After the Election
Work Already Underway
on Bond Projects
Have Fun While
July 3 Fireworks
A Universe of Stories
Need to Know
MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR
Summer may not officially start until
June 21, but the heat and humidity are
already here! Pre-construction design and
engineering work are already “heating
up” and underway on several of the 31
bond projects approved by voters in
the May 4 election. Less than a month
after the election, I am proud to say the
League City Council and I approved
several design contracts for drainage
projects included in Proposition A, and
more contracts are likely to come forward
for our consideration this summer. For a
timeline and more information on what
to expect moving forward in the months
ahead, see pages 3 and 4.
Along with the heat, June also ushers
in the start of Hurricane Season. While
many of us are still recovering from the
lingering effects of Hurricane Harvey,
we must remain diligent in our efforts to
protect ourselves and our families from
future storms and high rain events. Finding
a regional solution to flooding caused by
elevated water levels along Clear Creek
and Dickinson Bayou has developed
some real momentum over the past few
months. League City is leading the way
in this effort and has been working with
the Army Corps of Engineers to initiate a
study to look at drainage and flooding
issues along the two watersheds, as
well as possible solutions. Learn more
on page 5. Also, take a few minutes
to check our “flooding prevention and
preparedness” checklist on page 7, and
make sure you are signed up for the
City’s SwiftReach emergency notification
Recent numbers released by the U.S.
Census Bureau place our population
at over 106,000, and with 48% of our
City yet to be developed, we expect that
number to double over the next 20 to 25
years. Ensuring our City has the water,
wastewater, and mobility infrastructure
to support our rapidly expanding
population is a top priority for myself and
Council. Over the past several months,
we’ve taken several proactive steps
to ensure developers and builders are
sharing in the cost to fund our City’s future
infrastructure and that we are reinvesting
and maintaining our current amenities
(see pages 5 and 6).
While the kids are out of school this
summer, be sure to take advantage of
all the great programs our City’s Parks
and Recreation Department is offering
to keep them entertained, educated,
and cool! A summer pool pass is only
$25 for both pools, and the pool at
Hometown Heroes Park offers swimming
lessons for children of all ages and even
adults. It’s never too late to learn. Plus,
you don’t want to miss their “dive-in”
movies throughout the summer (see page
14). Over at the Helen Hall Library,
children of all ages (and even adults)
can win prizes by participating in the
summer reading program. The theme
this year is “A Universe of Stories” and a
variety of fun-filled events and activities
are planned to commemorate the 50th
Anniversary of the Apollo moon landing
this July (learn more on page 9).
If you’ve ever been to any of the library’s
open house or volunteer events, then
chances are you met a young man by
the name of Steve Jones. Steve worked
as a page at the library for the past
fifteen years, but to everyone who knew
him, he was more than that. He was
the official greeter, ambassador, and
heart and soul of the Helen Hall Library.
He was selfless and always willing to
help someone in need, even when he
himself faced his own challenges and
obstacles in life. His smile and laugh
were contagious, and he uplifted and
enlightened everyone he met. Steve
sadly passed away last month after a
series of health struggles, but his memory
will live on in our City through the “Steve
Jones Inspiration Award.” This award will
be given annually to an individual who
is not only dedicated to serving a City
cause or project, but whose everyday
actions and contributions, no matter how
big or small, have made a lasting impact
on our community and have inspired
others to serve and engage in our
City. We hope this award will keep the
memory of Steve and his contributions to
League City alive.
Every individual has the power to inspire
others through their actions and make
a positive impact on the world around
them. Thank you, Steve for reminding us.
May you rest in peace.
League City Mayor
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Have a question, concern or need
assistance related to a City service?
Call 311 from your mobile or landline
Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m. to noon.
For police or fire emergency, call 911.
Citizen Request Tracker
Is there a pothole on your street that needs to be fixed?
An overgrown drainage ditch that needs to be mowed?
Request a service from City staff and track its progress
by signing up for www.leaguecity.com/tracker.
Frequently Called Numbers
Animal Control 281-554-1377
Building Department 281-554-1429
City Hall 281-554-1000
Code Compliance 281-554-1480
Facility Rental 281-554-1193
Fire Department (non-emergency) 281-554-1465
Fire Marshal 281-554-1290
Helen Hall Library 281-554-1111
Municipal Court 281-554-1060
Parks and Recreation 281-554-1180
Planning and Development 281-554-1080
Police Department (non-emergency) 281-332-2566
Public Works 281-554-1346
Streets, Stormwater, and Traffic 281-554-1086
Utility Billing 281-554-1335
Water Production 281-554-1041
Position 4, Mayor Pro-Tem
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PRE-CONSTRUCTION WORK UNDERWAY ON DRAINAGE
AND MOBILITY PROJECTS APPROVED BY VOTERS
On May 4, League City voters overwhelmingly approved two
general obligation bonds, something that has not been on a
League City ballot since 1992. In addition to Proposition A,
which allocates $73 million in bonds to fund drainage projects,
and Proposition B, which allocates $72 million in bonds to fund
traffic and mobility projects, voters also approved Proposition
C, which increases the City’s sales tax rate by 0.25 cents per
$1 to its maximum.
Election 2019 by the Numbers
On May 28, only 24 days after League City voters went to
the polls, design contracts for three of the drainage projects
were approved by Council. The three contracts include the first
phase of improvements to the Bay Ridge neighborhood, the first
phase of improvements to the Oaks of Clear Creek subdivision,
and initial work on the Borden’s Gully Watershed near the Bay
Colony and Dove Meadow subdivisions.
In addition to the
drainage projects in
Proposition A, League
City has already begun
on some of the traffic
and mobility projects
included in Proposition
B. In March 2019, the
League City Council
approved a design
contract for the $11.2
million Grissom Road
and design work is
also almost complete
on the $7.7 million
reconstruction project of
Calder Road South. City
staff members are also
awaiting the results of an
environmental review of
the $65 million project
to connect Landing
Boulevard to Interstate
45, nearly half of which
will be funded with
“Approval of the
$145 million in bond
propositions was a
clear message from the
League City community
that improving mobility
and hardening our
City from flooding are
The League City
Council and I take this
charge very seriously,
and work is already
underway on several of
the 31 projects.”
— City Manager
partnership dollars from TxDOT. If the City receives an all-clear
on that project, staff should have a final design contract to
present to Council this summer.
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Majority of Projects to be Completed
in Three to Five Years
Timeline for a
Funding Identification and
Authorization (includes grant
applications and exploring all
sources of funding)
Preliminary Engineering (includes
exploration of concept alternatives)
Public Input and
(includes evaluation, risk analysis,
Staff from the City’s Project Management and Engineering Departments are
assembling a master timeline for all 31 of the capital improvement projects included
in the two bond propositions. Before construction can physically begin on a project,
several steps and processes involving multiple approvals and reviews must occur as
part of the City’s project management process. Design and preliminary engineering
work on projects eligible to receive grant funding will not occur until all phases of
the grant application process have been completed by City staff.
Sales Tax Increase Begins October 1, 2019
Proposition C, approved by voters in May, increases League City’s local sales tax
by $0.25. Starting October 1, 2019, League City’s combined state sales tax (6.25%)
and local sales tax (2.00%) will be 8.25%. The proceeds of the ¼ cent increase will
fund drainage and mobility projects in Propositions A and B. It is estimated that in the
first year alone, the ¼ cent increase will generate $3.3 million. As more commercial
businesses open in League City, more local sales tax will be collected, and this
revenue will increase.
Starting October 1, for every $4 you spend, 1 cent will go towards drainage and
roadway improvement projects in League City.
Land Acquisition and Permitting
(includes permits with TxDOT,
Army Corps, TCEQ, etc.)
Relocate Franchise Utilities
Sales Tax Fast Facts
30% of local sales tax in League City is collected from visitors.
Sales tax is NOT collected on several items, including groceries, gasoline, and
*The above is a typical timeline
of the various steps involved in a
Capital Improvement Project.
Steps may vary, based on the
complexity of a project, and may
also occur concurrently.
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Taking the Lead to Find a Regional Flooding Solution
While the drainage projects approved by voters in Proposition
A will harden and strengthen neighborhoods across League
City that are prone to flooding during heavy rains and storms, it
will not solve flooding issues along Clear Creek and Dickinson
Bayou. In order to address elevated water levels along these
watersheds, a regional approach involving the participation of
multiple cities, counties, and agencies must be taken. League
City leaders are not only spearheading the development of
a regional approach to flooding along Clear Creek and
Dickinson Bayou, they are also leading efforts to find solutions
and mitigation strategies.
Since the beginning of the year, City Manager John
Baumgartner has been meeting regularly with the Army Corps
of Engineers to secure an agreement with the federal agency
to split the cost of a study to identify drainage issues in the two
watersheds. The agreement would also ensure that any future
project that might arise because of the study would meet the
corps’ grant funding requirements.
In April, the League City Council approved $500,000 to
be used towards an agreement with the corps to not only
identify drainage problems but also come up with possible
solutions to reduce flooding, such as detention basins, channel
modifications and maintenance, bypass channels, pump
stations, property buyouts, and more. Once identified, the
solutions would be ranked based on benefit, cost, community
impact, and environmental effects. League City would then
lead the way in engaging leaders in other surrounding cities
and with the Clear
and Dickinson Bayou
committees to discuss
funding options for the
Unlike Harris County,
which relies on its
local flood control
district to monitor
and do work on 22
over watersheds in
Galveston County falls
under several different
the two watershed
and the Galveston
“We’ve been talking about
a regional solution for
more than 20 years in
this area, but nothing has
really come to fruition
on a large scale. The goal
this time is to change the
way we do business, come
up with a project list, and
have an estimated impact
and cost. Commissioning
a study is the first step in
a long-term plan toward
a regional solution.”
Sources: Esri, HERE, Garmin, USGS, Intermap, INCREMENT P, NRCan, Esri Japan, METI, Esri China (Hong Kong), Esri Korea, Esri (Thailand),
OpenStreetMap contributors, and the GIS User Community
including Larry Millican and Hank Dugie, have been actively
engaged in the two watershed steering committees over the
last year and have been attending meetings and working to
form alliances with the county’s drainage district in an effort to
move a regional solution forward.
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Funding Our Future Infrastructure
As League City’s population continues to grow, so must the
City’s infrastructure. But with only half of the City currently
developed, funding the expansion of our City’s roadways,
and water and wastewater infrastructure is a costly expense,
especially when the bulk of the City’s tax revenue currently
comes from residents.
In addition to working to diversify the City’s tax base by
increasing the number of commercial businesses, League City
is now the first municipality in the greater Houston-Galveston
area to collect Roadway Capital Recovery fees, also known
as impact fees. Starting in March 1 of this year, all developers
and builders began paying one-time, upfront fees to help pay
for roadways created as a result of new development.
In addition, the League City Council voted in April to increase
the City’s existing Water and Wastewater Capital Recovery
Fees from a total of $5,634 per connection for a single-family
home to $7,668. The new total is the maximum the City is
allowed to charge under state law. The fee is based on the size
of the water meter installed, meaning developments with larger
meters will pay a higher fee. The fee will be paid at the time of
connection to the City’s water system.
League City by the Numbers
Current population: 106,803
Population estimate at buildout: 220,000
Percentage of City land yet to be developed: 48%
Percentage of residential to commercial taxes collected: 80/20
Reinvesting in Our City
In 2017, League City created a Reinvestment Program to cash
fund projects specifically aimed at maintaining and improving
the City’s existing infrastructure. Just like an aging home needs
repairs and upgrades after a certain amount of time, so do
City facilities, parks, and roadways. Since the Reinvestment
Program began, nearly $15 million has been spent on various
reinvestment projects across the City, including:
•asphalt road rehabilitation
•street reconstruction (turning asphalt streets into concrete)
•concrete panel repair (cutting out failing sections of concrete
roads and repairing with new concrete)
•facilities (HVAC, roofs, major maintenance items, minor
renovations to re-purpose buildings)
•parks (replacement of broken concrete, playground
equipment, fencing, re-plaster pool, etc. to maintain our
•traffic signal reconstruction (replacing aging and outdated
equipment with the newest technology)
•drainage improvements (repairing and upgrading existing
stormwater infrastructure and drainage ditches, detentions,
In Fiscal Year 2018, as part of the Reinvestment program:
•43,676 linear feet of asphalt streets were repaved
•18,978 linear feet of sidewalks were raised
•18,802 linear feet of sidewalks were replaced
•1,058 linear feet of curbs were replaced
•89 ADA ramps were replaced
Walker Pool replastering
What’s Underway as Part of Fiscal Year 2019?
Newport sidewalk and waterline
•Replastering of Walker Pool
•Renovation of Fly Ash Trail at the
Clear Creek Nature Center
throughout the City
•Asphalt street rehabilitation
throughout the City
•Concrete street panel repairs
throughout the City
•Library Needs Assessment
And much more!
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HURRICANE SEASON STARTED JUNE 1
Are You Prepared For a Storm
or Flooding Event?
The majority of homes in League City are in or near a flood
hazard area and, as such, properties can be at an increased risk
of flooding. League City is also susceptible to river and coastal
flooding, as well as flooding from low lying areas. These conditions
have caused widespread flooding in the past and, because of this,
homeowners may be in a repetitively flooded area.
The City of League City wants you to be aware of ways to protect
yourself and your property in advance of future flooding events.
• Get a flood insurance policy. Basic homeowner’s insurance
does not cover damage from floods. Ask your agent for
details. Don’t delay – there is a 30-day waiting period
before a policy takes effect.
• Keep debris and trash out of the streams and ditches
so water doesn’t back up and increase the flooding risk to
nearby buildings. Also, don’t dump trash or debris in storm
drains, as they lead to Galveston Bay. It is illegal in League
City to dump any type of debris into a stream or drainage
ditch. Call the Street and Storm Water Department at 281-
554-1086 to report any dumping.
• Know the evacuation procedures for a flood and prepare
a family evacuation plan. Make an emergency supply kit
for your home. Designate a place where your family can
meet after an evacuation order has been issued.
• Visit the League City Engineering Department located at
500 W. Walker to pick up flood-related information such
as a Flood Insurance Rate Map, flood zone and floodway
locations, as well as information on local drainage problems
and natural floodplain functions.
During severe weather and flooding
events, City staff will post timely and
relevant information and respond
to questions and comments from
residents, when possible, on the
City of League City
City’s social media channels. Be sure to like and follow the City’s
official social media sites.
Reaching Our Residents During
League City uses a notification system called SwiftReach during
emergencies to provide automated voice and text alerts to
residents and businesses via their landline or cell phone. The
SwiftReach system allows League City to reach tens of thousands
of citizens in just a few minutes and includes a geo-fencing
feature that can be used to target information to a specific area
or neighborhood. Emergency alerts can include, but are not
•unexpected road or street closures
•shelter in place orders
•water service suspensions
League City will also occasionally use the SwiftReach system to
send non-emergency emails and text alerts to residents. These
alerts can include important information about city events and
meetings that require citizen participation such as town halls and
citywide elections. A provision has been included in the city’s
contract with SwiftReach to maintain the confidentiality of our
residents’ personal information.
In order to receive alerts from League City, residents and
businesses must register and create a SwiftReach account, enter
their contact information into the City’s SwiftReach database, and
select how they would like to be communicated with—voice, text,
email, or all three.
In the last several months, the City has used the SwiftReach
notification system several times, including alerts regarding
the May 10 barge collision and subsequent chemical spill. If
you did NOT receive these alerts, you need to register and
create a SwiftReach account.
Registration is quick, easy and free. Go to www.leaguecity.
com/SwiftReach or download the SwiftReach 911 Public app to
your mobile device. Residents and businesses can change and
update their information or opt out of notifications by logging into
their profile on the website or app.
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Don’t Underestimate the Power of Water
League City wants to remind residents that during extended
periods of heavy rainfall, water levels on our city’s streets
can quickly rise, and the rate at which water is flowing can
quickly change. Do not walk or drive into high water. When
approaching a flooded street, turn around, don’t drown. More
than half of the death’s from flooding each year occur in vehicles.
A Precious Resource to Our Growing City
League City’s current population is nearing 110,000 people but
is expected to double within the next 20 to 25 years. Ensuring that
our citizens today, and in the future, receive high quality drinking
water at sufficient pressure to meet their daily needs is a top priority
for League City.
City staff are currently working with the City of Houston to finalize
an agreement that would provide enough raw, surface water
capacity for the future buildout of League City. This agreement
is expected to be completed this summer. In addition, the City
is developing a Master Water Plan to map out our City’s future
water infrastructure needs, including the expansion of the City’s
Southeast Water Purification Plant (SEWPP) as well as a new and
much larger pipeline that connects to the City of Houston. Stay
tuned for more details in the months ahead.
Did You Know?
68% percent of League City’s water comes from surface water
sources while the other 32% percent comes from groundwater. The
City purchases its surface water supply from the City of Houston,
which comes from the Trinity River, and the Gulf Coast Water
Authority, which comes from the Brazos River. The primary source
of groundwater for the City comes from the Gulf Coast Aquifer.
scout troop, or
Become a Water Smart Superhero!
Ensuring our City has an efficient water supply for the future
is a team effort and leading the charge is Captain H2O, our
official water conservation mascot. The captain will be out and
about this summer at different City events to spread the word
about the City’s efforts to update its current water conservation
plan and to recruit other water smart superheroes. Residents
interested in serving on a water conservation focus group or
participating in water conservation surveys can email Sarah.
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Blast off this
Summer with the
Helen Hall Library
2019 Summer Reading Program
Registration is underway for League City’s 2019 Summer
Reading Program. This year’s theme is a “Universe of
Stories,” and participants of all ages (even adults) can
earn prizes for the reading they do from now until July 26.
Children (0 to 11) and teen (12 to 18) reading logs can be
picked up at the Helen Hall library or downloaded and
printed at www.leaguecity.com/summerreading/. Adult
reading logs must be picked up in person at the library. In
addition to earning prizes, participants will be able to take
part in a variety of activities and special events, including
space-themed programs surrounding the 50th anniversary
of the Apollo 11 moon landing. For a full list of events
each day, check out the Helen Hall library calendar at
Free Summer Tutoring
Looking for a way to improve your child’s academic
performance, and set them up for success in the coming
school year? This summer, the Helen Hall Library is piloting
a FREE summer tutoring program for students in 1st
through the 12th grade. Study help will be provided in
math, reading, language arts, science, and history
by adult and teen volunteers who have strengths in
the different subject areas. Tutoring help will be
offered on a walk-in basis from 5:30 to 7:30
p.m. on June 25, July 23, and July 30. No
appointment is necessary. For any questions,
more information, or to serve as a tutor, please
call Helen Hall Library Volunteer Coordinator
London Lawrence at 281-554-1116 or e-mail
him at email@example.com.
Writing and Book Clubs
Fuel your imagination this summer,
and explore your writing skills by
taking part in one of the library’s writing
or book clubs. For more information,
or call 281-554-1111.
Happy Hour Book Club
First Thursday of each month
5 p.m. at Craft 96 Draught House
2575 E. League City Pkwy.
This book club features titles selected by
City librarians for their potential to fuel lively
conversations over food and drinks.
Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month
6 p.m. at Helen Hall Library
This club is for current or aspiring authors
and features writing prompts.
League City Book Club
Third Monday of each month
7 p.m. at Helen Hall Library
This club has been meeting for over a decade
and features selections chosen by members
who take turns leading the discussion.
Teen and Tweens Writing Clubs
Helen Hall Library
The Tween Writing Club will meet from
5 to 6 p.m. on June 19, July 10, and
July 24. The Teen Writing Club will
meet from 5 to 6 p.m. on July 2.
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VICTORIA DE LA GARZA
& JENNIFER GONGORA
#LCLocal ResidentS & HELEN HALL LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
For mother and daughter Jennifer Gongora and Victoria De La Garza,
every day is an opportunity to make a difference, no matter how big
or small. The two recently became volunteers at the Helen Hall Library,
where they have quickly become part of the family.
Ever since she can remember, Jennifer has had a passion for reading,
which led her to follow her dream, and pursue a career as a school
librarian. One day, while studying at the library, she decided to ask
about volunteer opportunities for herself and her 21-year-old daughter,
Victoria. “We are frequent visitors to the library, and I thought it would be
a neat way to spend time together, as well as give back to the League
City community,” said Jennifer.
Victoria is a congenital heart disease survivor with a learning disability,
but that has never kept her from pursuing her dreams. With the help of
one of her former high school teachers, she learned how to knit beanies,
a skill that quickly grew into a hobby. “I like to be creative, and I love to
knit, it helps me focus,” said Victoria. As her love for knitting grew, Victoria
and her mom worked together to open Vics Knitz, a small business that
donates beanies to non-profit organizations. Her mission is to fill the
world with love, one knit at a time.
With the help of her mother, the young entrepreneur is also active in her
community by volunteering for the Special Olympics, American Heart
Association, local food bank, and is currently studying to become a
teacher’s aide. She was recently named one of the winners of the J.J.
Watt’s foundation “Dream Big, Work Hard Contest,” which recognizes
extraordinary young people in the community.
Despite having a list full of activities, commitments, and attending college
classes, the inseparable pair always make sure they find the time to stop
by the Helen Hall Library where they help shelve and sort books in the
children’s book section.
For Jennifer, volunteering is not just a way to give back, it’s a way to
assist her daughter with learning new skills that will benefit her in her
professional and personal life. “There was a time when she wasn’t sure
she could do it, but after showing her that she can do anything she
sets her mind to, her confidence has grown, and it’s been a wonderful
experience. We love being part of this volunteer family.”
Teens (grades 7-12) and adults interested in volunteering at the Helen
Hall Library can contact the Adult Reference Desk at 281-554-1103.
Read more about Victoria & Jennifer
and other #LCLocals at
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KEEPING OUR CITY SAFE
A Practical Partnership Between
League City Police and You!
By LCPD Officer Kelly Williamson
A recent survey released by Safehome.org ranked League City
as the No. 10 safest City in Texas. The rankings are based on
how many and what types of crimes occurred in each city over
a single year and the number of police officers compared to the
population. As League City continues to grow in size, our police
force will need to grow as well in order to ensure our community
continues to make this top ten list. More importantly, however, it
is going to take a partnership between the League City Police
Department and YOU!
During my 23 years of service as a police officer, I have found
the job expectations of a patrol officer to be fluid and everchanging.
However, one thing that has not changed is that without
input, assistance, and feedback from the citizens we serve, we
cannot be successful in solving public safety problems and
community issues. The most effective, yet sometimes overlooked
way for our citizens to take part in this practical partnership is to
make themselves less of a target for those who want to hurt them
physically and emotionally or take their property.
You may be surprised to learn that car burglaries are the most reported crime in most cities, and League City is no exception. What
is even more surprising is that most of the vehicles that are burglarized in League City are those that are left unlocked. I have heard
friends, neighbors, and even strangers brag about how safe our City is, and say that there is no need to lock our car doors. The 660
people who reported car burglaries in 2018 would disagree. In addition to locking vehicle doors, we recommend that ALL valuables
be removed from or at least locked in a vehicle’s trunk and that firearms NEVER be left in a car overnight.
Residential burglaries are another crime that can be prevented by employing a few protective measures. It goes without saying
that residents should ALWAYS lock exterior doors to their home or apartment when they leave, but other things can also be done to
safeguard your home. Start by walking the exterior of your house looking for points of easy entry that a burglar would look for. These
can include unlocked windows, unlocked garages, pet doors, and backyard access points like poorly secured fences. After securing
the exterior of your residence, look for hiding spots like overgrown landscaping and dim or unlit areas near windows or doors. Do
the same at night, and try to identify areas where a burglar could hide. Consider installing motion activated exterior lighting. Also,
consider purchasing a doorbell activated camera, which is a relatively inexpensive and simple way to add another layer of security
to your residence.
A Valuable Support Network—Your Neighbors
Lastly, police officers cannot be everywhere, all the time and stand guard over the property and possessions of our citizens 24 hours
a day, but there is a valuable asset out there that can help monitor your house and neighborhood. That asset is your neighbors.
Get to know their schedules and who should and shouldn’t be at their house. Pay attention to what vehicles they drive, so you can
recognize suspicious vehicles in the neighborhood more easily. Find out if your subdivision has an organized neighborhood watch,
and if one does not exist, consider starting one. Also, consider joining Nextdoor.com, and get to know your neighbors virtually.
The League City Police Department will always put forth every effort to keep our City and its citizens safe and prevent crime.
However, nothing can take the place of a vigilant citizenry taking proactive steps to make League City a safe and enjoyable place to
live. Have a healthy, happy, and safe summer.
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Every summer, the League City Parks and
Recreation Department adds nearly 50
seasonal employees to work as lifeguards,
pool managers, camp counselors, and in
various other roles. Many, like Nathan Miller,
are local students who continue to come
back summer after summer to serve, and
occasionally save, the residents of League City.
How long have you lived in League City?
I moved here with my family when I was in the 6th grade. My
father got a job in Houston after retiring from the Navy. I was
actually born in Sicily, Italy and have lived in five different
cities before we moved to League City. They include Corpus
Christi, Pensacola, Panama City, Key West, and Charleston,
North Carolina. League City is the longest place I have
ever lived, and I absolutely love it here. I have been able to
establish some real roots and have made some really great
friends, many of whom I work with at League City.
When did you start working with the City’s Parks
and Recreation Department?
I started as a lifeguard when I was 16 and have worked at
both the Hometown Heroes and Walker pools. I have also
worked as a recreational aid and behind the front desk. My
co-workers call me a “jack-of-all-trades.” This year, I have
been promoted to pool manager. I am a little nervous, but I
know I will be ok. As a lifeguard, I love talking to guests and
making sure people are taken care of while they are at the
pool, so as long as I continue doing that, I think I will be ok.
Have you ever saved anyone at a League City pool?
Yes, once. A teenager, who could not swim, jumped off
the diving board into the deep end and was struggling to
make it to the edge of the pool. My training kicked in, and
everything went sort of slow motion as I jumped in and
rescued him. Ideally, if we are doing our jobs well, we
shouldn’t have to make any rescues. The goal is safety first.
I am proud to say we didn’t have to make any rescues last
summer, and I hope for the same this year.
When not at the pool, what do you do?
I just graduated from Dickinson High School and will
be attending San Jacinto College in the fall to get my
associate’s degree, and then I plan on pursuing a bachelor’s
degree in nursing. I am in the process of exploring all the
parks in League City with my girlfriend and her dog. There’s
a lot, so it’s going to take me a while.
Favorite thing about League City?
The people. Everyone is super friendly in Texas, but that is
especially true in League City.
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2019 SUMMER POOL SEASON
Beat the heat by splashing into one of
League City’s two municipal pools.
A season swim pass to both pools is $25 for residents and $45 for
A season pass to only the Walker pool is $10 for residents and $25 for
Depending on age, a daily pool pass costs between $2 and $5 for
residents and between $3 and $8 for non-residents.
Summer pool season lasts until September 2.
Learn to Swim
Hometown Heroes Park offers swim lessons for all ages—from six months
to adults. Register today at www.leaguecity.com/parks or in person at
Hometown Heroes Park.
Youth Swim (3-14) and Parent-Tot Swim Lessons (6 months to 3 years)
Space is limited, and slots are filling up quickly for the remaining sessions.
Classes are available in the morning and evening.
Session 3: July 8-18
Session 4: July 22-August 1
Session 5: August 5-15
Hometown Heroes Pool
This pool features recreational open swim
time, lap swimming, a kiddie pool (6 years
and under), pavilion rentals, and whole pool
Kiddie pool hours: Monday through Thursday,
9:30 to 11:15 a.m and 5:30 to 7:15 p.m.
Open swim time from 1 to 5 p.m.
Lap swim hours: Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is a minimum of two
dedicated lap lanes for lap swim hours.
Open swim hours: Monday through Thursday,
1 to 5 p.m. Closed on Fridays, Saturdays,
and Sundays 1 to 6 p.m.
Adult Swim Class (ages 15 and up)
The next available session is from July 10-31. Classes are every Wednesday
from 6 to 7 p.m.
Family Fun Nights at the Pool
Join us at the Hometown Heroes Pool on June 21, July 12, and July 26 for a
“dive-in” movie at the pool, as well as an obstacle course, open swim, and
concession stand. Activities begin at 6 p.m., and movies will begin at sunset.
No pre-registration is required. Cost is $6 for residents and $10 for
Dates to Remember
Both pools will be closed
from August 19-23 and
August 26-30. Hometown
Heroes Pool will also be
closed on June 15 and 29.
For more information, call
281-554-1180 or go to
This newly-renovated pool features recreational
open swim time, lap swimming, a kiddie pool
(6 years or younger), and whole pool rentals.
Open swim hours: Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays.
Lap swimming: Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 8 p.m. Closed on Mondays. There is a
minimum of one dedicated lap lane for lap
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Feel the Thunder
Come experience the power and
speed of extreme watercraft as the
Texas Outlaw Challenge invades the
Bay Area, June 19-23, on the waters
of Clear Lake and Galveston Bay.
Children, teens, and even adults can
win prizes as part of League City’s
Summer Reading Program. Pick up a
log at the Helen Hall library and start
reading from now until July 26.
Set Your Child Up for Success
Get your child ready for the coming
school year by dropping them off
for free tutoring sessions at the Helen
Hall Library July 23 and July 30 from
Celebrate the Moon Landing
July marks the 50th anniversary of
the Apollo 11 moon landing. Space
Center Houston is commemorating this
historic event with non-stop activities
Connect to Your Community
Discover how you can make
a difference by attending the
“Volunteer Bazaar” on Saturday,
Aug 10. Various non-profits will be at
the Civic Center from 12 to 3 p.m.
Paddle the Creek
Grab your canoe, kayak, or
paddleboat on August 17 and
come out to Lynn Gripon Park at
Countryside for the annual League
City Paddle Boat Race.
Explore the outdoors and participate
in nature arts, crafts, and games at
the Clear Creek Nature Center. This
free program is from 9 to 11 a.m. on
the second Saturday of every month.
Step Back in Time
Stop by the Helen Hall Library the
last Thursday of every month at
7:15 p.m. for an interactive lesson on
local, Texas or American history.
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Enjoy Popcorn in the Pool
Bring the entire family out from 6 to
10 p.m. on June 21, July 12, and
July 26 for a “dive-in” movie at the
Hometown Heroes Pool. The event
also includes a pool obstacle course
and concession stand snacks.
Elevate Your Heart Rate
Get fit and cool off in the pool during
water aerobics every Monday through
Thursday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the
Hometown Heroes Pool. Classes last
until August 15 and no registration is
required. Ages 14 and up.
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Help us empty the shelter this summer!
Saturday, July 20
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 21
Noon to 4 p.m.
Hometown Heroes Park
1001 E. League City Pkwy.
Low cost vaccinations,
microchipping, vendors, food,
and a silent auction.
National travel blogger Ashley Donde moved to League City
three years ago with her husband and two kids, and they
absolutely love living in the Bay Area. On any given Saturday,
you can find them kayaking, fishing, trying new restaurants,
visiting museums, playing sports, or discovering another new
adventure. Lucky for us, Ashley shares her experience with us
in her blog, Adventures of a League City Local.
Check out her latest adventure at www.leaguecity.com/
There is always an adventure around the corner;
it’s just a matter of getting out your front door to find it.
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City of League City
300 West Walker Street
League City, TX 77573
LEAGUE CITY, TX 77573
PERMIT NO. 7
Love to paddle?
Bring your friends, kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards to this fun short
marathon event, approximately 4.5 miles on League City’s Clear Creek.
Registration at 9 a.m.
Race starts at 10 a.m.
Awards starts at 11:30 a.m.
Race will begin and end at
Lynn Gripon Countryside Park
and is open to both beginners
and novice paddlers.
For questions, contact Ashley.