Huffington Park reopens after extensive renovation project

Huffington Park at West University Place has reopened after a months-long renovation project. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Huffington Park at West University Place has reopened after a months-long renovation project. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Huffington Park at West University Place has reopened after a months-long renovation project. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Friends of West University Parks Fund committed to almost $200,000 to cover the cost of the park’s improvements. Pictured here are board members, city council members, and members of the Doustan family, who sponsored the playground. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
After a months-long renovation project, West University Place’s Huffington Park is now reopened and once again serving children in the community.

The city’s parks and recreation department celebrated the park’s reopening with a ribbon cutting alongside members of the Friends of West University Parks Fund and the Doustan family, who sponsored a portion of the renovation cost.

“This is what is so special about West U: having so much community involvement,” said Susan White, the city’s parks and recreation director. “We have the Friends of West U Parks here, and we could not do all these wonderful improvements without their generosity and their funding support and the wonderful donors here.”

The Friends of West University Parks Fund, a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for development and improvement of parks and green spaces, committed to covering up to $199,749 for the cost of the park’s improvements, according to the city.

Construction on the improvements started May 17, and include a new ship play structure, expanded green space and artificial turf areas, two expression swings, powder coated fencing, new wooden fencing on the south side of the park, repainting of light poles and swing set posts, and the city’s first rubber capped sidewalk that winds through the park.

“We couldn’t do this without you,” said Sami Morrison, chairwoman of the Friends of West University Parks Fund. “Friends [of West University Parks Fund] couldn’t otherwise raise the funds needed to do these refurbishments and other expansions that we have throughout West U and create spaces that are enviable among other cities and towns not only in Texas, but across the country.”
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.


Houston resident Marissa Hanson spoke on keeping tax rates low during the Harris County Commissioners Court public hearing on Sept. 21. (Emily Lincke/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County Commissioners propose tax cuts at cost of Harris Health System funding

On average, Harris County homeowners may see lower tax rates in the next year, but it will come at the cost of $17 million in funding for the county’s hospital district, according to Harris County Administrator David Berry.

A new collaborative joint research building is in the works that will be housed on Texas Medical Center’s new life science campus. (Courtesy Elkus Manfredi Architects)
Texas Medical Center: Fall 2023 completion announced for research hub for life science campus expansion project

A new research building is underway that will be located in the heart of a future 37-acre TMC3 campus.

Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy’s annual MusicFest will return in 2021 for its eighth iteration. (Courtesy Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy)
Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy announces MusicFest return in 2021

Patrons can enjoy a free festival that will include a lineup of 57 musicians, a Haunted House Maze, Trunk or Treat and costume contests.

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

The H-GAC also helps guide transportation activities through the Transportation Policy Council, according to the council's website (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston-Galveston Area Council celebrates 55th anniversary

The Houston-Galveston Area Council will be celebrating its 55th anniversary this October.

Bellaire City Council approved its FY 2021-22 budget on Sept. 20. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Bellaire City Council roundup: Council approves budget, lump-sum payment for overpaid sales tax

Bellaire general fund revenues equal almost $23.2 million, with expenditures just shy of $23 million.

Loosened taxicab regulations that began at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic became permanent Sept. 15. (Courtesy Pexels)
Houston loosens taxicab regulations

The changes, approved by city council Sept. 15, reflect a new approach to the city’s relationship with taxicab operators.

Selected artwork will be showcased in several display windows on the first floor of the Ion. (Courtesy of the Ion)
Ion opens call for art with installations forthcoming

Looking for art to showcase in display windows, The Ion and Rice Management Company are calling for preliminary installation proposals from local artists.

Texas Medical Center coronavirus updates: Daily average hospitalizations drop 15% week over week; ICU sees dip in number of patients

Coronavirus patients at TMC hospitals number 2,107, which in itself is an 11% week over week decline.

At a Sept. 11 practice, Houston Girls Hockey Association teams took the ice to prepare for their first games the weekend of Sept. 17. (Courtesy Houston Girls Hockey Association)
New Houston-area all-girls hockey league set to play first games this weekend, Sept. 17-19

The league was created to give school-aged girls a chance to continue playing hockey through college, since young girls can often feel discouraged playing on co-ed teams, Director of Membership Valory Zeck said.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.