Sims Bayou Greenway
Sims Bayou begins in southwest Houston and flows east near 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 public 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, Robert C. Stuart Park, Reveille Park, Glenbrook Park and Milby Park. There's plenty to do and see along the way. Click here to discover super places on Sims Bayou Greenway.
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.
Read to explore? Click here to view an interactive map of Sims Bayou Greenway.
Hillcroft Ave. to Heatherbrook Dr.
Stretching from Hillcroft Ave. to Heatherbrook Dr., this recently opened segment is the westernmost piece of Sims Bayou Greenway and provides the community with new spaces to enjoy nature and recreation.
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 June 8, 2017, Houston Parks Board, Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, Council Member Larry Green, District K, and County Commissioner Rodney Ellis celebrated the opening of this segment of Sims Bayou Greenway with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Scott St. to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.
We replaced the trail from Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. to Scott St. as part of Houston Parks Board's Bayou Greenways Maintenance efforts. Read more here.
Projects Under Construction
Heatherbrook Dr. to Buffalo Speedway
Sims Bayou Greenway from Heatherbrook Dr. to Buffalo Speedway is under construction. At 2.6 miles long, the trail will connect into the recently completed trail that runs west towards Blue Ridge County Park.
Notable features include:
- New paved trail, which includes replacing the existing asphalt trail between Heatherbrook and S. Post Oak Road.
- Direction and educational signage, trans and recycling bins, benches, unique ornamental design features, landscaping and more.
- A trailhead entrance to Sims Bayou Greenway with parking at S. Post Oak Blvd.
- Neighborhood trail connections.
A groundbreaking celebration was held Thursday, April 19 along Sims Bayou in front of Montgomery Elementary School.
Phase One: Deeda Drive to Old Galveston Road and within Milby Park
Phase Two: Milby Park to Old Galveston Road
Sims Bayou Greenway from Milby Park to Glenbrook Park is being built in two phases. Phase 1, from Deeda Drive to Old Galveston Road and within Milby Park, began construction in January 2017 and is in progress. Read more about Phase 1 here.
Phase 2, Milby Park to Old Galveston Road, has also begun construction. Notable features of this new greenway include:
New concrete trail starting at Old Galveston Road, just north of Sims Bayou, paralleling Old Galveston up to Central Street at which point it will turn right to connect into Milby Park
The new segment will connect to a recently-built trail within Milby Park. It will also connect to a recently-built trail from Old Galveston Road to Glenbrook Park and Glenview Drive.
There will also be two new neighborhood gateways created, complete with concrete pavers, benches, signage, trash cans, recycling bins and native plantings.
The project is estimated to be complete in spring 2019.
Design and Planning
The design of Sims Bayou Greenway from Buffalo Speedway to Scott St. is in the final stages of permitting by governmental entities. The project is estimated to begin construction by the end of this year.
Sims Bayou Greenway from Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to Stuart Park is in design, with an estimated start of construction in Fall 2019.