Thursday, June 27, 2013

Houston Approves 160 Miles of Hike/Bike Trails

The City of Houston has approved an expansive trails plan for the Houston region that builds on an approved $100M bond fund with another $100M to be raised by the Houston Parks Board, a non-profit that supports the development of Houston parks.

Houston Chronicle "Deal paves way for 160-mile bayou trail effort"

The Bayou Greenways Plan will build trails along many of our area's generally west/east flowing bayous lacing across the Houston region. Check the map!

Houston Parks Board is the moving force to create the trails using bond money and raising money to fund the project.

The Houston Parks Board has committed to raising $105 million to accompany the $100 million from the bond issue (the other $66 million is for other projects), and already has raised $20.3 million. Parks board director Roksan Okan-Vick said bulldozers will start moving in a few months, starting along White Oak Bayou.
“This is a transformational project,” Okan-Vick said. “It will change the way we think about our city and change the way others view and think about our city.”
The same day the Houston approved moving forward on the plan, leaders of the Clear Lake Water Authority and the citizens support group for developing a park area at the "Old Clear Lake Golf Course" met with Okan-Vick and a city official to discuss plans under development for the Clear Lake facility that will include over six miles of hike and bike trails in the center of the Bay Area Clear Lake region. Clear Lake may be able to piggyback on the plan just announced!

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