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Sims Bayou Greenway

Sims Bayou begins in southwest Houston and flows east past Hobby Airport toward the Houston Ship Channel.

The bayou is believed to be named for Bartlett Sims (1792-1864), who came to Texas as a land surveyor for Stephen F. Austin, who was establishing a settlement colony for Mexico. Sims later became one of Austin’s “Old Three Hundred,” the term for settlers who had received the original land grants in 1824, primarily along the Brazos and Colorado rivers.

Through Bayou Greenways 2020, Houston Parks Board and its project partners are transforming Sims Bayou into Sims Bayou Greenway, a ribbon of green space and hike-and-bike trails connecting surrounding communities to parks, nature, and one another. Parks along the way include Townwood Park, the Houston Sports Park, Margaret Jenkins Park, Sims Bayou Park, Stewart Park, Stuart C. Robert Park, Reveille Park, Glenbrook Park and Milby Park.

Various wildlife call Sims Bayou home. Take a stroll along the bayou and you’ll likely spot turtles, toads, Great Blue Herons, Channel Catfish and even bats. 

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Sims Bayou Greenway Projects

Under Construction

Updated: 2/17 
Hillcroft Ave. to Heatherbrook Dr.

Stretching from Hillcroft Ave. to Heatherbrook Dr. , this segment is the westernmost piece of Sims Bayou Greenway and will provide the community with new spaces to enjoy nature and recreation. Construction continues at a strong pace on the segment of Sims Bayou Greenway from Heatherbrook Dr. to Hillcroft Ave., and is expected to be complete by early summer 2017. Over 1,400 trees are being donated and planted by Trees for Houston at various volunteer events leading up to the completion of construction.

On October 13, 2016, Houston Parks Board, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department and Council Member Larry Green, District K, celebrated the groundbreaking of this segment of Sims Bayou Greenway.

Updated 2/17
Scott St. to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

We are replacing the trail from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Scott St. as part of Houston Parks Board's Bayou Greenways Maintenance efforts. Construction began January 2017 and is expected to be finished in spring 2017. Read more here.

Updated: 2/17
Deeda Dr. to Old Galveston Road and within Milby Park

Sims Bayou Greenway from Milby Park to Glenbrook Park will be built in two phases. Phase 1, from Deeda Drive to Old Galveston Road and within Milby Park, will begin construction in early 2017 and will continue for about a year. Phase 2, Milby Park to Old Galveston Road, is being designed and is expected to begin construction in 2018. Read more about Phase 1 here.

Design and Planning

Updated: 2/17


Sims Bayou Greenway from Heatherbrook Dr. to Buffalo Speedway has been designed and is awaiting design approvals.

Sims Bayou Greenway from Buffalo Speedway to Scott St. is in the final stages of design, after which it will be reviewed by various governmental entities.

Sims Bayou Greenway from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Stuart Park is in the planning stages and will transition into the design phase in 2017.