In 2014, the City of Houston and CenterPoint Energy signed a Master License Agreement that would allow the city to build hike-and-bike trails on CenterPoint Energy utility corridors. This agreement opened up the potential for a greatly expanded trail system across the city.
Subsequently, the Sharpstown Civic Association identified the opportunity and importance of a trail connection in the CenterPoint Energy corridor parallel to South Gessner Road (see map here). The corridor represents underutilized greenspace within the community that is convenient to many homes, schools, and businesses. It also has the potential to connect the neighborhood to the Westchase Trails in the north and Brays Bayou Greenway in the south. When complete, Brays Bayou Greenway will stretch over 30 miles from Buffalo Bayou in the east to George Bush Park in the west.
Ultimately, completing the Sharpstown trail would bring safety, connectivity, health, and economic benefits to the area. Download Houston Parks Board’s study report below for more information.