Felix Garza has just wrapped up his evening run at Herman Brown Park in northeast Houston. He says he enjoys the winding nature trails, but he sees room for improvement.
“When the rain hits, especially like recently, there’s puddles; there’s mud everywhere,” Garza says. “Even though I’m more of an environmentalist type of person, I still would like a better-paved running or jogging pathway.”
Garza had no idea he actually has a chance to weigh in on the issue. Herman Brown is in the running to receive a $20,000 grant, along with Milby Park and MacGregor Park.
The initiative was organized by the National Recreation and Park Association. Houston is one of 15 cities where residents are voting on which facility gets the funding. Estella Espinosa is with Houston’s Parks and Recreation Department.
“Actually getting the public to be involved is kind of a win-win because parks, they’re the cornerstone of the communities that they serve,” Espinosa says.
Residents can also write in a vote for a park not on the ballot. Voting runs through Thursday at midnight.