The Bill Coats Memorial Bridge (pictured) was dedicated on Nov. 16, and it allows cyclists to ride from Hermann Park to the Brays Bayou area, where 35 miles of trails soon will be completed.
Coats, who died in 2010, was a co-founder of Trees for Houston and the Hermann Park Conservancy.
Pat Gaas, a Coats Rose director, says Coats was deeply involved in conservation and quality of life charities and projects in Houston.
“He was not only a very hard-nosed litigator and construction lawyer, but he was really kind of a Renaissance man. He loved art. He loved food. He loved the environment,” Gaas says.
Gaas says anything that made Houston look more beautiful or provided activities for its citizens was important to Coats.
— Brenda Sapino Jeffreys