Houston officials approve proposal for two new parks

Many people consider a community's amenities and features before relocating. While Texas is an appealing option for many property buyers, the homes for sale in Houston could see rising interest after a recent announcement by city officials.

On September 26, 2012, the Houston City Council accepted a proposal to develop two parks - a "park without limits" to accommodate children with special needs and a world-class skate park to complement the Lee and Joe Jamail Skate Park. These endeavors reflect the city's commitment to offering high-quality public facilities for residents to enjoy.

"This project will help fill a recreational void in the Greenspoint area, allowing children to play close to home" Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. "In addition to being a draw for residents from the immediate neighborhood and all over Houston, it will entice skateboard enthusiasts from around the country."

Houston officials plan to make the new parks attractive to visitors.

How could the parks impact Houston?
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Houston was home to nearly 2.1 million residents in 2010. The city's population could increase in the future, and the number of families could rise in the city.

The new skate park will feature 72,000 square feet of surface, a full pipe, 12-foot vert ramp, 10-foot bowl and more. This facility could draw skaters from a variety of backgrounds and skill levels.

Additionally, the "park without limits" will have a large, grassy area for unstructured play. It will be named Dylan's Park and its area is designed to engage children who are autistic  hearing impaired, sight impaired or wheelchair-bound.

"Families with special needs children need these kinds of parks," said Marti Boone, director of Be An Angel, which serves special needs children throughout the region.

Homes in Houston
If more people come to Houston, property values in the area could significantly increase. The Houston Chronicle reports that demand for houses in Houston has risen recently, which has led to stronger prices for property sellers.

Houston home prices have risen 5 percent in 2012, and the recent sales activity shows that it takes an average of 4.9 months to sell a property in this city. New parks and continuous improvements across the area could further increase the city's appeal to homebuyers. While property sellers will be more likely to obtain offers at or near their asking prices, house buyers can enjoy living in a city that features high-quality amenities and features.