Trail Replacement on Sims Bayou Greenway
Rachel Compton, Elmore Public Relations
Rachel [at] elmorepr [dot] com / 713-524-0661
Catherine Butsch, Houston Parks Board
catherine [at] houstonparksboard [dot] org / 713-942-8500 x18
Construction planned between Martin Luther King Blvd. and Scott St.
HOUSTON, TX – January 9, 2017 – The 2-mile stretch of Sims Bayou Greenway from Martin Luther King Blvd. to Scott St. will be enhanced with a new 10-ft. wide concrete trail, replacing the old asphalt trail currently in place. Construction begins January 2017 and is expected to be complete spring 2017. The project will be managed by the nonprofit Houston Parks Board, which is responsible for the maintenance of the Bayou Greenways.
This project is just one of many improvements planned for the expanding Sims Bayou Greenway with hike-and-bike trails, landscaping and trailheads connecting residents to nearby parks and community resources. Expansion of the greenway and trails is planned both east and west of this segment along Sims Bayou, and construction is underway. Upon completion, Sims Bayou Greenway will stretch nearly 20 miles from Milby Park to Hillcroft Avenue when completed.
The expansion of the Bayou Greenways network is made possible through Bayou Greenways 2020, a public-private partnership between the nonprofit Houston Parks Board, the City of Houston and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. The project is being implemented in close collaboration with the Harris County Flood Control District, which manages the county’s bayous and creeks for drainage and flood risk reduction. This ambitious project aims to connect people, places and greenspaces by creating a 150-mile network of parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways.
Construction of this particular project along Sims Bayou will cost $1.4 million and is funded through an annual economic development grant from the City of Houston to Houston Parks Board for maintaining the Bayou Greenways system. The grant covers all day-to-day maintenance, flood cleanup, and long-term repair and replacement of the trails and site amenities along the greenways.
A nonprofit 501(c)(3) dedicated to providing access to quality parks and greenspace for all people, Houston Parks Board creates, improves, protects and advocates for parkland in the Greater Houston region. Since 1976, the organization has utilized public-private partnerships and its extensive philanthropic, government and community relationships to improve parks large and small. Houston Parks Board is currently leading the transformational $220 million Bayou Greenways 2020 project to create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails along Houston’s major waterways.
Bayou Greenways 2020 is one of the most ambitious parks projects in the U.S. By transforming more than 3,000 acres of underutilized land along Houston’s major waterways into public, accessible greenspace, Bayou Greenways 2020 will create a 150-mile network of connected parks and trails. The $220 million project will connect people, places and greenspace while enhancing air and water quality, reducing flooding and stimulating economic development in Houston.