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Cypress Creek Greenway Project

  1. 1. Cypress Creek Greenway ProjectCypress Creek Flood Control Coalition
  2. 2. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  3. 3. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  4. 4. Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition… In collaboration with government and theMISSION private sector, pursue unified, proactive resolutions to flooding within the Cypress Creek Watershed consistent with the following objectives:
  5. 5. Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition… In collaboration with government and theMISSION private sector, pursue unified, proactive resolutions to flooding within the Cypress Creek Watershed consistent with the following objectives: • Flooding: Improve flood prevention measures implemented in advance of urban development on a cost-effective basis.
  6. 6. Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition… In collaboration with government and theMISSION private sector, pursue unified, proactive resolutions to flooding within the Cypress Creek Watershed consistent with the following objectives: • Flooding: Improve flood prevention measures implemented in advance of urban development on a cost-effective basis. • Preservation: Promote park, recreational, and wildlife habitant development consistent with preservation of the watershed’s natural environment.
  7. 7. Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition… In collaboration with government and theMISSION private sector, pursue unified, proactive resolutions to flooding within the Cypress Creek Watershed consistent with the following objectives: • Flooding: Improve flood prevention measures implemented in advance of urban development on a cost-effective basis. • Preservation: Promote park, recreational, and wildlife habitant development consistent with preservation of the watershed’s natural environment. • Education: Improve communication links between the government and private sectors on matters concerning the Coalition’s Watershed mission and objectives.
  8. 8. Harris County’s Watersheds and Channels
  9. 9. Facts About the Cypress Creek Watershed• Located in northwestern Harris County, and extends into eastern Waller County.• The largest of 22 watersheds in Harris County; contains 323 square miles• Includes two primary streams – Cypress Creek and• Little Cypress Creek - and 8 major tributaries
  10. 10. Cypress Creek Watershed Land Cover
  11. 11. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  12. 12. Cypress Creek Greenway Project…THE VISION• Create a continuous linear greenbelt along Cypress Creek and Little Cypress Creek, stretching from west of US 290 to the east where it connects with the Spring Creek Greenway• Use the Greenway to connect a series of existing and future anchor parks• Develop a pass-through trail system along the entire length of the Greenway that would link to other trails in the Greenway parks and local communities
  13. 13. Cypress Creek Greenway Project…The proposed Greenway will preservea natural corridor along Cypress Creekand its major tributaries that will:• Reduce flooding along Cypress Creek• Provide recreational opportunities• Preserve the existing natural habitat• Develop awareness of the cultural and historical significance of Cypress Creek
  14. 14. Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Mix of passive and active recreational opportunities• Combination of county/precinct parks, HCFCD tracts, and MUD parks• Parking and trail access points at parks
  15. 15. Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Variety of park types determined by needs and the “individual park geography”: - Undeveloped natural areas or preserves - Active sports areas (ball fields, playgrounds, restrooms) - Off-road cycling areas with trails - Educational facilities - Preserved wetlands and ponds, wet detention ponds - Identified future park sites
  16. 16. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  17. 17. Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Economic Benefits − Trails and parks currently the number one amenity desired by residents − Increased home values near parks and trails − Invigorates existing neighborhoods not having park and trail amenities − Attracts economic development• Quality of Life Benefits − Opportunities for fitness and outdoor recreation − Creates a variety of individual, family, and group recreational options − Creates a sense of community• Park systems recognized as essential part of our communities by Texas State Legislature• Will connect to larger park and trail systems
  18. 18. Texas Water CodeSec. 49.461 – 49.466, including Sec. 49.461(a):The Legislature finds that: (1) The provision of parks and recreational facilities is necessaryand desirable for the health and well-being of the people of this state;and (2) It is the policy of the state and the purpose of this subchapter toencourage persons in districts to provide parks and recreational facilitiesfor their use and benefit.
  19. 19. Bayou Greenway Initiative
  20. 20. Sam Houston Trail and Wilderness Preserve Houston Wilderness
  21. 21. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  22. 22. Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee of CCFCC• Develop and provide a vision for the Cypress Creek Greenway• Serve as an advocate and proponent for the Greenway• Identify and educate partners about the potential benefits of the Greenway• Coordinate and serve as a liaison between and among partners• Be a resource and knowledge base for Greenway corridor information• Coordinate with partners outside the Cypress Creek corridor• Identify acreage tracts suitable for preservation or parks• Work to develop new anchor parks (Kickerillo Mischer Preserve and Cypress Park)• CCGP not purchasing land and building parks and trails
  23. 23. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  24. 24. Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project •Harris County Pct. 3 and 4 Commissioners and Park Departments •Harris County Parks Department •HCFCD •MUDs (+/- 50 total, met with 30) •Neighborhood HOA’s and Other Groups •Developers •GHORBA (Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association) •Katy Prairie Conservancy •Legacy Land Trust •Quality of Life Coalition/Greater Houston Partnership •Bayou Preservation Association •H-GAC (Houston Galveston Area Council) •Houston Parks Board (and former Park People) •Houston Wilderness •Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce •Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce •Landscape Architects and Land Use Planners •Engineering Firms •Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) •TxDOT •Houston Audubon Society •Equestrian Interest Groups •North Houston Association •Elected officials
  25. 25. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  26. 26. Challenges• Attaining widespread participation• Land ownership complexity – i.e. large number of individual tracts adjacent to creek• Funding• Security issues
  27. 27. Challenges• Attaining widespread participation − Numerous entities are actively involved and many more are needed• Land ownership complexity – i.e. large number of individual tracts adjacent to creek• Funding• Security issues
  28. 28. Challenges• Attaining widespread participation• Land ownership complexity – i.e. large number of individual tracts adjacent to creek − HCFCD right-of-way (easement and fee) is a plus − Deal with ownership issues on a project by project basis• Funding• Security issues
  29. 29. Challenges• Attaining widespread participation• Land ownership complexity – i.e. large number of individual tracts adjacent to creek• Funding − Existing budget − Foundation grants − Bond elections − Nonprofit participation − County funds − Creation of partnerships − TPWD grants for parks and trails − SRTS (Safe Routes to Schools) − Developer and corporate contributions − Conservation easements and partnerships − Corporate grants• Security issues
  30. 30. Challenges• Attaining widespread participation• Land ownership complexity – i.e. large number of individual tracts adjacent to creek• Funding• Security issues − Perception is reality − “Bad folks” avoid developed and high use areas − Positive testimonies of those living near greenways − Creative solutions with security providers − Parks and trails continue to be built
  31. 31. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  32. 32. Existing Anchor Parks 312 ac 86 ac 91 ac 74 ac 55 ac 91 ac 325 ac 286 ac 852 ac17,000 ac 111 ac
  33. 33. Larger Contiguous HCFCD Tracts 48 ac 30 acOn Cypress Creek: 68 ac540 acres total in larger tracts 31 ac850 acres grand total 56 ac 33 ac 12 ac 56 ac 54 ac 21 ac 83 ac 53 ac
  34. 34. Planned Anchor Parks 80 ac 150 ac
  35. 35. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve – Planned Anchor Park
  36. 36. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  37. 37. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve – Conceptual Park Plan
  38. 38. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  39. 39. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  40. 40. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  41. 41. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  42. 42. Kickerillo Mischer Preserve
  43. 43. Cypress Park – Planned Anchor Park
  44. 44. Conceptual Plan for Cypress Park
  45. 45. Cypress Creek at Cypress Park
  46. 46. Cypress Creek at Cypress Park
  47. 47. Cypress Park
  48. 48. Meyer and Collins Parks Trails
  49. 49. Meyer and Collins Parks Trails Collins ParkMeyer Park
  50. 50. Gourley Nature Trail
  51. 51. Gourley Nature Trail
  52. 52. Gourley Nature Trail
  53. 53. Lake at Meyer Park
  54. 54. Gourley Nature Trail
  55. 55. BridgelandBridgeland
  56. 56. Bridgeland
  57. 57. Bridgeland
  58. 58. Bridgeland – Cypress Creek Trail
  59. 59. Bridgeland – Cypress Creek Trail
  60. 60. Towne LakeTowne Lake
  61. 61. Towne Lake
  62. 62. Cypress Creek Greenway NWHC MUD 5NWHC MUD 10MUDS 364 & 365
  63. 63. NW HC MUD 5 Master Plan
  64. 64. Cypress Creek Greenway Faulkey GullyLake Forest UD MUD 286
  65. 65. Lake Forest Utility District
  66. 66. Faulkey Gully
  67. 67. MUD 286 Park
  68. 68. MUD 286 Trails
  69. 69. Cypress Creek Greenway Charterwood Cypress Forest PUDTowne Lake Cy-Champ PUD MUD 230
  70. 70. Cypress Forest PUD
  71. 71. Cypress Creek Greenway Terra Nova West UD WCID 110 CNP UD
  72. 72. Cypress Creek Greenway Timber Lane UD MUD 43
  73. 73. Timber Lane Park and Trail Master Plan
  74. 74. Presentation Outline• Background and Watershed Overview• The Vision• Why Develop the Cypress Creek Greenway?• Roles of the Cypress Creek Greenway Committee• Partners in the Cypress Creek Greenway Project• Challenges• What exists and what is being planned?• What can you do to participate?
  75. 75. What Can We Do to Achieve the Vision?If currently not planning to participate…. −Seek to learn more about the benefits −Visit completed parks and trails −Speak to the experts (engineers, legal, Harris County) −Consider developing a conceptual plan including a preliminary cost estimate −Be open to pursuing different funding options −Seek out partnerships −Learn from those who have already implemented plans
  76. 76. What Can We Do to Achieve the Vision?If already implemented or implementing a plan…. −Seek opportunities to leverage on what you have done −Be willing to share expertise, experience, and learnings −Promote to others the benefits of what you have done
  77. 77. What Can We Do to Achieve the Vision?Other: −Be willing to discuss with, and promote to, elected officials and their staffs −Consider the long term as well as the short term view −Call upon CCGP where appropriate −Recognize the benefits of cumulative efforts
  78. 78. Greenway Project Contact: Jim Robertson 281-370-8243JHRVER@aol.com
  79. 79. Trail Vision for Lakewood Forest Area
  80. 80. Trail Vision for Lakewood Forest Area
  81. 81. Trail Vision for Lakewood Forest Area

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