Drive through the Spring Branch District on any given day, and you will see lots of things happening — from new businesses moving in, existing ones making improvements, housing developments in the works, gorgeous landscaping popping up and — everyone’s favorite — roadwork and drainage projects possibly adding a little crimp in your daily commute but making the area better in the long-term.
We would like to draw your attention to three of the seven projects that we think anyone who lives, works or goes to school in the Spring Branch area should follow in 2019.
Spring Branch Trail Study and Phase 1 Implementation
This is a multi-year, regional trail project to construct a concrete trail connection between the existing Addicks Reservoir Bike Trail to the west and the White Oak Bayou Greenway to the east, using an existing CenterPoint easement. Numerous schools, parks and neighborhoods will have direct, convenient access to the trail, which in Spring Branch alone will be more than 7 miles long! The first phase of the Spring Branch Trail project will extend from Blalock Road to just west of Wirt Road, featuring a planned 10-foot-wide concrete trail with safe street crossings and convenient neighborhood connections. Several of our schools will have access to the trail, including Buffalo Creek Elementary, Edgewood Elementary and Landrum Middle School. Plans call for construction to start in late 2019/early 2020.
Long Point Road Art Program
The Spring Branch Board is very excited to bring “art to Long Point” in the form of several sculptures temporarily installed on both public and private property along Long Point Road.
Each art piece will be specifically curated for this project by a local artist. And, should you like what you see, all art pieces will be for sale, with part of the proceeds going back to fund the art program. Expect to see art showing up on Long Point Road between Gessner Road and Hempstead Highway in mid-2019. Each installation will remain there about nine months and then will be sold or rotated with new ones.
Haden Park Improvements
Preliminary design has been completed for this existing 13-acre park located at the northeast corner of Long Point and Witte Road. The project will include major improvements, especially to the undeveloped southern portion of the park along Long Point proposed as a “community park.” Plans for this area include a small and large dog park, event lawn and stage, off-street parking, restrooms, a community garden, tennis courts and other amenities. Fundraising for Phase 1 will start in mid-2019.
To learn about all of these exciting projects happening in 2019 and participate in the conversation about making our community even greater visit www.SBMD.org/7ProjectstoFollow.