New protective barriers of ankle-high concrete have been added around the curbs that already front each corner at the intersection of Tuam and Hutchins streets, slowing down traffic and speeding up curb-to-curb travel times for pedestrians crossing at the crosswalks. The additions were put there by the city’s Complete Communities initiative, a project Mayor Turner launched last April to focus in its initial round on adding infrastructure to 5 neighborhoods: the Third Ward, as well as the Second Ward, Near Northside, Gulfton, and Acres Homes.
The photo at top — Tweeted out by an observer heading southbound through the Third Ward along Tuam — looks down the street to show all 4 new pedestrian pockets including the one in the left foreground that sits outside the northeast corner of Emancipation Park. That portion of the park is where its playground lays out as indicated in the map above.
A view looking east from inside the park shows what the kids’ corner has to offer:
The newly-curbed corners sit beyond the yellow slide.
- Curb extensions on Tuam & Hutchins [C Money]
- Complete Communities [City of Houston]
- Previously on Swamplot: These Are the Salad Days for Emancipation Park; What Emancipation Park Might End Up Looking Like; Freeing Up Funds for Emancipation Park