A historic oak tree that residents once rallied to save is getting its own Precinct 4 park.
Located near T.C. Jester and Louetta, the more-than-a-century-old tree has ties to Klein's original German settlers. Residents say celebrations and photos under the tree were common when the Strack family operated the Strack Farms Restaurant and reception hall on the property.
When the restaurant closed in 2014, a developer purchased the land to build a Circle K convenience store and gas station. The new owners planned to remove the tree because it stood in the way of the gas station entrance. The proposal sparked a letter-writing campaign by Klein Oaks High School students and eventually a pledge by Circle K to save the tree.
Once Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle heard about the tree, he directed staff to widen the median opening, so the gas station entrance could be relocated and the tree saved. To ensure the tree remains protected, Commissioner Cagle purchased the remaining portion of land, which he plans to convert into a small park with an office building.
In honor of the tree's history, Commissioner Cagle named the park Kissing Tree Park.
"Many of our parks are known for their history," said Commissioner Cagle. "Spring Creek Park is the site of several historical markers honoring the areas's heritage while Jones Park in Humble was home to Akokisa tribes and early Texas settlers. Now, I'm proud I can preserve another important piece of this area's German heritage at Kissing Tree Park in Spring."
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