The city signed off this week on the plan to put an outdoor concert and performance venue into one of the Willow Waterhole Bayou detention basins along S. Post Oak Dr., north of the intersection with S. Main St. Specifically, the project is planned alongside the basin just north of Gasmer Rd., west across S. Post Oak from that area previously wrapped in barbed wire to reserve it as habitat for endangered Texas prairiedawn. Rebecca Elliot writes that the stage will be paid for by the California-based Levitt Foundation, which has performance spaces geared toward public concerts and events in 6 cities around the country (and more in the works). The Houston venue will have to host at least 25 public events per year, and the city will be on the hook for up to $1 million in repairs during its first 15 years of operation.
Like some of the city’s other basin-bottom park infrastructure, the structure will be designed to flood on occasion: the rendering above shows the structure largely elevated on stilts, with the basin’s smaller permanent retention pond reflecting fireworks behind it. The structure should be somewhat hurricane-resistant, too — at least according to an information packet dating back to 2012. That packet also included a drawing of the potential placement for the stage, along with some landscaping and parking lot layout:
A site map of the whole planned Willow Waterhole Bayou detention system shows the planned location near S. Post Oak:
- Council OKs Plans To Build SW Houston Concert Space [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: Sharp New Barbed Wire Fencing Should Keep Troublesome Post Oak Manor Residents from Messing with That New Willow Waterhole Prairie Conservation Area; The Latest Tree-Clearing Scheduled for Willow Waterhole
Images: Levitt Foundation (rendering), Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy (siteplans)