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Houston City Council Approves FY2019 Bayou Greenways 2020 Allocation

On August 14, 2018, Houston City Council approved the allocation of $18,600,000 from the 2012 bond referendum for construction of Bayou Greenways 2020 projects.

In supporting the appropriation, Council Member Gallegos, District I, said, “Bayou Greenways continues to be tremendously popular as more and more Houstonians use the trails and enjoy our bayous.” Commending the work already completed along White Oak Bayou, Council Member Stardig, District A, noted, “All the cyclists who were once so afraid to go along the bayou now look forward to it. We are taking what used to be considered one of our city’s biggest flaws – its bayous – and making them a real gem.”

As the project moves closer to completion in 2020, this year’s funding will go toward construction of projects in multiple council districts along Brays and Hunting bayous as noted below. It is important to remember that in addition to the projects now in construction, Houston Parks Board is planning and designing several additional miles of greenways along 9 bayous across the city to come online before the end of 2020.

2018 locations include:
1. Brays Bayou Greenway:
    Braeburn Glen to Highway 59 (BR26)
    Highway 59 to Beltway 8 (BR27)
    Arthur Story Park to Dairy Ashford (BR28)
    Westpark Connection (BR29)
    Dairy Ashford to Archbishop Joseph A. Fiorenza Park (BR30)

2. Hunting Bayou Greenway:
    Maxey Road to Herman Brown Park and Herman Brown Park        to Manitou (HU01) – 3.5-mile trail segment

Additionally, Bayou Greenways 2020 milestones completed in FY2018 include:

  • Brays Bayou Greenway: completion of the Mason Park Ped/Bike Bridge, an iconic bridge in the East End. (Public celebration on September 22, 2018)
  • Greens Bayou Greenway: construction start on the first linear park along Greens Bayou. The new two-mile segment of Greens Bayou Greenway begins at Greens Parkway near Fall Lake Apartments and continues on the south side of the bayou until it crosses the Bayou to access the new BMX Bike Park just shy of I-45. (January 2018)
  • White Oak Bayou Greenway / Buffalo Bayou: completion of the hike-and-bike trail connection between White Oak Bayou Greenway and Buffalo Bayou trails, marking the last of the six-part $15 MM “Houston Regional Bike/Ped Connections to Transit” project. (April 2018)
  • Hunting Bayou Greenway: completion of a 1-mile stretch of trail along Hunting Bayou Greenway from Falls Street to Pickfair Street. Construction has also begun on a half-mile stretch of trail from Mickey Leland Memorial Park to Falls Steet. (July 2018)

Some quick facts about the progress and work on Bayou Greenways 2020 include:

  • 1,422 acres of greenspace are now activated and being maintained.
  • 14.48 miles of Bayou Greenways have been completed and 53.56 miles are in planning, design and construction.
  • Some 288 acres have been acquired and protected as parkland in perpetuity.
  • Our Conservation and Maintenance Team maintains and de-litters 60 miles of trails and 1,950 acres of greenspace along Brays, Buffalo, Greens, Halls, Sims and White Oak Bayou Greenways.

Want to know more about what’s happening along a Bayou Greenway near you and how to access these hike-and-bike trails? Explore our interactive map. Also, check out a list of “great places” that we have already discovered along the bayous. If you know of a “great place” along your Bayou Greenway, email us at info@houstonparksboard.org, follow us on Instagram @houstonparksboard and tag #BayouGreenways.