Keegans Bayou Trail and Park

Keegans Bayou Trail and Park
Keegans Bayou Trail and Park is in the Neighborhoods to Trails Southwest focus area. These 130.9 acres are adjacent to Keegans Bayou trail system and the connecting Brays Bayou. The site is an ecologically sensitive property with hardwood, tall pines and ponds. The Park will support open space values and long-term conservation. It functions as a buffer for adjacent neighborhoods near Beltway 8. The Park is within close proximity to over 2500 single-family homes and over 500 apartment units, several schools, community centers and health clinics.

Keegans Park Base Map
KEY ATTRIBUTES
Acreage: 130.9 acres
Southern Boundary: Ruffino Road
Northern Boundary: Keegans Bayou
Eastern Boundary: Braeburn Valley West
Western Boundary: Thurleigh and Bedford Streets
Ownership: The Cities of West University and Bellaire
Easement: Harris County Flood Control on Keegans Bayou
Current Use: Not in use, No Trespassing
Parks Master Plan: High Need Area

PARK CONTEXT
An additional stormwater detention basin is needed to alleviate Keegans overflow.

Two regional stormwater detention basins are:
5.3 miles away – Arthur Storey Park (210 acres)
5.8 miles away – Willow Waterhole Greenway (290 acres)

City of Houston Plan: Flood detention for Keegans and Brays watersheds, potential gateway to Fort Bend trails.

Friends of Keegans Bayou Park Proposal: Community park around a stormwater detention basin with greenspace, bike and walking trails and amenities for recreation.

NEARBY
Brays Bayou Trail
Keegans Bayou (Nature) Trail
West Bellfort Avenue shopping
YES Prep Brays Oaks Campus
Houston Community College – Brays Oaks
Houston Baptist University
India House and Sareen Health Center
Memorial Hermann Hospital Southwest
Filipino Community Center
Turkish Raindrop House
Bee Busy Wellness Center
Route 8 West Bellfort Metro Bus
CHALLENGES
• The former Ruffino Hills landfill ceased operations in 1992. After the landfill was closed, it was entered into post-closure care.
• Applying for 404 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (2018).
• Connecting Keegans Bayou Nature Trail to Keegans Park with a bridge.

 

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OTHER INFORMATION
• According to City of Houston Chief Resilience Office, Ruffino Landfill Detention in District J will impact Districts C, F and K and TIRZ 20. The project is to:
• “Reclaim 175-acre landfill site and prepare for use as flood detention for Keegans and Brays Watershed. Will provide 2,400 acre-feet of flood mitigation storage.” (Equivalent to four square miles at one foot deep).
• This project awaits approval of a Notice of Intent and an application for Hazard Mitigation Grant Program 404. Cost estimate $198,000,000.
(City of Houston Resilience Project, May 2018).

Here are some photo updates of Keegan’s Bayou expansion project.

 

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