MKT Promenade

We are working with the community to design a 0.5-mile promenade

The MKT Trail courses through the heart of Houston. It links together Houston Heights, Woodland Heights, White Oak Bayou, Sawyer Yards Art District, Buffalo Bayou and Allen’s Landing with connections into Downtown destinations such as the Theater District and the Skyline District.

Using approximately 60-ft of public right-of-way, we are unifying Donovan Park, Heights Blvd Esplanade, Lawrence Park and Houston Heights Reservoir into a coherent system of parks

On the east side of downtown, the trail also makes its way to East End/East Downtown. With plans to extend the reach of this Hike-and-Bike trail eastward, potential exists to link to four important nexus of green space: Esplanade on Navigation, Harriburg Trail and the Columbia Tap Trail. The Commerce St rehabilitation and removal of the old railroad tracks will link the Harrisburg trail with the MKT trail.

MKT Railroad was decommissioned at the end of the last century, and in the late 2000s, a rail-trail was established as a mixed-use path for cyclist, joggers, and walkers. Since then, the Bayou Greenways 2020 initiative linked even more trails together.

For the Greater Heights, the MKT Trail acts as a catalyst for micromobility, linking the neighborhood’s premier shopping and dining destinations

  • Enhancing the community’s connectivity and walkability
  • Capitalizing on economic development opportunities
  • Providing a transformational recreational amenities 

We are seeking to create a landscape beautification plan to enhance and modernize the landscaping of 0.5 miles of linear green space with a width of approximately 60 ft parallel to the MKT Trail. 

Preliminary Design Criteria

Enhanced Intersection Safety: Encompassing raised crosswalks, prominent stop signs, trail-crossing archways, and vital safety installations like surveillance cameras and emergency callboxes for enhanced security.

Diversified Footpath Design: Introducing a dedicated pedestrian footpath, selecting materials (decomposed granite, rubber, asphalt) and shaping its form – offering both linear and meandering routes to balance utility, cost-efficiency, and maintenance considerations.

Splash Pads and Water Fountains: A much-anticipated addition, envisioning delightful splash pads as a sought-after feature, promising refreshing enjoyment for all.

Inspiring Lighting Aesthetics: Marrying historical street lamp elegance with modern designs, akin to the Buffalo Bayou Park or Memorial Park’s visual identity, while integrating surveillance cameras and emergency call boxes for comprehensive safety.

Inclusive Art and Activities: Fostering diverse engagement for all ages and abilities, featuring pedestrian furniture, serene hammock and lounging zones, interactive playgrounds, fitness equipment, communal exercise spaces, vibrant community gardens, and dedicated areas for canine companions.

Botanical Variety: Thoughtful selection of trees, shrubs, and distinctive gardens, encompassing the allure of rose gardens and arid landscapes, nurturing nature’s diversity.

Central Gathering Plaza: A focal point adorned with an iconic shade structure, celebrating Houston’s energy, medicine, and space contributions, designed to host significant communal gatherings and events.

Local Merchant Hub: Establishing 4-5 temporary merchant structures, available for lease, generating revenue for maintenance, championing local enterprises within the context of soaring rents, with priority given to essential grocers and curated offerings tailored for trail users, including bicycle spare parts and economical servicing options


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We are working with the community to design a 0.5-mile promenade

Using approximately 60-ft of public right-of-way, we are unifying Donovan Park, Heights Blvd Esplanade, Lawrence Park and Houston Heights Reservoir into a coherent system of parks

One response to “MKT Promenade”

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    Jason Fuentes

    This is really cool. I hope that the city is willing to bite to design something like this.

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