Plans to expand trails along the Spring Creek Greenway are scheduled to move forward following the release of the Harris County Precinct 3 Parks and Trails plan on Aug. 31.

According to the document, which outlines roughly $125 million in new trail projects in the service area including Spring, Cypress and the southernmost part of The Woodlands, the Spring Creek Greenway project will connect a trail spanning from Gosling Road to the Tomball Parkway in the next 20 years.

“We needed a plan to connect residents with our amazing green spaces,” Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey said. “Our population is expected to double by 2045, which means engineered solutions for green activity spaces are a must for future generations.”

The Woodlands Township also approved contributing $5 million toward Precinct 3’s projects to expand the Spring Creek trail and amenities as part of its partnership with Ramsey’s office.

Not included within the scope of the Harris County parks study is the potential South Gosling park space. Chris Nunes, the chief operations officer of The Woodlands Township, said the 208-acre tract of lands must undergo its own study before it can be considered for future partnerships or public amenities. Nunes said the space could only prove to have a fraction of useable space, which will be analyzed once the study is completed.

What residents should know

The existing Spring Creek Greenway trail ends just east of Gosling Road in The Woodlands. However, two expansion projects will take the trail west across The Woodlands from Gosling Road to Kuykendahl Road and from Kuykendahl Road to the Tomball Parkway.

The first extension will travel from south Gosling Road toward the George Mitchell Nature Preserve and the Carlton Woods golf course, ending at the Ann Snyder Trailhead. Phase 2 of the extension will complete the trail system spanning from Kingwood to Tomball.

In addition to the trails project, the master plan includes $21.38 million for park renovations, including Rothwood Park off Gosling Road, which is slated for a trailhead, a boardwalk system and a fishing pier.

Spring service area:
  • Existing park space: 779 acres
  • Existing greenway: 1,456 acres
  • Population growth by 2045: 59%
What they’re saying

“The two closest parks in the plan to The Woodlands Township are Burroughs Park and the Spring Creek Greenway, for which we believe our collective residents have access to and will enjoy any improvements,” Nunes said.

“We know the value because we have a 15-mile trail in The Woodlands area, our Spring Creek nature trail, and we have trail counselors at several of the different access points, and we know our trail hosts over 60,000 users a year,” said Jill Boullion, executive director of the Bayou Land Conservancy.

What’s next

The projects are on a 10-year time frame but could be pushed back depending on economic and weather conditions, officials said. The funding for the projects at Spring Creek will mostly be funded out of the 2022 Harris County $1.2 billion bond package with $5 million in joint funding by the township.

Construction will be managed and overseen by Harris County, and The Woodlands is not expected to have any obligation besides the joint funding on the project, officials said.