A grove of mature oaks is the only thing left from the old Alief Community Center which was scrapped to make way for a unique multipurpose neighborhood center and park that will foster connections between generations. The first multipurpose center of its kind in Texas, the 70,000-square-foot Alief Neighborhood Center offers a public library, a senior center, and a clinic for women, infants, and children run by the Houston Health Department. The 38-acre park includes a public pool, skate park, soccer fields, and tennis, pickleball, and basketball courts. It's rare for publicly-funded buildings to combine so many services for neighborhood residents in one structure, but in Alief, three buildings were all due for replacement. The $59 million project was entirely supported by city funds. Alief is a low-income neighborhood with a majority-minority population that is home to first-generation immigrants from across the world.

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