Did you happen to notice the bandit signs around League City last weekend? They were advertising this arts festival at Butler Longhorn Museum.
|Classic example "bandit sign". The legality of these things is questionable, especially because League City Parkway is technically a TxDOT roadway, and state law prohibits certain signs from being placed like this, but I don't know the specifics of what's allowed or not allowed.|
Anyway, I'm not necessarily opposed to signs that are placed temporarily to convey information that may be in the public interest, which arguably this might have been. I mean, it's not just another in an endless stream of snake oil salesmens' weight-loss advertisements.
However, there certainly are some practical challenges involved with this lofty League-City-as-destination goal, specifically because we as a city are so lacking in basic infrastructure.
|This is what Coryell Street looked like during that arts festival. I had originally planned to attend, but upon seeing the traffic mess and lack of parking, I gave up on the idea - too much hassle. I love, love, love art festivals of all kinds. I routinely spend money on art, especially when the sale of it has a local conection of some kind. But it defeats the point of the participation experience if there are road blocks (quasi-pun intended) standing between it and myself. Seeing the mess on Coryell, I decided to wait for the next Bayou City Art Festival instead.|
For the record, we should review the reasons why many recreation-seekers exit the freeway at FM 518 and drive straight through League City on their way to Kemah. They do that because they can friggin' park in Kemah. And then after they've parked, they can step out of their cars and actually walk around without fear of getting mowed down by motor vehicles.
I have a young teenager who, along with her buddies, has not exhausted her delight for the boardwalk's attractions. I drive down to Kemah more times than I care to admit, and although traffic routinely escalates into annoying outright grid-lock, I never have trouble accomodating our transit and parking needs. The place was designed to serve people, in other words.
Heritage Park is a neat little park and a great place to take children of all ages. I know this from experience because we used to live quite close to it before moving to Centerpointe. It is most unfortunately situated in the shadow of a hulking sewage treatment plant which basically equals it in the size of its footprint...
|The park is contained within the roughly square patch at photo right, the tract of land with the winding walking paths. Those circular things to photo left are sewage clarifiers. The rectangular things next to the circular things appear to be sewage aeration basins. This is the Dallas Salmon Waste Water Treatment Plant, and in years past, it racked up an unacceptable number of odor complaints from nearby residents (if you'd like to see the extensive list, you can go to this site and enter Dallas Salmon in the Regulated Entity Name search box). However, since about 2009, the frequency of formally-registered complaints has declined, and so the plant's operators may have finally gotten a handle on what it takes to run this facility with a greater degree of effectiveness. Thus it may not be having as much of a deleterious impact on the Heritage Park visitation experience as it once did.|
And when you go, do make sure that you visit with the turtles!! The turtles are our favorite part, and are most easily visited from the pavillion-slash-gazebo that is built on that little island in the park pond. Got grandkids? If so, this is the place to take them - and it won't cost you a dime! Here are some candids of the turtles as they were when we stopped by to visit them about a month ago.
|"Here I am! Don't let all that clinging algae fool you! I'm really a sharp fellow! A rolling stone may gather no moss, but the same cannot be said for turtles!"|
|"Here I am, too! Party's on!"|
|"And collectively, we would do just about anything for a little nibble of that granola bar you are carrying!"|