At a meeting yesterday, reps from the Houston Parks Board told reps from the Idylwood Civic Club that the HPB would agree to let alone that grassy knoll, shown here, where a trailhead providing access to the Brays Bayou hike and bike was to have been installed. Described in 2009 documents as “Sylvan Dell Parking Lot,” it appears that the proposed trailhead would have provided 19 off-street parking spaces, benches, lighting, a gazebo, and exercise equipment. Though those specs don’t really matter now: Houston Parks Board rep Jen Powis tells Swamplot that the Idylwood residents “chose to eliminate” the project.
It doesn’t appear that this agreement will affect the completion of this section of hike and bike trail; you’ll just have to tromp across the dell to get on. Powis explains that the residents did choose to retain one Idylwood trail access point — which will look more like a driveway than anything else — from N. Macgregor Way at nearby Spurlock Park, just around the bend.
Below: The construction progress, as of today, on this section of the trail. These views lead down from Lawndale St. looking to the west:
It appears that the construction has almost reached that access point at Spurlock Park:
- Previously on Swamplot: No Parking: Idylwood Residents Want Parks Board To Move Proposed Hike and Bike Lot Somewhere Else, Parks By You’s Feel-Good Campaign To Build More Bayou Parks by You, Enormous Plan To Build Bayou-Side Parks: The Movie
Photos: Allyn West