City of Houston Guidebook on Parkland for Multi-Use
CLIENT City of Houston
LOCATION Houston, TX
Hydrology and Hydraulics
The City of Houston owns and operates more than 400 parks across several thousand acers of open space. As severe weather events become more common, the city will face increasing risks from flooding events. With an abundance of green space thorough out the city, local leaders are looking to incorporate stromwater detention strategies that maximize the social and environmental benefits of Houston parks while increasing its resilience to future weather events.
Our team provided the city with a guidebook to help incorporate more flood mitigation strategies within its parks and open spaces. The multi-use guidebook provides multiple mitigation solutions for various park options, their achievable stormwater benefits, low impact development application techniques and other mitigation features that provide recreational and aesthetic appeal.
To develop the guidebook, our team collected and analyzed data for the city’s existing park properties, including drainage information, soils and park size. Workshops are planned with the Houston Public Works (HPW) and the Houston Parks and Recreations Department (HPARD) to discuss pilot locations, findings, potential park treatments and other operational impacts associated with each mitigation solution. Our team will also prepare a dashboard that will help the city implement the recommended solutions.
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