Garden Oaks, Houston

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Garden Oaks
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Country United States
State Texas
Counties Harris
City Houston
Area north Houston
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
ZIP code 77018
Area code(s) 281, 713, 832
Website http://www.gardenoaks.org/

Garden Oaks is a neighborhood in Houston, Texas (USA). The neighborhood, located north of Houston Heights, was established in 1937 by Edward L. Crain.

Oaks has many oak, pecan, and pine trees in and around the neighborhood.[1] Several types of houses, including ranch-style houses and bungalows, are in the neighborhood.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Garden Oaks was established in 1937 by Edward L. Crain.[2]

Around 1995 the population of children living in Garden Oaks was quickly growing.[1]

In 2010 Richard Connelly of the Houston Press said that Garden Oaks "used to be an underrated neighborhood but now is on everyone's radar."[3]

Government and infrastructure[edit]

Local government[edit]

Garden Oaks is in Houston City Council District C.[4]

The area is within the Houston Police Department's North Patrol Division with headquarters at 9455 West Montgomery Road. The Near North Storefront is located at 1335 West 43rd Street.[5][6]

County, state, and federal representation[edit]

Garden Oaks is within Harris County Precinct 4.[7] As of 2008 Jerry Eversole heads the precinct.[8] Patrol services are contracted to the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office.[9] Harris County Hospital District operates the Northwest Health Center at 1100 West 34th Street.[10]

The United States Postal Service Garden Oaks Post Office is located at 3816 North Shepherd Drive.[11]

Education[edit]

The neighborhood is served by the Houston Independent School District (HISD). The community is within Trustee District I, represented by Anna Eastman as of 2009.[12][13]

Most residents are zoned to Garden Oaks Montessori Magnet School, formerly Garden Oaks Elementary School,[14] while a few are zoned to Durham Elementary School.[15] By 1995 a Montessori program established at Garden Oaks Elementary became popular in the neighborhood, and there were fewer spaces available than willing applicants.[1] In 2010 Terry Grier, the superintendent of HISD, proposed making Garden Oaks an all-Montessori school.[16] As a result some parents protested the proposal.[17] The proposal and the political debate divided the Garden Oaks community.[18]

All residents are zoned to Frank Black Middle School .[19] Most residents are zoned to Waltrip High School,[20] while some are zoned to Washington High School.[21]

Lutheran High School North, a private school, is in the area.[22] Parochial Schools in the neighborhood include St. Ambrose and St. Rose of Lima, Catholic Elementary Schools, and St. Pius X High School.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The Northwest Branch YMCA is the closest YMCA to Garden Oaks.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Feser, Katherine. "Garden Oaks offers lots for the money." Houston Chronicle. Sunday April 2, 1995. Business 8. Retrieved on February 20, 2010.
  2. ^ Garden Oaks - History. Retrieved on 29 April 2007.
  3. ^ Connelly, Richard. "The Five Most Underrated Neighborhoods In Houston." Houston Press. Friday August 13, 2010. Retrieved on November 3, 2012.
  4. ^ City of Houston, Council District Maps, District C." City of Houston. Retrieved on November 5, 2011.
  5. ^ City of Houston - Police Department - North Patrol Division. Retrieved on April 29, 2007.
  6. ^ "VOLUNTEER INITIATIVES PROGRAM - Citizens Offering Police Support." City of Houston. Retrieved on September 23, 2008.
  7. ^ "Parks Map." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  8. ^ "Welcome to Precinct 4." Harris County Precinct 4. Retrieved on November 22, 2008.
  9. ^ "Constable Program." Garden Oaks Civic Club. Retrieved on December 7, 2008.
  10. ^ "Northwest Health Center." Harris County Hospital District. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  11. ^ "Post Office Location - GARDEN OAKS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on December 6, 2008.
  12. ^ "Trustee Districts Map." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved on November 11, 2008.
  13. ^ "Location." Garden Oaks. Retrieved on August 11, 2009.
  14. ^ "Garden Oaks Elementary School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
  15. ^ "Durham Elementary School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
  16. ^ Downing, Margaret. "HISD Employs Shazam-You're-a-Magnet Strategy In Effort To Save Schools." Houston Press. Thursday March 25, 2010. Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
  17. ^ Downing, Margaret. "Garden Oaks Comments Live On in Cyberspace (Updated)." Houston Press. Monday March 29, 2010. Retrieved on March 30, 2010.
  18. ^ Azad, Sonia. "School plans have parents divided." KTRK-TV. Friday April 2, 2010. Retrieved on April 3, 2010.
  19. ^ "Black Middle School Attendance Boundary." Houston Independent School District. Retrieved December 6, 2008.
  20. ^ "Waltrip High School Attendance Boundary," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved May 23, 2008.
  21. ^ "Washington High School Attendance Boundary," Houston Independent School District. Retrieved August 11, 2008.
  22. ^ Radcliffe, Jennifer. "An education re-evaluation." Houston Chronicle. August 13, 2009. Retrieved on August 13, 2009.

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