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Bear Creek Park administrative building closed indefinitely

September 17, 2018

If you’ve been trying to find the Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Administrative Office building to make a pavilion reservation, you’ve probably been looking in the wrong place.

Mike McMahan, special activities coordinator for the Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Department, said Thursday the office building at War Memorial Drive had been closed indefinitely and moved to the Westside Service Center on Clay Road after the county decided the building was not worth the cost to rebuild. The building was demolished in early June, he said.

“The Tax Day Floods (in 2016) put water in the downstairs and (Hurricane) Harvey flooded us upstairs,” he said. “We didn’t have any time to take anything with us when we left. We left everything in that building.”

The Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Department temporarily moved their offices to the Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center until adjustments could be made for them to be moved to the main Precinct 3 facility, McMahan said.

Bear Creek Park itself is open; the only change is that the administration office has moved to another facility, he said.

“We don’t know what the future holds,” McMahan said. “At some point we might rebuild the parks administration building, but that’s not a decision that has been made.”

McMahan said the site where the parks building used to be is not currently being used for any other development and will eventually become part of the park. The two-story administration building was built in the 1960s and had been renovated a number of times throughout the years, McMahan said.

Bear Creek Park is located in north west Harris County inside of U.S 290, Interstate 10, Beltway 8 and Highway 6.

Harris County Precinct 3 officials are asking Bear Creek Park patrons to make pavilion reservations at Westside Service Center located 16635 Clay Road. Patrons can reserve pavilions for 80 to 100 guests at a time to picnic and barbecue provided they make a $125 cleanup deposit.

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