Parks and Recreation
Keith-Wiess Park, located in our community, is a 500-acre City of Houston Signature Park. It is surrounded by more than seven miles of trails. The vast park includes spreads of old forest habitat, large ponds and wetlands with several thousand trees, shrubs and wetland vegetation areas to be planted. Harris County Flood Control District construction of a detention basin in the park began in March 2006 and lasted 22 months. During construction more than 1.7 million cubic yards of dirt were removed and the project was completed in January 2008. The basin has the capacity to store 1.6 million gallons of stormwater (more than half the size of Reliant Astrodome) in the event that Halls Bayou overflows. HCFCD Environmental Services invested approximately $1 million in vegetation (2,600 native trees and shrubs, 68,000 wetland and wildflower plants along with grasses) and organic treatments to protect against erosion and reestablish groundcover and habitat. For the finishing touches HCFCD added pedestrian bridges and installed innovative interpretive signage to create a multi-use park facility connecting previously unreachable areas of the park while reinforcing its natural beauty and creating capacity for flood waters. A rainy day celebration marked the August 15, 2008 grand opening of new sections of the park complete with an additional 3-miles of trails and a bridge over Halls Bayou, 122-acres of detention basin lakes with a fishing pier and boardwalk, and a new playground and soccer fields. Park users can now access each quadrant of the park and neighbors are frequently seen walking, biking and fishing in the park. To learn more about the park visit http://www.houstontx.gov/parks.
James Driver Park
10918 ½ Bentley
James Driver Park is a full service park with restrooms, picnic, playground, basketball courts, a skateboard park, unlit walking trail, and an open shelter. The Northeast community center, a community garden and a NFL Youth Center are also located within the park.
James Driver Park Layout
Gerber Park is small area park within the District, with limited facilities. This may change as future growth and expansion happen in the area as a result of extensive water and sewer projects in this area commonly known as North Houston Heights. In the spring of 2010 the East Aldine District will be partnering with Precinct 2 Commissioner El Franco Lee to install a drinking water fountain in the park which will be dedicated to long time community activist Arlene Nichols. Just down the road from the park and adjacent to Orange Grove Elementary the district is planning to partner with Precinct 1 to create a community park.
Gerber Park Layout