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Boulevard Oaks Civic Association
P.O. Box 540331
Houston, Texas 77254
Voice: (713) 528-2622

E-mail: info@boulevardoaks.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

joinBoulevard 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.


BOCA’s 4th of July Party for 2020 & Virtual Fundraiser

In the interest of health and safety, the neighborhood  4th of July party will be held virtually this year. For the first time in our history, neighbors are encouraged to stay home.  However, please decorate and to hold your own (distanced) celebrations in your front yard. Let's keep up the spirit even if we cannot be together in person.

As you know, BOCA's annual 4th of July party has been a tradition for over 45 years, and it's also the neighborhood’s primary fundraising event in addition to membership dues. We ask for your support as a sponsor. In return,  you will have the satisfaction fo knowing your are doing your part to help our neighborhood thrive, and you will also receive a patriotic Boulevard Oaks yard sign as a show of support and solidarity as a neighborhood. We hope the signs will remain in place through much of the year, and please bring them out for federal holidays too. Top level sponsor will receive "4th Fun Kits" underwritten and sponsored by Agelia Pérez Márquez, Realtor, Better Homes and Gardens - Distinctive Collection. Sponsors will be listed in the upcoming July Newsletter.fourth

If you would like to SPONSOR THIS virtual EVENT (and receive a yard sign), simply mail your check, payable to BOCA, to PO Box 540331, Houston TX  77254. You may also contribute online with a credit card or a PayPal account by clicking below.



Virtual Fourth of July Party Links   We hope you will find fun ways to celebrate Here are a few ideas including links to our time honored 4th traditions like the Hokey Pokey!

    * Family DIY decorations and activities
    * Fun and simple homemade patriotic ice cream for kids
    * Visit Spotify (https://www.spotify.com)  for free, and access a Patriotic Playlist
    * 4th of July jokes for Kids
    * 4th of July Family Bingo
    * Hokey Pokey

Please take photos of your celebrations and decorations and submit them to info@Bouelvard Oaks.org for the newsletter.

BOCA Annual Meeting

Held 6:30 pm (CST) Tuesday, June 2, 2020 via Zoom
Click here for draft minutes of the meeting


Spring 2020 Newsletter

Goin’ on an Easter Egg Hunt, Bear Hunt or Tiger Hunt

Bear HuntAlthough the annual BOCA Easter Egg Hunt has been postponed until next year, we invite you to participate in a socially distanced Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt and help our youngest residents and families have some fun. If you would like to participate, just place a picture of an Easter Egg in your front window. Create your own artwork or print one of four options included in this PDF.

Boulevard Oaks has joined neighborhoods across the country in “Bear Hunting” – a great family activity to make neighborhood bike rides and walks more fun during this time of social distancing. Homeowners put a sign and a teddy bear in their windows so children can hunt for bears during their walks. The teddy bear idea was inspired by a popular children’s book and song. Families on Bartlett and Milford have started a Tiger Hunt. See if you can find them this weekend as you search for eggs.  After this weekend, we invite you to replace eggs with this bear hunt sign and a stuffed a bear or tiger. Let’s keep this going to help keep our families entertained.


Bike Map for Boulevard Oaks

BOCA bike MapTired 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.


BOCA Caroling Party 2019

Click here to see the picutures from BOCA's annual Caroling Party.
Thank you Elaine Mut for the great photographs!


City of Houston Sidewalk Variance Form

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. The 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.


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