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Posts published in “Day: December 14, 2021

Pct. 2 opens James Driver Inclusive Park

Present at Saturday’s Ribbon Cutting for the new park were government officials, medical professionals, and community residents. In the photo above, City Councilman Robert Gallegos, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County Pct. 2 Parks director Jose Jimenez, speaker Flora Fuentes, Commissioner Adrian Garcia, Memorial Hermann TIRR representative Peggy Turner, a family with a handicapped daughter, State Senator Carol Alvarado, Pct. 2 Liaison Selina Valdez, and others.

New concept to serve all persons in the County

ALDINE – A new concept in county parks was unveiled last Saturday, at the James Driver center on Bentley. Harris County Pct. 2 commissioner Adrian Garcia has made new parks and trails one of the priorities in his term in office, and this park renovation held special significance to the public and to him.

The Opening Ceremony included the MacArthur Color Guard, the Houston Brass Band, scores of officials, many persons with disabilities, and over a hundred private citizens interested in the unique features of the park. Emcee for the event was capably handled by Kaitlan Monte of Fox26 news.

In his opening remarks, Garcia explained that he had always noted the difficulties that handicapped had functioning in public, and he vowed to make a difference for them. Thus, his concept for an “all-inclusive” park with features that persons with disabilities could use successfully was formed. In developing the concept, he had help from medical experts in several fields, including the Memorial Hermann TIRR rehabilitation staff. He noted that his reason for holding office in Pct. 2, and developing facilities such as this park, was because “I came here to try to make a difference. His motto for dealing with neglected areas, such as Aldine, is to “Revive2Thrive,” with improvements in sidewalks, drainage, and parks and trails. He expects this park to lead to further economic development in the Aldine area.

East Aldine Mgmt. District celebrates its 20th Anniversary

LEFT: EAMD Executive Director David Hawes, Board Chair Joyce Wiley, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Adrian Garcia with a proclamation congratulating the District on its accomplishments in the 20 years of its existence. // RIGHT: Special recognition was awarded to Virginia Bazan, for her service to the District and the community, supporting local institutions such as BakerRipley and MacArthur High School with her time and efforts.

By Gilbert Hoffman

The East Aldine District held their annual awards banquet for the first time in their new headquarters building last Thursday night. Over 100 guests, including community leaders and interested citizens, attended the gala affair. The event had special significance, because it marked the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the district, and its service to the Aldine community. Its original charter by the state of Texas included its stated goal of improving the Quality of Life for the residents of the area.

East Aldine’s executive director, David Hawes, served as the emcee for the evening. In his welcoming remarks, he noted the success of the District. Having started in 2001 with income from the sales tax of about $800,000, the economic growth of the District has meant that annual revenue from the sales tax now equals about $12 million dollars.

The District in turn uses this money toward achieving the original goals. Programs and activities paid for by the district include public safety, educational programs and scholarships, improved water and drainage systems, economic development, and mobility concerns such as roads, signage, lighting and sidewalks. Over the last 20 years, the District has been able to add $50 million dollars in improvements to the infrastructure of the area.