Projects & Studies
Project Update: On March 26, 2019, Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $1.27 million contract with an engineering firm for design, bidding and construction stage engineering services in support of this project. The City of Houston and Harris County are awaiting response to grant applications to fund the design for all identified areas of the Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Project. Harris County Flood Control District is supporting the grant application effort. Please watch this page for future updates.
Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Project
The Inwood Forest Golf Course, a 226-acre property near Antoine Drive and West Little York, was purchased by the City of Houston in 2011 for approximately $9 million. A land use agreement stipulates the property may only be used as parkland, for recreational and stormwater detention purposes. The property is located in the White Oak Bayou and Vogel Creek watersheds.
Currently, the City of Houston and Harris County are seeking grant applications to fund in totality a multipurpose plan incorporating recreational facilities and stormwater detention basins in the Inwood Forest area. Concurrently, the Harris County Flood Control District is supporting the efforts of the city and county to develop a design that includes recreational areas, as well as stormwater detention basins. Initial construction of basins in the area have been completed by the City of Houston, and the Harris County Flood Control District intended to proceed with construction of the remaining basins in phases. However, because of requirements in the new grant applications, all design and construction will be completed as one project.
The stormwater detention basins will be built by the Harris County Flood Control District on the former golf course property to provide flood damage reduction benefits during heavy storms and to mitigate impacts of future public drainage projects as appropriate. The City of Houston is responsible for the construction of the recreational features associated with the detention basins.
The proposed stormwater detention basin project encompasses property located both east of Antoine and west of Antoine, with a total of 12 interconnected stormwater detention basins. While funding for the construction of entire project area is being finalized, the Harris County Flood Control District is moving forward with the design. During the design phase of the project, one or more community engagement meetings will be held for residents to learn about key elements of the project, give input, and have their questions and concerns addressed. Please check this page for updates on the scheduling of these meetings.
The basins will vary in stormwater storage capacity, which is measured in acre-feet. The goal for the stormwater storage capacity for all of the basins combined is approximately 1,200 acre-feet, for shared use by the Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston. One acre-foot is equal to one acre times a one-foot depth, or 43,560 cubic feet (325,850 gallons).
With the addition of recreational amenities, capacity within the basins to hold stormwater typically decreases. Actual storage capacity will be determined once design plans are complete.
The project includes a total of twelve basins of varying size. The basins are individually labeled with letters A-L. The City of Houston has completed Basin K and partially completed the construction of Basin L. The Flood Control District’s upcoming project will include the construction of the remaining basins as shown in the diagram.
As owner of the property, the recreational opportunities are being determined by the City of Houston with community input.
White Oak Conference Center, formerly the golf course clubhouse, which includes a community center and is managed by the Near Northwest Management District, will remain on the site and operational. Community programs such as First Tee, a youth golfing program, are included in the planning and additional recreation will be designed based on community need.
The largest basin, Basin C, currently is being considered by the City of Houston as a location for First Tee. The White Oak Conference Center is located next to Basin C.
In early 2017, a tree inventory was conducted on the Inwood Forest Golf Course property. Trees greater than four inches in diameter were tagged and documented according to size, species and general health. Suggestions for possible tree preservation zones were indicated as part of the inventory.
Residents may notice tags on trees. These tags indicate that the tree has been inventoried for planning purposes.
Following Hurricane Harvey in summer 2017, the project focus shifted to increasing stormwater detention volume to offset street flooding. To allow for maximum basin volume, trees in the immediate area may need to be removed. Where possible, a bank or banks of trees will remain.
Upon completion of the project, new trees will be planted as appropriate.