20 April 2022

Project InFocus: Northwest Harris County MUD No. 6 Cutten Green Park

Northwest Harris County MUD No. 6 Cutten Green Park

EHRA has worked continuously with NWHCMUD 6 for over 44 years. As part of this ongoing relationship, our team collaborated with the District to update the entity’s Parks and Trails Master Plan and to successfully pass a parks bond election in 2018. This project is the most recently completed phase of work on the previously developed Master Plan.

This phase involved the District purchasing a four-acre parcel of land in their boundary with the intention of developing the land into a major park space that would connect to the District’s existing extensive trail system. Next, the landscape architecture team at EHRA organized a committee of community stakeholders to generate a list of the most desired features and amenities to include within the park. EHRA was able to incorporate multiple amenity offerings in the limited project area. Utilizing innovative design techniques, EHRA was able to maximize the use of a challenging boundary configuration, to make the site both aesthetically pleasing yet highly efficient for the community. EHRA designed the new park to include identified features such as a community garden, multiple playgrounds, a picnic plaza, an elevated boardwalk, a dry creek bed, a large central lawn, walking trails, reforestation areas and two dog parks.

Project Manager, Tim May, PLA, LEED AP, mentioned some of the notable features of the project included the nature-based theme in the playground equipment, the open field play, looping trail, raised community garden planters and the community congregation space.

EHRA’s consistent communication and inclusion of the contractor and MUD decisionmakers provided schedule and budget stabilization without unexpected obstacles or costs. Additionally, this granted a smooth operation beginning with design to construction. Construction of this comprehensive park was completed in early 2022.