Super Neighborhood 22 - Washington Avenue / Memorial
Your super neighborhood at-a-glance:
The Washington Avenue / Memorial Park SN22 corridor extends from the western edge of downtown on the east to Loop 610 on the west, and contains many of Houston’s historic sites. Buffalo and White Oak Bayous create the north and south boundaries of the SN22 group of neighborhoods: Camp Logan, Cottage Grove, Crestwood/Glen Cove, First Ward, Magnolia Grove, Memorial-Heights, Rice Military, Sixth Ward, West End, and Woodcrest.
- Washington Avenue/Memorial is located in City of Houston District C and District H
- The area is served by the Houston Independent School District
Brief history of Washington Avenue/Memorial
The western End of SN#22 Includes These Areas:
- Camp Logan. This neighborhood is tucked into the northeast corner of Memorial Park, and many homes front on unique triangular pocket parks. A historical marker commemorating the World War I Army training camp from which the neighborhood received its name is located at the corner of Arnot and Haskell Streets.
- Crestwood / Glen Cove residents are also immediately adjacent to the 1508-acre Memorial Park that features Houston's first golf course, a soft jogging trail along with hiking and biking trails, picnic grounds, ball fields, tennis courts, multiple children's playgrounds, a public swimming pool, and The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.
- Cottage Grove, in the northwestern sector of SN22, was originally an independent city located at Houston and Texas Central's first rail stop. Eureka Junction was the site of a prosperous cotton mill. The nearby banks of White Oak Bayou and a tree-shaded neighborhood park with a little league field and outdoor basketball court are popular recreation spots for the residents.
The eastern end of SN22, just across Buffalo Bayou from Downtown, includes First and Sixth Wards - political geographic units dating from the 19th Century.
- The First Ward, along Houston Avenue, features a significant number of late 19th and early 20th Century commercial buildings and residences along with light-industrial structures that artists are converting into studio/gallery/loft spaces. Nearby on the south bank of White Oak Bayou, historic Olivewood Cemetery is the resting place of many notable Houstonians of African-American descent.
- The Old Sixth Ward contains the city's most intact collection of Victorian era structures, and in 2007 it was designated as the City of Houston’s first Protected Historic District. The neighborhood is also recognized as a petition-created Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ). With its downtown skyline views and its proximity to Sabine Street and the Buffalo Bayou trail system, Old Sixth Ward is truly one of Houston’s residential gems. The Old Sixth Ward’s Dow Elementary School building, headquarters to Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA), is currently undergoing renovation.
- Memorial-Heights is central to SN22 and is the newest addition to its neighborhoods. Established as a developer-created TIRZ, this community abuts the western boundary of the historic Washington and Glenwood Cemeteries, which 100 years ago marked Houston’s city limit. Memorial-Heights includes Spotts Park, boasts downtown skyline views, and has sparked commercial redevelopment along Studemont St. and the Washington Avenue corridor.
- Magnolia Grove, West End, Rice Military, and Woodcrest are SN22’s early-to-mid 20th Century traditional, working-class cottage and bungalow neighborhoods. Developed as multi-ethnic suburbs surrounding a small freedman’s town; these semi-rural communities with corner stores and small businesses, tree lined streets, front yards and porches, were once served by Houston’s longest street rail line. Trolley service along Washington Avenue ran all night to accommodate the area residents who were railroad shift workers during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Some streets in these neighborhoods retain much of their traditional character, but many have now transitioned to a higher-density urban residential model.
Community Venues and Schools
- Memorial Park, one of the city's primary environmental and recreational assets, is located within SN22’s boundaries. The park is located on the former grounds of a World War I Army training camp.
- Crocket Elementary
- Memorial Elementary School
- Headquarters of Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA)
- Robert Lewis Stevenson Elementary School
- Spotts Park (Memorial Heights)
- The Orange Show's Beer Can House (Rice Military)
- Nellie Keyes Park (Rice Military)
Civic Associations In Area
- Washington Avenue Coalition, SN22's predecessor organization, planted the seeds that created the Washington on Westcott Roundabout Initiative, a public-private partnership with the City of Houston, resulting in the transformation of a confusing 5-way intersection into a contemporary traffic rotary that is now entering its final development phase with the planting of regional native gardens and the installation of public artworks.
- To foster community spirit and sense of identity, in the spring of 2007, SN22 sponsored its first WOW the Parade on Washington Avenue. In the fall of 2007, SN22 hosted a series of 3 well-attended area planning workshops intended to define community goals that would further the interconnectivity of our constituent neighborhoods.
- In 2010 after 9 months of study and preparation, Superneighborhood 22 adopted a Transportation Master Plan to anticipate the area's future mobility needs, facilitate communication with transportation providers, and
assist the decision making process. This plan can be reviewed by visiting: http://sn22.org/projects-1.html
- Superneighborhood 22 was the focus of an H-GAC Livable Centers Study with results released in 2012. The Civic Associations of SN22, impacted by redevelopment along the Washington Avenue corridor, contributed financial support to this study with the objective of steering the City of Houston toward long-range solutions that could redefine the area as a "livable center."
For more information: http://www.h-gac.com/community/livablecenters/planning-studies/washingston-avenue.aspx
- In 2013 a Parking Benefits District was designated by City of Houston within Super Neighborhood 22. The district extends one block on either side of Washington between Westcott and Houston Avenue." Establishment of the Washington Ave Parking Benefits District has resulted in a facilitated process for residents in adjacent neighborhoods to have on-street parking spaces designated as "Residential Parking Only". Learn more: http://www.houstontx.gov/parking/washingtonavenu.html.
Super Neighborhood Information
The Superneighborhood 22 Council meets on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the West End Multi-service Center, 170 Heights Boulevard.
You may e-mail SN22 at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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