I was at Tinsley Park on Saturday afternoon, the 8th, for about 4 hours. The attendees ran the philosophical gamut from anarchist to Ron Paul Libertarian. Yet we all chatted, strategized, and got along. It was really kind of exhilarating.
I found access to Tinsley Park to be challenging, due to my lack of familiarity with the area. Thus, as a public service, I’m providing what I think may be a better map than is currently on the OccupyHouston site, with red markings to indicate what looks to me like the easiest access and auxiliary parking.
Come One Come All For The Feast! (See below)
If you attend the (very laid back) protest, consider a donation of money or goods for ‘The Cause’. All these folks are there for us; the 99%.
I’m sure your local OCCUPY group has similar needs. You may start searching here: (www.occupytogether.org), whether they’ve articulated them or not.I went by Saturday afternoon and dropped some stuff off. I donated 10 bucks toward pizzas on Thursday, but the Needed Items link gave me more ideas.
My driving suggestions (for what they’re worth): Heading east on Memorial Drive from Sawyer, make the 1st possible right turn (Sabine Street). (If you get to Houston Avenue, you’ve gone too far! Turn around!) On Sabine, cross the bayou and make a right turn on Allen Parkway. Now heading west, this will take you almost immediately to the limited parking area for Tinsley Park. I’ve marked this route on the map in red.
From the site: Eleanor Tinsley Park is located between Allen Parkway and Memorial Way, just west of I-45. There is sparse parking along Allen Parkway and the park.
However, the Houston Police Department has told us that you can park along the frontage road on the other side of Allen Parkway. (I don’t recommend this. I saw some ticketing. - Mike) There’s a crosswalk on Allen and Taft, a bit west of the park. There’s also parking on the other side of the park along Memorial Way.
See my map for Memorial Way, which I’ve marked in red. I also found some parking on Crosby Street, south off the Allen Pkwy service road.
If there’s no parking at Tinsley, keep going to Montrose. Make a right and a right (back onto Memorial Drive), and go east to Sawyer. Make a left on Sawyer and a quick right onto Memorial Way.
If you are heading east on Allen Pkwy and see the park on your left, you’re out of luck. Allen Pkwy is a divided road, and there’s no way to turn around. If you’re as ignorant of this part of town as I am, you’ll be headed to Downtown or I-45 for a lengthy detour.
Excerpt below for 10/9:
Good news, everyone! The Hare Krishna temple is providing a vegan feast for the occupiers of Houston, TX! Come on out to our occupation of Eleanor Tinsley Park on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 6:00pm and bring your appetite! They’re expecting hungry people, so let’s not disappoint them! Thanks for your support for the 99%!