Kinder East

The Kinder East Trail from Chimney Rock and W Bellfort to Willow Waterhole Bayou is a critical route for connecting single-family neighborhoods with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace. This short, 0.4-mile route will intersect with planned short-term bikeway improvements, connecting Godwin Park, Kolter Elementary, and Meyerland Middle School with Willow Waterhole. Combined with the Kinder Trail – West, this route will eventually create a direct northwest-southeast connection to the Brays Bayou trail system.  The area is classified as high green space need by Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD).  The easement is 120 feet wide with no street intersections, was recently cleared and leveled by HCFCD, and is in Houston Bike Plan as a future off-street trail.

This photo of the Kinder West Easement Trail is 60 feet wide along a HCFCD ditch.  The trail connects Chimney Rock / West Bellfort intersection with Hillcroft Esplanade Linear Park Trail near Willowbend with only three residential street crossings (1.0 mile).  The trail is near Westbury Park, Parker Elementary, St. Thomas More Church and Westbury Christian Schools.  It is included in the Houston Bike Plan as a future off-street trail.

Construction at W. Bellfort Ave and Chimney Rock, April 2018

This trail follows the Kinder Morgan pipeline easement from Willow Waterhole Bayou, northwest to the intersection of W Bellfort and Chimney Rock. The easement is approximately 120’ wide and is located between single family homes. A proposed crossing of Willow Waterhole Bayou would provide access to the Willow Waterhole Greenspace, Levitt Pavilion, and other attractions. Current HCFCD activities could provide opportunities for trail development.

Key Attributes

Length: 0.4 miles
Start Point: Chimney Rock/W Bellfort
End Point: Willow Waterhole Bayou
Trail Width: 8-10 feet
Ownership: Kinder Morgan
Easements: HCFCD
Current Use: Mowed trail
Bike Plan: Long-Term Off-Street
Parks Master Plan: In 1/2 mile service area

Destinations

Willow Waterhole Greenspace

Bike route connection to Godwin Park

Bike route connection to Kolter Elementary and Meyerland Middle School

Chimney Rock & W Bellfort shopping

Challenges

Intersection of Chimney Rock and W Belfort is extremely unfriendly to pedestrians and bicyclists, making connection to Kinder Trail – West difficult

Encroachment by single family homeowners adjacent to trail

Trail placement over pipeline easement

Other Information
Identified as an off-street trail as part of the Houston Bike Plan’s long-term vision

Through short-term Bike Plan priorities, connects to local elementary and middle schools

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