The new Clay Family Eastern Glades at Memorial Park will be unveiled this week

HOUSTON Memorial Park Conservancy and project partners at Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Kinder Foundation and the Uptown Development Authority are unveiling the new Clay Family Eastern Glades at Memorial Park, and there are 100 acres of open space for relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation. We got a special tour, and its gorgeous! Located just north of memorial drive, between Memorial Park Golf Course and Crestwood drive, the Eastern Glades offer more trails and boardwalks to enjoy, more restrooms, more parking, and honors the parks military history. Shellye Arnold, President and CEO of Memorial Park Conservancy joined Lauren Kelly to chat about the projects key features and amenities, and heres what visitors can expect:-100 acres of open space for relaxation, reflection, and rejuvenation-5 -acre Hines Lake and wetlands with beautiful sunset views-3 pavilions and 4 picnic areas-2 miles of new trails explore, including boardwalks along the lake and wetlands-5 -acre central lawn for passive recreation such as strolling, picnicking, and relaxing-Live oak court for concessions and events-Over 50 unique quotes from Houstonians about how memorial park inspires them, selected by Madison Petaway, the 2020 Houston Youth Poet Laureate-Additional parking, dark sky lighting, water fountains for people and pups, benches, and bike racks-Over 150 native species add biodiversity and wildlife habitat to the park-Nearly 40 acres of restored habitat-An additional 550 new native trees-Rain gardens and bioswales receive runoff from roofs and parking lots, slowing and purifying stormwater-The edge of Hines Lake supports 1 acres of emergent wetlands-The wetlands plants provide healthy habitat and also clean the stormwater that flows through Hines Lake on its way to Memorial Parks largest tributary leading into Buffalo BayouFor more information in the new Clay Family Eastern Glades at Memorial Park, check out their website.

Houston school closed until January due to whooping cough outbreak

EMBED >More News Videos What to know about whooping coughHOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A whooping cough outbreak has closed St. Theresa Catholic School near Memorial Park early.Parents received a letter on Dec. 11 that the school and day care would be closed until Jan. 6 after several confirmed cases.According to a statement from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the school notified the community of the first confirmed case on Dec. 4. The case was then reported immediately to the Texas Department of State Health Services to investigate.The archdiocese also said all of St. Theresa's students are vaccinated, and it's working closely with the Houston Health Department.This is the archdiocese's full statement:Whooping cough can affect people of all ages but it can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than one year old.Many babies are infected by older siblings, parents, or caregivers who might not even know they have the disease.In its early stages, whooping cough appears to be nothing more than the common cold. But as it develops, the coughing fits can be so severe that patients can't eat or sleep normally.Some even break their ribs from coughing. "Whooping cough is becoming more common unfortunately, probably for a variety of reasons. Maybe declining vaccination rates or waning immunity from our previous vaccines, so that's why we're encouraging our adults to get vaccinated at least once in their adult life and actually pregnant women are encouraged to get a tetanus and whooping cough vaccine in their third trimester of pregnancy," said Dr. Tina Ardon with the Mayo Clinic.Doctors say the highly contagious disease is spread through coughing, sneezing, or spending a lot of time near someone.