Nature

V&W Partners contribute land to Harris County for the 148 acre Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve.

 

After making the commitment to preserve the floodplain land located along the northeast side of Cypress Creek at State Highway 249, V&W brought together representatives from Commissioner Eversole’s office, members of a community group called the Friends of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve and local landscape architect Clark Condon Associates to create a master plan for the park. The resulting plan won a “Best of the Best Award” from the Houston Galveston Area Council. The long-term master plan for the Preserve includes an education center, picnic areas, canoe docks and a system of trails which will allow access to natural areas within the Preserve and connections to surrounding neighborhoods. The Cypress Creek Greenway trail system, a proposed 50 mile regional trail system along Cypress Creek, will extend along the southern boundary of the Preserve and will ultimately connect the Preserve to a multitude of parks and neighborhoods.

“As longtime Houston real estate developers it is important to us to preserve the integrity and historical significance of a community. The land acquired for The Vintage offered us the opportunity to contribute a significant portion of the original tract to allow public access to a beautifully preserved environment” said Vincent Kickerillo, V&W Partners, Ltd.

The Friends of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve were instrumental in the project’s success. “Our mission was to bring the developer, Commissioner Eversole and the community together in collaboration on a plan to secure a portion of land along SH 249 for use as a public park,” said Linn Smyth, member of the Friends of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. “The significance of the Preserve is that it maintains open spaces for the community to fish, hike, bike, birdwatch, canoe and simply enjoy the peacefulness of a natural setting.”

According to records (Cypress Creek Flood Control Coalition, September 2005) the future nature park was part of the journey Sam Houston’s army took across northwestern Harris County trailing Cypress Creek.