News Categories: Community Centers

23 Jul
By: Communications 0

Answers to your FAQs: How many community centers are in Precinct 4? What do they offer?

Mangum-Howell Center at Doss Park is Precinct 4’s only dedicated community center in a precinct of nearly 1.4 million residents. The facility spans 15,600 square feet and offers adult and limited children’s programs throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy evening exercise programs, crafts, games, and monthly luncheons. Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In addition, Big Stone Lodge at Dennis Johnston Park offers programs Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The building doubles as an office for Precinct 4’s Parks Department and an activity center for residents.

A new Precinct 4 community center will open in 2021. The 24,500-square-foot facility named for President George H.W. Bush is near the Barbara Bush Branch Library and Precinct 4’s Collins Park, all in the Cypress Creek Cultural District. The center will offer a variety of intergenerational programs and services for people of all ages, along with public events, activities, and public meeting spaces. A grand hall with seating for 700 people will also be available to reserve for events including town hall meetings, banquets, and receptions.

Additionally, Precinct 4 partners with 23 local organizations to offer luncheons, dances and trips to residents 50 or older through Precinct 4’s Encore! Program. For more information, visit

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21 Jun
By: Communications 0

Countywide Voting Planned for November General Election

Harris County voters may notice changes during the next general election.

Commissioners Court unanimously approved a request by the county clerk for state approval to launch the Countywide Polling Place Program for the November election and subsequent elections. Approval of the program would mean voters could cast their ballots at any county polling location on Election Day. In the past, voters could vote at countywide polling places only during early voting.

A trial run of the program kicked off in March when Texas Secretary of State David Whitley approved Harris County as one of six Texas counties with a population of more than 100,000 to participate in the Countywide Polling Place Program for the May 4, 2019, election. Whitley will now decide whether to approve Harris County to continue the program for all subsequent elections.

With more than 2 million registered voters, Harris County is the largest county in the country to implement the program.

“The voters of Harris County have made it clear that a Countywide Polling Place Program would have a positive impact on elections, and I am confident that the transition to a Countywide Polling Place Program will be successful,” said Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman.

Lubbock County was the first Texas county to participate in the program during the November 2006 general election. That number has now grown to 52 counties designated as “successful” under the countywide polling place program.

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