BY ROBERT WHITTEMORE, PLA
Construction will begin next month for Jack Drake Park, a highly-anticipated 3.5-acre park located along Greens Bayou in the North Houston District (formerly the Greenspoint District). Funded in part through a Texas Parks & Wildlife Trails Grant, the park will serve a dual purpose for the area as both a nature park and as a trailhead for the 4.7-mile Greens Bayou Trail.
Jack Drake Park (formerly Bradfield Park) was officially named in honor of the District’s former president who served from the District’s founding in 1991 until his retirement in December 2012. The design features a recognition plaza at the heart of the nature park to honor Mr. Drake’s service to the District.
The park will also feature a scenic trail that will loop through mature trees that have been preserved. Visitors will be able to observe the various habitats that have been protected and created throughout the park for birds, insects, small animals, and butterflies. A bayou observation platform will overlook Greens Bayou and offer views of the North Houston District skyline in the distance. A permeable paver parking lot accommodates visitors and will act as an unloading zone for future users of the planned canoe/kayak launch for Greens Bayou. Once complete, Jack Drake Park will be a recreational destination for visitors looking to escape the busy city environment and reconnect with nature.
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