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|Terry Hershey Park History|
The land occupied by Precinct 3's Terry Hershey Park was acquired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1940s as part of the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs project. The Corps of Engineers later deeded this land to the Harris County Flood Control District. Harris County began planning to develop a park on the property in 1985 and eventually leased 500 acres along the banks of Buffalo Bayou and South Mayde Creek from the Flood Control District in 1987.
Development of the first section of the hike and bike trail here was started by Commissioner Bob Eckels and continued by his successor, Elizabeth Ghrist. The park was then known as Buffalo Bayou Park. Commissioner Ghrist's successor, Steve Radack, initiated a major expansion of the trail system after he took office in 1989. It was Commissioner Radack who proposed changing the name to Terry Hershey Park to honor the conservationist who led the campaign in the 1960s to derail a plan to pave the banks of Buffalo Bayou as had been done earlier to portions of the banks of White Oak Bayou and Brays Bayou.
The Hike and Bike Trail is the main element in Terry Hershey Park. But there are other features, including restrooms, gazebos, a lighted walking trail, exercise stations, playground, and picnic sites. There is a walk-in sundial where your shadow will tell you the time if you stand on the appropriate stone (and if the sun is shining). This feature is in the section of the park between Memorial Drive and Interstate 10. It was suggested by Ormonde Smith, one of the regular users of Terry Hershey Park.
Terese "Terry" Hershey and her late husband Jacob "Jake" Hershey devoted a great deal of time, energy and money to conservation causes. They were founders of the Bayou Preservation Association. Mrs. Hershey is a former member of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission. She has been honored by many state and national organizations for her efforts to protect the environment. She and then Congressman George Bush defeated a proposal to channelize and pave Buffalo Bayou, in the 1960s, by persuading Congress not to provide the money for it.Original Article: Harris County - Precinct Three - Commissioner Steve Radack