"The relationship is just outstanding, to be able to use city park land, the Flood Control District saves money that it doesn't have to buy land to do this and we're able to develop the park features faster for the city of Houston. We're able to build things that help the park along and provide benefits to the citizens of Houston through flood protection."
Typically, parks are built on existing flood control property, but in this case, the city park was already in place and the county was able to build detention basins into it. Joe Turner is the Parks director for the city of Houston. "We always look to try to partner with Harris County Flood Control and this was done because of the flooding from Tropical (storm) Allison. What they did, they were able to create a 100-110 acre detention pond in here that really looks like a creek when you get down in it and see it. It has fishing piers and a boardwalk. The potential long-term is just amazing for this park."
The $12 million project was helped with a $2 million grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The 500-acre park in the Aldine area features a 100-acre detention basin along Halls Bayou and full park facilities. The project is a partnership between the city and the county. Mike Talbot is director of the Harris County Flood Control District.