Oaks Civic Association
P.O. Box 540331
Houston, Texas 77254
Voice: (713) 528-2622
Oaks is one of Houston's premier inner city neighborhoods, noted for its
beauty and grace. Located near Rice University, approximately four miles
southwest of Downtown, its boundaries are the Southwest Freeway to the
north, Morningside to the west, Bissonnet to the south, and Graustark/Parkway
to the east (plus the 5300 blocks of Cherokee and Mandell, the 1700 blocks
of Albans, Wroxton, Bolsover and Rice Blvd., and properties facing Ashby).
There are more than 1,200 residences, together with some 30 small businesses
along Bissonnet and Sunset. See
Map. A wide variety of housing is found in the neighborhood ranging
from old mansions to bungalows, and a small section of ranch-style homes
built after World War II, though many have been recently replaced by larger
two-story homes. The advantages of Boulevard Oaks can be summed up under
three headings: location, beauty, and neighborhood culture.
of being stuck home and desperate to have your kids go outside and play?
Take your family for a bicycle ride! It’s a fun, safe, and healthy
way to spend time outside while observing Houston’s stay-at-home order.
Check out the
handy Boulevard Oaks bike
map and explore your neighborhood on bike!
Luckily, our neighborhood streets are pretty much all bike-friendly and
pleasant to ride on. If you wish to get a little further out,
Hermann Park is an easy bike ride away. For even longer rides, Buffalo
Bayou Park has excellent bike trails. You can reach either destination
using the suggested routes in the map we have provided. Just remember,
parks are currently closed, so a ride on our mostly empty local street
is a great alternative.
Don’t forget to keep social distancing precautions while you ride.
Avoid riding in large groups. If you ride bikes not belonging to
you or family members living with you, wash your hands before and after,
and use disinfecting wipes. For more safe riding tips and suggestions
for popular bike circuits in Houston visit www.BikeHouston.org.
of Houston Sidewalk Variance
The city recently changed its standards for
sidewalk replacement form 4 ft. wide to 5 ft wide regardless of
location and type of street. This new requirement is detrimental to our
street trees and alters the character of our neighborhood by creating
more paved surfaces. BOCA encourages all neighbors who are
contemplating a sidewalk replacement and builders building new homes to
replace sidewalks with 4 ft wide sidewalks to match the rest of the
neighborhood. The city has a variance procedure that is easy to follow.
application can be found here. Select
“HOA Letter” as your reason for requesting the variance. Please attach
our letter to your request. The BOCA letter can
be found here.
Trees for Houston/Boulevard Oaks
Please help keep the" Oaks" in
Boulevard Oaks by making a tax-deductible donation to the Trees for
Boulevard Oaks program and help keep the neighborhood green. Your
contribution will allow us to replace trees that have been lost
recently, plant new trees in locations where redevelopment has created
new planting opportunities, and to water at-risk trees in locations
without access to irrigation. Let us know if you have a specific need
for a street tree.
through the Trees for Houston website and select "Boulevard
Oaks" at the top of the portal to ensure your donation is designated
for use within our neighborhood. Or mail a check payable to “Trees for
Houston” with a notation of “BOCA fund” in the memo line. Download the Street Tree Campaign Forms
and mail your check c/o BOCA at P.O. Box 540331, Houston, TX
77254. Please do not mail to Trees for Houston. Contributions to our neighborhood
street tree planting and maintenance program are fully tax-deductible.
More information about this project and ways to protect your street
trees can be found here
(Members can sign up for limited
time-sensitive neighborhood news through BOCA E-News.)
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