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AUDUBON BIRD S
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Saturday, April 19th at 7:30 a.m
Jason Bonilla will be conducting another bird watching adventure in Woodland Park. Meet us in front of the community building, bring your binoculars and join us for some birding fun!

Celebration at Woodland Park

Saturday, April 19th, 1-2:30 p.m.

"Celebration at Woodland Park" to open the newly reforested southwest corner of the park and kick off the park's Centennial Celebration! Saturday, April 19th, 1-2:30 p.m. at the
corner of Houston Ave. and Wrightwood.  Birthday cake and refreshments will be served.  Parking is limited so please walk or ride bikes.


 

Please join us at any or all of these events and enjoy the natural beauty of Woodland Park! Woodland Park...Naturally Beautiful!

Our Mission
The Friends of Woodland Park, Inc. (FWP) is dedicated to preserving the park's natural habitat along with its unique historical significance to the city of Houston, and to providing for the enjoyment and education of all those who visit.

Woodland Park is located at 
212 Parkview, 
77009.
 

Our mailing address is
 P.O. Box 71, 
Houston, TX 77001

The Friends of Woodland Park are celebrating the opening of the newly reforested corner of Woodland Park at the corner of Wrightwood and Houston Avenue. The Mayor, our city council member, Ed Gonzalez, and representatives from the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Houston Parks Board, and SWA Group will be joining us on Saturday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m. for an honorary opening of the reforested area.

As many of you know following last summer’s bulldozing incident in Woodland Park, HPARD received a damage settlement of $300,000. This was thanks to the Mayor’s priority of protecting our public parks and trees.  We want you to see and enjoy the benefits of that settlement and thank the many groups of people that made it happen.

If this wasn’t special enough, we will also kick off Woodland Park’s Centennial Celebration with birthday cake and refreshments.  Woodland Park is celebrating its 100th year as a city of Houston public park and we want you to help us commemorate this special event!

Mark your calendars:

Saturday April 19th, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Parking is always an issue so please walk, ride bikes, roller-blade or skateboard to the park if you are able!

We look forward to seeing you there!


Press Release
 

City Receives $300K Settlement To Restore City Park Damaged By Local Developer

 

August 19, 2013 -- Mayor Annise Parker, the City of Houston Legal Department and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) announced the City has recovered $300,000 to restore recent damage to Woodland Park by a private developer. Woodland Park, located at 212 Parkview, is a 19.67 acre park  near White Oak Bayou in the Woodland Heights neighborhood in City Council District H. It has been a city park since 1914.

 

"The residents of Woodland Park were justified in their outrage over this tragic act. There is no way to be able to fully restore the vegetation and trees that grew there over so many years, however we were amenable to a settlement in this case," said Mayor Annise Parker. “The City of Houston fought to ensure the developer would pay for the vegetation to be replanted, and hopefully it can begin to grow again without further incident. We believe this is fair and will compensate the city for the amount of work needed to restore the area.”

 

During the week of June 3-7, 2013, private developers constructing several townhomes on private property adjacent to the Park caused substantial damage to nearly one acre. The damage included removal of trees, vegetation, and harmful grading of soil. Although the developers promptly offered to pay the costs of restoring the Park to its original condition, there were major disagreements regarding how this should be accomplished, and what the costs would be.

 

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department moved promptly to determine the best approach to restore the Park. The City Legal Department partnered with HPARD to negotiate a fair settlement amount with the developers. Those joint efforts culminated with the $300,000 payment received last Friday.

 

“I'm pleased a compromise has been reached that creates a path towards the restoration of Woodland Park,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ed Gonzalez, District H. “The destruction that occurred in early June was devastating and I'm looking forward to joining community members in crafting a plan of action and ensuring that all terms of the settlement are followed. I'm confident that the members of the Parks and Recreation Department are the best folks to perform the work needed at Woodland Park. I'm also very grateful to the Friends of Woodland Park for their hard work over many years and stay committed to the goal of revitalizing this hidden gem of green space in our city."

 

HPARD intends to work through the Houston Parks Board to restore the Park, as much as possible, to its original condition. The project will take an estimated 6 months to complete. HPARD will meet with the community representatives, Friends of Woodland Park and Council Member Gonzalez to discuss a plan of action.


For Immediate Release: Friends of Woodland Park Heartbroken over Developers' Destruction in 110-year old Park  

We had a great Tires and Trash Clean-up last Saturday (April 13). Tom's Posse took 60 tires out of the final 1/4 mile of Little White Oak Bayou within the park boundaries. We also tackled a lot of the ragweed, and removed many bags of trash from the bayou banks. Thanks to all of the two dozen volunteers who showed up!


On Saturday, January 19th a wonderful group of about 20 friends and neighbors descended on Woodland Park with wheelbarrows and pitchforks in hand.  It was a beautiful morning to haul and spread mulch!  We had a very successful morning and were able to cover many of the established trails with bark mulch provided to us by the city of Houston.  Although, there is much more work to do, our efforts have helped to define trails along the north and south sides of the bayou.  We have much more to do to improve the trails and get visitors into the park to use them.  Many thanks to all those who came out to help.



Friends of Woodland Park (FWP) & Bridgestone Americas
Teamed Up and Cleaned Up” Woodland Park
by Felicia Zbranek 

Although the day was overcast and drizzly, it did not dampen the determination of approximately 130 volunteers who descended upon Woodland Park and Little White Oak Bayou to accomplish something that can only be described as “True Grit.” 

    

Not afraid of getting dirty, volunteers representing Woodland Heights’ residents, neighbors, family and friends along with Bridgestone Americas’ employee volunteers and vendors CARQUEST and NAPA came together to clean up Woodland Park.  And clean up they did!  The official count of 484 tires (the oldest dated back to 1983) and approximately 200 bags of garbage and debris were collected from Woodland Park. 

At a special program, Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez formally thanked Bridgestone Americas for adopting Woodland Park as a part of their national initiative “One Team One Planet” and presented City Proclamations to both the Friends of Woodland Park and Bridgestone Americas.  The Mayor Pro-Tem congratulated all the volunteers on their efforts to help clean up one of Houston’s oldest parks.  

FWP and Bridgestone Americas are planning another clean up event for the spring.  Many, many thanks to all of the volunteers who came out to help.  We hope to see you again in the spring! 


WOODLAND PARK HISTORY
Public parks were a rarity at the turn of the last century.  So when the Houston Electric Company announced in 1903 that they would build a grand new park there was considerable interest from the citizens of Houston.  Highland Park, the park's original name, was to be built on 30 acres of the Beauchamp Springs tract between Houston Ave. and Little White Oak Bayou at 212 Parkview. (more)





Highland Park "Lake"


WOODLAND PARK TODAY
The Friends of Woodland Park, Inc., was created in 2007 and since then has sponsored several very successful community events and activities.

Recently, the Harris County Flood Control District has completed a large project which included removing invasive floral species from the banks of Little White Oak Bayou and debris from within the channel of the bayou. This significant project was initiated by FWP and support by former Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia. In addition, the Bayou Preservation Association and Eric Ruckstuhl, have cleared a canoe path under the Wrightwood Street bridge which now almost completely connects this section of Little White Oak Bayou to the Buffalo Bayou State Paddling Trail. Also, Jason Bonilla a Houston Audubon Society member, has initiated monthly bird watching events in the park. The FWP continues to sponsor movie nights and clean up days in the spring and the fall, and is currently organizing its first significant fund raising event. Look for more information as plans get finalized!

 

Please consider a donation of your time or a financial contribution to the FWP. Please contact us as info@friendsofwoodlandpark.org.

 

Contact: info@friendsofwoodlandpark.org
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