Little Free Library box ordered to come down in Shepherd Park Plaza area

By Mark Boyle - Reporter

HOUSTON - Dennis Woodward lives in the Shepherd Park Plaza area of north Houston. He said he wanted to install a Little Free Library in the park for kids to borrow books to read and enjoy.

A few weeks ago, Woodward poured some concrete and dirt into the ground, then put a wooden post in, followed by the Little Free Library box on top.

"I knew I wanted to do it because it was the right thing and I knew I wanted to do it without going to seek permission, because I do not have time for that," Woodward said.

However, about two weeks after he installed it the city of Houston put a notice on the box and said it needs to come down because Woodward never applied for a permit.

In a statement from the City of Houston, a spokesperson wrote "Any park addition, alteration or improvement needs to be submitted to the department as a proposal for our review and response before any installation is approved or is installed."

Woodward said he is going to try to get a permit because he knows it is the right thing to do for an area with kids who need to read.

"It's all about reading and getting books in children's hands," Woodward said.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department released the following statement:

"Any park addition, alteration or improvement needs to be submitted to the department as a proposal for our review and response before any installation is approved or is installed.
    
In terms of Shepherd Park, the requestor was asked to submit a proposal and we are waiting for his response."

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