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Beautification

Making It Grow

Making It Grow

When HCC’s Jordan Carswell first heard about the Westchase District’s Community Garden, he knew it was a great opportunity for HCC and its West Houston Institute to become involved in the community. “The Community Garden fit in with goals that we were already working on,” said Carswell, the college’s director of innovation strategy. “Prior to the pandemic, there was interest in this kind of activity, but COVID zapped all that. This is a great opportunity…..Read More

Neighborhood News: Zoes Kitchen Becomes Cava, Woodchase Park Mural Wows

Neighborhood News: Zoes Kitchen Becomes Cava, Woodchase Park Mural Wows

New Adams' Mural Animates Park A new mural at Woodchase Park is adding vibrancy to the park’s performance pavilion. Renowned public artist Reginald Adams completed his latest public mural on the pavilion wall facing the performance lawn. The mural features a medley of flower blooms and leaves in spring colors. Adams’ park mural joins his other creations in the District including the east wall of Westchase Auto Repair Center, a mosaic seat bench on the…..Read More

Wilcrest Esplanades Receive Upgrade

Wilcrest Esplanades Receive Upgrade

No one who lived in Texas during February of 2021 has forgotten Winter Storm Uri.  The storm swept through the state, impacting all 254 counties. In Houston, snow, ice and frigid temperatures teamed up to cause a record number of power failures and kill trees and plants that were not used to the freezing temps. Westchase District Maintenance Director Kelly McNabb Aylesworth knew she’d have her work cut out for her cleaning up the damage…..Read More

Major Streetscape Projects Shaping Up

Major Streetscape Projects Shaping Up

Contractors working on the complete rebuild of Walnut Bend Lane are tackling the punch list now as they finish up this $20 million project. While a lot of that work is unseen by the casual motorist or pedestrian, the installation of the custom bus shelters and trees along the roadway added a wow factor that was previously missing from the project. The 11 transit stops on Walnut Bend all have shelters made of aluminum and…..Read More

Volunteer at Trails Without Trash on March 26

Volunteer at Trails Without Trash on March 26

Save the date for the morning of Saturday, March 26. That's when teams of volunteers from companies and organizations will converge on the Westchase District trail system on a mission to clean up litter during Trails Without Trash from 8 - 10 a.m. Joggers, cyclists, dog walkers and pedestrians regularly enjoy Westchase District's trail system, which begins at Westheimer immediately east of Houston Community College's Hayes Road campus. The trail continues all the way to Art Storey Park south…..Read More

Woodchase Park, New Destination for Year-Round Events, Fitness, Arts and Culture, Opens in Westchase District

Woodchase Park, New Destination for Year-Round Events, Fitness, Arts and Culture, Opens in Westchase District

West Houston residents, more specifically those in Westchase District, now have a new park and green space for year-round play, arts and culture, classes and seasonal events with the opening of the expansive Woodchase Park. Located at 3951 Woodchase Drive south of Westpark Drive at the Westpark Tollway, the area’s largest and first fully programmed public park will serve the more than 6,500 households located within a mile radius.  The park also connects to the…..Read More

Woodchase Park Construction Enters Final Phase

Woodchase Park Construction Enters Final Phase

Woodchase Park has entered the landscaping phase with Maiden Grass, Sandi Leaf Fig Ivy, Allee Elms and Fringe Trees now planted in the ground around the park as construction nears completion. A water misting feature has been installed and will be a fun draw in the Children's Play Space, along with shredded rubber surfacing and the synthetic turf system surrounded by concrete berm mounds. Find out more about the park at woodchasepark.com including a schedule of…..Read More

Recently Installed Street Pole Lights Illuminate Elmside/Woodchase Side Path

Recently Installed Street Pole Lights Illuminate Elmside/Woodchase Side Path

The now lit pedestrian street pole lights aren't necessary to see numerous enhancements on Elmside and Woodchase Drives. But having illuminated sidewalks do make an evening stroll more enjoyable. Recent work on the street has resulted in a highly noticeable transformation. New wider, continuous sidewalks were installed to build the 1.25-mile Elmside/Woodchase Side Path with back-of-curb improvements. Half moon and playful spheres are in place. Loquat Leaf Oak and Crape Myrtle trees fill landscaped beds…..Read More

District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

District ‘Artist-in-Residence’ Larry Crawford Adds More Works to Public Realm

Everywhere you turn, Westchase District’s identity is becoming a little more colorful through a series of new public art murals painted by Larry Crawford. The artist has been on a prolific painting spree these past months, debuting new works on bridges and retaining walls. Crawford produced four murals that capture the identity and feel of the area, all of which are a visual treat for one to spy. The Nutria Mural is on the Deerwood…..Read More

Elmside/Woodchase Streetscape Improvements Take Shape

Elmside/Woodchase Streetscape Improvements Take Shape

Months of construction progress and work are enhancing Elmside and Woodchase Drives as streetscape improvements are nearing completion. Select driveway sections along the path have been replaced and repaved while wider, continuous sidewalks have been built on the east side of the street. The new sidewalks connect pedestrians and cyclists from Westheimer to Woodchase Park. Along the 1.4 mile-path, the District replaced span wires with the installation of traffic light mast arms (at Westpark and…..Read More

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