Mason Park Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Unveiling Set for September 22
As part of Bayou Greenways 2020, this iconic 485-foot bridge will connect communities along Brays Bayou in the East End
Style Magazine Newswire | 9/11/2018, 8 a.m.
HOUSTON, TX – Sept. 10, 2018 – Houston Parks Board and its partners are pleased to announce the Mason Park Bridge Grand Opening event slated for Saturday, Sept. 22. Community members along Brays Bayou and across the city are invited to celebrate the official unveiling of Mason Park Bridge with Houston Parks Board, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Harris County Flood Control District, Houston-Galveston Area Council, Kinder Foundation and Council Member Robert Gallegos. Event partners include Houston Area Road Runners Association, The Houston Wellness Project, Houston Marathon Foundation, Houston Dynamo, Bayou Preservation Association, Houston Public Library, East End Management District, Nature and Eclectic Outdoors (NEO), Telemundo Houston and various community organizations.
Mason Park Bridge Grand Opening
541 South 75th Street
Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018
8:00 a.m.: 5k Fun Run
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Picnic in the Park
11:15 a.m.: Ribbon Cutting and Procession
The Mason Park Bridge Grand Opening will begin with an 8:00 a.m. 5k Fun Run. Following the run, all participants and community members are encouraged to bring out their picnic gear and favorite picnic foods, listen to live music by Nick Gaitan and Tejas Got Soul Sound System and participate in fun family activities. One not-to-miss highlight of the day will be the ribbon cutting and a community procession across the new bridge symbolizing the new connection.
“The Mason Park Bridge is significant on many levels: it is an essential connector for the East End and surrounding communities, it provides an integral link from both sides of Mason Park to the Brays Bayou Greenway trail system, and, finally, it’s a stunning piece of architecture that we are all proud to bring to the neighborhood,” said Beth White, President & CEO of Houston Parks Board.
This summer, the central truss of a 485-foot-long, 16-foot-wide pedestrian/bike suspension bridge was successfully installed in Mason Park, a pivotal moment in providing a new, safe crossing for communities on Brays Bayou. The bridge, which came to fruition through a combination of funding from federal and local partners, is part of a series of improvements to Mason Park over the years including the new Brays Bayou Greenway trail connections.
Custom-designed by AIA Engineers and SWA Group, the pedestrian and bike bridge is anchored by 70-foot-tall towers on each bank with cables stretching from the top of the towers and connecting to the steel truss every 35 feet. It also features lighting and plazas with seating at each end. The steel truss, or structure of interconnected steel tubes, was hoisted using three cranes and a barge on Brays Bayou and anchored in place by NGB Constructors, Inc., overseen by TxDOT over a one-day installation period on Tuesday, June 12.
The bridge brings together the Magnolia Park, Lawndale, Wayside, Pecan Park, Harrisburg and Manchester communities. Architecturally, the bridge serves as a landmark and focal point for the community. It joins the ranks of the city’s well-traversed signature bridges including the Bill Coates Bridge over Brays Bayou in Hermann Park and Jackson Hill Bridge in Buffalo Bayou Park.