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Senator Mario Gallegos and Rep. Garnet Coleman Announce Awarding of $400,000 for Sims Wood Park 
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by: Rep. Coleman, Garnet F.
01/30/2007

(Austin)-- State Senator Mario Gallegos, Jr. (Houston) and State Representative Garnet F. Coleman (Houston) announced the awarding of $400,000 for Sims Woods Park in southeast Houston. The funds, granted by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, will assist the City of Houston to acquire, develop, and improve land around Sims Woods Park, Sims Woods Conservation Area, and the Harris County Flood Control District along Sims Bayou.


"This park is essential for the people in the Southeast area of Houston," State Senator Gallegos said. "It will provide families with opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in first-class amenities while preserving the environment that is unique to Houston."


The $400,000 in matching funds will help develop nature trails, benches and picnic tables throughout the park, native landscaping, and numerous wildlife stations.


"These funds will help improve the quality of life for our community," Rep. Coleman said. "Increasing the green space in Houston gives our families an opportunity to come together to enjoy the outdoors."

The awarding of matching funds comes as a result of years of effort and work done by advocates for Houston's parks.


"These dollars will make a tremendous difference towards education the students in the area," Evelyn Merz, President of Sims Bayou Coalition. "There are ten elementary and middle schools within three miles of Sims Woods, and these parks will give those students in the community an opportunity to study in a natural area in their own neighborhood. This will be a wonderful natural area for the community."


Senator Gallegos Contact: Ruben Longoria (512) 463-0106
Rep. Coleman Contact: Phillip Martin (512) 463-0524

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