By Gary Clark, Houston Chronicle

A stroll around the ponds, grasslands and trees at Willow Waterhole greenway in Southwest Houston offers matchless serenity of nature.

Six separate detention ponds look like natural finger lakes sprawling over a landscape deliberately restored to replicate the once-vast Texas coastal prairie. Restoration came from the heroic work of citizens with the Willow Waterhole Greenspace Conservancy in concert with local, state and federal agencies.

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