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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.


There will be dancing in the streets on Tuesday, 7/4/24 in the 1600 block of North Blvd. from 6 to 9 pm, so get out your red, white, and blue flags, décor, and outfits and join us for the best neighborhood 4th of July party in town. Over the years, the event has grown from a small pot-luck party held on various blocks of Milford over 50 years ago to a bash with more than 300 neighbors in attendance in many years after the party moved to North Blvd. over 40 years ago. We're looking forward to reconnecting, sharing songs, and dancing in celebration of our country. Note: this year the party will be held one block to the east in the 1600 block of North Blvd. between Dunlavy and Mandell.

Support our tradition! Although the event is free to neighbors, this is our neighborhood’s major annual fundraiser, and your financial support is needed and appreciated. We invite you to sponsor the party with your most patriotic donation. The top four levels entitle you to bring guests. Make checks payable to “BOCA”, with “4th ” in the memo line and mail to BOCA, P.O. Box 540331, Houston TX 77254. Return a sponsor card with your selections along with your check. Sponsors at the $250 level and up will be included in printed materials before the event. All sponsors who donate or pledge before the event will also be listed on signs at the party and in the newsletter. Donate by mail or by credit card or with a PayPal account.

  • Founders $500 or more, may bring up to 4 guests
  • Continental Congress $250 or more, may bring up to 3 guests
  • Sons (& Daughters) of Liberty $100 or more, may bring up to 2 guests
  • Minutemen (& Women) $50 or more, may bring 1 guest
  • Patriots $25 or more

 

* Volunteers: Visit our Sign-Up page for volunteer opportunities. Our wish list includes Set-Up/Take-Down party helpers, a Hot-Dogger, Beer donations, Popcorn, Watermelon, loan of 16+ coolers for the event, etc.
* Food & Drink: Be thinking of your best blue-ribbon salad, dessert, casserole, or other delectable treat for all to share. Guests should bring a LARGE dish as well! As always, BOCA will provide the fried chicken, wine, beer, and soft drinks. This year we will also have a “Sparkler Cart” with fizzy drinks and sparklers!
* Music: “The Blenders” will play all our favorites including the Hokey Pokey and Cotton-Eyed Joe, so get ready to dance the night away!
* Set-up/Take Down Parties: For even more fun, come help set up the canopies and decorations at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd. And/or help take them down at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 5th. Free beer/wine and food for workers donated by Agnes and Picnic! Sign up here.
* Coolers: Large and small coolers are also needed for the event. If you have any to loan, please leave them in the driveway at 1615 North Blvd. at any time Sunday through Wednesday before the event. Ensure your name is on the cooler. Sign up here.
* Seating: You may wish to bring folding lawn chairs or a small folding table, as seating is limited.
* Children's Activities: Decorate trikes and bikes with balloons, streamers etc. and bring your child at 6 p.m. to participate in the Parade. There will be sack races, ring toss, and other activities on the vacant lot.
* Reading of the Declaration of Independence: Send a message to info@BoulevardOaks.org if you would like to read or help organize the reading (or for questions about the party). Ideally a variety of 6 to 10 voices reading in succession are needed.

Special thanks to the 4th of July Committee members:
Allison Brooks & Vicky Wight, co-chairs
Sue & Harry Lawson
Sue Payne
Kat Robinson
Helen Toombs
Donna & Ken Yanowski


March/April 2024 Newsletter


2023 - 2024 Membership Form


US59 Bridge Entrance Beautification


Beautification plans to landscape the entrances to Boulevard Oaks at the four US59 bridges are still the pending. The project estimates to landscape the entrances at Hazard, Woodhead, Dunlavy, and Mandell is $35,000. To date, only $1,500 has been raised toward this project.

We invite you to make a donation to the Beautification Fund as part of your annual membership payment using the button below. Suggested donation levels are $50, $100, $250 and $500, but any amount is welcome. We hope to raise the remaining $33,500 by the end of the fiscal year, to launch the project in the 3rd quarter of 2024. The bridge entrances have become an eyesore ever since the Montrose Management District was dissolved several years ago. The weeds harbor trash and provide cover for the homeless people. are unsightly. Replacing these areas with the gravel and reducing the need for costly maintenance will enhance these key entrances at a lower overall cost than other options.


The Patrol Needs You Now!


Our most important neighborhood amenity is without a doubt the Patrol Service which operates 24/7 and responds to neighbor's calls, alarms, and concerns in only a few minutes, much faster than HPD can respond. The number of local residents supporting the Patrol Service has declined recently to the point that its continued existence or, at a minimum, its ability to operate around the clock, is in jeopardy. Our SECURITY and the sustainability of our valued Patrol Service is at stake.

The Southampton / Boulevard Oaks Patrol was established in November of 1984 by both civic groups to provide patrol and police response services to Boulevard Oaks, Southampton and the Southampton Extension. This non-profit organization is staffed by off-duty HPD officers and operates 24/7. Our neighborhoods have benefited greatly by having a Patrol Service staffed by off-duty HPD officers dedicated specifically to our neighborhoods.
If you are not already a subscriber, we invite you to join us in taking responsibility for our mutual protection. Contrary to what some believe, no portion of your Boulevard Oaks Civic Assn. membership dues is used to support the Patrol.

Patrol subscriptions run $125 per quarter or $500 per year. Please consider subscribing online via the Patrol's website at https://sbps.memberclicks.net/

For more information, please review the Patrol Benefits Form which contains important information about how the Patrol provides value for you and your family, as well as how to initiate your subscription if y
ou do not wish to pay online. We hope that, after reviewing the form that you will become a subscriber to the Patrol. Your support is critical to all of us.


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.  Visit www.BikeHouston.org.



City 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. 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.


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.

Donate online 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.


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