Through the construction of an extensive trail system and additional parks, Precinct 4 is creating connectivity along Cypress and Little Cypress creeks. The Cypress Creek Greenway (CCG) will eventually connect a series of parks stretching from west of Hwy. 290 eastward to the Spring Creek Greenway (SCG) at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center near Hwy. 59. As with the SCG, this greenway will create natural floodplain buffer zones, contiguous trail connectivity, and linear wildlife habitat.
Cypress Creek Greenway Map (PDF)
The first completed piece of the CCG is the Gourley Nature Trail, which is named in honor of Genevieve and Robert Gourley, who donated the easement. The trail connects Collins Park with Meyer Park, and is approximately 2,850 feet long and 10 feet wide. The Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition (CCFCC) provided funding for benches and signage located along the trail through a $10,000 grant they received from REI.
Gourley Nature Trail Map (PDF)
Precinct 4 partnered with the Greater Houston Off-Road Biking Association (GHORBA) to create Cypresswood Trail (see image on left side), a single-track, natural-surface mountain bike trail from east of Collins Park’s baseball fields to T. C. Jester Blvd. Mountain bicyclists have access to the trailhead parking lot, rest room, and water fountains in Collins Park.
Cypress Creek Greenway Trails Map
The precinct also worked with local leaders to secure property once owned by Hewlett-Packard off of Chasewood and SH 249 (north of Cypresswood and south of Louetta). The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is a pristine piece of parkland that features a 40-acre lake with natural-surface walking trails. The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is closed pending development.
Land acquisitions and future trail development will connect over 50 miles of equestrian trials* at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to the SCG via the future CCG trail system. As of April 2012, the SCG trail encompasses almost 10 linear miles of improved trail, 2,000 contiguous acres of preserved parkland, and a 14-foot-wide pedestrian/equestrian bridge across Cypress Creek just above its confluence with Spring Creek.
*The equestrian trails at IAH can only be accessed and used by certified Airport Rangers in the George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport Rangers Program.
Parks Along the Future Greenway
The following parks will be linked through the Cypress Creek Greenway:
Bud Hadfield Park
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
Little Cypress Creek Preserve
Mercer Botanic Gardens
Project funding for the Cypress Creek Greenway is a partnership with Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition (CCFCC), Harris County Precinct 3, Harris County Precinct 4, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, municipal utility districts (MUDs), and other foundations.
Cypress Creek Greenway Brochure (PDF)