Hillcroft Linear Park

Hillcroft South of Willowbend

Hillcroft Avenue’s wide median provides an opportunity to develop a linear park that will provide recreational opportunities and pleasant open space for nearby residents. This 2.1-mile Linear Park will be located in the Hillcroft median, which varies from 40 to 100 feet in width.  The median currently has numerous trees, and benches have been installed in several locations. Numerous street crossings bisect the area but are typically spaced ~1000 feet apart.

The area around the linear park is characterized by a large apartment complex to the south and single-family neighborhoods north of W Airport Blvd. The Hillcroft Linear Park will provide open space in areas of high and very high park need. It will bisect a diverse cross-section of the community and will provide connections to Hager Park, Haviland Park, and Westbury Community Garden.

Key Attributes

Length: 2.1 miles
Start Point: Willowbend Blvd.
End Point: Alt 90/South Main
Trail Width: 40-100 feet
Ownership: City of Houston
Easements: N/A
Current Use: Open space
Bike Plan: Long-Term Dedicated
In-Street ROW
Parks Master Plan: High/Very High Need Area

Destinations

Westbury Community Garden
Hager Park
Haviland Park
Foerster Elementary
Anderson Elementary
Parker Elementary
Westbury Christian School
St. Thomas More Parish School
Westbury Baptist Church
Westbury Church of Christ
St. Thomas More Catholic Church

Challenges

Major street crossings at Willow Bend, W Bellfort, and W Airport will require significant intersection improvements to ensure safety

Crosswalks and signage will need to be installed to facilitate pedestrian/bicycle crossings from adjacent neighborhoods

Linear park design may require removal or relocation of several trees

Linear park design and implementation will require further planning

Other Information

Identified as in-street dedicated ROW on the Houston Bike Plan’s long-term vision maps

Provides park access to area identified as high and very high need in the Houston Parks Master Plan

Southern parts of route would most benefit low-income, diverse populations

BOMD estimated cost: $2,112,000

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