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SEEINGGREEN Exploration Green, a 200-acre functional park and detention basin, will nish its nal two phases this year. Bay Area leaders also plan to focus on expanding green space, trails and park options in 2022.

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day. By the end of 2022, Weary expects the property will see 500 to 700 people per day. “As we’ve opened up other areas we continue to see expansion in trac,” he said. The city of League City does not track park attendance, but data from the League City Parks and Recreation Department showed participation in the city’s recreation programs declined year over year. Participation in 2020 dropped to 41,426 from more than 68,000 in 2019. As facilities and programs started to return to normal operations

in 2021, city ocials said they saw a 40% increase in participation—up to 58,261—but it still fell short of pre-COVID-19 numbers. Despite this, Chien Wei, League City’s parks and cultural services director, said city ocials feel parks and recreation programs are “an important part of providing places for health and well-being.” “Although numbers are not close to our 2019 numbers, we are seeing more people slowly coming back to the ser- vices provided,” he said. “Our citizens continue to express their appreciation CONTINUED ON 20

A 200-acre Clear Lake project that began as stormwater detention at a former golf course has since evolved into both ood-mitigation structures and a local recreation destination. The remaining two sections of the ve-phase nonprot project, known as Exploration Green, are set to be com- plete by the end of 2022. Informal spot surveys conducted by Frank Weary, Exploration Green’s board of directors chair, in mid-2019 indicated the property saw 100 visitors or so a day. By mid-2020, shortly after Phase 2 opened, it increased to 300 per

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NOWOPEN 1 Goldsh Swim School opened a new facility in Webster on Jan. 18. Located at 20251 Gulf Freeway, Unit G, the swim school oers indoor swim classes and swim programs for children 4 months and older. It also has a competitive swim team for ages 5-12 available called Swim Force that allows them to swim 2 Fuji Ramen & Bar, a new Japanese restaurant, opened its doors Dec. 26 at 2451 Gulf Freeway, Ste. 100, League City. The menu includes dishes such as edamame, cheesy kimchi pancakes, California rolls, creamy chicken ramen, beef ramen and crab meat pus. It oers dine-in services as well as online ordering. 281-936-8888. www.fujiramenbar.com 3 Hope House nished all inspections on Jan. 1, and the nonprot is now taking applications for its residents. Hope House is a division of Anchor Point and aims to provide a safe and supportive space for young mothers. The organization will also host an open house on Jan. 29 from competitively. 281-509-9611. www.goldshswimschool.com

10 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, visitors can contact or visit Anchor Point at 103 Davis Road, Ste. B, League City. 832-632-1221. www.hopecommunityhouston.org 4 Wela’s Kitchen opened a Baytown location Nov. 24 at 1619 Lee Drive. The Mexican restaurant serves items such as mini tacos, quesadillas, street tacos, birria tacos and quesabirria tacos. The restaurant oers customers the option to place a pickup order, have food delivered locally or sit down for dine-in service. 832-262-5949. www.welaskitchen.com COMING SOON 5 Anytime Fitness is expected to open its League City location at the end of January. The new gym will be located at 1062 FM 646, Ste. C, and oer 24-hour health and tness services. The business also oers tness consultations, team workouts and one-on-one training to help patrons achieve their tness goals. 409-795-1347. www.anytimetness.com 6 Reunion Court of Clear Lake delayed its opening to April for its location at

14101 Bay Pointe Court, Houston. The assisted living and memory care facility was set to open in summer 2021 after it delayed its 2020 opening. 281-218-6765. www.reunioncourtclearlake.com RELOCATIONS 7 Grazia Italian Kitchen Clear Lake is expected to relocate to a new location in the next few months. The restaurant was previously located at 1001 Pineloch Drive, Ste. 1100, Houston, and closed on May 25. The new restaurant will be located in Texas City. It does not have an exact address yet but will be located in Mainland City Centre, near I-45. The restaurant serves Italian dishes such as calamari, bruschetta, pizza, spaghetti, lasagna and ravioli. No phone number was available as of press time. www.graziaitalian.com 8 That Vinyl Store on Nov. 9 moved to its new location at 607 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 19, Friendswood. The arts and crafts store uses both heat transfer and adhesive vinyl and oers custom shirts, cups, decals, jewelry and gifts. The store moved from its previous location at 208 S. Friendswood Drive.

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Average entrees: $ Up to $9.99 $$ $10-$19.99 $$$ $20 or more

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7 Hartz Chicken 1740 W. Main St., League City 2815577888 www.hartz-chicken.com $ 8 Lefty’s Famous Cheesesteaks, Hoagies & Grill 1601 W. Main St., League City 2817241346 www.eatleftys.com $ 9 Texas Huddle Grille and Sports Bar 803 E. Nasa Parkway, Ste. 100, Webster 8322404694 www.texashuddle.com $$ K ASIAN 10 Pho Barr 2251 FM 646, Dickinson www.phobarr.com COMING SOON 2022 11 Sushi Bori 3210 FM 528, Friendswood 7135130291 https://sushi-bori-llc.business.site $ BEERWINECOCKTAILS 12 Bubble Jungle Beer Garden 604 Kipp Ave., Kemah 2813397444 www.facebook.com/wearebubblejungle $ H

13 Galveston Bay Brewing 12900 FM 3436, Dickinson 2813393210 www.galvestonbaybeer.com $ 14 World Famous Daiquiris & Margaritas To Go 1010 E. Nasa Parkway, Webster 2815326457 www.goworldfamous.com $ CAJUNCREOLE 15 Big Phil’s Soul and Creole Cafe 10000 Emmett F Lowry Expressway, Ste. 1136, Texas City 4099275330 www.facebook.com/bpsoulcreolecafe $$ H K 16 The Lost Cajun 3010 Gulf Freeway S., Ste. I., League City 8328208781 www.thelostcajun.com $$ K COFFEETEA 17 Black Rock Coee Bar 702 Bay Area Blvd., Webster 2818016416 www.br.coee $ DESSERT 18 Crescent City Connection

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DINING AMERICAN 1 The Burger Joint 1350 Bay Area Blvd., Webster 8322844197 www.burgerjointhtx.com $ K 2 The Cookshack 160 Bay Area Blvd., Webster 8324154930 www.thecookshack.com $ K 3 CTs 2111 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 115, Friendswood 8325692240 www.friedcts.com $$ K

4 Dickey’s Barbeque Pit 1850 Nasa Parkway, Houston www.dickeys.com COMING SOON 2022 5 Eggcellance Cafe & Bakery 1507 Bay Area Blvd., Webster 8322404541 www.eggcellencecafe.com $$ B K 6 Gator’s Bar & Grill 3535 Gulf Freeway, Dickinson 8323407016 www.gatorsbarandgrill.com $$ H K

SHOPPING BUTCHER 25 Royalty Meat Co. 951 E. FM 646, Ste. B1, League City 8326322748 www.royaltymeatcompany.com CLOTHING 26 La De Da Fine Lingerie

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16932 Hwy. 3 Park Plaza, Webster 2817967318 https://la-de-da-ne-lingerie.business.site 27 MaKenzie Layne Boutique 1830 W. Main St., League City 2818510642 www.makenzielayneboutique.com 28 Submerge Swimwear 609 Bradford Ave., Kemah 2108960625 www.submergeswimwear.com HEALTHANDWELLNESS 29 The Water Tree 3020 Marina Bay Drive, Ste. C, League City

8329325986 www.facebook.com/cbdnmorewebster 35 Cloud Wine & Spirits 3010 Gulf Freeway S., Ste. G, League City 8326849811 https://cloud-wine-and-spirits.now.site TOYS AND GAMES

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MISCELLANEOUS 31 Good Buy Liquidation 100 E. NASA Parkway, Ste. 307, Webster 7133853989 www.facebook.com/goodbuyliquidation

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ROADMAP TO FUNDING Once Congress approves funding in 2022, local governments and planning groups coordinate to receive funds.

President Joe Biden signed the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law Nov. 6, providing funds for projects nationwide. Texas is expected to get about $35 billion of that funding, while existing federal aid programs will receive an inux of $265.4 billion over ve years, according to Chandra Bhat, the director of the Center for Transportation Research at The University of Texas. Craig Raborn, transportation director of metropolitan planning organization Houston-Galveston Area Council, said entities in the Greater Houston area will have 11 new grant programs to apply for. Raborn said the bill’s broad scope will increase funding to programs, such as the Surface Transportation Block Grant, which is seeing a 24% increase in funding. “It’s a big bill; there’s a lot in it,” Raborn said. “And so it’s going to take a lot of time for agencies like ours to nd and match the pieces to the needs they have.” Raborn also highlighted new pro- grams that could target resiliency and ood control as areas of inter- est, such as the PROTECT Program, which provides up to $8.7 billion to help reinforce surface transporta- tion routes and evacuation routes. However, Raborn cautioned that other federal funding and regulatory hurdles needed to be cleared before HGAC or other planning organi- zations can begin discussing how funding will be allocated. “It’s going to take a fair amount of time for [all of the funding announcements] to work their way through their processes before we start seeing that,” he said. Once the new appropriations bill makes its way through Congress in 2022, Raborn said HGAC plans to get public input into future trans- portation planning in the spring. HGAC is updating the region’s four-year, 10-year and 25-year

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League City to target projects from2019 road bond this year

1 Grissom Road reconstruction 2 League City Parkway trac signals MOBILITY EFFORTS Two bond projects will take place this year.

late 2022. Additionally, the city will also continue acquiring land this year for the North Landing Boulevard extension project, which is also a bond project. The $66.4 million project, which is expected to break ground in 2023, will extend Landing Boulevard to the north at its end at FM 518 and connect it to the I-45 frontage road. Two bridges are included in this project, including one which will go over Clear Creek, as well as bicycle and pedestrian accommodations. The project is a partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, which will serve as the manager of the project due to its use of $35.1 million in federal dollars; League City is paying for $31.3 million of the project.

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lanes to a four-lane divided road- way. The $11.2 million project will wrap up in the rst quarter of 2023, city ocials said. League City is also installing trac signals and making turn lane upgrades at League City Parkway intersections. Improvements at Brittany Lakes Drive and Fennigan Lane were completed in December, city sta said. Meanwhile, work on the Landing Boulevard and Magnolia Meadow Lane signals will begin in early 2022, and work on the West Bay Area Boulevard signal will begin in

The city of League City will make headway this year on two projects to improve the city’s mobility: the Grissom Road reconstruction and trac signal improvements to League City Parkway. Both projects are part of the city’s $72 million bond proposition passed by voters in May 2019, which included 10 mobility projects. League City will break ground this spring on the reconstruction of Grissom Road, which will be widened between Abigail Lane and West NASA Boulevard from two

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Portions of I45widening in League City set to nish

ROADWIDENING Five projects to widen I-45 between NASA Parkway and the Texas City Wye are ongoing. Two in the League City area will open this year. 1 NASA Parkway to FM518 Completion date: late 2022

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frontage road bridges over Clear Creek. Additionally, the segment between FM 518 to FM 517 is set to nish this summer instead of early 2022. Perez said the ongoing projects will likely aect commuters and local residents, but community members can get closure information on TxDOT’s social media pages and at www.houstontranstar.org. “We understand that road work can impact communities, and we always work to minimize those impacts,” he said. “We sincerely appreciate the public’s patience and thank them for working with us during construction.” League City City Manager John Baumgartner said in an emailed statement that city ocials are excited for construction to nish. “The completion of the I-45 widening project is really going to make big dierence when it comes to congestion in and around League City,” he said.

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The Texas Department of Transportation will continue widening I-45 between NASA Parkway and the Texas City Wye this year, an eort that was broken into ve projects totaling about $720 million. Two segments near League City will nish this year but have a later timeline than TxDOT estimated this fall. TxDOT Public Information Ocer Danny Perez said via email this is due to material shortages and inclement weather; however, he said the projects are still within the contract time and are not delayed. The NASA Parkway to FM 518 project is set to nish in late 2022 instead of mid-2022, as TxDOT ocials estimated last fall. The $99.2 million project will widen the main lanes from six to 10 lanes, including a high-occupancy vehicle lane in both directions, as well as lengthening the northbound and southbound

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“We are excited about this phase of the project wrapping up in our area and can see a light at the end of tunnel.” Construction on the other three I-45 widening projects—FM 517 to FM 1764, FM 1764 to FM 519 and FM 519 to the Texas City Wye—will last until at least 2026, TxDOT ocials previously said.

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