The section of bayou-hugging greenway trailÂ running between Durham St. and Stude Park isÂ getting the official OKÂ tomorrow morning fromÂ Harris County Flood Control District and the Houston Parks Board. The photo above is of the pedestrian bridgeÂ across White Oak near Durham St. that previously supplanted the area’s “Bridge of Death” route; the segment opening tomorrow runs from that same bridge east along the bayou to the Studemont St. non-pedestrian bridge. The organizers areÂ hoping would-be trail fansÂ willÂ use some means other than car to get toÂ the ceremony location (off Studemont just north of I-10);Â if you have to drive, however, the invitation says you might be able to get a parking space across the freeway north of Â Target.
Further east along the White Oak trail,Â here’s an updated view of how that link into Near Northside by the Leonel Castillo Community Center is coming along (taken in mid-November, once again from the same spotÂ as thatÂ glitzed-up flood photo that made an appearance in Air New Zealand’s recent in-flight feature on Texas):
A bit further south, a reader snapped a photo following some of the recent tree-clearing as crews prepare to linkÂ the whole White-Oak-Heights system to the Buffalo Bayou trails, along the Buffalo banks beneathÂ University of Houston Downtown at the Main St. bridge:
The parks folks also released a few sneak peeks this morningÂ at the 1.6-mile segment of new Brays Bayou trailÂ tracingÂ from the University of Houston central campusÂ in Third Ward southwest towardÂ Gragg Park. The route (currently decked out in fertilizer-blue)Â should be wrapped up some time in early 2017:
- Ribbon Cutting on White Oak Bayou Greenway [Houston Parks Board]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bike Trail Now Creeping Down Toward White Oak Bayou Greenway from Near Northside; Now Open: A ‘Bridge of Death’-Free Hike and Bike Route from the Heights to Cottage Grove and Timbergrove; Here Comes More Greenway Mileage for White Oak Bayou; Off-Trailing with Houstonâ€™s Northwest Bike Path Pioneers
Photos: Houston Parks Board (White Oak, Leonel Castillo, and Brays Bayou trail work), Kia Ora (magazine spread), Christine Wilson (Work at UH Downtown)