Super Neighborhoods

Super Neighborhood 71 - Sunnyside

Recognized 03.06.2000. Sunnyside SN shares a joint council with SN #76 - South Acres/Crestmont Park.

Your super neighborhood at-a-glance:

1st Thursday, 7:00 pm, Monthly
HCC - Willie Lee Gay Hall
1990 Airport, 77051
Meets with SN 76


Sunnyside is located on southside of Houston. Its borders are Loop 610 South on the North, Hwy 288 on the West, Sims Bayou on the South and meandering through different land uses land west of Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Brief History

Sunnyside is historically, an African-American community with a very rich history. However, over the last decade, this community like most other communities in Houston is becoming more diverse in its population.

  • 1915 During the era of "Restricted Communities", this was the first addition south of the City of Houston, to be developed and offered exclusively for Negroes.
  • 1918 Operated as a county school until 1927, Sunnyside Colored School was organized.
  • 1922 First church built in Sunnyside. Mt Vernon Baptist Church.
  • 1927 Sunnyside Colored School became part of the Houston Independent School District.
  • 1936 Sunnyside Civic Club organized for the purpose of securing better drainage, lighting and general civic improvement.
  • 1950 Created its own water district and volunteer fire department, was later taken over by the city of Houston.
  • 1987 Sunnyside Civic Club purchased from the city of Houston the site of the first water district and the original site of the first fire station in Sunnyside station #46.


  • Sunnyside Park
  • Blueridge Park
  • Scottcrest Park
  • Grimes Park
  • Sunflower Park

Community Venues

  • Sunnyside Multi-Service Center
  • Houston Community College (Willie Lee Gay Hall), South Campus
  • Johnson Library
  • Police Store Front

Notable Residents (past and present)

  • Ada Edwards, past city council member
  • Mike Singletary, Head Coach of NFL's San Francisco 49er; raised and attended school in Sunnyside.
  • Ralph Cooper, locate sports TV personality
  • Craig Washington, Attorney and former US Representative

Civic Associations

  • Southeast Coalition of Civic Clubs (made up of over 20 civic clubs and several churches)
  • Sunnyside Civic Club

Key Planned Projects

  • Development of Houston Hope Communities
  • Build a community center on property owned by Sunnyside Civic Club, which was the first fire station in Sunnyside.

Contact Info

  • Sunnyside SN shares a joint council with South Acres/Crestmont Park SN.
    Meetings are held 7:00 pm on the First Thursdays of each month at:
    Houston Community College (Willie Lee Gay Hall), South campus
    1990 Airport Blvd.
    Houston, Texas 77051
  • Margaret Jenkins (SN President)
    10751 Dulcimer
    Houston, TX. 77051
    (713) 738-7128

Super Neighborhood Statistical Info