Bayou Greenways Conservation and Maintenance

Stats for fiscal year 2017

Maintenance Program

As of December 2017, the Conservation and Maintenance team is responsible for over 60 miles of trails and more than 1,400 acres of greenspace. With the completion of Bayou Greenways 2020, Houston will have 150 miles of greenways and trails and more than 3,000 acres of public greenspace along nine major bayous, much of which will be stewarded and maintained by Houston Parks Board. Click here to view an interactive map of the Bayou Greenways.

Maintenance Responsibilities:

     • Mowing ─ 10-day cycle, except during the winter
     • De-littering ─ once a week
     • Paving and site amenities upkeep (trash and recycling receptacles, benches, water fountains… etc.)
     • Path clearing and debris removal
     • Graffiti abatement
     • Flood cleanup

Conservation Program

Land conservation is a hallmark of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project. Every acre of land acquired for the project will be protected as greenspace forever. We work to ensure the environment is enriched along the Bayou Greenways with conservation projects that improve the natural aesthetics of the bayous while enhancing and protecting wildlife habitat.

Conservation responsibilities:

     • Invasive species removal
     • Nesting boxes for birds and bats
     • Wildflower meadow creation
     • Reforestation
     • Wetland protection and management
     • Education and outreach
     • De-littering

If you have questions, comments or concerns, please click here to email us.

Learn more about Bayou Greenways 2020:

Project Overview
Interactive Map
Latest News


Trees, native vegetation and greenspace along Houston's bayous have numerous environmental benefits:

Storm water - As Houston continues to grow, more impervious concrete is added. By having porous ground, trees can consume water through evapotranspiration. A dense area of plants along the bayous aids in erosion control.
Air quality - Trees can improve air quality by acting as natural filters. During photosynthesis, trees sequester carbon dioxide and other pollutants, and in return, release oxygen.
Habitat for wildlife - Birds, squirrels, bunnies, butterflies and other small wildlife live along the bayous and require shelter. Trees and native vegetation provide food as well as nesting sites for many species. Bird and bat boxes are another way to delegate space for wildlife.
Urban Heat Island Effect - An urban heat island is a densley populated area that is significantly warmer than its rural surrounding areas. Trees, vegetation and greenspace can combat this effect by providing shade to cool surroundings through evapotranspiration.