IMPACTS ROUNDUP: League Park reopens to public and more

League Park (Courtesy city of League City)
League Park (Courtesy city of League City)

League Park (Courtesy city of League City)

Here is a roundup of local business news in Clear Lake and League City.

Now Open

League Park, 512 Second St., League City, opened to the public in early November after having been closed for months for park improvements and $1.4 million worth of drainage fixes to the surrounding historic district. The work includes new pavers, lighting and a large lawn that will be used to host events, such as a tree-lighting event Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. Extra landscape beds were added along the park’s perimeter. 281-554-1000. www.leaguecity.com

Art, Movement & Life Skills Academy opened June 17 at 1701 S. Hwy. 3, League City. The academy fosters creativity, physical and mental health, and social and emotional learning, said co-director Rachael Maly. The after-school programs serve youth ages 9-17. 832-849-8934. www.amlsacademy.com

New Ownership


Red Oak Cafe, located at 6011 W. Main St., Ste. 106A, League City, underwent a change in ownership June 15. Bob and Judy Tabuena assumed ownership of the eatery, which they said will continue to serve its traditional breakfast and lunch menus. Red Oak offers curbside takeout and online ordering. 832-905-3150. www.redoakcafe.com
By Colleen Ferguson
A native central New Yorker, Colleen Ferguson worked as an editorial intern with the Cy-Fair and Lake Houston | Humble | Kingwood editions of Community Impact before joining the Bay Area team in 2020. Colleen graduated from Syracuse University in 2019, where she worked for the campus's independent student newspaper The Daily Orange, with a degree in Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and a degree in Spanish language and culture. Colleen previously interned with The Journal News/lohud, where she covered the commute in the greater New York City area.
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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