Houston Mayor Annise Parker visited Shepherd Park Plaza on Saturday morning and thanked residents, including Durham Elementary students and Boy Scout Troop 604, on beautifying the park. “Thank you, Durham Elementary for working with us and caring so much about our kids,” Parker said.The clean-up effort of the park and Ann’s Labyrinth was sponsored by the city’s Department of Neighborhoods. The Labyrinth was built in honor of the late Ann Scardino, who founded the park. Parker, who served as a civic club president before becoming a city councilmember, helped pick weeds in the clean-up effort as Councilmember Ellen Cohen raked.
“There are over 73 civic clubs in District C, and this is one of the most active and involved,” Cohen said. “I think when you look around, it’s absolutely fantastic.”
Cohen said there was a lot of symbolism in Labyrinths and overcoming challenges. She sported a pink baseball cap and spoke poignantly about the challenge of surviving breast cancer 44 years ago.
“It was important (to improve the labyrinth) — we as a troop love going out there and helping people out,” said Troop 604 member Nathaniel Leighton, a Waltrip High senior.
Durham teacher specialist Amelia Roman-Angeles, speaking in place of principal Angie Sugarek who couldn’t attend the event, said it was a positive experience for the students.
“We strive to teach our students about collaborating and helping,” Roman-Angeles said. “We’re very proud of our students. We want them to be successful in life and have real life experiences.” Shepherd Park Plaza Civic Group, Super Neighborhood #12 Central Northwest, Shepherd Park Plaza Garden Club, Shepherd Park Plaza Citizens Patrol, Durham Elementary School, Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 1 and Keep Houston Beautiful were the organizations involved in the event.