Houston City Council approves $500,000 grant ask for parks plan

Houston City Council approved a $500,000 grant ask that targets updates to the city’s parks master plan. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
Houston City Council approved a $500,000 grant ask that targets updates to the city’s parks master plan. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

Houston City Council approved a $500,000 grant ask that targets updates to the city’s parks master plan. (Courtesy Visit Houston)

The city of Houston is asking for $500,000 in grant funding to help pay for updates to its parks master plan.

With a unanimous vote from Houston City Council during its April 21 meeting, the city will apply for funding from the National Recreation and Parks Association, the leading nonprofit organization focused on advancing the advancement of public parks, recreation and conservation.

“The concept of a parks master plan is really exciting to me, and I know there are a number of things going on that the administration is working on, the parks department is working on,” Position 2 Council Member David Robinson said.

Houston’s parks master plan has not been updated since October 2015. The master plan, which serves as a comprehensive plan for Houston’s parks system that addresses the community's present and future needs within the planning region, was crafted during a two-year process involving data analysis and public input that divided Houston into 21 park sectors, each with its own plan.

The extra grant funding, if awarded, would allow the city to avoid dipping into its own coffers.


“This will cover that additional cost without having to pull from our existing budget,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


MOST RECENT

George Strait will perform at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's 90th anniversary celebration next year. (Courtesy Pexels)
George Strait to close 2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with concert March 20

Tickets for George Strait's rodeo performance will go on sale June 24.

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Greg Abbott announces end-date for Texans to receive federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits

Effective June 26, unemployed Texans will no longer be eligible to receive the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program.

Photo of an H-E-B store
H-E-B makes curbside services free

Previously, curbside shoppers were charged a $4.95 fee on all orders, but moving forward that fee will be waived on purchases of $35 or more. Orders worth less than $35 will have a $2.95 "small basket surcharge" attached.

Each of the new locations will be available to the public to distribute and receive voter registration forms and applications to vote my mail as well as assisting with other election-related services. (Courtesy Unsplash)
Harris County elections administrator announces 8 new branch office locations

Registering to vote will soon be more convenient for Harris County residents with the opening of eight new branch office locations announced by the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office in a news release May 17.

Imperio Wine & Spirits sells a variety of liquor, beer, wine and spirits. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Imperio Wine & Spirits opens in Katy; Montgomery Chick-fil-A to open dining room and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Greater Houston area.

After the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance May 13 that ended all mask requirements for fully vaccinated people, HISD released a statement saying mask mandates would remain in place for the time being for facilities and campuses. (Community Impact staff)
Houston ISD to leave mask policy in place for now

The district is also soliciting feedback on how to spend $800M in pandemic relief funding.

The Ion features an outdoor plaza that helps the building maintain its outdoor, open and walkable focus for its visitors. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
GALLERY: See the progress on The Ion ahead of an anticipated early fall opening

The building—brought to life from a $100 million investment from Rice University—is slated to open in early fall 2021.

See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how some Greater Houston area school districts are planning to go back to school for the 2021-22 academic year

While some school districts in the Greater Houston area are doing away with face mask requirements and virtual schooling completely, others are pivoting to continue offering online learning options for students and plan to require face masks.

(Courtesy city of Houston)
BREAKING: Collins Aerospace coming to Houston Spaceport

Houston officials have announced another company slated for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport in Clear Lake.