 is also in discussion with Bridging the Digital Divide to provide internet access to even more Precinct 4 parks.

The nonprofit provides public Wi-Fi, tables, chairs, and electrical outlets at apartments and other areas so families will have reliable internet for work and school.

To find a public Wi-Fi location near you, please click here.
The FIFA World Cup, the most anticipated sporting event in the world, is coming to Houston in 2026, but the sport’s future superstars can start honing their soccer skills even sooner.

Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle, Houston City Council Member Edward Pollard, Gulfton community activist Tammy Rodriguez, and John Walker, president of the Houston Dynamo FC, broke ground this month on two soccer pitches at Burnett-Bayland Park in Gulfton to ensure soccer lovers of all ages have a safe, comfortable place to play.
The hard-surface mini-pitches will sit side by side and include lighting, fencing, goals, benches, ADA-compliant access, and lockable storage. Thanks to its modular design, a three-person crew can assemble or disassemble all soccer pitch amenities in approximately 16 hours, allowing a more customizable space.

Cagle pledged $150,000 from his parks fund to supplement the $100,000 supplied by Pollard and the Gulfton Area Management District to build the foundations for the two pitches. The Houston Dynamo FC agreed to finish the project by adding a painted, acrylic surface over the foundation, like a basketball court, and installing the amenities.
Burnett Bayland Park is at 6000 Chimney Rock Road in Houston.
Agents of Discovery at Arthur Storey Park
Explore Arthur Storey Park from a new perspective this summer by downloading the Agents of Discovery app.

The augmented reality mobile game incorporates the natural features of the park into a series of challenges and missions to complete within the park’s boundaries. The game is designed for all ages, especially third through sixth graders.

To get started, download the free Agents of Discovery app on your smart phone. Then, visit Arthur Storey Park and select "Arthur Storey Park Mission." Follow the app’s clues to unlock challenges throughout the park. During the mission, you’ll explore the nature trail, tai chi court, and other landmarks around the park. Those who complete the mission can submit their information to receive a prize from the Houston Parks Board.

The mission will be available during daylight hours through Friday, Sept. 9.

Arthur Storey Park is at 7400 W Sam Houston Pkwy S., Houston, 77036. For more information, visit the Houston Parks Board website.
Precinct 4 Events
International Festival at Radack Community Center
Tuesday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate the diversity of our community and explore the many global cultures within Precinct 4. Attendees will encounter artifacts, crafts, and coins of countries from all over the world. International food and live entertainment will be showcased, including dance performances and a fashion show. Radack Community Center is at 18650 Clay Road in Houston. For more information, visit apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/Detail/8530.
Ice Cream Social at Radack Community Center
Tuesday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m.

Grab your poodle skirt and bobby socks and join us for an ice cream social and sock hop featuring the greatest hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s. Sign up online, in person, or by phone. Visit hcp4.net/radack for more details or call 832-927-3000. Radack Community Center is at 18650 Clay Road in Houston. 
Seniors Got Talent at Glazier Senior Education Center
Thursday, Aug. 11, 1 – 3 p.m.

Come to Glazier to watch seniors showcase their hidden talents. Participants will sing, dance, read poetry, play musical instruments, and more. The master of ceremonies, Robert Landau, is an award-winning motivational speaker and entertainer. Come join the fun and cheer on the acts. Visit hcp4.net/glazier for more information.
Hummingbird Festival at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
Saturday, Sept. 10, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Join us for the 14th annual Hummingbird Festival at Kleb Woods Nature Preserve. View migrating hummingbirds as they visit the preserve’s feeders, and enjoy games, activities, and educational programs with the family. Take a guided nature walk, tour the 1896 Kleb House, and see blacksmith demonstrations throughout the day. For more information, visit apps.hcp4.net/med/Event/Detail/8355.