Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA Hosts Achiever’s Program at North Houston Skate Park

The YMCA Achiever’s Program helps teens set and pursue high educational and career goals that result in higher rates of graduation and acceptance to an institution of higher learning. Through academic aid, career exploration and mentoring, this program encourages youth to raise their academic standards, develop a higher self-esteem, build character, explore diverse college and career options, and learn from role models who inspire them to reach for greater heights.

The students involved in the program at the North Houston Skate Park (formerly the Spring Skate Park developed and owned by the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority [GGRA]) have hit the ground running, already drafting their contract that expresses commitment to the program and attending their first major field trip. “The 12 teens enjoyed an overnight ‘lock in’ at the Langham Creek YMCA before leaving to visit the Texas A&M – College Station campus,” Tory Manchester, YMCA Youth Development Director said.

The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA is unique in that it is a “Y without walls.” All of its programming is hosted at facilities other than a standing YMCA building, such as preschool at Lone Star College – North Harris, youth sports at Thomas R. Wussow Park and now the YMCA Achiever’s Program at the skate park.

The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA also works hand-in-hand with the Greenspoint District. The skate park where the teen program is held was funded by the GGRA and is managed by Greenspoint District staff. Also, the District’s Communications Coordinator sits on the Board of Directors for the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, ensuring lines of communication remain open and initiatives like the Achiever’s Program are successful.

This story originally ran in the April edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here

 

METRO Reimagines Bus Routes to Better Serve Houston Commuters

The METRO Reimagining Plan was approved by the METRO Board of Directors on Feb. 11. Deliberate efforts were made to address six key issues through the new design.

  1. The new schematic directly answers pleas made by riders using METRO’s services. Users have been asking for simpler, faster, more frequent bus routes, better service on weekends and more ways to get directly where they would like to go. This is exactly what the new routes are designed to do.
  2. METRO responded to concerns over wait times on transportation by implementing the Frequent Network, which includes buses on 22 routes, as well as three rail lines that are scheduled to run at least every 15 minutes for 15 hours a day, seven days a week.
  3. Riders expressed the need to improve bus service on the weekends. The routes in the proposed network run all weekend, just as frequently as they will at noon on a weekday.
  4. METRO’s executives also aimed to simplify the system. The new routes have been designed to be simpler, straighter and easier to remember to allow for less confusion among riders.
  5. Under the old system, buses were delayed several times when having to stop for freight trains. The new grid is arranged to cut street-level freight crossings by 30 percent on a daily basis.
  6. Finally, the new system is laid out with the idea that it will be expanded upon in the future to serve the growing activity centers throughout the region.

Riders in Greenspoint specifically will benefit from the changes. A route extending down Imperial Valley Drive from Cypress Creek Parkway to the Sam Houston Parkway will run every 20 to 30 minutes. A 60-minute route will loop on Greens Road and Aldine-Westfield Road, in addition  to frequent routes that will run along parts of Greens Road, Northchase, Imperial Valley and Airline Drives.

A transit center on Greenspoint Drive between Greens Road and the Sam Houston Parkway will serve the area, along with two park-and-rides conveniently located off Interstate 45 between Rankin Road and Airtex Drive and on Carlway Road between Cypress Creek Parkway and Bammel Road.

This story originally ran in the April edition of our general Greenspoint newsletter which features news about District amenities, attractions and activities. To subscribe to this bimonthly newsletter, click here