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Update Spring / Summer 2017 issue

Update Spring / Summer 2017

B u i l d i n g F o r O u r F u t u r e R. Jack Cagle, Harris County Commissioner Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve Precinct 4 to Open New Park Precinct 4 is bringing another community closer to nature with the opening of the Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve. People of all ages can canoe the waters of a serene lake, stroll underneath a canopy of trees, or take a rest while observing countless wildlife. In the peaceful setting of this new greenspace, residents can relax, unwind, and appreciate the sights and sounds of nature. The park spans 80 acres and features the 40-acre Marshall Lake with a 1.7-mile paved trail that circles the water. S p r i n g / S u m m e r 2 0 1 7 Precinct 4 celebrates the grand opening of its newest park with the public on Saturday, April 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event, visitors can explore the lake by canoe or from Precinct 4’s pontoon boat, fish from the banks, and take in nature presentations. Natural Floodplain Buffer Situated along Hwy. 249, the property is an important anchor park for the Cypress Creek Greenway. The 40-mile linear trail will stretch from west of Hwy. 290 eastward to the Spring Creek Greenway at Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center. As with other parts of the Cypress Creek Greenway, Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve serves as a natural floodplain buffer. “During storm events, parks like Kickerillo-Mischer serve as natural detention facilities. They act like giant sponges, slowing floodwaters, capturing sediment, and absorbing run-off,” says Dennis Johnston, Precinct 4 parks administrator. Though Kickerillo Companies and Mischer Investments first donated See Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve, page 7

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