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Houston Parks Board: 2018 Milestones

It was a monumental 2018 for Houston Parks Board. With groundbreakings, ribbon cutting ceremonies, new partnerships and exciting community events, we have had much to celebrate as we grow closer to completing Bayou Greenways 2020. As we look forward to what’s to come, we invite you to look back with us on some of our favorite moments of last year:

Greens Bayou Greenway Groundbreaking

We kicked off 2018 with a January groundbreaking of a new two-mile segment on Greens Bayou. The new greenway – the first linear park on Greens Bayou to be built by the Houston Parks Board – begins at Greens Parkway near Fall Lake Apartments and continues on the south side of the bayou until it reaches just shy of I-45. 
 
Anticipated Completion: Late April 2019

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Bayou Greenway Day - Halls Bayou Greenway

In March, we marked our fourth annual Bayou Greenway Day – a fun, free outdoor festival on the bayou for the whole family. More than 4,000 guests joined us at Tidwell Park along Halls Bayou Greenway for the event, marking the highest attendance to date. Partners for Bayou Greenway Day 2018 included the Houston Texans and Houston Dynamo, as well as Award-winning band ThunderSOUL Orchestra.

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Sims Bayou Greenway Groundbreaking

We broke ground on a new 2.6-mile segment along Sims Bayou Greenway in April. This new segment starts at Heatherbrook Drive and extends east to Buffalo Speedway along the north side of the bayou, and will include linear parkland and a hike-and-bike trail as part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 linear park system.

Anticipated Completion: Spring 2019

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Buffalo Bayou/White Oak Bayou Greenway Connector Ribbon Cutting

Soon after, we celebrated with a ribbon cutting of the much-anticipated connection between the Buffalo Bayou trails and White Oak Bayou Greenway under the April sun. This milestone was the last of the six-part $30 million “Houston Regional Bike/Ped Connections to Transit” project, funded by the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

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Hunting Bayou Greenway Ribbon Cutting and Groundbreaking Celebration

In July, we celebrated a joint ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony for Hunting Bayou Greenway. This milestone event signaled the near completion of a one-mile stretch of trail along Hunting Bayou Greenway from Falls Street to Pickfair Street, and also marked the beginning of construction on a half-mile stretch of trail from Mickey Leland Memorial Park to Falls Steet, which includes replacement of an asphalt trail with a new 10-foot wide concrete trail.
 
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2019

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Smitty's Day at the Park

We partnered with the Wade Smith Foundation, Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Telemundo to present the 2nd annual Smitty’s Day at the Park in August. With sports, dance, arts and music camps for all, over 90 children gathered at Moody Park, along Little White Oak Bayou Greenway, to participate in a fun day of sports and learning activities.

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Mason Park Bridge Fun Run

In September, hundreds of community members joined us at Mason Park along Brays Bayou Greenway to celebrate the grand opening of the Mason Park Bridge with a Fun Run and Walk despite the very wet weather conditions! Over the summer, the central truss of a 485-foot-long, 16-foot-wide pedestrian/bike suspension bridge was successfully installed in the park, a pivotal moment in providing a new, safe crossing for communities across Brays Bayou.

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Annual Luncheon

October brought together more than 350 of Houston’s strongest parks advocates for our 2018 Annual Luncheon chaired by David and Cindy Fitch. Special guest Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke at the event, alongside David Fitch, Board Chair Tom Bacon and President and CEO Beth White. This year’s luncheon also premiered a captivating video highlighting the impact of Bayou Greenways 2020.

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Brays Bayou Greenway – Mason Park Bridge Ribbon Cutting

In November, we reconvened and hosted the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Mason Park Bridge with our partners and distinguished officials. The bridge brings together the Magnolia Park, Lawndale, Wayside, Pecan Park, Harrisburg and Manchester communities.

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We would like to thank the Houston community for the incredible support and generosity throughout the year. We look forward to continuing this journey with you as we get closer to completing Bayou Greenways 2020.