Construction was completed in 2018 on the second phase of this stormwater detention basin on Little Cypress Creek, part of a regional drainage infrastructure plan for an area of northwest Harris County: Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program.
The basin is located on the east side of Harris County Precinct 3’s existing 141-acre Zube Park, extending onto an 84-acre Flood Control District site between Roberts and Becker roads. The Flood Control District is coordinating phased construction of the basin with Precinct 3, which contributed $600,000 to the project via a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Department grant administered by the Harris County Community Services Department.
Work during the second phase involved the excavation and removal of approximately 101,000 cubic yards of soil. The project also included the construction of a weir or spillway structure that also serves as a pedestrian crossing over Little Cypress Creek as part of Zube Park’s expanding trail system. Weirs are a type of structure designed to control and direct stormwater from the channel or bayou into a detention basin.
When additional upcoming construction is complete, the Zube Park basin is designed to hold approximately 744 acre-feet, or more than 242.4 million gallons, of stormwater during heavy rain events. Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks and damages during heavy rain events by safely storing excess stormwater and slowly releasing it back to the bayou or creek when the threat of flooding has passed.
Upcoming construction on the Zube Park basin is a “Local Only” bond project, which means there is no other funding partner at this time and total project costs would be paid with funding from the 2018 Bond Program. Total allocation for this project is currently $1 million on the Bond Project List.