The heavy use of our parks trails prove that developing walking, jogging, and biking trails around the cities bayou and various fingers of Goose Creek, along with micro trail systems will benefit the city and upgrade it to match newer developed areas. People need places to ride their bicycles, jog, and walk and although we have a good start and a very active Parks staff, we need more. Here is the most recent email discussion and I started it off with a few questions.
|Before the detention/retention pond clearing and after|
1. I do not know what the future plan is concerning the detainment pond behind my house.
How deep will it be when completed?
What is the time frame concerning its completion?
Will it be replanted with trees? (bald cypress trees are natives and thrive in wet areas)
Will the city or county own it?
Will a trail be installed from Barkuloo Park to Jenkins Park utilizing the existing pipeline and future berm of the detainment pond?
2. Can the City petition the State to pick up the cost of the trees in and around Baytown?
3. Gene Green Park in Channelview has done remarkable things with a giant detainment pond there, using self-draining walls and buildings. See photos. Baytown Bert Marshall
The pond will be owned and maintained by the City.
The State only provides landscaping along their rights of way. We have applied for this landscaping and received some along Spur 330, at I-10 and Spur 300 and a joint project is underway along Hwy. 146 between Main and Garth. The financial pressures facing most governmental entities have hit funding for items like landscaping especially hard. We are on track to receive landscaping at Hwy. 146 and Spur 330 in 2015.
Bob Leiper City Manager City of Baytown
We plan to develop the detention/retention pond as a park. We will have an area that will be designed similar to the East LL fields at the 10th street detention pond, which will be practice soccer/football/softball fields including a small parking area. The extent of the development of the area depends on future funding.
We have also been looking at the possible extension of Barkuloo Park to Baker Road. Not sure we could afford to square the park off with Barkuloo, but maybe get some access to Baker Road to help open up Barkuloo Park.
Dustin and I also plan to ask for MDD dollars in next year’s budget to redevelop Barkuloo and to remove the piles of dirt and glass that surround two sides of the park.
There is a trail planned to connect Barkuloo to the Baker Road Trail/sidewalk as part of the Road construction. Hopefully we can figure out how to connect to Jenkins Park over the RR tracks. Scott Johnson
Bert, we have been doing some brainstorming related to Barkaloo Park. What do you think the neighborhood would think about extending El Rancho Drive to the new Baker Road extension? It would give homeowners at the back of Chaparral an additional entrance/exit and provide a new entrance to Barkaloo Park while opening the park up to more traffic instead of a dead end. What are your thoughts? Of course, this is just parks brainstorming, no funding, no land etc; we’re just bouncing ideas around. Thanks, Scott Johnson
I think Councilman Bob Hoskins and the planner should go door to door and ask the folks that live here. Then you will have your answer. As for me, I like the fact that El Rancho and Buffalo Trl have limited access. Scott, my wife summed up my feelings exactly when I told her the plans for the detention pond. We have ball diamonds and soccer fields. What this city needs is more hike and bike trails. I would love to see that detention pond replanted with bald cypress trees galore and a hike/bike trail around it, connecting it too the existing trails in Jenkins park. those trails are used heavily. Today my wife and I were in Jenkins walking and even though it was 44 degrees and raining, people were walking, jogging and using the dog park. Baytown Bert Marshall