New Decade Will Usher in Parks and Play Spaces to Westchase District

This rendering illustrates the children's play space that is planned for Woodchase Park.

In the spring of 2020, Westchase District will break ground on the first of two parks that will add much-needed recreational and gathering spaces for Westchase District residents. 

Woodchase Park will be located on a two-acre parcel on Woodchase Drive just north of the Westpark Tollway. Design of the $3.2 million park is complete and the District has applied for all the appropriate City permits.Construction contracts should be awarded at the District's February board meeting.

Walnut Bend Elementary School to Dedicate SPARK Park

You're invited to participate in the dedication of Walnut Bend Elementary School's new SPARK Park.

WHEN:    Thursday, November 21
TIME:       9 am
WHERE:  10620 Briar Forest Drive

Walnut Bend's SPARK Park is one of seven new parks being dedicated during week-long festivities celebrating SPARK Week.  The new park features children's play equipment and a miniature soccer field on turf grass, plus a covered pavilion with basketball goals.The park is open to the public Monday through Friday after school until dusk and Saturday and Sunday from 7 am until dusk.

The SPARK School Program works with schools and neighborhoods to develop community parks on public school grounds. The Westchase District Community Fund was one of many local organizations and businesses which contributed to the fundraising campaign to build Walnut Bend's SPARK Park.

Enjoy Thanksgiving Without Messing up the Kitchen

The Houston Marriott Westchase, Hilton Houston Westchase, Bistro Le Cep and Rudi Lechner's German Restaurant are four Westchase District favorites where you can enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving lunch with all the trimmings, without spending the rest of the day loading the dishwasher.

The Houston Marriott Westchase (2900 Briarpark Drive) will serve a Champagne Brunch between 10:30 am and 2:00 pm on Thanksgiving Day. The buffet will feature breakfast foods (omelet station, Eggs Benedict), traditional Thanksgiving fare (herb-roasted turkey, herb-roasted pork loin, spiral glazed ham), non-traditional Thanksgiving fare (mint crusted baby lamb chops, oven baked flounder), plus roasted seasonal vegetables, apple-walnut corn bread dressing and sweet potato with blueberry-maple glaze. Kids fare includes chicken fingers, mini pizzas and mac & cheese. The "Sweets Table" will feature bread pudding, caramel apple pie, pumpkin pie, cobbler, assorted cake pops and more. Adults are $44.95, children 5-12 are $22.95 and children 4 and under are free. Call 713-978-7400 for reservations.

At Rudi Lechner's (2503 S. Gessner Road) you can enjoy a hot buffet between 11 am and 4 pm. The menu features American and German specialties including turkey, ham, roast beef, goulash, cabbage rolls, dressing & gravy, plus assorted vegetables, salads and fruit. Apfelstrudel, carrot cake, cheese cake and pumpkin pie top the dessert menu. Adults are $29.00 and children 10 and under are $9.95. Call 713-782-1180 for reservations.

Bistro Le Cep (11112 Westheimer Road) is offering a "Colonial Bill of Fare" featuring either turkey or prime rib, accompanied by apple and butternut squash bisque, green beans, smashed white potatoes and squash with maple syrup, topped off with pumpkin pie, apple pie, pecan pie or rippled apple fudge cake. The "Pilgrims' Dinner" is $39.95 and the prime rib dinner is $45.95. "Dinner for the Little Ones" (under 12) is $19.50. Call 713-783-3985 for reservations. Seatings are available at 11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm and 5 pm.

At  Rio Ranch at the Hilton Houston Westchase (9999 Westheimer Road), the Thanksgiving brunch buffet will include breakfast favorites (smoked salmon, omelet station, waffles & french toast), Thanksgiving favorites (turkey breast, prime rib, Atlantic salmon, honey baked ham, Gulf shrimp florentine), plus sides (candied yam with marshmallows, green beans and corn bread dressing, plus assorted pies and cakes. Adults are $39.95. Seniors are $31.95, children (6-12) are $19.95 and children 5 and under are free. Call 713-952-5000 for reservations. Seatings are available at 11 am and 1:30 pm.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

  Thursdays @ 3 p.m.  *Rain or shine* St. Cyril of Alexandria Catholic Church
10503 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77042 (at Rogerdale, just west of Beltway 8)

Last chance for Thanksgiving shopping at the Farmers Market

This Thursday (November 21) marks the last shopping opportunity before Thanksgiving Day when the market is closed. Stop by between 3 and 6 pm to pick up some tasty wines, homemade breads and cinnamon rolls, coffee, olive oil, honey, plus all the vegetables you need to complete your Thanksgiving side dishes. Need pecans for your holiday baking? We have them at the market also.

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Giving Back at Thanksgiving & Christmas

West Houston Assistance Ministries provides help year-round to families in crisis. The need is never greater than it is during the holiday season.

Fortunately, generosity is also greater during the holiday season. If you, your family, your church small group, your office or  even your buddies at the gym want to assist families in need, WHAM is ready to accept your donation and make sure it is delivered to an individual or family in need.

Please consider donating canned vegetables, pie filling, boxed stuffing and cakes mixes, which will be organized into holiday boxes for WHAM clients. Or you can donate new toys, gift cards, coloring books, crayons and educational toys, which will ensure that every child in the area has a gift under the tree this Christmas.

The deadline for toy donations is December 6. Food donations will be accepted through the second week of December.

If you'd like to host a toy drive or food drive, please contact Sonya Scott or Lisa Iparrea at WHAM.

District's Community Fund Board adds new Members

(left to right) Jessica Tecson and Kimberly Crow have joined the WDCF Board of Directors.
Two new members have been appointed to the Westchase District Community Fund Board of Directors.

Jessica Tecson is a Relationship Manager with Amegy Bank. Kimberly Crow is the Director of Career and Technical Education and Innovation for Alief ISD. 

Both are very active in the community. Tecson is involved in the Transportion Club of Houston, the Philippine American Chamber of Commerce and the Women's Business Enterprise Alliance.

Crow has been active as a Girl Scout leader, volunteer with the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and 27-year member of the Historical Society Museum of Weimer.

"We're delighted to have Jessica and Kimberly join our leadership team," said WDCF Board Chairman Tim Johnson. "They're already active in so many other organizations in our community and they know how to get things done. They'll both be great resources for the Community Fund."

The Westchase District Community Fund is the charitable arm of Westchase District. It is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization overseen by a volunteer board of leading citizens who raise and grant money to advance projects that improve the quality of life for all who live in, work in and visit Westchase District.

About Westchase District

Westchase District is a municipal management district funded by local property owners in a 4.2 square-mile area centered on Sam Houston Tollway between I-10 and US-59 on the west side of Houston, Texas. 

The District promotes growth by enhancing: 
  • Mobility
  • Beautification 
  • Public Safety
  • Planning and Development


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