With the nearly one-mile extension of the Cypress Creek Nature Trail and introduction of a new mountain bike trail, the master-planned community of Bridgeland continues its efforts to make the Cypress Creek Corridor accessible to residents.
The eventual six-mile Cypress Creek Nature Trail winds through the historic corridor, a 1,000-acre nature area and creek system bordering Bridgeland’s northern boundary. A mix of pathways defines the trail, with paved sidewalks leading to the main path, which features decomposed granite. Secondary trails composed of rustic wood chips weave through densely wooded areas. With the extension, which should open by the first of March, approximately 2.5 miles of the main trail will be available for resident use.
The mountain bike trail runs parallel to the nature trail and Cypress Creek, extending for nearly one mile. It connects with the main trail in several areas.
Bridgeland will advertise for bids on the production and installation of educational signage and seating areas to view the wildlife along the pathway, continuing the effort started when the Cypress Creek Nature Trail first opened.
“Signage along the new trail will pertain to wildlife seen in the area — armadillos, woodpeckers, white tail deer — and other interesting items, such as forest succession, the hydrologic cycle and the Cypress Creek watershed,” says Peter Houghton, vice president of master planned communities for Bridgeland. “It’s a nice touch that has proven popular with residents and we hope it will be of interest to teachers and students when Bridgeland’s first elementary opens nearby in the fall.”
Preserving the Cypress Creek Corridor and making it accessible to residents is part of Bridgeland’s overall environmental plan, which strives to bridge the area’s rich natural landscape and residential development. In the early stages of development, planners devised a multi-faceted and meaningful land use plan that supports the legacy of the Katy Prairie, widespread environmental initiatives, passive and active recreation for residents and community infrastructure, Houghton said.
“The careful cultivation of the Cypress Creek Nature Trail is indicative of future development in other areas of Bridgeland, such as the Langham Creek Corridor,” he says.
Ranked fourth in Houston and 15th in the nation for 2012 sales, Bridgeland is known for its array of amenities. Approximately 3,000 of its 11,400 acres are designated for open space and recreation, with several large-scale amenities already in use.