Harris County Pct. 4 hosting first Civic Adventure Day
Harris County Precinct 4 officials are inviting the community to meet civic leaders while enjoying park amenities.
The first Harris County Precinct 4 Civic Adventure Day, to be held at Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve in the Cypress Creek area, will bring Harris County Precinct 4 officials and leaders to community members. The event will have food trucks, local education exhibitors and several park activities like canoeing and fishing in Marshall Lake.
Landon Reed, Harris County Precinct 4 assistant director of community outreach, said the event was requested by local organizations. Reed said the advantage of the event is to have community leaders in one location and giving them the opportunity to explain their roles and how they work with each other daily.
“A big component of what we wanted to show is how the commissioner works with city officials, how the commissioner works with the local sheriff and the constable,” he said. “We also wanted to have state representatives and federal representatives so they could see how that works… Most of the public, even when they get to the adult age, they don’t know that.”
Officials attending the event include Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, as well as representatives from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Harris County Flood Control District, Harris County Public Library, Harris County Fire Marshall’s Office and Harris County Public Health.
“We’re bringing not only [Cagle], but we invited other representatives that would be local entities that we work with, all the way down to judges,” Reed said. “They would have the opportunity to hear all of those civic leaders.”
After receiving requests to meet with officials, Reed said Precinct 4 officials wanted to find a better way to meet the community’s need. The event is meant to meet the request of community members wanting to speak with officials while giving Precinct 4 officials the chance to connect with the public, Reed said.
“Civic Adventure Day came out of requests that we received over and over again from groups like [Boy Scouts of America], Young Rotarians and all of the school districts,” Reed said. “They would always come in wanting to meet with the commissioner or want a representative of the commissioner to talk, some of them for requirements and some for school projects.”
All officials who will be present may not stay for the entirety of the event due to other commitments. Boy Scouts can earn their civic badge at the event, and any organizations needing to speak with officials will have the chance, Reed said.
“We really had good feedback,” he said. “We were planning on it being an annual event, but after the feedback we’re definitely looking to do it every year.”