Sustainability Statistics

Land

  • Once a wastewater treatment plant allowed to grow over as a first-tier successional plot, the project redevelops a site into a public amenity.

Planting

  • The project controls and manages the invasive Chinese tallow trees, which once covered the site.
  • 300+ trees were preserved.
  • 400+ trees were planted.
  • 90% of the trees planted are native to the region, including: live oak, red oak and bald cypress.
  • Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
  • The project avoids annual planting.

Water

  • Located in a flood plain, all buildings are raised one foot above the floodplain, and the site is designed to mitigate runoff.
  • A bioswale collects stormwater and creates a richly planted space in the landscape. The planting and slope of the swale removes silt and pollution from the water before it infiltrates into the ground source.
  • The park is designed to detain more than 3,417 cubic yards of water.  The parking lot TrueGrid gravel system provides 2,350 cubic yards of the total 3,417 being provided.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 250,000 gallons of water which is equivalent to the water usage for 250 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The trees sequester 30,000 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 3.6 cars per year.**
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is removed through prohibited smoking on-site.

Economics

  • The project is predicted to be a catalyst for growth.
  • 51% of the planting requires no irrigation or maintenance, offering savings.
  • The park created jobs, with three full time employees managing the park along with 24-hour security.

Social

  • The project connects to more than 150 miles of trails as part of the Bayou Greenway. The bayou system reaches almost every type or neighborhood in Houston. Having a free, outdoor activity space for fitness, education, and community gathering becomes a tremendous resource.
  • With an adaptable, multipurpose room and a community center within the park, the bike park plans to offer educational programs and community gatherings. The programming staff is excited about courses, such as bike maintenance, as a tool for gathering the community together.
  • The track is certified for national and international competitions by the Olympics, UCI (Union Cycle Internationale), and USA BMX.

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

North Houston BMX Bike Park

North Houston Bike Park encompasses more than 22 acres, centrally located between Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, and Kingwood, Texas. The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority hired OJB to design this one-of-a-kind, world-class bike park following the completion of the ten-acre North Houston Skate Park which lies directly to the north. The creation of this area has already provided a benefit to the local community and impacted development in the neighboring region. 

The focus for the North Houston Bike Park is to provide something for everybody, whether it’s novice or expert riders, visitors, or spectators. Programming for the park will include a BMX track, a welcome center, 25,000 SF of concrete bike bowls, a performance pavilion with large event lawn, an urban riding plaza, large and small pump tracks, a tot track, a dirt jumps track, and off-road trails with break-out areas for various skill work. 

Promenades run from the north to the south, framing the event lawn and creating a variety of pedestrian gathering spaces. Bike activity happens to the east and west of the promenades ensuring an active experience for all visitors.

OJB has incorporated sustainable elements into the space-efficient design. The starting ramp sits atop the park’s 2,500-SF Welcome Center. Another unique element is the pedestrian bridge which is situated on top of rideable planters and allows visitors to traverse the bike bowls. Visitors can take advantage of this distinctive vantage point with birds-eye views of the riders below as well as tree-top sightlines extending to the south end of the park. Designed in a flood plain, the 100% permeable parking lot allows for stormwater storage.

North Houston Bike Park will host the Union Cyclist International (UCI) 2020 BMX World Championships.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team: Endrestudio, Brett Zamore Design, Walter P. Moore, Wylie Consulting Engineers, Stantec, SITE Design Group, Minor Design, Carter Design Group, Jones|Carter

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Land

  • Once a wastewater treatment plant allowed to grow over as a first-tier successional plot, the project redevelops a site into a public amenity.

Planting

  • The project controls and manages the invasive Chinese tallow trees, which once covered the site.
  • 300+ trees were preserved.
  • 400+ trees were planted.
  • 90% of the trees planted are native to the region, including: live oak, red oak and bald cypress.
  • Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
  • The project avoids annual planting.

Water

  • Located in a flood plain, all buildings are raised one foot above the floodplain, and the site is designed to mitigate runoff.
  • A bioswale collects stormwater and creates a richly planted space in the landscape. The planting and slope of the swale removes silt and pollution from the water before it infiltrates into the ground source.
  • The park is designed to detain more than 3,417 cubic yards of water.  The parking lot TrueGrid gravel system provides 2,350 cubic yards of the total 3,417 being provided.
  • Trees have the potential for intercepting 250,000 gallons of water which is equivalent to the water usage for 250 American residents for one day.*

Carbon, Energy + Air

  • The trees sequester 30,000 pounds of carbon annually, which offset 3.6 cars per year.**
  • Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is removed through prohibited smoking on-site.

Economics

  • The project is predicted to be a catalyst for growth.
  • 51% of the planting requires no irrigation or maintenance, offering savings.
  • The park created jobs, with three full time employees managing the park along with 24-hour security.

Social

  • The project connects to more than 150 miles of trails as part of the Bayou Greenway. The bayou system reaches almost every type or neighborhood in Houston. Having a free, outdoor activity space for fitness, education, and community gathering becomes a tremendous resource.
  • With an adaptable, multipurpose room and a community center within the park, the bike park plans to offer educational programs and community gatherings. The programming staff is excited about courses, such as bike maintenance, as a tool for gathering the community together.
  • The track is certified for national and international competitions by the Olympics, UCI (Union Cycle Internationale), and USA BMX.

* The tree average for water interception is 500 gallons. American’s use an average of 100 gallons of water per day (EPA’s water trivia facts)

**120 pounds of CO2 per tree annually (This number is based on an average from the National Tree Benefits Calculator) One car produces an average of 8,320 pounds of CO2 per year. (The Code of Federal Regulations - 40 CFR 600.113)

North Houston BMX Bike Park

North Houston Bike Park encompasses more than 22 acres, centrally located between Downtown Houston, The Woodlands, and Kingwood, Texas. The Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority hired OJB to design this one-of-a-kind, world-class bike park following the completion of the ten-acre North Houston Skate Park which lies directly to the north. The creation of this area has already provided a benefit to the local community and impacted development in the neighboring region. 

The focus for the North Houston Bike Park is to provide something for everybody, whether it’s novice or expert riders, visitors, or spectators. Programming for the park will include a BMX track, a welcome center, 25,000 SF of concrete bike bowls, a performance pavilion with large event lawn, an urban riding plaza, large and small pump tracks, a tot track, a dirt jumps track, and off-road trails with break-out areas for various skill work. 

Promenades run from the north to the south, framing the event lawn and creating a variety of pedestrian gathering spaces. Bike activity happens to the east and west of the promenades ensuring an active experience for all visitors.

OJB has incorporated sustainable elements into the space-efficient design. The starting ramp sits atop the park’s 2,500-SF Welcome Center. Another unique element is the pedestrian bridge which is situated on top of rideable planters and allows visitors to traverse the bike bowls. Visitors can take advantage of this distinctive vantage point with birds-eye views of the riders below as well as tree-top sightlines extending to the south end of the park. Designed in a flood plain, the 100% permeable parking lot allows for stormwater storage.

North Houston Bike Park will host the Union Cyclist International (UCI) 2020 BMX World Championships.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team: Endrestudio, Brett Zamore Design, Walter P. Moore, Wylie Consulting Engineers, Stantec, SITE Design Group, Minor Design, Carter Design Group, Jones|Carter