– By Darlene Wayt, Jaycee Park
Thanks to Council Member Ellen Cohen, Silver Eagle Distributors on Washington donated $3,000 to fund a much requested amenity for Jaycee Park that was installed at the ballfield’s Grovewood/Seamist corner on December 6, just in time for the TMCC’s Winter Festival.
At the request of both the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club (TMCC) and the Super Neighborhood 14 Council (SNC-14), CM Cohen has consistently and strongly advocated for this amenity for our park for over two years with the Houston Parks & Recreation Department.
When the private renovation ended in 2012, our transformed park attracted more people who were staying longer than had been the case in decades. The splash pad began attracting families with small children many of whom were yet to be potty trained; the City began programming the tennis courts with some lessons lasting two hours; Grovewood, Seaspray and Foxwood residents reported being bothered and inconvenienced in various ways because our park had no restroom facilities.
At the TMCC’s May 13 meeting regarding the park’s Capital Improvement Project (CIP) funds, many of you spoke up and requested a restroom facility or at least porto-potty units. Lisa Johnson, the Parks Program Manager, clearly said no to a restroom facility. Several weeks later, CM Cohen’s office was informed that no funds could be diverted from the CIP for porto-potty units because the CIP is a finite amount and porto-potty units involve ongoing maintenance.
Refusing to take no for an answer, CM Cohen and her staff pursued another avenue, secured the private donation from Silver Eagle Distributors, asked the Timbergrove Manor Civic Club to accept the donation and obtain the two units for the park.
Because the TMCC heard a clear mandate from residents at the May 13 and the September 9 general meetings, the TMCC accepted CM Cohen’s request and contracted with Payless Porta Jons to install two units and service them one time per week. However, this private, designated donation is ONLY FOR ONE YEAR. The units will be removed in December 2015 unless another private donor comes forward or the TMCC receives an increase in dues to continue to provide this amenity for Jaycee Park.
Per the TMCC’s contract with Payless Porta Jons, the units will be serviced once per week, currently on Wednesdays. If any teams, groups, event and party hosts want an extra cleaning, those arrangements and payment must be between them and Payless Porta Jons ((832) 370-4409) and will not involve the TMCC.
To thank CM Ellen Cohen, her contact info is: email@example.com; (832) 393-3004; City Hall Annex, 900 Bagby, First Floor, 77002. To thank Bobbie and John Nau of Silver Eagle Distributors, email Caroline Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a note to their business headquarters at 7777 Washington Avenue, 77007.
In the upcoming months, the TMCC will need your feedback and support in deciding if, after a year: 1) we have a mandate from dues paying residents to continue to fund the units and 2) we have the funds to do so. Direct your instructive comments to me at email@example.com (preferred) or (713) 385-4465 (Cell) or, better yet, voice your support, concerns and questions, at our general or board meetings.
On Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 9:00 a.m., under the supervision of Trees for Houston, volunteers will be trimming the Seamist trees and the Seamist/Grovewood Crepe Myrtles. Last year, we had
7 volunteers and finished in only 45 minutes!