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they still desprately need to address the access to the park from the south. there's no great way to cross allen parkway save for shepherd and even there it's no walk through the park. dunlavy, waugh and montrose all need attention IMO.

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I tell you what I missed when I lived in Boston... spring in February. Houston sure looks good with azaleas in bloom and trees budding. You had to wait until May for Spring to hit Boston.   

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they still desprately need to address the access to the park from the south. there's no great way to cross allen parkway save for shepherd and even there it's no walk through the park. dunlavy, waugh and montrose all need attention IMO.

 

You're absolutely right. Rode my bike there last weekend and I saw a runner nearly get hit by a car trying to go across Allen Parkway near Taft. Absolutely stupid.

 

Montrose is dangerous just as well. The sidewalk isn't maintained at all coming from Dallas St. Perhaps more pedestrian bridges are needed?

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Honestly? Why does that even matter?

It matters to me because I meet alot of people who do business here and live elsewhere. Im always suggesting places for them to see and experience. One of those places is Herman Park because of its beauty and its close proximity to the museums, TMC, etc... Because of the Buffalo Bayou renovations, this will be and added destination to those suggestions. By the way, wasn't there supposed to be an amphitheater built as well?
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I believe it was originally planned to go where they found the cistern, behind the skate park. The cistern plan is coming together according to a very reliable source and I believe he said they have chosen a project for the space. Should be really exciting to see this space when accessible.

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I did notice that 610 at I-10 interchange has grown up and is looking much better. I just really think the landscaping softens the harshness of the stark concrete, hides some of the ugly feeder minutia, and makes for a much more enjoyable drive.

 

Northern Virginia did a good job with I-66, the Dulles Toll Road and the Beltway in terms of using trees for screening, placing climbing vegetation on the noise walls and actively trying to hide concrete. In addition, there appear to be restrictions that prevent billboards on any of the main highways between Fairfax County and the Potomac. It all looks good, and the GW Parkway (which the Feds maintain) looks great. 

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The thing that's been interesting about this project lately is all the history they are "rediscovering", like the cistern and the Donnellann Crypt. I wonder if there are any other surprises out there waiting to be found. 

With luck they will discover the English "black earth" graves that are located under the old Cenikor parking lot.

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Has this been discussed yet? Not sure exactly where on the east end this is

 

http://www.buffalobayou.org/buffalobendcap.html

 

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The first park of its kind to serve Houston’s East End residents, Buffalo Bend Nature Park is a new project of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Conservation Division.

Consisting of a series of graded, water-treatment wetlands, the environmental park will contribute to the restoration and enhancement of Buffalo Bayou and the downstream coastal ecosystems it impacts. Buffalo Bend will also serve an important function for East End residents, providing them a direct link to the heritage of their city and a higher quality of life that offers hiking, bird watching, environmental education and most importantly, a sense of wildness that many locals from this community rarely have the opportunity to experience.

The central feature of the park will be a system of three wetlands which will meander through the parkland before finally opening to the bayou. The wetlands will be surrounded by Gulf prairie transitioning to the bayou’s restored riparian forest on the fringes. With sustainability being the overarching feature of this inner city park, sustainable principles will guide all aspects of the Park’s development, from low impact building materials and solar energy panels to restoring the once abundant wildlife habitat, ecological productivity and species diversity. Historically known as an under-served, industrialized and highly developed portion of Houston, the completion of Buffalo Bend Nature Park will provide an important natural space for recreation and rejuvenation within Houston's East End.

 

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Has this been discussed yet? Not sure exactly where on the east end this is

 

http://www.buffalobayou.org/buffalobendcap.html

 

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The first park of its kind to serve Houston’s East End residents, Buffalo Bend Nature Park is a new project of the Buffalo Bayou Partnership Conservation Division.

Consisting of a series of graded, water-treatment wetlands, the environmental park will contribute to the restoration and enhancement of Buffalo Bayou and the downstream coastal ecosystems it impacts. Buffalo Bend will also serve an important function for East End residents, providing them a direct link to the heritage of their city and a higher quality of life that offers hiking, bird watching, environmental education and most importantly, a sense of wildness that many locals from this community rarely have the opportunity to experience.

The central feature of the park will be a system of three wetlands which will meander through the parkland before finally opening to the bayou. The wetlands will be surrounded by Gulf prairie transitioning to the bayou’s restored riparian forest on the fringes. With sustainability being the overarching feature of this inner city park, sustainable principles will guide all aspects of the Park’s development, from low impact building materials and solar energy panels to restoring the once abundant wildlife habitat, ecological productivity and species diversity. Historically known as an under-served, industrialized and highly developed portion of Houston, the completion of Buffalo Bend Nature Park will provide an important natural space for recreation and rejuvenation within Houston's East End.

 

Just east of Wayside and south of the Buffalo Bayou. Looks like the easternmost extent of the Buffalo Bayou Master Plan. It'd be impressive if they can make a cohesive park all the way from Downtown to the turning basin, I'd love to see that one day.

 

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Just east of Wayside and south of the Buffalo Bayou. Looks like the easternmost extent of the Buffalo Bayou Master Plan. It'd be impressive if they can make a cohesive park all the way from Downtown to the turning basin, I'd love to see that one day.

 

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That's a great image that I hadn't seen before, thanks. Do you know if there's a more recent version? This nature park looks like it could be the land they've acquired around Tony Marron Park east of Hirsch, where the We CAN Recycle facility is. Hopefully by now they've managed to get the rest of that land on the south bank all the way to Lockwood, since that last parcel is vacant anyway.

 

I'm impressed that they've acquired that much. It looks like two big pieces that could be achievable at some point are the Proler Southwest property across from We CAN, and the Southern Crushed Concrete property on east of Lockwood and on Turkey Bend. Not sure how much it would cost to get the current users to move elsewhere, or if it would be more likely purchased by a developer as the KBR site was, but either of those pieces could be a "game changer."

 

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Great pics.  I also felt a pang of concern for the new sod that was putting up with a lot of wear from so many people.  But -- on the bright side -- the large contingent of pooches surely provided a lot of nourishment for the grass that survived!

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I heard Trudy Smith speak today -- lots of talk about the new Dog parks and how parking was scarce to say the least. AIG has ok'd using parking lot It extends from Waugh to Studemont, I think, on weekends for anyone wanting  to use Dog Park-- or any part of the park. It will help a lot.

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I heard Trudy Smith speak today -- lots of talk about the new Dog parks and how parking was scarce to say the least. AIG has ok'd using parking lot It extends from Waugh to Studemont, I think, on weekends for anyone wanting  to use Dog Park-- or any part of the park. It will help a lot.

 

AIG could use some good publicity :P

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That dog park is nauseating.... now we're sure to have strays running amok biting people... The good thing is that it will bring people together and give a different feel to the local community. The bad thing is well... the hipsters. :P

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That dog park is nauseating.... now we're sure to have strays running amok biting people... The good thing is that it will bring people together and give a different feel to the local community. The bad thing is well... the hipsters. :P

 

Even worse, we could have hipsters running amok biting stray dogs!  ;-)

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That dog park is nauseating.... now we're sure to have strays running amok biting people... The good thing is that it will bring people together and give a different feel to the local community. The bad thing is well... the hipsters. :P

 

I'm not a dog owner, but I think the dog park is a nice addition. It's fenced so I don't think you'll have strays running amok. That was more of a problem when it was an unofficial dog park. 

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I guess they are starting today with first of several meetings in regards making improvements to allen parkway 

 

http://downtowntirz.org/meetings.html

from Cohen's enewsletter

Joint Committee to Review Allen Parkway Proposal

A special-called joint meeting of the Council Committee on Quality of Life and the Transportation, Technology, and Infrastructure Committee will take place Thursday, February 12th at 10:00am in Council Chambers at City Hall. Representatives from the Downtown Redevelopment Authority (Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone #3) will present their proposal for improvements to Allen Parkway and Buffalo Bayou Park. All committee meetings are open to the public and include an opportunity for public comment.

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