Community recommendations are wanted for a proposed West Houston Trails Master Plan under development by the Energy Corridor District and the National Park Service with guidance from agencies and input from stakeholders. Community comments on the trail plan will be gathered at a community input meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 9th, as well as through www.energycorridor.org/west-houston-trails. The trail plan encompasses 113,000 acres within a 6-mile radius centered at the intersection of IH-10 and State Highway 6.
The goal of the West Houston Trails Master Plan is to develop a shared-use trail system that will connect existing and new trails throughout West Houston to improve commuter solutions, outdoor recreation, rain runoff management and habitat preservation while linking residential communities and business centers.
Three options encourage citizens to get involved:
- A community input meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 9, 5:30-8: 30 p.m., at Maurice L. Wolfe Elementary, located at 502 Addicks Howell Rd. in Houston.
- Through Sept. 30, 2009, visit www.energycorridor.org/west-houston-trails to read more about the plan and provide online comments.
- Add a link from your company or organization’s Web site encouraging visitors to log on to www.energycorridor.org/west-houston-trails to give their input.
The West Houston Trails Master Plan initiative is led by the Energy Corridor District and the National Park Service with guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harris County Public Infrastructure Department, Harris County Flood Control District, Houston Parks and Recreation, City of Houston- Planning & Development, City of Houston- Public Works & Engineering, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, Houston Community College and numerous diverse stakeholders.
The Energy Corridor District was selected by the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program of the National Park Service to receive planning assistance for the West Houston Trail System Plan. The Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program helps carry out the National Park Service mission by working with local governments and citizen groups to revitalize nearby rivers, preserve valuable open spaces and develop local trail and greenway networks, all resources that link communities together.