Department of Neighborhoods

Press Release

Mayor Annise Parker Leads Youth Volunteers in Shepherd Park Cleanup
Durham Elementary students and Boy Scouts beautify community park



October 5, 2013 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker led a cleanup and beautification project sponsored by the Department of Neighborhoods (DON) today in Shepherd Park, at 4725 Brinkman in Shepherd Park Plaza.  The mayor was joined by City Council District C Member Ellen Cohen, City Council At Large 5 Member Jack Christie, HPD Sgt. Frank Escobedo with North Patrol Division and Shepherd Park civic leaders, residents and youth volunteers.


“Pride in our neighborhoods is what motivates us today, as we roll up our sleeves to till the soil, mulch the flower beds and clean the entire park to make it beautiful,” said Mayor Parker.  “It takes the entire community, from youth volunteers and longtime civic leaders to city crews and nonprofit supporters, working as a team to make our neighborhoods a good place to call home.”

An informal gathering opened the day’s activities that included a welcome by Mayor Parker and comments by Council member Cohen, Council member Christie and community leaders.  The informal program ended with a re-dedication of Ann’s Labyrinth, which was constructed by neighborhood residents in memory of park founder Ann Scardino.  Cleanup and beatification activities followed.


Assisting with the project were junior volunteers from Durham Elementary School and members of Boys Scouts Troop 604.  Activities included de-littering throughout the park and mulching in the community garden.  In conjunction with the cleanup project, Public Works crews serviced the drainage ditches along Brinkman Street.   
Mayor Parker assisted with the project and talked to residents about neighborhood interests and concerns.  HPD Sgt. Frank Escobedo answered questions from residents concerning public safety.


The neighborhood-based effort was made possible through the support and participation of the Shepherd Park Plaza Civic Group, Super Neighborhood #12 Central Northwest, Shepherd Park Plaza Garden Club, Shepherd Park Plaza Citizens Patrol, Durham Elementary School, Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 1 and Keep Houston Beautiful.


The project is part of DON's Clean Neighborhoods Campaign, a year-round initiative sponsored in collaboration with BARC Animal Shelter and Adoptions (BARC), Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD), Houston Police Department (HPD), Public Works & Engineering Department (PWE) and Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD).


For information about DON visit or call 832.394.0600.  For information about the participating departments, visit the following websites:  BARC,; HPARD,; HPD,; PWE,; SWM,