11th Street Park (officially) saved!
Houston gets to keep a little bit (as in 21 acres) of green, thanks to state funding to buy W. 11th Street Park land from HISD. The park area had been declared ‘surplus’ by HISD in 2005 and was put up for auction to the tune of $10 million.
I finally spoke “face to face” with Lara Wendler, Sen. Whitmire’s executive director.
She emphatically assured me that the allocation of $3.75 million for the W. 11th Street Park was 1) intended to pay for the PURCHASE (not improvements) of the remaining property of the park and 2) not constrained by any “matching funds” rules. She said that despite language or misconceptions to the contrary out there in the ether that the house, senate, and governor knew the intent of the Senator’s allocation and that she was fully confident that this would happen and that a check would be cut on September 1. (I asked her if she thought there was any chance the governor would strike this/not approve it and she did not)
Woo hoo! Now we can all continue to wander through nature in the middle of Houston, while still being connected to the Internet (or hopefully pretty soon at least). Doesn’t get much nicer than that.