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April 21, 2017

This Week at Levy Park                          Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View on Instagram

Levy Park opened on February 25 to nearly 8,000 visitors. It has been drawing people from all areas of Houston since to the tune of nearly 10,000 visitors per week. If you have not been out to see this truly amazing place, this weekend is shaping up to be the perfect opportunity. 

Saturday, April 22

Compassion Week Festival Kickoff at Levy Park 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Watch live performances, connect with Houston's compassionate organizations, take part in Levy Park's activities and games, and bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to the food-drive Labyrinth on the lawn. Donations go to the Houston Food Bank.
MET Dance for Kids  1 p.m.
MET dance returns to Levy Park every second and fourth Saturday to offer it's popular children's program where anyone can enjoy the artistic and physical benefits of dance in a vast range of genres and modalities regardless of age or experience level.
Renewable is Doable with Houston Museum of Natural Science 2 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Houston Museum of Natural Science and their traveling Earth Science on Wheels exhibit featuring Renewable is Doable!
Sunday, April 23

Yoga 10 a.m.
Join us for Vinyasa Yoga classes, everyday at Levy Park, where you can grow physically, spiritually and mentally in our fun, unique, challenging and educational environment.
POUND 11a.m.
Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. Instead of listening to music, you become the music in this exhilarating full-body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Designed for all fitness levels, this workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

Food truck service at the Park  has expanded to Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
If you are interested in reserving the Children's Amphitheater for your child's birthday party, please call 713.522.7275. The space is free to use, but reservations are filling up quickly. April, May, June, July and 60% of August are currently booked. Reservations for 2018 will not start until the end of year.
Please visit the Levy Park Conservancy website for a full list of our free, daily programming and upcoming events. 
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Upper Kirby Construction
Buffalo Intersection Pour Scheduled Next Week
Westheimer Reconstruction: 
Kirby to Buffalo Speedway
Work on the Westheimer storm drainage, paving and streetscape improvements package continued this week between Bellemeade and  Eastside and through the north side of the Buffalo Speedway intersection. At the current rate of progress, it is anticipated that work in these two zones will continue for through next week and will likely be ready to shift to one zone between Eastside and just west of River Oaks Boulevard the following week.  

Crews are now framing for pavement in a section that includes the northeast quadrant of the Buffalo Speedway/Westheimer intersection and a few hundred feet east towards River Oaks Boulevard. Pavement is scheduled for placement Tuesday, allowing for traffic control to shift east the following week. 

Work on the eastern side of the project has been progressing quickly as well. Crews continued with pavement placement this week from the CVS shopping center to mid-block between B ellemeade and Eastside. It is anticipated that work here will likely also be completed next week to a point where traffic control can shift west. Crews will have to come back later in the project to complete final driveway work in some areas. 

Lateral storm lines are also being installed on Sackett and Bammel between Alabama and Westheimer. The scope on both streets involves excavation of one half of the roadway, placement of new storm sewer infrastructure and restoration of the impacted area. During construction on both streets, two-way traffic will be maintained although on street parking will not be available. 

Work on Bammel is now complete and crews have shifted traffic control to Sackett. The first section of work on Sackett is underway between Alabama and Philfall. Storm work is nearly complete in this section and crews anticipate placing pavement next week. Pavement placement will take approximately a week and cure time is approximately a week. Once the pavement is cured, work will progress north to Westheimer. 

Westheimer Reconstruction:
Kirby to Shepherd

Upper Kirby work on Westheimer between Kirby and Shepherd has been substantially complete since February, 2016 and has been awaiting removal of overhead utility removal by various telecommunications companies and CenterPoint energy pole removal prior to finalizing the back of curb area. 

The only remaining utility on these poles is Comcast and, as of early this week, they have indicated that their work here will be complete this week. This will allow for CenterPoint energy to remove the poles next week. 

Comcast is also the remaining utility on the poles remaining between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway. Here they have indicated that work would be completed May 18. Look for further updates as this work progresses. 

Bissonnet Reconstruction:
Kirby to Buffalo Speedway

Work on Bissonnet between Kirby and Buffalo Speedway was stopped late last year due to a contractor dispute. Work began between the Kirby intersection and Dincans on the north side of the street. Upper Kirby retained a second contractor to complete work on the impacted areas and reopen the roadway to traffic. This was completed just prior to the holidays. The remainder of the work has been repackaged for a new bid. The goal is to rebid the project in the next six to eight weeks and begin construction this summer. 
For more information on Upper Kirby construction and related activities or for construction related issues or concerns, please contact Travis Younkin at 713.524.8000 or  travis@upperkirby.org.   
Upper Kirby Conference Center

Upper Kirby's Conference Cente r is centrally locat ed and easily accessible  from US 59 and Kirby Dr. in the hear t of Houston. 

Ideal for hosting your organization's seminars, meetings or social events.
 42' x 26' Room (1,092 sf.)
  •  Exterior door accessible after business 

  • hours and on weekends
  •  Wi-Fi / Internet Accessible
  •  64" television/projection screen
  •  Kitchenette with sink, coffee maker, ice maker an
  • d microwave oven
  •  Ten - 6' x 2' collapsible conference tables
  •  Large Conference table - 18' x 4 ½ 'OR can be reconfigured to:
1 (One) -55" x 55" round table and
3 (three) -55" x 55" square tables
  •  18 - Conference chairs
  •  40 - Stackable chairs
  •  Credenza
Room accommodates 75-100 guests standing  buffet reception style set-up.
For more information, contact  Linda Gilliam at 713.524.8000 or  linda@upperkirby.org

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Photo Credit: Morris Malakoff 
courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy
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