Inwood Recreation Project

Inwood Recreation Project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND HISTORY

The neighborhood of Greater Inwood lies in northwest Houston along the White Oak Bayou, just north of its confluence with Vogel Creek. The Inwood Golf Course, which is part of the neighborhood, was purchased by the City of Houston to build new storm water detention basins in partnership with the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD).

HCFCD received a federal grant funds to develop detention basins at Inwood for flood control purposes only. To supplement this project, Houston Parks Board, along with Asakura Robinson, a landscape design firm, was tasked by the City of Houston to incorporate a recreational component.

Initial funding for the study to include a recreational component was supported by a grant from Rebuild Texas, and the preliminary planning study can be found here.

Houston Parks Board and its partners, along with input from the community, created a plan that proposes trails, recreation, and landscaping components that complement the detention basins. This approach will bring multiple beneficial uses to flood control infrastructure.

To view the project webpage on HCFCD’s website, which also contains previous community meetings, click here.

INWOOD RECREATION PHASE ONE

The City of Houston, Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD), Harris County Precinct One, and Houston Parks Board are excited that funding is in place and work has begun on to begin work funding is in place for the first phase of the Inwood Forest Recreation Plan, which will create a 1-mile greenway with recreation elements and amenities along Vogel Creek. The phase one elements were chosen because they can be accomplished simultaneously with the detention project. Other elements from the plan are dependent on the detention project completion before they can be implemented.

OUTREACH AND COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Inwood Recreation Phase One will involve community outreach to enable the project design to best respond to community needs. There will be three community meetings for phase one:

- August 2021 – date TBD – Project overview and preliminary feedback

- November 2021 – date TBD – Project update and additional feedback

- February 2022 – date TBD – Final project update and comments

Additionally, community members will be able to provide virtual feedback and contact the project team at any point throughout the process using the project’s Social Pinpoint website, which is currently under construction.

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