While damage is still being assessed, estimates show Hurricane Harvey inflicted millions of dollars’ worth of damage to public parks in Precinct 4. Now that recovery is underway, staff are working to restore as many parks as possible, although some of the damage may be visible for months or even years to come.
Flood waters buried sections of Mercer Botanic Gardens in several feet of sand and flooded almost all buildings, including the Visitor Center and greenhouses. Many plants either washed away or died from waterlogged roots and silt buildup. As a result, Mercer will remain closed until further notice, and all programs are cancelled for the remainder of 2017. If you would like to donate to Mercer’s recovery, visit themercersociety.org/events/.
At Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature, nearly 7 feet of water inundated the Nature Center while staff measured up to 20 feet of water near the front parking lot.
Although the Nature Center will remain closed until further notice, the playground, picnic area, and some walking trails are now open. More trails will open as they are cleared.
The following programs at Jones park have been cancelled: Tree T's, Brownie Hike, Jr. Angler, Tadpoles Club, Gardening Daze, and Hunter Education. For additional updates on programming, please call the park at 281-446-8588.
Updates on other Precinct 4 parks include the following:
• Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve is open, but visitors may experience intermittent trail closures for repairs to the banks of Cypress Creek and the trail.
• Spring Creek Greenway Trail is open from Dennis Johnston Park east to Hwy. 59. Use caution as intermittent trail closures for repairs will continue. Equestrian trails are not open as staff continues clearing debris.
• The remaining section of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail from Dennis Johnston Park west to East Hardy Road is still under repair and is expected to remain closed until further notice.
• Precinct 4’s Trails As Parks (TAP) division is resuming programming at Spring Creek Park, Pundt Park, Carter Park, and Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. Archery, canoeing, and fishing will be available. Pontoon trips have been cancelled until further notice.
Check online for more recreational opportunities with TAP.
Visit www.hcp4.net for updates on repairs and closures.
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