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Eastern Glades was open to the public today.  It was kind of empty of people because it was raining, but I would imagine this will attract quite a crowd when the weather starts getting cooler.   Very

I biked through the park today and noticed that they have begun installing the pre-fabricated sections of the tunnel.  I think this is the east tunnel (the one closer to downtown). It is much bigger t

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The plan is to run BRT on I-10. Running it on Memorial would probably slow it down a bit, but it would allow for stations closer to actual homes and businesses. Now they are far enough apart that there's a genuine argument for running both of course. 

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2 hours ago, H-Town Man said:

 

They should put some rough-hewed stone on that bridge and give it a Central Park look.

 

It might begin to look like some of these landscaped pools that you see that never come off looking real, but something out of a theme park landscaping. I would prefer that they not try and make it Central Park II. We don't have any natural rock outcroppings and it would tend to make it unrealistic.

Let's stick to our areas terrain and landscaping and keep it in our areas natural setting. I would prefer that they take out any trees and bushes that are not indigenous to the area while they're at it. As pretty as Tallow trees are they are not from around here and tend to take over and use up lots of water.

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1 hour ago, Skyboxdweller said:

You would think that this would be an ideal time to run a two-lane Bus Rapid Transit through the park connecting with the Uptown line at Post Oak .  The mentality is still very car oriented and is already outdated from a regional transportation perspective.

 

 

1 hour ago, Texasota said:

The plan is to run BRT on I-10. Running it on Memorial would probably slow it down a bit, but it would allow for stations closer to actual homes and businesses. Now they are far enough apart that there's a genuine argument for running both of course. 

 

Would definitely be slower as BRT on I-10 is planned to run on elevated two-way HOV, with one stop at Shepherd. 

 

Also, I've definitely been a little frustrated with the Memorial Park people. They've changed the plans to replace all of the softball fields and will be keeping 2/3 in place now. Minor to the plan as a whole, but still, frustrating!

 

 

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16 minutes ago, bobruss said:

 

It might begin to look like some of these landscaped pools that you see that never come off looking real, but something out of a theme park landscaping. I would prefer that they not try and make it Central Park II. We don't have any natural rock outcroppings and it would tend to make it unrealistic.

Let's stick to our areas terrain and landscaping and keep it in our areas natural setting. I would prefer that they take out any trees and bushes that are not indigenous to the area while they're at it. As pretty as Tallow trees are they are not from around here and tend to take over and use up lots of water.

 

Fair point, but we don't have any cement outcroppings in our landscape either. There is good limestone in Fayette County an hour or so away.

 

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7 hours ago, Toopicky said:

 

You should try visiting the Houston Zoo .... they have done an AMAZING job with "rock" outcroppings (walls) in the new displays designed to look like those in the animals' natural surroundings. That isn't the same look as coastal Texas of course (as we don't have any outcrops) but when done right look VERY REALISTIC and adds a nice visual change in this flat swampscape we live on. There is a reason why the higher end master planned communities now often include rocky crags with waterfalls ... people like them, enough so to pay extra to live there.

 

I'd pay extra not to live in a neighborhood with waterfalls and rocks.

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17 hours ago, Toopicky said:

 

You should try visiting the Houston Zoo .... they have done an AMAZING job with "rock" outcroppings (walls) in the new displays designed to look like those in the animals' natural surroundings. That isn't the same look as coastal Texas of course (as we don't have any outcrops) but when done right look VERY REALISTIC and adds a nice visual change in this flat swampscape we live on. There is a reason why the higher end master planned communities now often include rocky crags with waterfalls ... people like them, enough so to pay extra to live there.

I have been to the zoo recently and toured the Gorilla habitat. I know they can create very life like stone walls. 

My whole point is they are trying to create a Houston coastal plains landscape. It's natural order. I just don't think they need to add fake stones to this park. 

You said it yourself they were trying to recreate the animals natural habitat. If people want to live in neighborhoods adorned with waterfalls and rocky crags that fine. I have no problem with it. I just want Memorial park to retain its natural habitats and surroundings, as much as possible.

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Press Release:

Good news for the Memorial Park Master Plan.

Tilman Fertitta has graciously donated all materials carefully and lovingly disassembled from his beloved Rainforest Cafe locations that have unfortunately closed across the country including the hugely popular yet sadly now defunct Houston Galleria location. 

The hyper realistic rock walls made of superior high grade styrofoam as well as the masterfully and skillfully created life like creations of the toucans, monkeys, elephants, cougars and more will all adorn the gateways to what some are calling the underground passages to wonder aka "land bridges". Installation will begin immediately and a parade will be coinciding with the Astros World Series Victory Parade. 

www.houstonpress.com/rainforestmagiccomestomemorial

 

 

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19 hours ago, wilcal said:

 

Also, I've definitely been a little frustrated with the Memorial Park people. They've changed the plans to replace all of the softball fields and will be keeping 2/3 in place now. Minor to the plan as a whole, but still, frustrating!

 

 

 

Can you give us a little more information?  It is not clear what your issue is and what changes you are saying they have made.

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20 hours ago, bobruss said:

Let's stick to our areas terrain and landscaping and keep it in our areas natural setting. I would prefer that they take out any trees and bushes that are not indigenous to the area while they're at it. As pretty as Tallow trees are they are not from around here and tend to take over and use up lots of water.

 

The plan includes removing invasive trees and plants.

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Can you give us a little more information?  It is not clear what your issue is and what changes you are saying they have made.

 

The TLDR is that there are four larger softball/kickball fields: 2-5

 

4/5 are going away.

 

They were going to combine 2-5 together into circular complex. 

 

Existing: 

 

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Master plan:

 

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You can see how the entry road was going to completely change.

 

Basically, I was asking if we were going to be completely field-less at some point while construction took place, but then they told me that 2 and 3 wouldn't be moving at all anymore. So who knows. 

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12 minutes ago, wilcal said:

 

The TLDR is that there are four larger softball/kickball fields: 2-5

 

4/5 are going away.

 

They were going to combine 2-5 together into circular complex. 

 

Existing: 

 

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Master plan:

 

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You can see how the entry road was going to completely change.

 

Basically, I was asking if we were going to be completely field-less at some point while construction took place, but then they told me that 2 and 3 wouldn't be moving at all anymore. So who knows. 

 

Even if that is so, why does that frustrate you?  What is the issue?

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5 minutes ago, Houston19514 said:

 

Even if that is so, why does that frustrate you?  What is the issue?

 

It's very difficult to get spots in one of the CoH softball leagues, and I would like a heads up if they are just going to spring it on us if softball at Memorial will be cancelled for however long so I can have alternatives either within the CoH leagues or one of the third party leagues. 

 

There are going to be dozens of teams looking for a new home even if only 2 fields are closed temporarily. 

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9 minutes ago, wilcal said:

 

It's very difficult to get spots in one of the CoH softball leagues, and I would like a heads up if they are just going to spring it on us if softball at Memorial will be cancelled for however long so I can have alternatives either within the CoH leagues or one of the third party leagues. 

 

There are going to be dozens of teams looking for a new home even if only 2 fields are closed temporarily. 

 

So you're frustration is anticipatory...    There doesn't seem to be any reason to think they are going to close existing fields before opening new ones.

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1 hour ago, Houston19514 said:

 

So you're frustration is anticipatory...    There doesn't seem to be any reason to think they are going to close existing fields before opening new ones.

 

For sure, but they won't even tell me that, you know? 

 

Not to mention, I'm interested in the development timeline as a whole and what changes may be in store and that's rather opaque as well. 

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Posted in the Buffalo Bayou thread but meant to post here...

well, 3 months later...still wondering if there is any update on Eastern Glades opening...rode my bike nearby and to me it looks like it is ready and the fence should come down anytime but maybe they are waiting for when they can have some kind of celebratory grand opening? anyone know? 

i am just excited about having something similar to Discovery Green open close to me or at least hope it kind of turns into that...

and in turn i wonder if they will close the bike loop/picnic loop to use that for another purpose (i think it would be cool to turn that whole area into a bike park with the loop but then ramps and a course within the loop) or at least give it some revamping as it seriously needs some tlc, especially as far as the seating/tables go.

 

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1 hour ago, gene said:

@nate4l1f3 !!! man thank you so much for sharing this!!! i am truly lucky to be able to ride my bike here...so thankful for that! can't wait to check it out in the next week or so when it opens!

 

I’m excited as well. Wish it was 40 degrees cooler then I’d really be excited!

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Those pics are awesome! I love how they're trying to recreate the native coastal prairie ecosystem, that's pretty damn unique for a "city" park, that I know of. Reminds me of the little slice of the Midtown park that attempts to recreate a bayou feeder stream.

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Yahooooooooooooooooooo! i will ride my bike by there today after work to go check it out....seriously so excited! thanks for the heads up and photos @EaDo Lou !

 

 

edited to say i went right after work last night on my bike (a short 12 minute ride if that!)...and dang it's beautiful!!! wasn't really crowded at all like i thought it might...love the little Live Oak Court Food Truck Park! the string lights hang above the area which will be so fun at night once this craziness is over and we can go back to actually going to fun events etc! Hines Lake is just the best...it adds sooooooo much to Memorial Park...even saw a handful of ducks and birds enjoying it!

They have this cool long wooden curved bench on the north side of the lake that for some reason was my favorite area...just seemed peaceful. the wooden walkways on the north end (near this bench area that start from Live Oak Court) were nice and quiet...they have these randomly placed extended parts that confuse me as maybe you are supposed to be able to bird watch or look a the trees haha...maybe its a good place to have a small blanket and relax in the shade? anyway...seriously, this place is beautiful and so excited it is now open. (oh and yep rode my bike a total of 4 hours so i could enjoy the park, then head downtown then back to watch the sunset on the east end of the park!...loved it!)

 

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Y'all will love it!!! seriously, we are so lucky to have Memorial Park in general but now this too!? Bring a blanket for a picnic :) 

and the perfect time was 730p to 830p in my opinion... just the sunset then the lights in the park and Live Oak Court all lit up.. 

 *sigh* haha! 

and @Naviguessor we had to have seen each other and didn't know it! you are right too...that green grass area...wowsa...

 

one note...visiting this park and then going to the picnic loop park it is such a drastic change...in my personal opinion the next thing should be giving the picnic loop park some major TLC...

there is something to be said for the "rustic charm" haha but come on now...

 

 

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@Avossos Funny you should mention that. I was thinking of Stanley Park while I was there, and that great restaurant. Memorial Park would benefit from such a place.  Good thought. 
 

@cloud713 those stubs are just a creative change in direction of the walk and provide a resting space that’s out of the traffic path, so to speak.  It’s a cool effect. 

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9 hours ago, cloud713 said:

Thanks for all the pictures! I wonder if they plan on lengthening the boardwalk or if those stubs at the X are just design?

Based on what I can tell, they are more there for style rather than some future expansion.

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27 minutes ago, Triton said:

Based on what I can tell, they are more there for style rather than some future expansion.

 

Yeah, finally went last night myself and walked in this area. The boardwalk in the wooded area is rather narrow, so I think these little stubs allow people to either take a break or step out of the main path so traffic can flow through.

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It was a great experience visiting the park, I am excited for the Land Bridge and further improvements. Somewhat off topic but I only wish that Uptown had a smaller city park within as well as bordering Memorial Park. Great addition to Memorial Park though, I feel that this is now the heart of the park so to speak. 

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