Gonzalo Echeverria

- McCord vision: to save residents a couple hours a day -

Generation Park residents one day will be able to walk, bike or scooter on trails connecting them to FM 1960, Humble and Kingwood — without crossing any road or major highway.

That is the vision of Gonzalo Echeverria, director of design and planning for Generation Park, McCord Development’s 4,200-acre development just south of Beltway 8 at West Lake Houston Parkway.

“Our network of trails will be the backbone of Generation Park,” said Echeverria, who is designing what will become a loop around the park. “Our plan is for you to be able to go anywhere by walking this loop. Our strategy is to develop a trail network that will connect to everything — Summerwood, Fall Creek, our communities to the north including Kingwood, and to Humble, too.”

Echeverria said McCord is taking a bigger approach to developing Generation Park and the trails he is creating are a work-in-progress.

“If the pandemic and working from home taught us one thing, it was how trying it was to commute and, when you had to stay home, you ended up saving yourself a couple hours a day,” Echeverria said.

McCord’s plan at Generation Park, Echeverria said, is to be able for residents to keep those extra couple of hours by developing a trail system that residents can live, work, shop, play and even get an education all within a 15- or 30-minute walk or bike ride.

“What we are developing at Generation Park frankly compares to Paris and Melbourne. We are close to so much. We want our residents to be able to move around by trail, whether they are walking, or using a bike or a scooter,” said Echeverria.

McCord has developed a unique map that measures distances by time throughout the Lake Houston area, how long it would take a Generation Park resident to travel by foot, by bike or by scooter.

“This map shows all the potential connections and interesting places that can be visited in five minutes or 15 minutes,” said Echeverria. “More important, it shows how easy it will be to reach any service that you would need, including high school and college.”

He envisions that the Generation Park trail network will become an extra-wide bike and pedestrian superhighway linking residents to their workplace or to restaurants, shopping as well as local parks, wooded trails, and waterways.

“We have so many parks and recreation areas nearby — Sheldon State Park, Deussen City Park, Greens Bayou Park, the San Jacinto River, Golf Course of Houston — and our plan is to connect our trail system to all of them.”

“This trail system is very special and very exciting,” he said.

Multiple events continue to take place at Generation Park including zumba on the lawn Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.; yoga on the lawn Sundays at 10 a.m.; storytime for kids Thursdays at 11 a.m.; market at Redemption Square featuring live music, food, art and jewelry every fourth Saturday; and cars and coffee at Redemption Square, an automotive showcase every third Saturday, generationpark.com.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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