It is a large greenway that provides a series of 6 ponds of differing sizes, walking trails, both paved and gravel/dirt & gazebos, as well as diverse wildlife views, especially of birds.
I pedaled around 2 miles exploring the area. I include this post in my Take a Hike archive because of what it offers and it's potential in the future.
The series begins here.
Willow Waterhole Park is a 291 acre work in progress that offers passive recreational activities in an environment focused on wildlife conservation, the nurturing of native plant growth and relief from flooding concerns.
Looking around at what this has developed into in just 16 yrs. it is shocking to think that it once contained contaminated brownfields & abandoned buildings due to yrs. of flood damage.
The Conservancy & this project are part of Harris County Flood Control & US Army Corps of Engineers' Project Brays. The project is a combination of major flood control, a $70M series of wet-bottom detention lakes, & greenspace in SW Houston.
One pond had a partly overgrown dirt trail around it, but you wouldn't know the trail was walkable, or bikeable, unless you took a closer look as I did, getting an early sunset photo in the process.
A great place for cycling and urban hiking and walking.
In the decade since the Conservancy began the park has become a top birding site and they are restoring Coastal Prairie.