The proposed trails will connect communities and neighborhoods, including parks, schools, community centers, places of worship, and retail to three bayous: Brays, Keegan’s and Willow Waterhole Bayou by creating off-street walking, hiking, and biking trails. These trails will be for recreation and alternate transportation routes throughout the specific region of southwest Houston
Connectivity: Neighborhoods To Trails
The majority of the identified trails for this project run north and south and will connect with the existing east-west Brays and Keegan’s Bayou trails system. The construction of the identified trails in this project will connect numerous residents to Brays and Keegan’s Bayou trail system. This will provide recreation and off-street transportation to numerous destinations in Houston area. The immediate recreational connection to what is considered a highlight of southwest Houston is Willow Waterhole Greenspace.
The Brays Bayou Trail is a continuous trail from southwest Houston to the Houston Ship Channel. It begins on Keegan’s Bayou at South Kirkwood Road near West Bellfort in far southwest Houston and Harris County and ends where Brays Bayou enters the Houston Ship Channel just inside the east 610 Loop. This east-west trail connects residents of southwest Houston to many areas along Brays Bayou, including the Medical Center, Hermann Park, Houston Zoo, Miller Outdoor Theater, Rice University, Macgregor Park, Texas Southern University, University of Houston and Mason Park, to name a few. Residents of southwest Houston will be able to access this trail system from our neighborhoods due to the connectivity we are trying to accomplish.
The Keegan’s Bayou Trail provides 5 miles of bayou trails along a linear park. The trail runs from So. Gessner to Kirkwood along Keegan’s Bayou. The 10-foot wide multi-use path connects to the Brays Bayou Trail. City Council approved a $1.5 million joint project with TxDOT for the five-mile long hike and bike trail along Keegan’s Bayou. When completed, the 10-foot wide reinforced concrete trail will have two bridges, four under crossings, four on street crossings, accessibility ramps, striping, lighting and landscaping. The Keegan’s Bayou Trail runs from S. Kirkwood at W. Bellfort (near Cummins Elementary) east/northeast along Keegan’s Bayou to S. Gessner at S. Braeswood (near Brae-Burn Country club) and connect to Brays Bayou Trail and on to the city’s 316 miles of trails and on-street bike ways.
We anticipate developing almost nine (9) miles of trails along six segments of bayous, tributaries, easements, or boulevards. This will enable neighborhoods in the region to connect to the larger bayou trail systems and the passive recreational / conservation area of Willow Waterhole Greenspace.