Houston Public Works (HPW) - Transportation & Drainage Operations (TDO) has begun a local/residential street asphalt overlay rehabilitation project in Council District C (generally w/In-House crews but some streets w/Contractors). The work started the week of Nov 2 and is expected to complete in a few weeks.

Area bounded by 34th, Yale, 610, and N Shepherd (31st – 34th streets, Lawrence, and Ashland)

Additional information is contained in FAQ posted at the Public Works Website here.

Garden Oaks Constable Program Needs YOU!

Your Constable Program support is needed!!.

The effort to increase the number of households in Garden Oaks supporting the Constable Program is necessary because of the loss of GOMO funding. We previously had three constable patrols, with two of those patrols being paid from GOMO surplus funds. That ended in 2016.

The civic club began the year 2020, with two contracts, each contract providing 40 hours of professional law enforcement officers patrolling in our neighborhood. Each contract costs about $77,000. In August one contract was ended because funding levels were not adequate to support two.

If everyone in the neighborhood contributed, the cost would be about $110 per household annually. Currently we have right at 334 supporters (out of some 1400 households in GO), which is not nearly enough to fund two patrols. We are asking each household to contribute a minimum of $250 annually to keep the deputies patrolling in our neighborhood.

We have distributed GO Constable Supporter signs to those who are paid for the current year and who have requested signs. If you would like a sign, please email goconstable@gmail.com. Please help us keep our neighborhood safe!

Constable Supporters $250 and up as of 09.01.2020

Join NOW!

Pay On-line with PayPal or do it with
Snail Mail using this form: GOCC and Constable dues

Constable Supporters

Olimometer 2.52 Olimometer 2.52
2020 Supporters 334 2019 Supporters 315
2020 Goal 600 2019 Goal 600
2020 Remaining 266 2019 Remaining 285

Spark Park to be "Re-Sparked"

Starting July 27th and lasting 4-6 weeks the park will be closed for construction.

In the August Gazette Dr. Pollock, Garden Oaks Montessori Principal, shared the following information about the project:

At Garden Oaks, we will have work underway in the Spark Park while students are away. We are very fortunate to receive a re-SPARK project approval! This will include soccer goals, a new net on the tennis court, additional fencing near the generator, relocation and upgrade of the backstop, walking path resurfacing and re-routing, drainage remediation and additional benches. Thanks to Ms. Ownby of the City of Houston Spark Park program that partners with local schools to provide substantial funding and to our parents and staffof the Garden Oaks PTO who have raised $15,000 for this project!

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The Civic Club and GOMO are two totally separate groups.

Garden Oaks Civic Club
(GOCC)

The purpose of the Civic Club is to provide a forum for Garden Oaks residents to meet and promote the civic and social welfare of the neighborhood.

Membership is open to all residents, whether one owns or rents. Payment of annual dues is required for membership and the right to vote for Officers and disbursement of funds.

The civic club sponsors the ever-popular October Wine Walk and the 1st Tuesday meetings with guest speakers and free pizza. GOCC also has sponsored home and garden tours.

    Monies raised by the GOCC help pay for:

  • upkeep of neighborhood green spaces
  • Constable Patrols
  • publication of the monthly neighborhood newsletter (Gazette)
  • other neighborhood expenses

Garden Oaks Maintenance Organization
(GOMO)

The purpose of the GOMO is enforcement of Deed Restrictions in Sections 1, 2, 3 and 5.
 
Owners of parcels/lots in sections 1,2,3 and 5 are automatically members of GOMO.
GOMO is primarily funded by Transfer Fees collected when properties are sold.
GOMO funds in excess of those needed to support Deed Restrictions may be spent on support of neighborhood activities and programs. Excess Funds Approval requires a majority of 10% of Members.

GO... By the Numbers

1419 GO residential properties.
72,324 Sq. FT. Largest Garden Oaks lot.
56 Number of volunteers to produce/deliver the Gazette. 52 delivery + 1 editor + 1 proofer + 1 ad mgr.
547 Number of owners/residents registered at gardenoaks.org
1937 Year Section 1 platted.
1938 Year Section 2 platted.
1939 Year Section 3 platted.
1940 Year Section 4 platted.
1942 Year Section 5 platted.
1945 Year Section 5 re-platted.
3 Section with highest Constable Participation at 32%
5 Section with lowest Constable Particpation at 16%
$250 Minimum requested annual Constable contribution for 2019
$77,000 Cost of one Constable Patrol (single shift)
$162,000 Net proceeds raised to support Constable by Wine Walk 2009-2017
$1,321,959 GOMO Constable expenditures 2007-2017.
1950? Year Board of Trustees formed.
1998 Year Board of Trustees found improperly formed.
2002 Year GOMO formed.
1,143 Number of parcels in GOMO.
59 % of current GOMO owners who paid a fee
83 Number of new property owners in 2018 (GOMO members).
3 Number of times GOMO sued by an owner.
8 Number of times GOMO sued an owner.

Garden Oaks a "Hidden" Houston Gem

For those who don't know, Garden Oaks is one of Houston's best-kept secrets. Nestled among towering pines and grand magnolias, this quaint and architecturally unique neighborhood of approximately 1400 homes continues to attract attention and rave reviews.