Cultural managements

Cypress Creek Cultural District raises money for holding ponds

The Cypress Creek Cultural District is looking to help fund the construction of retention ponds along Cypress Creek over the next year as it continues to grow its collection of cultural and recreational offerings.

Cypress Creek Cultural District vice president Clara Lewis said flooding issues and retention ponds will be the focus of the district’s concerns over the coming year. In the past, the district has had problems with flood damage to various community buildings in its district.

“The cultural district went under about four feet of water with Harvey. The Centrum, the art museum, the library, the courthouse, the park, have just been flooded with water, ”said Glenn Wilkerson, district president.

Wilkerson said the district launched the Cypress Creek Flood Task Force, bringing together about 20 leaders from northwest Houston to work with Harris County and utility districts to generate funds for the production. detention sites.

The county bond election in 2018 included $ 100 million to buy properties along Cypress Creek for holding sites, Wilkerson said, “and no money for actual construction, so we tried to ‘increase that’.

Now the district plans to work with the county commissioners and ask representatives from various public service districts to meet.

“If there is flooding again, it will be difficult to convince these organizations to rebuild,” Wilkerson said. “At all costs, we must prevent future flooding, especially after Harvey. “

If the district can get each utility district to provide money for the purpose of building detention sites, Wilkerson said the money would be matched by the Harris County Flood Control District according to the bail. from 2018.

The district itself is an amalgamation of Harris County, the private sector, and spiritual and educational organizations that come together to, as Wilkerson said, create a cultural district that is a crown jewel of the county.

The Centrum at the Cypress Creek Christian Community Center was among the facilities damaged in Hurricane Harvey. After undergoing renovations, the concert hall reopened last year and resumed hosting performances for residents.

The latest wave of COVID has forced some recently scheduled concerts to be postponed, but The Centrum is looking forward to resuming performances soon.

“We’re on track for the spring concerts and have rescheduled so that once this increase is over we will get on with it,” Lewis said. “In addition to doing the concert series, there is an afternoon concert series walk, a classical series, and then in the summer there are string camps. It goes all year round. It is quite a resource for the community.

The district serves about 1.2 million people in Ward 4 alone, and will soon be in Ward 3 due to the county redistribution, Wilkerson said. The district as a whole consists of Cypress Creek Christian Church and Community Center, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Barbara Bush County Library, Harris County Courthouse, Don Park Collins and Cypress Creek Greenway. 1996.

The George Bush Community Center, which opened a few months ago, is currently under construction. Lewis said she hopes the center will be completed by this time next year.

“Harris County is huge and most… of Harris County’s growth is occurring in unincorporated Harris County and small towns,” Lewis said. “They are completely underserved when it comes to cultural enrichment and that’s because they don’t have access to the funds they do downtown.”

Once the new community center opened, Lewis said they would reintroduce their annual Creek Fest to the community, an October festival that had previously had to be canceled due to the pandemic.

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