Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor Annise Parker Leads Neighborhood Cleanup
in Denver Harbor
Volunteers and City team up to target blighted industrial area,
City crews clean illegal dump site



October 19, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) teamed up with community volunteers and supporters today to carry out a cleanup project in Denver Harbor.  The project targeted heavily littered and weeded streets and ditches along the 6900 to 7100 blocks of Palestine Street and an illegal dump site extending from 1100 to 1400 Harris Street in an industrial area in 77020.


“We are grateful for the support and participation of the Denver Harbor Civic Club, volunteers and community partners who have teamed up with the City today to make this neighborhood cleaner and safer," said Mayor Parker.  "We can make a real difference when we combine citizen engagement with the resources of the City and the support of the nonprofit and business community.  The work done here today is a fine example of all of us working together to target and eradicate blight.”


Mayor Parker welcomed civic leaders, volunteers and neighborhood residents, assisted with the cleanup activities and talked to residents about neighborhood concerns.  Houston City Council District H Member and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez staff representatives were also present to talk to residents about neighborhood issues.


Volunteers with the Denver Harbor Civic Club, Compassionate Houston and Loving Houston picked up trash and debris along Palestine Street.  DON Inspections & Public Service workers cleaned and secured a long-abandoned dangerous property at 7119 Palestine Street.  Public Works and Engineering (PWE) removed heavy trash and debris from an illegal dump site that extended from 1400 to 1500 Harris Street.


Project partner Keep Houston Beautiful furnished supplies and equipment for the cleanup.  Corporate support for the project was provided by Tejas Tubular Products, Inc.  Other supporters included Greater East End Management District, American Fashion Clothing Company and McClain Trailers.


The project is part of DON's Clean Neighborhoods Campaign, sponsored in collaboration with BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC), Houston Police Department (HPD), PWE and the Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD).


For information about DON visit or call 832.394.0600.  For information about the participating departments visit BARC at; HPD at; PWE at and SWMD at