Project History Brays Bayou

Project HistoryBrays Bayou


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.

On March 9, 2017, Houston Parks Board—along with Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, U.S. Department of Transportation, and University of Houston—celebrated the opening of a new 1.6 mile-segment of Brays Bayou Greenway. The new segment 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 City of Houston in 2012. In addition to the ribbon cutting, we also celebrated the start of construction of the University Connections Bridge that will connect the University of Houston across Brays Bayou to MacGregor Park.

In September 2018, Houston Parks Board added 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 has been replaced.

Under Construction

Updated: 01/3/19 
New Pedestrian/Bike Bridge Coming Soon to Brays Bayou Greenway

In March 2017, construction began on a new pedestrian/bike bridge across Brays Bayou as an extension of the Brays Bayou Greenway hike-and-bike trails. The new bridge will connect the University of Houston across Brays Bayou to MacGregor Park. The pedestrian bridge will run parallel to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and the METRO Rail Purple Line. Construction of the pedestrian/bike is expected to be complete early 2019.

In Design

Updated: 01/3/19
Braeburn Glen to Eldridge Pkwy.

Design is almost complete on this ambitious length of greenway, which spans over eight miles of bayou and connects to more than four additional miles of county-built trails along Brays Bayou west of Eldridge Pkwy. This project will bring linear parks to a densely populated and under-parked part of town.

Closures and Detours

Updated: 10/11/19 
Please visit our interactive map here for updates on construction projects.