The Renwick Trail makes an important connection from Braeswood and other nearby neighborhoods to the Brays Bayou trail system. This 0.8-mile trail is located adjacent to Renwick Drive in City of Houston-owned right of way. The trail bisects an area with single- and multi-family housing, several schools, and a number of important community destinations. This trail is located in close proximity to a bridge across Brays Bayou, creating an important pedestrian and bicycle connection to destinations further south.
The proposed trail on Renwick is north of Brays Bayou, connecting the bayou to those neighborhoods south of Beechnut. On its west side, between Beechnut and ending just north of North Braeswood, there is a flat grassy easement that resulted when the Renwick Ditch was converted to a storm water drainage system. The proposed trail from Indigo, just south of Beechnut to North Braeswood would be on that grassy easement, a distance of 0.8 mile. This would provide an off-street link to the Brays Bayou trail and the many spots along that trail. The Atwell Street Pedestrian Bridge crosses Brays Bayou in this area. It provides convenient access to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center, as well as Harmony Science Academy, and other shopping/retail near Chimney Rock at North Braeswood. The trail would serve residents of Maplewood North and South, Meyerland, Barcly Circle, Meyercrest, and Braesmont.
Length: 0.8 miles
Start Point: Darnell St.
End Point: Braes Valley Dr.
Trail Width: 10 feet
Ownership: City of Houston
Current Use: Mowed right of way
Bike Plan: Long-Term Dedicated
Parks Master Plan: Serves High Need Area
Brays Bayou Trail System
Gail Reeves Park
Herod Elementary School
Beth Israel School
Braeswood/Chimney Rock shopping
Beth Israel Synagogue
Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center
Existing concrete barrier prevents continuation south to Brays Bayou trail
New drainage pipes are currently being installed by Rebuild Houston; temporary office is located on easement
Identified as in-street dedicated ROW on the Houston Bike Plan’s long-term vision maps
Provides park access to an area identified as “High Need” in the Houston Parks Master Plan
The demographics of the area include all ages and both home and apartment residents. Many residents walk or bike on the streets and would benefit from a Renwick easement trail.
The trail would serve residents of Maplewood, Maplewood North, Meyerland, Braesmont, Barcley Circle, Norwood Meadows, and Meyercrest. This would provide an off-street link to the Brays Bayou trail and the many spots along that trail. The Atwell Street Pedestrian Bridge crosses the Bayou is in this area, providing access to the neighborhoods and amenities on that south side, including the JCC, schools, and shops.
The Renwick Trail is between Beechnut and N. Braeswood Blvd. An easement exists that is 60-100 ft in width, and is best thought of as having 3 components:
The completion of this Trail should also be thought of as having 3 phases:
That portion between Indigo and Braes Valley (0.50 miles) should be thought of as a Linear Park/Trail. This portion has few/no obstacles or impediments for its construction. This would serve as a safer access for those children attending Herod Elementary School, living east of Renwick. It would also serve as useable green space for those residents living on both sides of Renwick. , and walkable /rideable access to Braes Bayou via Burdine and Mullins
That portion of the trail south of Braes Valley to the end of the covered Storm Water System. This 0.20 mile segment consists of wide easement with few/no impediments to construction. It will also serve as a Linear Park/Trail. This portion of the trail will serve as a connecting link to Braes Bayou once bayou access is resolved in Phase 3.
This portion, a distance of less than 60 yards, connecting the end of the storm water collection system to Braes Bayou has significant access issues to Braes Bayou. Engineering and easement issues will need to be resolved for this phase to move forward