East Aldine, Texas facts for kids
East Aldine is a state management district in Harris County, Texas, United States, mostly in unincorporated areas with some territory in the City of Houston. The East Aldine Improvement District, also known as the Aldine Management District, governs the area. Portions of the district coincide with the boundaries of the Aldine census-designated place. One park owned by the City of Houston within the East Aldine district, Keith-Wiess Park, is within the district limits.
Created in June 2001, the East Aldine Management District was established by the Texas Legislature as a governmental entity to help enhance the physical, economic, and social well-being of the East Aldine area. Its services are supported by a 1-cent sales tax on retail sales adopted in August 2001 and enacted in January 2002; as of 2015, the tax is estimated to bring in $5.5 million in yearly revenue for the district’s projects.
The district uses a service plan, implemented in August 2002 by its board of directors, to identify and respond to the issues of and potential improvements to the district’s environment, public safety, economy, mobility & transportation, and water & sewer facilitation. The plan is based on a 1998 study by the Harris County Community Development Department that identified the aforementioned issues as matters of precedence of the community and its residents.
In 2005, the district, along with other management districts and the Houston Airport System as part of the North Corridor Coalition, asked the state government to propose alternatives for expansion of Interstate 45. As of May 2015, public meetings are ongoing to present the project to area citizens and receive feedback.
A 2010 census concluded just over 49,000 people resided in the district, with a projected 52,500 residents in 2015. The census showed that the population was 49.3% white, 9.8% black, 1.1% Asian, and 39.8% other ethnicities, with 77.8% being of Hispanic origin (any race).
Divided by Halls Bayou and Greens Bayou, the 16 square miles (41,000,000 m2) district is roughly bordered by U.S. Route 59 to the east, the Hardy Toll Road to the west, Aldine Bender to the north, and Little York Road to the south. The district government estimates that the district is 15 minutes driving distance from Downtown Houston, and is in proximity to the Houston Ship Channel, the Port of Houston, and George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO) provides public transportation. George Bush Intercontinental Airport is in proximity to East Aldine.
Parks and recreation
Parks operated by the government of Harris County include W.E. "Bill" Crowley Park, James Driver Park, Dow One Park, and Gerber Park.
Crowley Park, operated by Harris County Precinct One, is located in East Aldine. It was named after W.E. "Bill" Crowley, who was the General Superintendent for Roads and Bridges for Precinct Four of the county. E.A. Squatty Lyons, who at one time served as the Harris County commissioner, wrote a letter dated April 14, 1977 requesting that the park be named after Crowley. The park includes three baseball fields, a basketball pavilion, an exercise station, three parking lots, picnic tables spread throughout the park, three playgrounds, three sets of wings, tennis courts, toilet facilities, and a .5 mile jogging trail.
City of Houston-operated parks include Keith-Wiess Park and Hirsch Road Park. Keith-Wiess Park is in the Houston city limits. Hirsch Road Park is in an unincorporated area.
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