Inwood Forest Golf Course Next in Line for Stormwater Detention Basin Treatment

INWOOD FOREST GOLF COURSE NEXT IN LINE FOR STORMWATER DETENTION BASIN TREATMENT One of the next spots up for retrofitting as a series of flood detention ponds: the rest of the Inwood Forest Golf Course, which the city bought in 2011 after that lawsuit over whether it could be developed as anything else. The Chronicle’s Mike Morris reports that a set of 10 new ponds were approved by city council on Wednesday for the former fairways, which sprawl on either side of Antoine Rd. between Victory Dr. and W. Gulf Bank Rd. interspersed with bits of residential neighborhood. (A pair of basins was previously dug out on the site; the new project could increase the course’s water feature storage volume from 56 to more than 1000 acre-feet, potentially.) The former clubhouse for the course, at 7603 Antoine Dr., has also found new employment as the White Oak Conference Center, and currently houses some operations of the Near Northwest Management District. Inwood Forest isn’t the first golf course in Houston being put to new flood-conscious uses — across town, an ongoing project in Clear Lake has been converting the former Clear Lake City Golf Course into a series of detention basins and park spaces going by the name Exploration Green. It potentially isn’t the last, either — the Sims-Bayou-side Glenbrook Park Golf Course may eventually be converted into the Houston Botanic Garden, the Seussical early renderings of which include large sections designed to flood.  [Houston Chronicle; previously on Swamplot] Photo of former Inwood Forest Golf Course green near White Oak Conference Center: White Oak Conference Center

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  • Hopefully the detention basins can be added without ruining the trails that go through these old golf courses.

    I have ridden on them a few times and judging by the amount of wildlife I saw I don’t think they are used very often, but they could be.

  • Wouldn’t we be better off if more golf courses were converted to detention + parks? I feel (correct me if I’m wrong) that the amount of land vs the amount of public benefit of a public golf course is pretty low. Low income people can’t just borrow some clubs at the clubhouse and golf for free. The whole construct seems to be a terrible use of public land. Going to a park is free. Everyone can enjoy a park.

  • ‘ Detention basins ” during a Houston flood DO NOT prevent flooding anywhere. The status quo aka the establishment is foisting another tax payer boondoggle on the over burdened tax payers. These ponds DO NOT work in Houston . They’re a colossal waste of tax dollars and scarce resources. The viable solution: a WORKABLE comprehensive city /county wide development plan with well thought out protocols and guidelines. Because the way things are going, Houston is going to be covered in concrete and under increasingly higher / deeper flood waters.. And quite a good number of local government officials DO NOT care…

  • @Seymour – Since its a HCFCD project expect to see a nice trail system throughout. Look at Keith Weiss Park on Greens Bayou.

    @Donald – Detention basins are very effective at reducing peak water surface elevations when designed correctly and that is why you see them utilized in almost all new development (roadway\commercial\residential). I don’t follow the rest of your comment. Before you criticize current standards… you should probably read them. HCFCD has their standards on their website and COH is included in chapter 19.

  • @Donald, you are right that officials don’t care but wrong that detention basins don’t work. We need more detention basins everywhere and they can be put under existing parks rather easily.

  • @ Frustrated: if detention ponds do work, as you assert, and city “officials” are implementing them, then it doesn’t follow that they don’t care, as you also assert.
    Look, cynical and evidence-avoidant ranting seems to be your trademark, but self-contradicting, cynical and evidence-avoidant ranting? Really?

  • Just like the other Donald J. Trump …. he likes to hear himself but typically knows little to nothing about what he is talking about. Perhaps a wall would be better????

  • @Kokatat HCFCD doesn’t build trails. They only build flood control. Their funds do not go to park or recreational features. Keith-Wiess Park is a city owned park. The funding for the park sections came from the City. That project is totally different than the Inwood Forest Detention Project. Keith-Wiess was built on open forested land. The Inwood Forest project is going to be built on separated golf courses around a pre-built neighborhood. There is no way they can recreate that project here. The closest thing to this project, is the “Exploration Green” project the article mentions. The Mayor has promised a recreational park for Inwood Forest, but as of right now…there is no funding for that. There is only HCFCD funding for building the detention.

  • Inward Forest is a toilet. It’s the ‘hood all over, and we are lucky to have gotten out of there. The school district sucks, the streets are dangerous, the place floods… there is nothing good about that place.