Bayou City Initiative and Exploration Green would like to invite Clear Lake area residents and community members to an educational event that will share how the vision of Exploration Green became a reality. The event includes a presentation and an opportunity to tour Exploration Green, where attendees will have the chance to see the park up-close and learn from Exploration Green tour guides.
The event will take place on Saturday, March 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Clear Lake United Methodist Church, 16335 El Camino Real.
Exploration Green, a series of five stormwater detention pond parks converted from a former golf course, stands as a rare Harvey flood protection success story. With just Phase One–the first detention pond–partially installed, the project saved over 150 homes during Harvey in 2017. When people drove down the street and saw homes that used to flood hadn’t flooded, even some of the project’s biggest detractors became its biggest fans.
Not only has this flood protection park saved homes, it has improved property values, attracted hundreds of volunteers to learn about native plants, and revitalized the spirit of a community. Though its inception took years of negotiation and facing opposition, as a flood protection project, Exploration Green now leads the way in innovation and raises the bar for what is possible in Houston.