July 2017

Take a moment to reflect on what you enjoy about your community. Does it have a small-town feel? The Houston Chronicle recently published that residents most frequently describe their ideal community having a small-town feel.

In Precinct 4, we strive to help all our residents build a stronger sense of community through events, programs, festivals, and quality public spaces. That elusive small-town feel also depends on you. I encourage you to get out and connect with your community!


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
Cool Off in Precinct 4's Shadiest Parks

With high humidity and temperatures in the upper 90s, summers in Houston can be brutal and sometimes even dangerous. Fortunately, Precinct 4 offers a few shady spots to keep cool.

Children can remain active with less danger of overheating on the covered playgrounds at Pundt, Doss, Collins, and Lindsay/Lyons parks. The new covered playground at Collins Park features updated equipment sure to keep children engaged and active. Those interested in a different form of entertainment can check out the chess tables at Collins and Doss parks. Bane Park’s splash pad is also a popular destination for children who enjoy zipping from the water to the playground. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen and plenty of water.


Are trees and lush vegetation more your speed? Natural areas tend to absorb less heat and offer more shade. Find the perfect spot for reading, fishing, picnicking, or hiking under the dense pine canopies of Burroughs, Jones, Mercer, or Spring Creek parks. Choose a breezy day early in the morning for maximum enjoyment!

Woodland Hills Drive Extension

In a joint project with Precinct 2, Harris County Precinct 4 will create a four-lane concrete roadway along Woodland Hills Drive from Sunset Breeze to Woodland Path with a bridge over Williams Gully in northeast Harris County.

The project is an extension of previous improvements that began last April along Woodland Hills Drive. Once complete, residents in both precincts will have better access to Beltway 8. For more information on Precinct 4’s Capital Improvement Projects, click here.

Milkweed Along the Greenway

Learn how the Spring Creek Education Society and Precinct 4 are teaming up to stabilize the banks of Spring Creek and create a habitat for pollinators.  Founded by former Jones Park staff member Terri MacArthur, the Spring Creek Education Society promotes the educational and recreational programs of the Spring Creek Greenway. One of their largest projects so far was to create the Butterfly and Hummingbird Garden at Precinct 4’s Dennis Johnston Park. 

Overwhelming Response at Harris County Animal Shelter


Animal lovers across Houston showed up in full force last week after the Harris County Animal Shelter received 59 puppies in just one hour on July 6. 

A record-setting 100 animals were adopted over the weekend after volunteers sent out pleas for help using social media. 

Snakes on the Move!

Did you know Harris County is home to 30 species of snakes, but only three are venomous? Most of the snakes encountered in nature are harmless and even beneficial.

These tubular, scaled reptiles help control populations of garden pests, like mice, rats, slugs, and snails, and sometimes even eat venomous snakes! 

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Ready Harris App 

Communications professionals from around Texas recently recognized the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) for its ReadyHarris app.

Harris County in the News! 

Read how Harris county's Office of Emergency Management is taking steps to keep the public informed.   
Tell Us What You Think! 
What type of Precinct 4 events would you like to see more of?
Senior Adult Program trips and activities
Outdoor recreational activities
Educational programs and lectures
Children's programming
Upcoming Events
Hot Tamale Luncheon
Senior adults ages 50 and better can enjoy chicken fajitas and live entertainment at St. Stephen’s United Methodist Church at 2003 West 43rd Street  Monday, July 24 at 11:30 a.m. Click here to register. 
Get Ready for Precinct 4's Opry
Join us Friday, Aug. 11 for a fun-filled evening of food and entertainment featuring Michael and Ginny Hix with the Holla Band. Snacks and sandwiches will be available for purchase while supplies last. Doors and concessions open at 6 p.m. Click here to register. 
July Summer Movie Nights
Precinct 4 invites the community to enjoy a free showing of Moana along with a snack and an activity starting at dusk Thursday, July 20 at Burroughs Park and Friday, July 21 at Collins Park.