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The Houston Parks Board has purchased a 27.2-acre site on Sims Bayou for a public park that will be a key link in a chain of parks connected by a 14-mile hike-and-bike trail.

The Chronicle didn't allow many details. Does anybody know where this is? Does anybody have plans for the greater Sims Bayou project?

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i saw this article but couldn't pinpoint the area. i looked up property by the owner mentioned and the parcel seemed farther away from sims. but then the article said it was near hartman in a forested area which leads me to believe it is where the american legion (or whatever hall it was) was located (near bellfort, westover and hemingway). that is the only forested area near hartman.

here i think

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That's a good guess, Musicman. I was wondering if it might have been somewhere in the Bayou Oaks/Overbrook area. Apparently, that land used to be the site of the Sims Bayou Country Club, according to Key Maps.

A park (a well-maintained park) would do wonders for that area. As it stands now, it's a large, isolated mini-forests where dirtbags go to dump their old tires, batteries, toilets and so forth.


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This topic was discussed in the closed golf courses discussion under historic Houston. Yes the purchased land is along Sims Bayou and starts basically across the street from Hartman Jr. high and runs east towards Telephone Road. The owner was renting out the property to two people. One ran horse stables near the front of the property and the other kept goats closer to the bayou. The place was a mess with old cars, engines and junk that had accumulated over the years. The land was acquired several months ago actually and according to my friend who works for the Houston Parks Board, they actually bought it and after development it will be given to the city.

The project is similar to the one being done along Braes Bayou with the ultimate goal being a hike and bike trail that runs all along the bayou. The Braes project hopes to go all the way from the ship channel at Brady's Landing all the way to Herman Park.

Also this may not be the right forum to bring it up in but, the Downtown skate park is coming along nicely. I can see the project out my window in downtown Houston. According to my friend the goal is to have it complete by Memorial Day weekend. That's the planned grand opening. They have skaters and skateboarders coming from all over the country and the world for the opening weekend. Supposedly one of the features is a twenty foot diameter bowl that resembles a teacup laying on it's side. It alows skaters to actually go all the way around. Reportedly its the largest one of its kind in the country.

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"Motorists are Advised of Upcoming Bridge Closures and Traffic Detours Associated with Bridge Construction in Southwest Houston"

HOUSTON - The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction on the first of the final four roadway bridges associated with the $379 million Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project at the first of next month. The four roadway bridges cross Sims Bayou at Heatherbrook Drive, Croquet Street, South Post Oak Road and Hiram Clarke Road in southwest Houston. The bridges will be reconstructed in that order.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers is the lead agency on the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, which includes the widening and deepening of 19.3 miles of Sims Bayou and adding environmental enhancements from the Houston Ship Channel to Croquet Street, just west of South Post Oak Road. The project is supplemented by three stormwater detention basins that were excavated by the District using local funds. The project also consists of the modification/replacement of 20 roadway bridges, of which 16 are complete. Construction of the remaining four bridges marks the final phase of the project, which launched in 1990 and is scheduled for completion in late 2012. From the onset of this project, the Flood Control District, as the local sponsor, has been responsible for property acquisition, utility relocation and the modification/replacement of the bridges that cross Sims Bayou.

Effective Wednesday, June 1, 2011, the Flood Control District's construction contractor, Rozco Contracting, Inc., will begin work on the Heatherbrook bridge. The bridge will be closed and traffic will detour around the construction zone via Amble Lane and Darlinghurst Drive when traveling west from S. Post Oak, and via Croquet when traveling east. This bridge will be closed for approximately six months.

After the new bridge at Heatherbrook opens, construction will begin on the bridge at Croquet, which also will be closed for approximately six months. Traffic will detour around the construction zone via Darlinghurst when traveling south and via Heatherbrook when traveling north. Motorists are encouraged to be alert, pay attention to all posted street and lane closures and to follow traffic detour routes in the area.

To maintain traffic flow through the heavily traveled S. Post Oak and Hiram Clarke corridors during construction, only one side of each bridge will be taken out of service at a time. The construction schedule and detour routes for these bridges will be announced at a later date.

At the completion of the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain will be removed from approximately 35,000 homes and 2,000 commercial structures, meaning flooding risks will be greatly reduced for citizens residing in neighborhoods adjacent to Sims Bayou. For more information on this project and its benefits to the community, please visit the District's website at www.hcfcd.org.

Please be aware that all closures are subject to change. For more information on the Sims Bayou bridge projects, including details on lane closures, major traffic switches, local detour routes, the anticipated schedule for construction on the S. Post Oak and Hiram Clarke bridges, and the opportunity to sign up to receive regular email updates, please visit the Sims Bayou Roadway Bridge Construction webpage at HCFCD.org/simsbridges or call the Sims Bayou bridge construction hotline at (713) 684-4107.

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