Talley Landscape Architects (TLA) provided a full-service scope of work for the seven existing parks from conceptual design through construction phase services. The scope included the removal of all old play equipment and replacement with new playgrounds that were CPSC certified, ADA compliant, and linked to a new loop trail system; renovation of facilities, site drainage, landscaping, lighting, and irrigation; sports fields (basketball/soccer/volleyball/etc.); spray-grounds (splash pads); and a dog park. Services also included public/community outreach meetings with each of the Homeowner Associations to review designs and follow-up presentations once their ideas were incorporated. A new Regional Park Facility is being accomplished through the retro-fitting an existing 25-acre detention basin. TLA has provided the same full services and coordinated with the District’s engineers to remove a truncated concrete channel, re-shape the basin, and convert it to wet bottom facility that increases its capacity for the community while providing over two miles of accessible trails that link to the neighborhood and nearby elementary school and numerous other park amenities. On any given day, counts often exceed 75 joggers and walkers (some with dogs) and students walking to and from school can be seen in this regional park.
Harris County MUD No. 55 and TLA were recognized by the Houston-Galveston Area Council in the 2012 H-GAC Parks and Natural Areas Awards Competition in the Planning Process Category.