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Transforming a Concrete Corner Into a Native Plant Garden

Forty-five students from Furr High School and volunteers braved the chilly weather and began installing a native plant garden at the intersection of Lockwood and Harrisburg in the East End on Wednesday, November 12. Previously covered in concrete and turf grass, the 200′ by 30′ space will be planted with native trees and plants that will provide shade and a place for the public to enjoy nature while waiting for the bus or MetroRail. The garden is designed for wildlife, specifically pollinators, including birds, butterflies and other insects. It will include a water feature that will intermittently provide water and the native grasses, shrubs and trees will provide nectar, berries and seeds.

Funding for the Lockwood Nature Garden comes from the Connecting People with Nature grant administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department and a TIGER grant awarded to the City of Houston to connect trails and promote access to transit. This area will be at a light rail stop at Harrisburg and Lockwood. The park will become a part of the network of sidewalks, trails and parks that support pedestrian and bike activity throughout the East End.


East End Improvement Corporation (EEIC) and Wells Fargo unveiled the first of seven BCycle “Art Stations” as part of a community program to connect residents and visitors to public art and businesses in East End Houston. The unveiling ceremony included the donation of 36 bicycles and helmets to East End students in coordination with local non-profit Wellness On Wheels (WOW). 
longest-serving urban farms, Finca Tres Robles, is getting ready for some big changes in the year ahead. Umbrella organization Small Places is transitioning to a 501(c)(3) to help revamp the farm and increase its impact in serving the East End community. In the months ahead, Finca Tres Robles will be celebrating 7.5 years of work in the East End as it pauses field operations at the end of 2021 to prepare for its next chapter.

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