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Parks by You in Houston is an active group working toward a system of trails throughout the bayous and neighborhood parks in Houston. In addition to mobilizing a large group of passionate volunteers to work towards bettering their neighborhoods, the group is working to secure funding for trails that will benefit cyclists, pedestrians, and the community as a whole. In a time when funding for alternative transportation is disappearing, efforts like these are crucial for communities to continue make cycling and walking easier, safer, and more pleasant for more people.
Right now, Parks by You is working hard to secure crucial bond funding that will go toward developing more trails through green spaces in Houston. The bonds are on the ballot for the November election. If you live in Houston, you can attend a volunteer night to find out how to help get the word out, and plan to vote for the bond in November.
The ultimate goal of the project, which is expected to be completed within seven years of receiving funding, is to have a park within 1.5 miles of most Houstonians. This goal is intended to improve the health and quality of life of all citizens. Additionally, park improvements in bayous will help to prevent flooding in the surrounding areas.
The group has frequent get-togethers and volunteer opportunities. For more information, please see the Parks By You website or visit their facebook page.