Trail projects to create more connections to Cypress Creek, Spring Creek greenways

The D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek donated its pond and surrounding trails to Harris County Precinct 4 in 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
The D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek donated its pond and surrounding trails to Harris County Precinct 4 in 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

The D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek donated its pond and surrounding trails to Harris County Precinct 4 in 2019. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Work on the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek pond and improvements to the existing trails was completed in May. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Image description
Harris County Precinct 4 is planning to build an underpass on the north and south side of Cypress Creek to connect the YMCA's trails to the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County officials said parks and recreation projects in the Spring and Klein area have continued steadily through the coronavirus pandemic, with several trails set to break ground or wrap up next year.

Dennis Johnston, the parks director of Harris County Precinct 4, said the precinct completed a project in May that added new asphalt to the existing trail system at the D. Bradley McWilliams YMCA at Cypress Creek and deepened its fishing pond.

YMCA Director of Operations Cody Meredith said the YMCA donated its pond to Precinct 4 in 2019 to help connect the 100 Acre Wood Preserve to the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve.

“Seeing the trail around the pond being utilized by families has made it all worthwhile,” he said.

The precinct plans to break ground on a project in the second quarter of 2021 that will add trails under Hwy. 249 on the north and south sides of Cypress Creek to connect the YMCA to the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, which is an 80-acre nature preserve. The trails are expected to be completed by 2022, Johnston said.


“We just put in a new playground [at Kickerillo], but we haven’t made the connection yet,” he said.

“We’re not going to open that until we finish the connection under [Hwy.] 249.”

Improving access to the Spring Creek Greenway, a 19-mile trail from Tomball to Humble, is also moving along, Johnston said. He said precinct officials hope to finish a 2.77-mile segment from Rothwood Park through the Springwoods Village Preserve this summer. Work on the segment has stalled due to design changes, Johnston said.

After the projects are completed, Johnston said the precinct will have spent most of the funds from the $60 million parks and trails bond approved by voters in 2014. He said he does not know if the county plans to invest in another park bond soon.
By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


MOST RECENT

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced March 2 that mask mandates and business capacity restrictions will be lifted in Texas. (Courtesy Office of the Texas Governor)
Gov. Greg Abbott lifts statewide mask mandate, business restrictions in Texas

With vaccine distribution increasing, Gov. Greg Abbott said "people and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate." Some local officials are pushing back, saying the relaxed restrictions are coming too early.

Kiddie Academy opened in January. (Courtesy Havas Formula)
New Kiddie Academy location opens in northwest Houston

Curriculum at Kiddie Academy of Cypresswood promotes intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth, officials said.

COVID-19 rates in Cy-Fair ISD trended down throughout February. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
89 new COVID-19 cases reported in Cy-Fair ISD schools Feb. 22-28

After districtwide cases spiked in January with more than 300 per week on average, the numbers began trending down in February, mirroring Harris County's trends.

Most of the electric grid in Texas is managed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which is not linked to other interconnected national electrical systems. (Courtesy Electric Reliability Council of Texas)
Leaving the Texas power grid 'not likely to be an option' for Harris County, official says

Just two weeks after severe winter weather dropped Harris County temperatures below freezing for three consecutive days, which led to widespread power outages, loss of water and the deaths of at least 50 county residents, Harris County Commissioners Court called for major reform at the state level regarding the Texas power grid and related energy policies.

Hank's Crab Shack gets and sells several hundred pounds of crawfish daily, especially during the peak of crawfish season. (Morgan Theophil/Community Impact Newspaper)
Hank's Crab Shack serving Katy; 16 Spring-Klein business updates and more Houston-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Houston area.

Houston City Hall in rainbow lighting
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce celebrates five years of service

The organization is open to all and serves members throughout the Greater Houston area.

All nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes experienced an increase in the number of homes sold in December compared to December 2019. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
See how the Spring, Klein real estate market fared in December 2020

All nine Spring- and Klein-area ZIP codes experienced an increase in the number of homes sold in December compared to December 2019.

The new Fort Bend Epicenter multipurpose facility could be used as a spot for trade shows and sporting events, could act as a large-scale shelter for county residents in an emergency and more. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Large multipurpose complex coming to Fort Bend County; Sugar Land to widen University Blvd. and more top Houston-area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Houston area.

Snow covers I-45 in Houston during a winter storm that hit Texas the night of Feb. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Legislators probe energy officials over power failures, lack of preparation heading into winter storm

The Texas Legislature held hearings Feb. 25 with energy companies including Oncor Electric Delivery and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas in response to last week’s historic winter storm, which left millions of Texans without electricity for days.

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather. (Community Impact staff)
Q&A: Greater Houston Builders Association President Keith Luechtefeld discusses power, plumbing, frozen pipes after Winter Storm Uri

Keith Luechtefeld spoke with Community Impact Newspaper about some of the short-term and long-term repercussions of the storm as well as some of the reasons why so many homes saw burst pipes during the freezing weather.