After extensive public meetings, volunteer based committees and public agency input, the Energy Corridor District and the National Park Service announce the completion of the comprehensive study known as the West Houston Trails Master Plan. The vision for the West Houston Trails Master Plan is to create a 100+ mile interconnected trail system within 113,000 acres of West Houston while respecting the natural ecosystems and cultural resources of the area. Once implemented, the West Houston Trails Master Plan will compliment the existing transportation corridors, increase commuter choices, provide greater outdoor recreational opportunities and develop safe routes to schools and other public places.
"The West Houston Trails Master Plan development team strongly recommends important corridors referred to as spine trails, those trails defined as having substantial length and the potential to connect existing trails and destinations such as parks, neighborhoods and businesses, creating the backbone of the interconnected system," says Robert L. Rayburn, Development & Natural Resource Director for the Energy Corridor District.
The utmost priority identified from the West Houston Trails Master Plan study is the Patterson/N. Eldridge Spine Trail. The 3.5 mile corridor would begin at Patterson Road and SH-6 east of N. Eldridge Parkway and travel through the scenic, wooded Addicks reservoir, connecting to Terry Hershey North Trail, a METRO Park & Ride, the public transit system, a city bikeway and the Energy Corridor District. The spine trail is proposed primarily within existing City of Houston roadway right-of-ways. This project would be coordinated with the State Transportation Enhancement Program (STEP) and the trail development project for North Terry Hershey Park implemented by Harris County Precinct 3.
To download the complete study and/or summary of recommendations, please visit www.energycorridor.org/parks/whtmp.aspx