As a result of Winter Storm Uri in February 2021, over 150 old-growth Oleanders died in this record freeze. These Oleanders, and numerous scrub trees on Edloe from Albans to the property boundary at Tiny’s #5, have since been removed leaving an opportunity to improve the aesthetics and enjoyment of this area. Staff consulted with Terralab Landscape Architects to explore opportunities for a pedestrian trail and enhanced landscaping in this area.
Improvements were approved after the February 28, 2022, council meeting and construction documents. Initially, only one bid was received for the project, and it was rejected. At the October 10, 22 Council meeting, council approved rebidding the project. The City rebid the Edloe Street Pathway project in December 2022 and received nine (9) bids. The bids were more than anticipated primarily due to the rising cost of materials.
On January 23, Council authorized staff to enter into a contract with PMG Project Management Group, LLC, the low bidder, who also scored highest on the bid tabulation, to construct a pervious pathway along the east side of Edloe St. between Albans St. and Georgetown St.
Other work not included in the bid was the relocation of some CenterPoint Energy infrastructure and silt fencing installation, both of which were managed by the City.
The project includes:
A pervious pathway using recycled materials. For product information see Genan Safe Trail (color mix brown, green, black recycled rubber and pebbles)
6-foot high aluminum fencing along west side of Poor Farm Ditch; including an update to the existing fencing located near the three pedestrian bridges to ensure a uniform look and feel.
Drinking fountain with pet station
Pet waste and refuse station
Landscaping – Sod around trail with enhanced landscaping beds at pedestrian bridges and ground cover to enhance areas visible from perpendicular streets.
The Friends of West University Parks Fund garnered donations for 8 benches along the pathway. Friends is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to raising funds for the development and improvement of parks and green spaces in West University Place.
In 2015, the city adopted the Parks and Recreation Department’s Master Plan which recommended adding a walking path within West U, especially along Poor Farm Ditch. The city is excited to cross this recommendation off the list upon the completion of the project.
Minor enhancements such as landscaping, pathway repairs, and utility relocation will be completed by the end of this year.
For questions regarding this project, please contact Parks and Recreation Director Susan White at 713-662-5894 or via email at email@example.com or Capital Project Manager Eduardo Barreto at 713-662-5848 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 10, 2022 - City Council held an initial discussion of the Edloe Street Pathway Project during the Regular Meeting. Audio from this discussion is available by clicking the play button to the right.