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bobruss    3,095

This is a great addition to an already amazing project that has transformed Brays bayou into a series of retention pond parks, to help reduce flooding.

 

Here is a link to the overall project. This was a great solution to a very serious problem and it shows what can be done when different groups get together to work out problems.

I applaud this.

 

projectbrays.org/index.asp

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bobruss    3,095

Thats the whole idea. It is built in a retention pond that will hold flood waters when Brays Bayou is about to go over its banks. If you look at the Brays project overview you will see that they have built four or five retention pond parks that will hold millions of cubic yards of water to keep Brays from going out of its banks.

So yes, it is definitely in the flood zone intentionally.

If you read the article it states that the  stage will be built on columns off of the ground.

Just like Bear Creek Park and George Bush park which are also designed to hold back water that would flood Buffalo Bayou. They all go under water for a short time during torrential rains.

Thats the beauty of this plan. They took unused land close to Brays. Created these spaces with two different uses.

Its a win win!

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CrockpotandGravel    4,336

From Houston Chronicle in November:

 

 

Willow Waterhole an oasis of trails - and movie screen

Pavilion in the works
 

Movie screenings are just one way the conservancy plans to increase awareness of the park. The group holds an annual Fun Run and Walk fundraiser, and its second-annual free-admission music festival drew more than 1,500 people in April.

 

Some of the entertainers who played the International Festival this spring "were here the next day, and whoever came saw them for free," said Clint Rusk, the conservancy's Events Committee chair.

 

A much bigger project is a future outdoor pavilion that would seat 5,000 on a 3-acre lawn and offer 50 free concerts annually. Willow Waterhole was chosen in 2013 to house the nation's eighth Levitt Pavilion, joining Los Angeles; Memphis, Tenn.; and Arlington, among others.

 

Levitt Pavilions is a national nonprofit organization that advocates revitalizing communities and public spaces through music. Funds are being raised for the $5 million project, which Sacks hopes will open by 2018.

 

"The Levitt is a dream come true for Houston," said Sacks, chairman of the Friends of Levitt Pavilion Houston. "There is every opportunity for every kind of entertainment to use the pavilion."

 

Josh Howell brought his family to the pre-Halloween movie screening, which featured rides on a miniature train brought in for the occasion.

 

"The kids love the train and the snowballs, and it's close to our house, so we love that," Howell said. "It's nice to support our local parks and support our neighborhood."

 

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Urbannizer    33,406

Completion now scheduled for 2019.

 

http://houston.novusagenda.com/agendapublic/CoverSheet.aspx?ItemID=9633&MeetingID=184

 

The City and Houston First Corporation (HFC) previously entered into a Lease Agreement approved by City Ordinance No. 2011-390, passed on June 1, 2011, and effective as of June 9, 2011, pursuant to which the City has leased certain land and improvements and delegated certain duties to HFC.  This Supplemental Agreement to the Lease Agreement describes the maintenance and funding obligations that HFC has agreed to undertake on behalf of the City with respect to the Levitt Pavilion, which will be constructed, operated and maintained at Willow Waterhole by the Friends of Levitt Houston (Levitt Houston) pursuant to a separate agreement (Levitt Agreement).



 

Under the Levitt Agreement, the City will be responsible for certain capital repair costs during the first fifteen years of operation of the Levitt Pavilion, and HFC will fund these obligations on the City’s behalf, subject to certain limitations and conditions.  The responsibility of HFC for these obligations will begin on January 1 of the year immediately following completion of construction of the Levitt Pavilion and will end on the expiration of that fifteen-year period.  HFC has committed to budgeting up to $100,000.00 per year for the first 10 years of operation of the Levitt Pavilion, for a maximum amount of $1,000,000.00, that can be drawn on by Levitt Houston for authorized capital costs.  HFC’s funding obligations are limited to authorized capital costs totaling no more than $500,000.00 in any twelve-month period, and no more than $1,000,000.00 in total, during the first 15 years of operation of the Levitt Pavilion.  The responsibility of HFC for these obligations will begin on January 1 of the year immediately following completion of construction of the Levitt Pavilion and will end on the expiration of that fifteen-year period.  If the full amount of the HFC’s annual funding commitment of $100,000.00 is not expended in any twelve-month period, the unexpended funds can, at the option of Levitt Houston, carry over to any subsequent twelve-month periods, or be paid to Levitt Houston to reimburse funds spent in excess of the annual commitment amount in any prior twelve-month period. If there are any funds remaining at the end of the first fifteen years of operation, the City, HFC, and Levitt Houston will negotiate in good faith as to the expenditure of those funds.  In exchange for HFC’s funding commitment, Levitt Houston will designate one voting seat on its Board of Directors that will be reserved for appointment by HFC during the term of the Supplemental Agreement.

 

The Administration recommends that City Council approve this ordinance authorizing the Supplemental Agreement to the Lease Agreement between the City and HFC relating to HFC’s commitment of funds for authorized capital costs related to the Levitt Pavilion.

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