Have you noticed a mysterious trilling or whinnying sound after dark near the park? It may be the call of the Eastern Screech-Owl who nests in wooded areas, especially near water. Read on to learn why our lovely West 11th Street Park offers them a perfect home.
With the summer heat, a lot of people are walking later in the evening when it’s cooler. Have you ever heard high-pitched squeaks reminiscent of a bike wheel in need of lubrication when you walk after dark? The sounds are calls of Southern flying squirrels, a nocturnal woods inhabitant that is hardly ever seen unless you shine a powerful lantern up in the trees. You may catch reflections from their large eyes, evolved so as to catch dim light.
Last year, the Friends of West 11th Street Park was pleased to present to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department a neighborhood-driven petition to rename the park in honor of our late president, Dr. Lorraine Cherry. The HPARD Renaming Committee is requesting public comments on the proposed name change and, in a recent update, indicated that the comment period is nearing an end.
Spring is here! First, a BIG thank you to all the January volunteers who cleaned the bee and butterfly gardens on the south side of the park. Now with March bringing the warmer weather, it is perfect for planting nectar and host plants that the butterflies, moths and bees need. Watch for increased insect activity in these gardens and throughout the Park this spring as the plants start blooming.
The lovely Fall weather is finally coming back to Houston! One of the goals of the Friends of West 11th Street Park has been to encourage everyone to get into the park and experience the joy of nature. For that reason, the decomposed granite trails were installed so that people could easily walk in the forest during any type of weather.
As you may be aware, Lorraine Cherry, former president of Friends of the West 11th Street Park, passed away in December. I had the pleasure and honor to serve with her as a board member of the Friends since its inception in 1998. We lost a strong voice for our park and the Timbergrove community, but I hope that I, along with the other board members, will continue to support the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) and the Timbergrove community in the future maintenance, improvements and conservation of West 11th Street Park.
An effort is underway to rename one of Timbergrove Manor’s flagship green spaces — West 11th Street Park — in honor of one of its greatest advocates, Lorraine Cherry. Lorraine’s tireless work to secure and maintain the 20-acre wooded area as a natural habitat would be aptly memorialized if the City of Houston park were to bear her name.
A new trail segment is coming to the Park!
Thanks to donations from the Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association (TMNA) and the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club (TMCC), Houston Parks Board has confirmed a new trail segment will be constructed in the park. Pending weather and any unforeseen circumstances, construction should only take a day or two to complete and is expected to take place in October.
On July 15, the Timbergrove Manor Neighborhood Association (TMNA) donated $2,500 to Friends of West 11th Street Park (FoWESP) for the construction of a trail segment!!! Tommy Britt, Judy Britt and Cindy Miskell from the TMNA presented the check to Dave Dyer, Ann Ratcliff and Darlene Wayt, FoWESP board members.