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Brays Bayou Greenway

Brays Bayou Greenway between Mason Park and Gus Wortham Golf Course. Photo by F. Carter Smith.

Brays Bayou Greenway

Starting from Fort Bend County, Brays Bayou flows east past The Medical Center and University of Houston to the Ship Channel. Parks found along Brays Bayou include Mason Park, Spurlock Park, Gragg Park, Fonde Park, MacGregor Park, Hermann Park, Braeburn Glen Park, Arthur Storey Park and Mike Driscoll Park.

As part of the Bayou Greenways 2020 project, Houston Parks Board and its project partners are transforming Brays Bayou into Brays Bayou Greenway.

Brays Bayou Greenway will offer a ribbon of greenspace and uninterrupted hike and bike trails along the bayou within the city limits – approximately 30 miles from the Ship Channel to Eldridge – connecting the parks, neighborhoods and people along the way like never before.

From left to right, photo courtesy of SWA Group, photo by Tom Flaherty, photo by F. Carter Smith.

Brays Bayou Greenway Projects

COMPLETED:

• On Nov. 13, 2014, Houston Parks Board — along with Mayor Annise Parker and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department — held the first ribbon cutting of Bayou Greenways 2020 and officially opened 2.75 miles of new parkland and trails. The new section of Brays Bayou Greenway runs from Mason Park to Old Spanish Trail near Wheeler Street. The new segment gives Houstonians in the East End access to one of Houston’s most scenic stretches of bayou in a densely populated part of the city.

IN THE WORKS:

• Bridge over Brays Bayou at Mason Park — design underway.
• Mason Park to Old Spanish Trail — segment complete.
• Old Spanish Trail to University of Houston — construction complete early 2017.
• Bridge over Brays Bayou from University of Houston to MacGregor Park — design underway.
• Hermann Park gaps — construction complete early 2017.
• Upper Brays Bayou, from Braeburn Glen to Eldridge — design underway.

Updated: 11/04/16
New trail segments near Hermann Park under construction

We are adding new trail segments to fill in the gaps near Hermann Park on the north side of Brays Bayou Greenway. In addition, a portion of trail beneath the Almeda bridge is being replaced. Construction begins November 2016 and will last until February 2017.

During construction, pieces of trail may be closed. Trail users are asked to follow the detour signs that are posted in the area.

Updated: 10/17/16
Brays Bayou Greenway Trail Closure

A detour is in place along the north side of Brays Bayou Greenway between Brompton Rd. and Buffalo Speedway due to Harris County Flood Control District's ongoing work to widen the channel. For more information, click here.

Updated: 11/8/16
Brays Bayou Greenway expands with new trails and connections

A new, 1.6 mile-segment of Brays Bayou Greenway is under construction, which will include hike and bike trails and open, accessible greenspace. The new project starts at Old Spanish Trail and extends west to Martin Luther King Blvd., connecting Gragg Park, Fonde Park, UH and UH Energy Research Park. We thank University of Houston for their vital contributions to this project.

This project is one of six bike/pedestrian projects funded through a $15 million federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant awarded to the Houston Parks and Recreation Department in 2012. Expected completion date is set for the end of 2016.

Updated: 11/23/15
Brays Bayou Greenway Trail Closure

A portion of the Brays Bayou Greenway Trail just west of Scott St. on the south side of the bayou is closed due to damage from recent flooding. In June, the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) made temporary repairs to the bayou's bank. However, back-to-back weekends of flooding caused a slope failure, which damaged both the retaining wall and the Brays Bayou Greenway trail. This section of trail is not safe for pedestrians and cyclists to use. Barriers have been installed to block off the trail.

During the closure, signs will direct everyone to the trail on the north side of the bayou as indicated in the map below:

HCFCD is working to repair the damage which could take 6 to 12 months. After the wall is repaired, we will rebuild that section of the Brays Bayou Greenway trail.

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For more information about Bayou Greenways 2020, click here.