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most excellent.

i have alot of confidence in this project. i think that corner there at crawford and elgin is going to be pretty nice once this project is done and the collective finishes up (course they have to start it dont they).

last time i spoke to anyone at the collective...they seemed a bit cautious about the project...i.e. they didn't really commit to any timeline or such

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All I've heard was a pebble running trail instead of the asphalt one they have now. Some attention to the trees, I'm not sure how. And get some of the other facilities usable... like swings on the swings... maybe get that basketball court up to date.

So trail, trees, and facilities.

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if they tore it down that would kill one of my reasons for wanting to possibly move to this neighborhood.

On an aside, in an interesting city poll, Houstonians placed "Nature" and "Family Gatherings" above "Sports" for reasons to visit parks.

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went over to the park today to see the progress -

They were in the process of pulling up the sidewalks around the perimeter of the park. The tore up the jogging trail almost in it's entirety. The swingset is gone and the playground is being dismantled. Overall, they are digging the place up.

Let's hope this is a sign for good progress - i'm looking forward to the completed park!

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It's a half million dollar project. I'm sure the locals have been chomping at the bit ever since Reverend Morrison was talking about moving his homeless ministry from Root Park to this one back before the superbowl. Midtown went crazy over that and somehow put a stop to it.

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It's a half million dollar project. I'm sure the locals have been chomping at the bit ever since Reverend Morrison was talking about moving his homeless ministry from Root Park to this one back before the superbowl. Midtown went crazy over that and somehow put a stop to it.

I heard they protested big time. He then tried to hang his shingle at Allen's Landing and some other group (don't remember who) stopped him there.

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I heard they protested big time. He then tried to hang his shingle at Allen's Landing and some other group (don't remember who) stopped him there.

I was at that meeting at HPD. It was a near riot.

But guess who was backing Reverend Morrison?

The Houston Rockets! Yes, that's right. They even had their PR folks at the meeting.

I spit in Les' general direction.

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I walked by the park yesterday to take a look at the project sign...a couple of observations:

1. The project is listed as one that will span 2005 - 2008

2. The cost of the project is listed $600k+

3. The artist rendition appears to include a pond of some sort in the middle...kinda where the old fountain is now

4. The trail is pretty much all torn up

5. The playground 'jungle gym' is almost torn down entirely

6. The border concrete sidewalks are all torn up

7. The swingset is gone

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I walked by the park yesterday to take a look at the project sign...a couple of observations:

1.  The project is listed as one that will span 2005 - 2008

2.  The cost of the project is listed $600k+

3.  The artist rendition appears to include a pond of some sort in the middle...kinda where the old fountain is now

4.  The trail is pretty much all torn up

5.  The playground 'jungle gym' is almost torn down entirely

6.  The border concrete sidewalks are all torn up

7.  The swingset is gone

Will a new playground be constructed? I hope so as that will be a real selling point to keeping young couples that are currently childless in the neighborhood after they start to have children.

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Will a new playground be constructed? I hope so as that will be a real selling point to keeping young couples that are currently childless in the neighborhood after they start to have children.

I believe they are going to have a new playground.

BTW...I was mistaken about the pond - i took a more detailed look at the rendition and it's actually not pond, just a bunch of more open space. It was raining when i looked at it from my car...and yesterday i walked up to it...

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From meetings I have attended Clark Condon and Associates (the firm rennovating the park) wanted the neighborhood to be very involved in the goal of the rennovation. One of the suggestions that I liked is the decomposed granite jogging trails. Anyone who runs at Memorial Park will testify to how much better this is on your knees.

As far as Root Memorial Park is concerned, I have a hard time believing that the "displaced homeless" will be welcomed back after the park is complete.

I can just see the ribbon cutting ceremony.....

Its going to look like the Oklahoma land rush, but with shopping carts in place of wagons.

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I believe they are going to have a new playground.

BTW...I was mistaken about the pond - i took a more detailed look at the rendition and it's actually not pond, just a bunch of more open space.  It was raining when i looked at it from my car...and yesterday i walked up to it...

As I understand it there will be a few smaller play elements for children...but not a large obtrusive piece as existed before. B)

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I passed by the park this weekend. The park is almost finished. All the trees are still there. It looks a lot better. The newer residents will keep this place in good condition too.

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No matter what they do to this property, nothing could be as beautiful as the majestic oak trees on the property. I took these just today.

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I am new to this forum, so please excuse any mistakes I make in replying properly. I happened onto this site and thread while looking for some Houston memorabilia. I lived in an old house with my grandmother in the early 40's that was on Elgin, between Main and Fannin, and I used to go to Baldwin Park all the time. I remember the beautiful old oak trees there and wondered if they were all gone now. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Have also wondered if the concrete nonworking fountain that I used to play on was still there.

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  Have also wondered if the concrete nonworking fountain that I used to play on was still there.

It's still there and it looks like they're going to be restoring it. I saw a postcard from circa 1910 and it was there then too. So it wasn't working in the early 40s? I don't want to veer off topic but maybe you could post a new topic about what that area was like back then, I would love to know.

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I don't want to veer off topic but maybe you could post a new topic about what that area was like back then, I would love to know.

Golly! I could make that very long..and boring...to most on here. I still remember my address...1009 Elgin, and my favorite place, right across the street, on the southeast corner of Main and Elgin, a Rettig's ice cream parlor. Actually, directly across the street from me was the Lydia Houston Beauty Academy...between Rettig's and V.H. Cain's Texaco service station on the southwest corner of Fannin and Elgin. I would walk 4-5 blocks to Fannin Elementary School (2nd - 5th grades). Fannin El. was between Louisiana and Smith and Anita and Tuam, I believe. Wonder if it's still there. It was old then. I also remember a school across Elgin from Baldwin Park...Allen Elementary??

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Tell us more, 57

The school across from the park is still there.

We salvaged some neat junk in that park of Midtown. It was amazing to see the old gardens still grow after houses were torn down.

I was able to salvage some great old bricks to create a patio with.

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