BULLDOZERS, BACKHOES AND BONHAM PARK
During the past two weeks your District J office has received numerous phone calls inquiring about the construction activity in Bonham Park. The park is located in Sharpstown, at the corner of Carew Street and Brae Acres Road, immediately west of Bonham Elementary School, and several blocks northwest of Sharpstown High School.
Before I describe the nature of the park construction allow me to note that it is very gratifying to know that so many residents of District J are mindful and observant of what is happening in their neighborhoods. We appreciate your calls about activities in our community. Our residents serve as the eyes and ears of the District, so please call us whenever you have a question or you see something we need to know about.
The construction in Bonham Park is scheduled to continue for the next several weeks and will include the excavation of a new “neighborhood green” grass playing field, the installation of an underground storm drainage pipeline, and construction of nearly one quarter-mile of concrete sidewalks that will create two walking path loops within the park. Once completed, the newly sodded neighborhood green will have gently sloping sides designed to provide a natural barrier to wayward soccer balls that might roll out into oncoming traffic, as well as provide a comfortable spectator area for families to gather and watch sporting events. The concrete walkways will open the park to more extensive “mud free” usage by walkers, joggers, skaters, kids on bikes, or the watchful eyes of moms pushing baby strollers.
These park improvements are being installed and paid for by the Midway Companies, Inc., as part of that Houston-based company’s re-development of the old Bissonnet Garden Apartments site. You may recall Bissonnet Gardens, which was located across from Sharpstown High School at the corner of Bissonnet and Bonhomme Road, as being a notorious drug infested and crime ridden eyesore. Midway acquired the site in 2011 and immediately began plans to revitalize the property under the re-branded name of “Braeburn Village”. The new construction at Braeburn Village not only will remove the significant urban blight and decay too long found on that site, but also will add over $18 million dollars in new living space and related amenities to that corner of District J.
Midway’s construction work in Bonham Park is being undertaken as part of its required compliance with the flood plain mitigation rules and regulations administered by the City for new developments. The City of Houston Parks Department negotiated an agreement for these extensive improvements to the park and is overseeing their installation. Midway is funding the construction of the improvements at a cost in excess of $150,000.
In keeping with the City’s requirements, the construction of the new Braeburn Village and the improvements to Bonham Park received the support of the Greater Sharpstown Management District, the Sharpstown and Braeburn Super Neighborhood Councils, and the Sharpstown Civic Association.
Once the improvements are completed your District J office would love to work with the neighborhood community surrounding Bonham Park to create a “Friends of Bonham Park” association to advocate and raise funds for further improvements to the park. If you are interested in helping with that endeavor let us know.
I look forward to seeing you in our newly updated Bonham Park soon.
– Mike Laster, Council Member – District J