Houston is growing again. And, that’s especially good news for our communities that need a new outlet for our exercise routines. The new hike-and-bike Spring Branch Trail is now open! Our communities are encouraged to participate in more outdoor recreation, exercise and commuting. The Houston Chronicle has announced the opening of the new trail this week.
Hike and bike trail is major step to linking Downtown Houston, far west side
Downtown Houston is one phase closer to being linked to the city’s far west side.
The hike-and-bike Spring Branch Trail, which encourages outdoor recreation, exercise and commuting over about 22 miles, has officially been completed.
The $1.7 million, 2.4-mile segment stretches between Blalock Road and Wirt Road along the Centerpoint Energy right-of way north of Hammerly Boulevard and south of Kempwood Drive, connecting neighborhoods, retail stores, schools, Schwartz Park and employment centers, according to its official website.
“We are delighted to be part of the expansion initiative taking place in Spring Branch,” Beth White, President and CEO of Houston Parks Board, said in a statement. “This project is in perfect alignment with the Houston Parks Board mission and is just the first step in connecting the Spring Branch community to more parks and green space.”
Funded by the Spring Branch Management District, Houston Parks Board was responsible for managing the design and construction of Phase 1 and the city of Houston Parks and Recreation Department managed the contract between the district and the city.
“The Parks Department is committed to fulfilling the Mayor’s vision of a greener, sustainable, and resilient Houston,” said Kenneth Allen, the interim director of the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, in a statement. “This new 22-mile trail is one example of how we are working to implement that vision.”
In case you’re wondering what you’re getting within the first phase, it includes, among other things: Trail connections to Schwartz Park and neighborhoods at Lazy Spring Drive, Tilson Lane, Alcott Drive and Ridgemore Drive; safe road crossings at Blalock Road, Hollister Road and Bingle Road with pedestrian and bicycle crosswalks; plus signage and ongoing maintenance of the trail, including weekly trash pickup, bi-weekly mowing, and trail and amenities upkeep.
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