Spring Creek Greenway will add connectivity, outdoor active living amenity to LHA, Spring, The Woodlands

After a successful grant application by Harris County Precinct 4 in 2013 through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Coastal Impact Assistance Program progress remains steady on Spring Creek Greenway.

Eventually, once all phases are complete, the Spring Creek Greenway linear park system will stretch along both sides of Spring Creek almost 40 miles from the San Jacinto River at Highway 59 in Humble to Spring Creek Park in Tomball.

As of now the greenway extends more than 12 miles from Dennis Johnston Park (709 Riley Fuzzel Rd, Spring, TX 77373) downstream to Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center (20634 Kenswick Dr, Humble, TX 77338).

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Lake Houston Area residents should be particularly interested in the fourth phase of construction on the east end of the trail which connects Jones Park to the U.S. 59 feeder at the San Jacinto River.

The work is not easy. Work crews reportedly have come across a number of illegal dumping sites which included more than 6,000 old tires making the task that much more difficult.

But, when complete the Spring Creek Greenway will be the longest single urban forested stream corridor in the nation.

This is important to families and individuals who are keen on an outdoor and active lifestyle but is just as important for the future of the local LHA economy because assets such as this are now a requisite for growing and attracting new businesses and the talent they require.

Houston Chronicle reported that Mike Howlett, special projects coordinator for Harris County Precinct 4, has said “It’s going very well and should be complete by the end of the summer.”

The greenway will be a highly anticipated and a welcomed additional outdoor amenity to hikers, runners, cyclists and equestrians in the Lake Houston Area.

It will even be connected to trails in Kingwood and The Woodlands, as well as the Cypress Creek Greenway.

The plan is to eventually create a 46-mile contiguous trail system along the Spring Creek Greenway.

Howlett added “Some people will use it for exercise, some for errands and some for transportation.” “The No. 1 recreational amenity people want is trails. It makes sense. An 8-year-old can use trails, and an 80-year old can enjoy the trails. It goes across the board.”

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Get more information from the official websites, http://www.springcreekgreenway.org/the_latest.htm, http://www.hcp4.net/Community/Parks/SCGW

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