Precinct 1 launches park project

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - Marie D. De Jesús photos / Hous­ton Chron­i­cle

Stand­ing next to a map of needed park im­prove­ments in Precinct 1, Har­ris County Com­mis­sioner Rod­ney Ellis an­nounces the ParkS­mart Precinct One project Mon­day. Right, Inge Ford and Wil­liam Tay­lor, Har­ris County di­rec­tor of de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, look over the map. Park-Smart Precinct One is a joint ef­fort with the Trust for Pub­lic Land and the Hous­ton Parks Board, and it is funded, in part, with a $500,000 grant from the Hous­ton En­dow­ment. Over the next 18 months, the precinct will iden­tify the spots where res­i­dents need bet­ter ac­cess to parks, trails and other green spa­ces. Town hall meet­ings and com­mu­nity work­shops are sched­uled to give res­i­dents a chance to learn about the project and speak out. “This project is go­ing to yield many ben­e­fits for our res­i­dents, par­tic­u­larly our most vul­ner­a­ble and un­der­served pop­u­la­tions,” Ellis said.

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