An official aerial video shows off the golf-course-to-retention transformation that’s taken place across a few holes of the former Clear Lake City course north of where Diana Ln. and Ramada Dr. converge. The first all-inclusive shot comes at about 30 seconds. In it, paved and unpaved trails wrap the new pond, which is surrounding by just a few saplings — although plans note it will eventually be an “abundant natural habitat” filled with native vegetation. Some of those incoming species may reside on the so-called “habitat island” that shows up clearly at the 40 second mark.
A parking lot neighbors the southwestern waterfront, adjacent to a pair of new sports fields:
The Clear Lake City Water Authority bought the 178-acre former golf course in 2011. It plans to park similar “engineered detention ponds” with adjacent trails on all remaining playing surfaces, creating a horseshoe of greenery south of Space Center Blvd.:
- Grand Opening [Exploration Green]