Super Neighborhood 22 - Washington Avenue / Memorial
NAME: 22 Washington Avenue Coalition / Memorial Park
DATE RECOGNIZED: 03.06.2000
COUNCIL DISTRICT: C, H
The Washington Avenue / Memorial Park Super Neighborhood is bounded on the east by the western part of downtown Houston, on the south by Buffalo Bayou, on the West by IH-610, and on the north by Hempstead Road, MKT train tracks, White Oak Bayou, and IH-10.
COMMUNITY DESCRIPTON AND HISTORY:
Memorial Park, and the Camp Logan and Crestwood neighborhoods, are at the western edge of the super neighborhood, and were home to a World War I training camp for US Army soldiers. Today, Memorial Park is a 1500-acre urban park that also contains the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The park is also home to many recreational amenities, such as a 3-mile long jogging trail, picnic areas, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and soccer, softball, and baseball fields.
At the eastern edge of the super neighborhood are the Old Sixth Ward and First Ward neighborhoods. These are historic neighborhoods created late in the 19th century, and were the first designated by the City of Houston as a Protected Historic District. Many of the commercial and industrial sites created in the 20th century, are giving way to a vibrant art district today.
SN22 is also home to two historic cemeteries. Olivewood Cemetery ws founded in 1875, and is the first to serve the African-American community in Houston. Glenwoood Cemetery was founded in 1871, and is the resting place for many notable Texans, including the last president of the Republic of Texas.
There are more than 10 neighborhoods in SN22, founded early in the 20th century as working-class neighborhoods. Today, they are one of the most rapidly changing areas in Houston, and home to many upscale single and multi-family residental properties.
Old Sixth Ward
Old West End
Old Sixth Ward -- www.old6ward.org
West End Civic Club -- www.freewebs.com/westendcivicclub
Magnolia Grove Civic Club
Woodcrest Neighborhood Civic Association -- neighborhoodlink.com/Woodcrest_-_Houston
Rice Military Civic Club -- www.rice-military.org
Camp Logan Civic Club
Crestwood Civic Club -- www.crestwoodglencove.org
First Ward Civic Council, Inc. -- www.firstwardhouston.org
Crockett Elementary School
Memorial Elementary School
Hogg Middle School
Lamar High School
St. Thomas High School
St. Theresa Catholic School
Brock Elementary School
Harper Alternative School
The Kipling School
Awty International School
River Oaks Elementary School
Carnegie Vanguard High School
The Fay School
The School of the Woods
The Kinkaid School
Duschesne Academy of the Sacred Heart
Second Baptist School
Art on the Avenue
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
Memorial Park Conservancy
Houston Art Car Museum
Buffalo Bayou/Tinsley/Jamail Skate
Spencer Middleton Clements
Naeem Chaudhri (Jetall)
The Washington Avenue Coalition, the predecessor organization to SN22, planted the seeds that created the Washington-on-Westcott Roundabout Initiative. This was a public-private partnership with the City of Houston, resulting in the transformation of a 5-way intersection into contemporary traffic rotary that serves the west end of SN22 today.
After 9 months of development, SN22 adopted a Transportation Master Plan to anticipate the area's future mobility needs, facility communication with transportation providers, and assist the decision making process. SN22 began working with the City of Houston to secure federal funding for a Livable Centers Plan for the Washington Avenue corridor in 2011. For the next year, residents held meetings and worked with a team of seven urban planning and architecture firms to produce a long-range, comprehensive mobility and development plan for SN22. The completed plan was submitted to the Houston-Galveston Area Council in early 2013.