Projects & Studies

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 that the property may only be used as parkland, for recreational purposes and for stormwater detention purposes. The property is located in the White Oak Bayou and Vogel Creek watersheds.

At the City of Houston’s request, the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) is developing a plan to design and build stormwater detention basins on the former golf course property to provide flood damage reduction benefits during heavy storms and to mitigate impacts of future public projects as appropriate. The City of Houston will contact neighborhood stakeholders to discuss the design of recreational improvements adjacent to the detention basins.

The proposed stormwater detention basin project encompasses property located east of Antoine and west of Antoine, with a total of 12 stormwater detention basins.

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).

The onsite golf course clubhouse has been rebranded as the White Oak Conference Center, which includes a community center. This venue is managed by the Near Northwest Management District.

Project Areas

The East Project Area is east of Antoine Drive and includes five detention basin areas that are labeled H, I, J, K and L on the map above. (The City of Houston has completed Basin K and has partially completed the construction of Basin L.)

The West Project Area is west of Antoine Drive and includes seven detention basin areas that are labeled A, B, C, D, E, F and G.

First Project Phase

Soon HCFCD will study the site, which involves surveying and preliminary engineering. This will allow designers to model the potential capacity of each proposed stormwater detention basin. The goal is to maximize volume while preserving trees. Additionally, there will be surveying of private property lines adjacent to the project area. Tree tagging will be a part or the process, with “any special trees and trees more than four inches in diameter being tagged for inventory purposes under the City of Houston’s Tree Protection Ordinance, which pertains to the protection and preservation of trees and shrubs on city property.”