Gene Green Regional Park & Trail Enhancements

December 2008   Harris County, Texas

Client

  • Harris County Precinct Two

Team

  • NATEX Architects
  • Cobb Fendley & Associates
  • Conti Jumper Gardner & Associates
  • DBR Engineering Consultants
  • SpawGlass Civil Construction

Recognition

  • LEED Certified
  • 2006, H-GAC Parks & Natural Areas Planning Award
  • 2008, Mayor's Proud Partner Award
Key Points

A multi-functional detention basin and park space designed in collaboration with high school students into a highly utilized, environmentally resilient community park and trail system.

Sustainability

Gene Green was the first USGBC LEED Certified project in Harris County, implementing sustainable practices and using low-impact materials.

Youth Engagement

The project engaged high school students in the area to discuss desired amenities and designs. Students helped design a skate park and amphitheater and stayed involved through construction.

Gathering Space

In addition to creating numerous gathering spaces, the project improved two miles of trails that provide spaces for physical activity for people of all abilities.

The first project to receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification through the U.S. Green Building Council in Harris County, the 230-acre Gene Green Beltway 8 Regional Park is a collaborative effort that brought stakeholders together to create a sustainable, community-oriented park.


The Park’s design incorporates Low Impact Development Techniques in the parking lot with bioswales and meandering streams that dissipate stormwater through native vegetation prior to outfall to Carpenter’s Bayou. Additional LID features include wetland preservation and the use of reduced impervious paving. Over 90 percent of the construction waste generated was recycled and diverted from landfills, and the project used recycled content for columns, benches, ramps, rolling walls, and amphitheater seating


The community participated in determining park program elements through a series of public meetings with the design team, a steering committee and public agency staff. One of the key groups who participated in the design process was area high school students, who helped design an “Xtreme Park” featuring a skate park, BMX bike trail, and climbing apparatus. Other park amenities include an outdoor amphitheater, soccer fields, baseball fields, a playground area with splash pad, and hike and bike trails that tie into the Harris County Regional Trail System.


The park design was completed by Asakura Robinson in 2008, before Hurricane Ike made landfall in Houston. Gene Green has survived repeated inundation and remains one of the most popular parks in the Precinct, demonstrating the impact of low impact development.

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Plaza at Enclave October 2008   Houston, TX