For over two decades, dedicated GIP volunteers have been working together to build a better community [map] whose population is larger than many small cities. The Greater Inwood area is located in near northwest Houston and is comprised of 35 neighborhoods.
Some of our achievements include:
- Created the Near Northwest Management District
- Formed the Greater Inwood Super Neighborhood
- Helped defeat the proposed opening of several “hot sheet” motels in the area
- Worked to get the bike trail extension along the west side of White Oak Bayou
- Applied for and received the Greater Inwood rail Quiet Zone
- Three time recipient of ‘Keep Houston Beautiful Mayor’s Proud Partners Award’
- Awarded over $60,000 in scholarships
- Planted over 5,000 trees and shrubs on 76 esplanades
- Irrigated 29 esplanades
- Testified at City Council meetings to strongly support the demolition of the crime- ridden apartment complexes in the area
- Volunteered at Near Northwest Management District annual plant sales, butterfly garden creation, and clean-up projects
- Coordinated security efforts with local law enforcement to prevent crime, including 311 notification of street light outages
Here’s more information on major initiatives:
Antoine Beautification Campaign 2000
Over an eight-year period starting in 1999, the Greater Inwood Partnership (GIP) sponsored the Antoine Beautification Campaign (ABC 2000) to ultimately irrigate 29 esplanades and plant 76 esplanades, including 48 from 5400 Antoine Drive to 8100 Antoine Drive. Working with the Inwood Forest Community Improvement Association and the Harris County Community Service and Restitution Department, the project expanded over the years to include two other major streets, Victory Drive, W. Tidwell Road and W. Little York; and was renamed the Greater Inwood Partnership Community Pride Project. This exciting venture included sixteen neighborhoods, dozens of area businesses, four apartment complexes and six schools.
Over 5,000 trees and shrubs were planted on the esplanades including forty Monterrey Oaks with commemorative markers honoring special community people. Citing ABC 2000 as one of three outstanding projects, the Keep Texas Beautiful honored the project with the Governor’s Community Achievement award in 2003. That same year, the ABC 2000 project won the Mayor’s Proud Partners Award. ABC 2000 team members were requested by the City of Houston to make presentations to teach other groups how to organize successful community initiatives.
Throughout the 15 years of this area-wide beautification project, the GIP team had a vague idea that something magical was happening. It wasn’t until they looked back that they understood that they had done more than plant trees and shrubs. They had connected people and spaces and had transformed perceptions. They had created a community – one shovel full of dirt at a time.
Harris County Community Service Restitution Program
GIP has been instrumental in keeping main thoroughfares in the greater Inwood area free of trash, maintaining existing plants, and planting new trees and flowers with a clean-up program that has been driven for many years by GIP volunteers. Over two hundred tons of trash have been picked up by community service workers and GIP volunteers. Special kudos to the dedicated folks like Daphne Tumlin, Debbie Harlow and Ricky Miller for their years of service running this program every week. Educational classes were also provided to the community service workers.
Greater Inwood Partnership Scholarship Program
One of the founding tenets of the nonprofit 501 (c)(3) status of the GIP is advancing education in our community. Consequently, the organization has contributed over $60,000 of scholarships for local seniors. The latest fund raising activity is the March 19-20 Saint Arnold – Inwood Open Disc Golf Tournament which will be held at White Oak Conference Center. Your membership fee and donations can be designated specifically for this worthy program.