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Improvement Projects

Time to Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

More than one million people attend functions at Precinct 4 park facilities each year.

Click here for a list of opportunities for scout and community projects.

To follow is a list of current and future park projects in Precinct 4’s vast parks system:

Burroughs and Pundt Park

Precinct 4 opened two dog parks this year. The dog parks at Burroughs and Pundt Park feature separate areas for large and small dogs, as well as dog wash stations.

Cypress Creek Greenway

Precinct 4 has partnered with local municipal and public utility districts, developers, landowners, and government agencies to develop trails that connect Precinct 4 parks along Cypress Creek.

This greenway project creates natural floodplain buffer zones that will protect the habitats of plants and wildlife, while also creating a linear trail system.

Cypress Forest Linear Park, Phase I

The Cypress Forest Public Utility District (PUD) is working to purchase land along Cypresswood Drive. A portion of this acreage would be used to create a linear park and trail that could eventually tie into future trails at the precinct’s Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve on the west and through completed trails at Meyer Park and Collins Park on the east.

Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve (Middle Cypress Creek)

Municipal Utility District (MUD) 468 donated this 81.80-acre tract of land with a 40-acre lake and natural surface trails to Harris County, in January 2009. The Harris County Flood Control Department installed erosion control measures along the banks of Cypress Creek, to prevent the creek from eroding into the 40-acre lake.

Currently in the engineering and design phase, plans for development include roadway access, parking areas, trails, fencing, utilities and communications infrastructure, rest room facilities, and a staff building. Phase I construction is pending completion of engineering services and funding.

Ellen and Bill Carter Park

Precinct 4's first archery range is being built to Olympics dimensions and will open in the fall of 2012.

Little Cypress Creek Preserve (LCCP)
(Harris County's first conservation easement property)

This 58-acre preserve is the result of a public/private partnership between Precinct 4 and Bayou Land Conservancy (BLC). Together, Precinct 4 and BLC secured land mitigations from 10 separate developers to create this preserve that has 10 manmade shallow ponds that will mature to a wetland mitigation site.

Precinct 4 installed fencing around the site to prevent further deterioration from previous four-wheeler activity. In conjunction with BLC and the Apache Foundation (the philanthropic unit of Apache Corporation), Precinct 4 has planted over 500 trees at the preserve.

Status: The preserve is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. The preserve is staffed by BLC volunteers, and hiking is allowed on Saturdays and Sundays while off-road bicycling is allowed only on Sundays.

Eagle Scout projects at LCCP include amphitheater-style seating for an outdoor classroom, bird blind, benches, interpretive trails, and a kiosk at the front of the preserve that lists bird sightings, nature tours, and other activities/projects planned for the preserve.

Spring Creek Greenway (SCG)

The potential for this 40-mile corridor is the result of the combined efforts of Harris County Precinct 4 and Montgomery County Precinct 3. In 2005, Texas Parks & Wildlife awarded a $1 million Regional Grant to be split equally between the precincts for development of this project. 

Precinct 4 used their portion of the grant to develop Pundt Park, which included the construction of two trailheads: one at Pundt Park and the other at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.

Phase II connective trail system

Funded in part through a $1.5 million matching grant awarded by Texas Parks & Wildlife, Phase II of the SCG project opened to the public in March 2012. This phase of construction features a $1 million bridge and 5.5-mile paved trail to create a nearly 10-mile continuous trail that connects Pundt Park in Spring, TX to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center in Humble, TX.

Located adjacent to Pundt Park, Stahl Preserve, a pristine 146-acre preserve, features several wetland ponds and sand beaches along Spring Creek. The Phase II trail construction connected the preserve to Pundt Park and Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center.

Equestrian trails from lower Cypress Creek heading west up the Spring Creek corridor were also included in the Phase II development, and Pundt Park is a very popular equestrian launch site for riders using the trails heading east along Spring Creek. 

Cypress Creek Trails

Design of an equestrian trail from the Spring Creek Greenway Trail on the south side of Cypress Creek to Cypresswood Drive is currently underway. Development of the trail will begin in 2013 (pending funding) and is expected to take less than two years.

Highway 59 to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center

Land acquisition and design of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail from Highway 59 to Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center is currently underway. Development of the multiuse trail will begin in 2013 (pending funding) and should be complete within two years.

Pine Tree Park

Pine Tree Park, the former YMCA complex at Riley Fuzzel Road and the Hardy Toll Road, was added to Precinct 4’s parks inventory in 2009. Remodeling of the current amenities is underway and the facility should open to the public in 2013. This facility will also serve as the precinct’s new Parks Department headquarters.

Phase III connective trail system

Design of Phase III of the Spring Creek Greenway Trail from Pundt Park in Spring, TX to the Northgate Crossing drainage ditch is currently underway. Development of the multi-use trail and paralleling equestrian trail will begin in 2013 (pending funding) and is expected to take less than two years.

Additional park sites in Precinct 4 pending development:

  • Creek Course Park (Off of Cypresswood Drive)
  • Cypress Creek Site 6 (I-45 at Cypress Creek)
  • Cypress Creek Site 7 (Kuykendahl Road at Cypress Creek)
  • East Hardy Park (Hardy Toll Road in Spring)

Summary

Forging partnerships with other agencies such as municipal utility districts (MUDs), developers, community organizations, and public and private agencies has increased the level of public support Precinct 4 has received for park improvement projects. 

As park bond funds are expended and tax dollars are stretched farther in Harris County, we appreciate your comments and involvement as we move towards the common goal of improving the quality of life in Precinct 4.