Projects & Studies

Zube Park Stormwater Detention Basin

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Construction began in early 2017 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. (For more information about how this project fits into the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program, please visit that section.)

Public safety note: Portions of the pedestrian footpath in the southeast portion of Zube Park will be temporarily closed for the duration of construction. While visiting Zube Park, the public is requested to respect all barriers and warning signs, be mindful of construction activity and avoid construction equipment.

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. On October 25, 2016, Harris County Commissioners Court awarded an approximately $1.5 million construction contract to low bidder Crystalline Development LLC. Work began in January and is expected to be completed by Summer 2017.

The Flood Control District is coordinating phased construction of the new basin with Precinct 3, which is contributing $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 will involve the excavation and removal of approximately 101,000 cubic yards of soil. The project also includes construction of a weir or spillway structure that also will serve 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.

Phase I Work, which was completed in 2016, established the top-of-bank outline of the basin along its south and east sides. The Zube Park basin is designed to ultimately hold approximately 195.5 million gallons, or more than 600 acre-feet, 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.

Construction-Related Activities

As part of the project, portions of the construction site will be cleared of trees and other vegetation. Many areas with large trees have been selected for preservation, and will be protected during and after construction.

The contractor will use large construction trucks and equipment to perform work on the project and to remove vegetation and soil from the site. Trucks will enter and exit the project site from Becker Road.

While visiting Zube Park, the public is requested to be mindful of construction activity and to avoid construction equipment.

For information about how this project fits into regional drainage plans, see this section: Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program.